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the new SpywareBlaster update.

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#1 phawgg


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Posted 15 March 2005 - 04:26 PM

I woke up to the fact I needed to check a log.
In particular, I needed to check the O16 DPL's first.
(Downloaded Program Files).

I typically start at the bottom of a HJT log and work my way up.
I typically start SpywareBlaster to accomplish that.
I typically check for updates, so I'm reasonably certain I can identify any
"bad ActiveX" or "bad JavaRuntimeEnvironment" programs that may have been allowed.

By the time I get to the top of the entries HJT lists in the lower section,
I usually have a pretty good idea of whether malware exists
and a good indication of how it got there, doing it that way.

Today the Javacool application indicated an update was available.
It couldn't load the update in the normal fashion, though.
I was redirected to click a link, which revealed
a new version (v3.3) was available.

Subsequent links led me to Major Geeks,
a site specializing in application downloads.

It was this that I read about:
If you experience errors, Visual Basic Run Time Files are needed

I use winXP SP2.
I have updated it with all critical updates.
Some additional updates remain to be installed, however.
Personal preference(s) regarding them is indicated at the Windows Update page.

I recalled, while reading the first couple sentences at the SpywareBlaster d/l page, that VBS update might be one.
I knew the Journal Viewer was one, not having a need for it.
.Net Framework was another, since I do not plug-in everything Microsoft has to offer,
and it seemed to me .NET FRAMEWORK offers alternatives I don't generally use.

Based on the short Editors Note:
Editors Note: If you receive an error that files are missing when starting SpywareBlaster,
please download the Microsoft Visual Basic Run Time files.
These files are required for any program that was coded in Visual Basic
and are often not included to make the download small.
If you have never downloaded a program that needed these files,
you may not have them installed.
Its a small, safe download and something you may need again later.

Thinking this VBS might not be present on my PC I decided to download it first.
I'm probably typical in regards to being a windowsOS user, in most ways.
I didn't immediately think I knew how to verify if I had VBS installed.
Let alone verifying it's update status and whether it functioned
properly given the rest of the software I have installed.

Perhaps unlike others, my decision was to "just do it".

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I had already exited SpywareBlaster, in anticipation of the new installation.
Or was it an update? One that couldn't be made "normally"?
One that needs VBS? Or rather, VB RT?
Is there a difference between Visual Basic Scripting and
Visual Basic Run Time? (and is that an Environment?).
One for users and one for developers?
Like the Java puts out to the world of PC users in general?

At the point in the download shown above, I decided I needed more information.
I also didn't know exactly where to get it.
That led me to consider posting about it.

So, I hit:
print screen/start/paint/edit/paste/moved image/selected smaller image (cropped)/attributes (set)/
file/save as:/jpeg/save at:/My Pictures/titled: vbs1/
Then, online to Photobucket ...
logon/my album/delete a picture (i'm near maximum storage)/browse/whoops, minimize ...
Back to the desktop:
start/all programs/Irfanview/file/open/(scrolled to)vbs 1/image/convert to greyscale/
drew XY points (cropped)/cut/edit/delete/edit/paste/file/save/as vbs2.
Maximized Photobucket ...
browse/found vbs2/submit/chose (IMG)/copy/pasted above.

Having done that, while typing this in the Pawsoft FASS window, which will
make it easy to preview what will become the post at bleepingcomputer.com,
I think "I better start over, and read everything", maybe make a couple more screen shots, perhaps.

The point is to clarify some confusion, before I foul up.
Do I have to uninstall my present Javacool application first?
Do I have VBS or it's Run Time edition already installed?
Do I need either/or to continue my HJT check for O16 DPLs?
Do I want to keep the present SpywareBlaster version on HD in download files
just in case there is a glitch or two in this new v3.3?

Where are those answers?

So, I minimized everything.
Showing the desktop only, tray full o' stuff, I chose the Open Office .sxc titled triple2a.
That is a spreadsheet with the HJT log of a fourth user on one PC.
The one I copy each O16 line, one at a time, and paste into spywareBlaster.
Internet Explorer Block List.
Context menu select, from any on the list, FIND.
The open search box has "name or CLSID" highlighted.
Thats where I paste the numbers between the brackets from any O16 HJT entry.

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According to the database included in Javacool's product, the line is NOT one
of the 3,449 bad ones. It shows "no items found" and I click OK.
Well, it's working perfectly. Good. What next?

I hit "updates" and the screen invites me to "download the latest protection updates".
I click the bar "check for updates".
Displayed is:

New version of SpywareBlaster Available.
An update for the SpywareBlaster program is available but can not
be downloaded through this updater.
Click the link below to obtain it.

Clicking that leads me back to where I was, just doing it again to be sure:

IMPORTANT: Please make sure you close SpywareBlaster before
installing the new version (it is probably still running).

Upgrade Instructions
It is recommended that you uninstall your current version of SpywareBlaster
before installing the new version. To do this:

1.) Open SpywareBlaster and press the "Disable All Protection" link under "Quick Tasks".
2.) Close SpywareBlaster.
3.) Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall the entry named "SpywareBlaster v3.2"
4.) Download the latest SpywareBlaster installer from the link above and run it.
5.) Enjoy the new version of SpywareBlaster!

I will enjoy the new version, I think, now that I am clear on the point, UNINSTALL to present one first!
I sure did close the application, but might have continued on to the download page
before I had read everything, oh silly me!

Now to try and answer "Do I have VBS installed already?"

Hmmm, Add/Remove Programs first, I'd guess.
J2SE Runtime Environment 5.0 (at) 78.07MB (size on HD) is certainly listed,
but no Visual Basic Run Time of any kind is seen here.

Knowing that Microsoft might not show it here, (stranger things have been discovered along the way)
I decide to check ALL of my Program Files, too.

Nope, C:\Program Files\anything like VBS isn't listed.
C:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster is there, though.

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I usually like to install programs in a location of my choice, so I'll check it, too.

I:\Program Files\SpywareBlaster is there, too!
By the looks of it I've been a slacker, a second Spybot & two System Mechanics, also. Boy!

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yup, behind that popup box is the new System Mechanic 5.2.
I put it there, dang.
The two Spybot 1.3's on my HDs have an explanation, too.

Well ... No Visual Basic that I can see, so I guess I need it, huh?

It has been available with SP5 since 2001, according to Microsoft

Not to be confused with :

I guess I finally need it ... Visual Run Time.
Where does the time go?
It has been a couple hours.

Maybe the several minutes you've taken to read this might save you the embarrassment I must feel.

Edited by phawgg, 15 March 2005 - 05:22 PM.

patiently patrolling, plenty of persisant pests n' problems ...

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Posted 15 March 2005 - 09:13 PM

I saw that same message about VB and went ahead and installed the new version of SpywareBlaster. I figured if I needed it I would find out soon enough. Turns out I already had it as the installation went fine. I don't think the aborted installation would have done any harm if VB wasn't installed.

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