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#1 crossfire13


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:01 PM

Hello all,
i have a problem with my PC and i dont know how to solve it. I am not even sure if it's dangerous or not?!
I use TUNE UP 2010. When i open the program it shows under FIX PROBLEMS that ATE_PROCMON device is not working properly. And that i should open DEVICE MANAGER and update the driver. The problem is, i cant find this device on the list and dont even know which one should i look for? I cant find nothing similar under device manager.

When i googled ATE_PROCMNON i came under few addresses which make me a bit worried. They say that it could be malware or even a trojan. Of course, i could be wrong because english is not my native language and this web sites are a bit to technical for me.

Can someone please tell me, what ATE_PROCMON is? If its bad for my PC and what should i do in order to correct it?

I use a AVIRA antivirus and when run a system scan, nothing is found. The whole thing worries me because almost very time when i run a game, PC turns off after a while. And this is going on for a last few weeks. Before that, everything worked fine.

Is it possible that this two things are related somehow?

Thank you very much for your help and answers.
Best regards from Slovenia,

Edited by crossfire13, 23 April 2010 - 12:08 PM.

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#2 keyboardNinja


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Posted 23 April 2010 - 12:05 PM

:huh: to Bleeping Computer.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:

• Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.

• Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.

• Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.

• Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.

• The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.

As I've said many times, registry cleaners, tune-up programs, and so-called "optimizers" are the current snake-oil of the internet. There are countless free programs like this and apparently some paid ones, as well.

Do not be deceived. They promise performance you can only dream about....but only deliver a computer that is worse off than it was to begin with.

Since malware is suspected, please post a Posted Image in the Am I infected? What do I do? sub-forum with a description of your problem, the steps taken so far, and a link back to this topic (they will want to know why you suspect malware).

Please note: the Malware Response team are always overwhelmed, and it could take a few days to get your first reply. Just be patient and don't "bump" your topic by replying to it, as that will only further delay a response (MRT members are looking for topics with 0 replies...if you reply to your own first, it will appear that you are already receiving help and thus delay receiving actual help).

If you still have problems after being declared clean, they'll send you back here.

Good luck. :huh:
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#3 Layback Bear

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:07 AM

I agree with keyboardNinja. Those types of programs that I have tried on my last computer were for sure snake oil. In there auto mode you have no idea what was done so it makes it very hard to repair. You could run chkdsk /r off of the start button.

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