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#1 Bulgaristan


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:26 AM

Hi folks,


Was wondering if is save to use Classic Shell for Windows 8 and 8.1





I have seen this installed on few computers unfortunately all of them was infected with PUP`s and etc.


Will appreciate if someone have better knowledge about this product, because look pretty unsafe.

Many thanks,


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 08:38 AM

I've been using it since Day 1. It's safe. Just make sure to get it from the official Classic Shell website and not from any other site.


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Posted 22 August 2014 - 09:24 AM

I have seen this installed on few computers unfortunately all of them was infected with PUP`s and etc.


Will appreciate if someone have better knowledge about this product, because look pretty unsafe.


Where did you get this information from?


1.  Do you know for a fact that the infections were as a result of Classic Shell?

2.  Do you know if these users downloaded Classic Shell directly from the developer or another clean source like Softpedia?


I don't use Classic Shell but I agree with badr0b0t - Classic Classic Shell is safe.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 11:02 AM

Here is a Bleeping Computer tutorial on Classic Shell. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/start-menu-in-windows-8-with-classic-shell/

It was written by Lawrence Abrams (aka Grinler) who is the founder of Bleeping Computer.

He would NEVER recommend anything unsafe or harmful.

There is a download link in the tutorial. The link and file have been verified by him as safe.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 22 August 2014 - 11:05 AM.

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Posted 22 August 2014 - 12:01 PM



If you want to improve on Classic Shell....try http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/


You get a 30 day free trail and you can purchase for just under $5, about £3.something in GBP.





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Posted 23 August 2014 - 12:18 AM

Here is a comparison feature-wise using which you can decide which is the better Start Menu :) : http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2399

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Posted 23 August 2014 - 01:05 AM

As with badr0b0t, I googled several options and selected Classic Shell, as it seemed the better of the free options, so it went in that day.

If you scan with your Antivirus daily, AdwCleaner (just once), MBAM (on a regular basis) and other tools, I have not found, what I would call an Infection. I only ever use the Classic Shell interface and the other stuff if I "must".

Gee, I installed IncrediMail 2 when helping another person with their install, and the PUPs / Minor items, were easy to remove in about a day of dedicated work (I am not saying to install this extra)... 99% of these free programs will install without problem once you do your basic computer set-up.


1/ Antivirus (usually something pre installed) 2/ Antimalware (MBAM or a similar program) 3/ Just take care (a lot of new garbage out there) and away you go.


4/ Am I Infected if you do hit the wrong buttons, and we can help there, so - - Just take care - - -

Thanks -

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