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#1 teagranny

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:35 PM

Currently I have installed:

AVG free, spybot, Clean up, advanced registry cleaner and just downloaded Ad-Aware. I have diskeeper do a run every night.

Is there anything else I should download to complement what I have?

A couple nights ago I ran a scan disk also, first time I have done that. How often should I run scan disk?

thanks

Edit: change title for clarity
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Edited by rotor123, 16 January 2013 - 10:02 PM.


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Posted 16 January 2013 - 10:00 PM

Hi,

What do I run for anti Malware purposes?

Antivirus, and the free versions of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and SUPERAntiSpyware and SecurityCheck

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SecurityCheck is a program that searches for installed and running security programs on a user's Computer. After it is finished, SecurityCheck will then display a log file that contains information about the security programs found on your computer and the status of security services such as Windows Firewall.


I also run the Eset Online Virus Scanner as a double check of my Antivirus since nothing catches everything. http://www.eset.com/us/online-scanner/ Choose the Online scan and not the free trial.

Just as a addendum to your using advanced registry cleaner

Registry Cleaner
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.


Hope this is a help

Good Luck
Roger

Edited by rotor123, 16 January 2013 - 10:01 PM.

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#3 teagranny

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 08:02 AM

ok, good to know about the registry cleaner. I won't run that one anymore.

When ad aware downloaded it added an address bar, now I have three. How can I get rid of it?
also, is it necessary to register the product? That might seem like an odd question but I have experienced wehre the program will work without being registered they just want you to register then they inundate your email with advertising.

Thank you.

Edited by teagranny, 17 January 2013 - 08:45 AM.


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Posted 17 January 2013 - 10:56 AM

Roger has already suggested Malware Bytes and Superantispyware. I suggest you add those two and get rid of Spybot and Ad Aware. Both were popular several years ago and were OK at the time. Neither are very good anymore.

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Posted 17 January 2013 - 11:02 AM

Go into Control Panel.Thru the Remove programs(Add/Remove) folder you should be able to see and uninstall the toolbars.
Reboot after.
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