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Web News / Facebook connects with AVAST to protect users
« on: October 16, 2012, 04:54:00 PM »
AVAST’s collaboration with Facebook is a seamless experience for Facebook users. Whenever someone clicks a link within Facebook, Facebook checks the URL in the AVAST cloud, in real time. If the URL is infected, the user sees a message warning of the potential threat.

Another day, another embarrassment for the security team at Oracle responsible for safeguarding one of the most widely used pieces of software on the planet.

Researchers at the Polish security firm Security Explorations say they’ve found yet another bug in Java–this time in the patch intended to fix a set of security issues in the software through a critical update released just a day before (Java SE 7 Update 7).


As Corrine suggested, "you can uncheck the option to alert for start up [auto setting] deletions from the Startup Programs tab" --- which should suppress the notifications you're getting.

Alternatively, IF you have checked the box there for "Display Secret Startup Locations (Advanced Mode)", you can try UNchecking this box [while keeping the aforementioned notifications/slerts box checked] to see if that makes a difference on your system.

PS:  Joe935???   An alternate identity??

" it seems the intial alerts I got was something recently added"

Yes, these alerts were all added in WinPatol version 25.

However, there have been at least 3 public "minor builds" of this version released:
   25.0.2012.0 (July  8 )
   25.0.2012.1 (July 11)
   25.0.2012.5 (July 13)
so while you obviously had one of the v25 builds, it's not clear which of them you were using prior to downloading the latest.

No offense taken.   I fully understand.

Okay, next thing I'd try (as Corrine suggested) is uninstall/reinstall --- with REBOOT in between;
i.e., uninstall ALL versions of WinPatrol that still show up in your control panel, REBOOT, reinstall WinPatrol, and reboot again.

If that doesn't work, I'd uninstall via control panel, reboot, run the separate/specialized WinPatrol uninstall tool on the page that Corrine linked to, reboot, reinstall, reboot.

If you have PLUS, be sure to take note of your PLUS code before running the specialized removal tool.

As long as 1) the exe files are still in their folders, and
2) msconfig indicates that all the items in question were checked on the startup list,
[and 3) your avira scan was clean]
it should be safe to reboot your system.

1. I couldn't find the version number
Assuming you can open WinPatrol, look on the PLUS tab.  It will display the version number, the current one being 25.0.2012.5 : 25.0.2012.5

2. the scotty icon on my taskbar is still not the one in the round blue button as before. it is a black silouette Scotty with a gold and white something by the front paws
Again, assuming you can open WinPatrol, go to the OPTIONS tab, and UNcheck  the box marked Display original Scotty Taksbar icon.
[The checked/"original" is the "black silouette Scotty", the UNchecked/"new" is the round blue button.]

Web News / Skype privacy bug sends IMs to unintended recipients
« on: July 18, 2012, 02:19:07 AM »
The following was excerpted from :

Skype has confirmed that its VoIP software contains a bug which could result in instant messages (IMs) being sent to unintended recipients.

Affected Skype clients include version 5.10 for Windows, Skype 5.8 for Mac OS X, Skype 4.0 for Linux,  and Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone.

The developers at Skype have now released hotfix updates
for the Windows, Mac OS X and Linux Skype clients. The new updates – Skype for Windows, Skype for Mac, and Skype for Linux – reportedly fix the privacy bug that plagued some users. They are also said to correct a problem related to saving files to drives formatted as FAT32.

Web News / Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99
« on: July 02, 2012, 07:59:14 PM »
Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

[As part of the upgrade, you'll optionally be able to] bring along your personal files.

If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.

If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

Full details:

More reports:

Security Software Programs / Re: Cannot get rid of Win Patrol
« on: May 12, 2012, 09:53:56 AM »
For future reference (to anyone else with the same problem, who accesses this thread)...

I believe the simplest solution to this problem (WinPatrol PLUS Info appearing in Explorer's right-click menu) is to open WinPatrol, click on the OPTIONS tab, and UNcheck the box marked Windows Explorer Integration.   For those who are trying to completely uninstall WinPatrol, this step must be done BEFORE uninstalling WinPatrol.

Security Software Programs / Re: removal tool?
« on: January 25, 2012, 12:11:39 PM »

If that box wasn't already checked, I would suggest first putting in the check, and then UNchecking it.

Security Software Programs / Re: removal tool?
« on: January 25, 2012, 11:02:20 AM »
Have you tried the following:

Reinstall WinPatrol
Click on the Scotty icon in your system tray.
go to the OPTIONS tab
===> *** UNcheck the box for Windows Explorer Integration ***

Hopefully, that should remove the Right-Click Plus option from Explorer.

If so, and if you still want to uninstall WinPatrol, EXIT the program, and then uninstall.

Were you having other problems/dissatisfaction with WinPatrol that led you to remove it?

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Re: Results of Secunia scan
« on: January 22, 2012, 10:51:17 AM »
Shockwave should be listed in Control Panel -  Add/Remove Programs [or some equivalent thereof, depending on your operating system].   It may be listed as ADOBE Shockwave Player.

Once removed, unless you know you actually use it, I would not bother to re-install the newest version.   [Shockwave seems to be limited to some "heavy gaming programs"... those gaming programs need it... very little else does.]

Avast has confirmed the F/P.

The word is that the problem has been fixed with the release of VPS 111206-2 [but I am not at my avast system now to personally confirm].

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