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#1 ZzyzxDFW

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 05:59 PM

I have a friend that's working for a company that is selling these "services"  He asked me if they were legit.  I have never heard of them, and it sounds like Ransomware.   Has anyone heard of any of these programs?

 

pc power speed

pc fix speed

pc rx 

Driver HQ



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:41 PM

Hello -

These are basic "hangers on" to other downloads and can be easily removed.

 

PC Fix Speed and pc power speed are registry cleaners. Not good. Probably missed a check box when downloading a different program. They sneak these things in.

See if either is listed in Programs in the Control Panel and if they are there, uninstall them.

Then, download the free versions of these tools. Check for updates first and then run a full scan with each.
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free (a.k.a. MBAM) and SUPERAntiSpyware Free (a.k.a. SAS)
Please check for Updates pripr to scanning, then run a Quick Scan in Normal Mode
A log will pop up in Notepad format, please post that back here.
Delete (tick) found items, unless you know they are wanted, and remove the others

 

pc rx can be related to those Viagra Spams in your emails (delete and set Spam for them)

Driver HQ is "generally OK, but should also be removed with the above methods if it was not requested.

 

Please download AdwCleaner by Xplode to your desktop.
* Close all open programs and internet browsers.
* Double click on adwcleaner.exe to run the tool.
* Click on Scan. (Only Once)
* Check the listed items and untick any you do not want removed.
* Click on Clean (Only Once) and confirm with OK if asked
* NOTE : Your computer will now be rebooted automatically. A text file will open after the restart.
* Please post the contents of that logfile with your next reply.
* You can find the logfile at C:\AdwCleaner[S0].txt as well.

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:52 PM

Well, if you believe in achieving results through 'snake oil' and the 'pitch' of the tonic salesman then you might be inclined to try them.

 

Programs like these, in essence, do nothing to enhance computer performance. Just an attempt at generating revenue, in my opinion.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:18 PM

Yeah I don't use them.  I know there are easier ways, and it is fishy.  I was wondering if they are harmful, and/or if they even work. 



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 07:54 PM


Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.
Please read: Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization Tools

Be sure to read Microsoft's support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities in that topic...Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners.
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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:15 PM

1 / In general they do nothing "constructive"

 

2 / Their methods of downloading is usually "subversive" or by false promises.

 

They are not Ransomware in themselves, the term Rogue is more suited, but any Rogue is always suspect under any conditions.

 

Thank you for using Bleeping Computer as a guide to legit programs. :)

 



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 08:43 PM

I don't use them.   My friend is worried about working for a scam company.   He doesn't want to work for them if they are a flatout scam.    Somewhat shady is fine (he has to keep a roof under his head), but he won't work for a flat-out scam.  



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:05 PM

Then he would be working for a company which pitches misinformation and falsehoods to goad users into using an unnecessary and potential dangerous product.
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Posted 19 October 2013 - 05:54 PM

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons.Please read: Why you should not use Registry Cleaners and Optimization ToolsBe sure to read Microsoft's support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities in that topic...Microsoft does not support the use of registry cleaners.

Microsoft had their own registry cleaner, Microsoft RegClean. http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/microsoft_regclean.html It has since been removed now, as it caused issues like http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;299958

Truth be told, I've used it so far without issue, and it has resolved some program issues. Of course, always side with caution and do a registry backup first.

A nice write up is, The Windows Speed Up Guide. http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/download-windows-on-speed-ultimate-pc-acceleration-manual
 

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Posted 19 October 2013 - 07:02 PM

You're showing your age.

For those who may be unfamiliar.

RegClean was an early registry cleaner created and distributed by Microsoft. It was available on the Microsoft Download Center and last updated to v4.1a build 7364.1 in 1998. Microsoft ceased development because of incompatibility issues with many Microsoft Office and Visio products requiring the release of a KB299958 to address the problem and later removed it from the Download Center.

After Vista was introduced, Microsoft released Are registry cleaners necessary? in an attempt to warn end users about the dangers of such utilities.

Microsoft support policy for the use of registry cleaning utilities (KB2563254) was released in 2011 in response to years of ongoing issues with third-party registry cleaners wrecking havoc on the Windows Registry.

RegMaid was another utility that was discontinued. It was designed for programmers to clean invalid registry entries caused by deleting OLE projects created with Visual C++ and Microsoft Foundation Classes.
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Posted 19 October 2013 - 11:22 PM

You're showing your age.For those who may be unfamiliar.

Oh Yeah! This alley cat has been around for awhile.

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Posted 20 October 2013 - 06:55 AM

Sorry TC I didn't recognize you without your vest and hat. :hysterical:
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Posted 21 October 2013 - 06:15 PM

Sorry TC I didn't recognize you without your vest and hat. :hysterical:

Your right! I'm looking rather dishevelled in my avatar. :hysterical:
 

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