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Unread 04-29-2014, 11:35 AM   #31
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Restore computer to an earlier time

CX and all

I did not see anybody suggest this;

Click Start
Begin typing "Restore" When you get to "res" a pop up window will offer, "Restore your computer to an earlier time"
Click that line

Click "Open system restore" in the window that pops up
Click "Next" in the "Restore System Files and Settings" window
click box if needed "Show more Restore Points"

That should take you back to the point before the download.

Also I have learned to search each page when downloading a freebie for boxes checked that "They" want you to have. uncheck them.
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Unread 04-29-2014, 01:07 PM   #32
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That point about the check boxes is a good one Dan. A lot of malware/crapware can get installed along with the program that folks are actually trying to install. You have to be on the lookout for it. Read the screens, don't just keep clicking Yes/OK/I agree.
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Unread 05-18-2014, 06:02 PM   #33
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Stop using AVG and Microsoft essentials! They both are poor!
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Unread 05-18-2014, 08:04 PM   #34
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Hi Ed,

I used to use AVG but switched to MSE a few years ago. Never had a problem with it. Now Norton AV I could do without. That is a poor program!

All of this is just opinion though. You like a different program, recommend it. Stopping by to say AVG and MSE are poor isn't really helpful
without mentioning an alternative.

cx - It takes a little bit of knowledge but using a virtual machine is a great alternative. I run one with XP installed. Works great. VirtualBox by Oracle makes it pretty simple.
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Over the last 2 years, ALL of the PC's that I have serviced for malware or virus symptoms for clients, were infected while using either AVG or Microsoft Essentials. My decision to recommend to folks to not use them is based on my experience and also the online forums that rate AV's.

I personally use a 2 punch approach, ESET antivirus only and Malware bytes. Neither has let me down since I switch to them years ago when I left Norton.

Again, based on the websites that test these products and my own repair work for the last 2 years only, AVG and Microsoft Essentials don't cut it.

I did not recommend anything because I did not want to set off a debate since a lot of this depends on how and were you surf, whether you operate your pc with admin rights active or down load lots of free software with hidden nasties in it, just to name a few.
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Not using either of those programs, Ed. Thanks.
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cx - It takes a little bit of knowledge but using a virtual machine is a great alternative. I run one with XP installed. Works great. VirtualBox by Oracle makes it pretty simple.
Joe, the problem there is that you think everything about these computers is pretty simple.

Yeah, yeah, I do fully unnerstan that it's all ones and zeros, but that don't necessarily make it simple, eh?
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Unread 05-19-2014, 07:05 AM   #37
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Misread your original post where you said your trial had expired and you downloaded..........

Either way, the info about AVG and ME, is valid.

http://www.av-test.org/en/home/ and click on the home square and read performance tests.

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Unread 05-19-2014, 09:46 AM   #38
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a lot of this depends on how and were you surf, whether you operate your pc with admin rights active or down load lots of free software with hidden nasties in it, just to name a few.
Yep. Even with protection these things can easily open the door.

No argument that there are better products out there than AVG or MSE. My recommendation for MSE is based on my experience, YMMV.

cx - We should find some time to get a virtual machine set up for you. Wish I had been at Coverings this year, I could have gotten you up and running without any difficulty.
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And I woulda been happy to let you do that, Joe, even though I'm not at all sure I fully grasp the concept.

As it stands, there won't be a really good opportunity to let you assume control of this thing, which I presume would be the plan, until after owl season. Maybe July sometime.
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Sounds like your virus problems have been solved, great! but still lurking in the background could be some more issues.
I would suggest and only a suggestion to run combofix (free program]which is a buggy program in itself, you must turn off all your virus protection programs before running, then let her rip , you'll be surprised with what it does. one thing to remember is when computer reboots itself after running the program it will say something like your system internet is ready for deletion, ignore this and reboot again then all will be fine.
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...run combofix (free program]which is a buggy program in itself,..
Scares me and I'm usually neigh onto fearless.
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Super Anti Spyware is another free program that's good for getting a lot of trash off your computer.

Course, if you take everybody's advice on what you should have on your computer, it'll be full of anti-spyware and anti-virus programs, leaving no room for anything else.
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