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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Two viruses and a trojan, need help desperately
« Last post by Gale_Tx on August 29, 2014, 01:59:36 PM »
Corrine, as of this morning, I can't get my computer to connect to the internet.  Can I do any of this stuff in safe mode?  I'm using the laptop now. 

BTW, I worked on my desktop. :thanks:     :wink:
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WinPatrol Help & Information / Re: WP says i need admin rights but i am admin
« Last post by Corrine on August 29, 2014, 01:12:57 PM »
Hi, Perry.  Welcome to LandzDown Forum.

When you installed WinPatrol, did you select the option for all users? 

If the problem has continued, you may want to try a fresh install.  First, if you have a PLUS account, launch WinPatrol and click the PLUS tab.  Write down your Username and Reg Code.  Next, go to http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html and scroll down the page to the "WinPatrol Removal Program".  After running the file, restart your computer.  Download and install a new copy of WinPatrol. 

Let us know if this solves the problem.
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Analysis and Malware Removal / Re: Compaq Laptop Freezing Up Again
« Last post by Corrine on August 29, 2014, 01:00:56 PM »
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Troubled attributes:
Attribute Airflow Temperature failed in the past. Its current value is 48, the worst value was 35 and the threshold is 45. According to the manufacturer, this is an advisory condition.

Although the external fan may help a bit, that laptop is running very hot, which is most likely the reason for the problems.  Have you cleaned the laptop recently?  Before Microsoft retired the "Microsoft at Home" website, I copied several of my favorite help articles.  Please see the article preserved at Tidbits: How to clean your computer.
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PUA explained as I was unable to fix broken link in my reply:
http://virusradar.com/en/glossary/pua

See also malware | greyware.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware#Grayware

Thanks for the above links, as well as your other response regarding Adobe ARM. I'll give them a read.

I'm certainly no tech wiz, but I would like to be at least "half-way aware" of what should not be disabled on my operating system.
I'm usually very careful when installing programs, and updates. I scan each window carefully to avoid installing unwanted
bundled "stuff"; e.g., Chrome. I become worried only if there is bundled stuff that the install windows don't provide a check box to opt out of.

As I mentioned above, I uninstalled the regular free CCleaner, and installed the slim version. Everything seems to work peachy.
Today, I followed your links to the discussions at MG and Piriform, and it appears that nothing is secretly bundled with the regular free version after all, yet I could still be wrong.

Again, thanks!
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PUA explained as I was unable to fix broken link in my reply:
http://virusradar.com/en/glossary/pua

See also malware | greyware.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malware#Grayware
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Sure ! A Toolbar could introduce what we call in the industry a "PUA" - or Potentially Unwanted Application, see ESET's definition of a PUA. Software like Adobe Reader introduces unwanted start-up items to MSCONFIG that can be user launched such as Adobe ARM.

This is quite technical and should be left to those that are fully aware of what should be disabled at these levels of your operating system.

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John, unless it was changed, unless unchecked, the CCleaner full version offered the Yahoo Toolbar.  As Digerati said, nothing malicious, just a toolbar that they would be paid by Yahoo per install.  If you didn't have the toolbar, then you had unchecked the offer when you installed CCleaner.  You may also want to take a look at my post about Unchecky.
That presents the argument of how much damage and how invasive a Toolbar can be as they do introduce unwanted MSCONFIG items and Windows Services.

siljaline, could you please explain that to me in more detail? What's a toolbar? What are the unwanted MSCONFIG items and Windows Services that it introduces, and why/how does it do it? 
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Buggy updates are certainly a problem, but the company's poor communication of the problems is an even bigger cause for concern.
Larry Seltzer addresses some key ongoing issues with MS Updates | Patches.
http://www.zdnet.com/what-went-wrong-with-microsofts-august-updates-7000033089/
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John, unless it was changed, unless unchecked, the CCleaner full version offered the Yahoo Toolbar.  As Digerati said, nothing malicious, just a toolbar that they would be paid by Yahoo per install.  If you didn't have the toolbar, then you had unchecked the offer when you installed CCleaner.  You may also want to take a look at my post about Unchecky.
That presents the argument of how much damage and how invasive a Toolbar can be as they do introduce unwanted MSCONFIG items and Windows Services. 
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