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#1 victor7

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:14 PM

I have System Suite 10 and, recently, Microsoft Security Essentials, loaded. Do I need both? Neither? Other? I also think I have a malware problem not cured by the two programs I have. Should I download and run the RKill antimalware program. Use Avast or Avira instead? Running vista64 and system great for Crysis, MOULa, LOTRO, SL and Avatar the Game.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 01:54 PM

RKill is not a comprehensive malware removal tool...it is a specific utility designed to terminate the most common malicious processes that prevent other security tools from being executed and used to disinfect the system. When RKill is able to terminate these processes and fix certain registry keys, that usually allows other tools to perform scans and clean up routines to remove the infection.

If you are able to run your anti-virus and other security tools without them terminating, there is no need to run Rkill so using it is not required in all situations.

Microsoft Security Essentials is an anti-virus program and is probably just as good as avast or Avira. MSE can be used with trusted security tools like:
SystemSuite is a collection of tools to include optimization and registry cleaner along with its malware protection. Generally I do not recommend suites and especially ones like this that claim to protect against infection...I doubt it's an effective feature anyway.

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

:step1: 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.

:step2: 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.

:step3: 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.

:step4: 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.

:step5: 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.


Edited by quietman7, 07 December 2010 - 01:55 PM.

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