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tooge
01-11-2011, 10:57 AM
I often get these "registry cleaner" popups that say that I am infected by something or other and I need to do this. It is free until its diagnosed, then it costs money. This is a scam right? Sorry, i'm a huge computard.

thanks

pr_capone
01-11-2011, 10:58 AM
scam

run malwarebytes

http://dw.com.com/redir?edId=3&siteId=4&oId=3000-8022_4-10804572&ontId=8022_4&spi=9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8&lop=link&tag=tdw_dltext&ltype=dl_dlnow&pid=11665648&mfgId=6290020&merId=6290020&pguid=0mLetgoOYI0AAFDhH74AAAFX&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.cnet.com%2F3001-8022_4-10804572.html%3Fspi%3D9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8%26part%3Ddl-10804572

Install and do a full scan.

El Jefe
01-11-2011, 11:01 AM
scam

run malwarebytes

http://dw.com.com/redir?edId=3&siteId=4&oId=3000-8022_4-10804572&ontId=8022_4&spi=9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8&lop=link&tag=tdw_dltext&ltype=dl_dlnow&pid=11665648&mfgId=6290020&merId=6290020&pguid=0mLetgoOYI0AAFDhH74AAAFX&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.cnet.com%2F3001-8022_4-10804572.html%3Fspi%3D9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8%26part%3Ddl-10804572

Install and do a full scan.

Yep

Bane
01-11-2011, 11:04 AM
scam

run malwarebytes

http://dw.com.com/redir?edId=3&siteId=4&oId=3000-8022_4-10804572&ontId=8022_4&spi=9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8&lop=link&tag=tdw_dltext&ltype=dl_dlnow&pid=11665648&mfgId=6290020&merId=6290020&pguid=0mLetgoOYI0AAFDhH74AAAFX&destUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.cnet.com%2F3001-8022_4-10804572.html%3Fspi%3D9ac882bc97d555dcb809a173cf0bc3f8%26part%3Ddl-10804572

Install and do a full scan.

Sounds like a good option but I took all of my windows based machines to the shooting range about 3 years ago so I'm not sure about anything microsoft anymore.

pr_capone
01-11-2011, 11:06 AM
Sounds like a good option but I took all of my windows based machines to the shooting range about 3 years ago so I'm not sure about anything microsoft anymore.

huh? lol

So then you are running Mac or Linux?

DaFace
01-11-2011, 11:06 AM
Sounds like a good option but I took all of my windows based machines to the shooting range about 3 years ago so I'm not sure about anything microsoft anymore.

Are you saying you have the same problem on a non-Windows machine and are looking for suggestions or just telling us an anecdote for the fun of it?

tooge
01-11-2011, 11:07 AM
is it free to install?

pr_capone
01-11-2011, 11:08 AM
is it free to install?

100% Gratis

BigRedChief
01-11-2011, 11:08 AM
dude, don't play around with registery cleaners. They have hosed too many non-techies. Just stay away from them. The benefits don't outweigh the disasterous effects if done wrong like unable to boot etc.

Bane
01-11-2011, 11:09 AM
huh? lol

So then you are running Mac or Linux?

Mac OS X.I gave up on windows completely.Always something with the damn things,and for me,I just need it to work.I must admit I loved seeing the 240 gr hollow points from my Redhawk exiting the old lap top.It was glorious.LMAO

Bane
01-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Are you saying you have the same problem on a non-Windows machine and are looking for suggestions or just telling us an anecdote for the fun of it?

Just funning around.I'm completely happy with my Macs.Overpriced maybe,but for me they work every damn time and do just exactly what I need them to do without all of the bullshit that's common with windows.

pr_capone
01-11-2011, 11:11 AM
Mac OS X.I gave up on windows completely.Always something with the damn things,and for me,I just need it to work.I must admit I loved seeing the 240 gr hollow points from my Redhawk exiting the old lap top.It was glorious.LMAO

My brother swears by his Mac... I've given it a fair shake but it's just not my thing.

Bane
01-11-2011, 11:12 AM
My brother swears by his Mac... I've given it a fair shake but it's just not my thing.

I can completely see why most or some people dislike them but for me its money well spent.

BigRedChief
01-11-2011, 11:14 AM
Just funning around.I'm completely happy with my Macs.Overpriced maybe,but for me they work every damn time and do just exactly what I need them to do without all of the bullshit that's common with windows.whatever...:doh!:

I live and work in the real world. It's Microsoft's world and we only have licsenses to use it. Embrace the horrror.

kepp
01-11-2011, 11:17 AM
Just remember, the files are IN the computer.

Bane
01-11-2011, 11:17 AM
whatever...:doh!:

I live and work in the real world. It's Microsoft's world and we only have licsenses to use it. Embrace the horrror.

Maybe if I worked in a field where I had to use a windows based machine I'd agree with you,but I don't and will never own another windows based machine.I guess if I was a pc gamer or whatever I may feel different,but I'm not so there goes that.

Edit.And yeah I'm so very glad that I don't work in the "real world" like some do.LMAO

Bearcat
01-11-2011, 11:25 AM
whatever...:doh!:

I live and work in the real world. It's Microsoft's world and we only have licsenses to use it. Embrace the horrror.

Eh, in my real world, Windows is only around for end users... nothing important runs on it. ;)

BigRedChief
01-11-2011, 11:30 AM
Eh, in my real world, Windows is only around for end users... nothing important runs on it. ;)thats a good thing too.....

I just have to much fun busting the chops of techies and their hatred of all things Microsoft. I certaintly relate to the root cause of their feelings but I just embrace the horror and move on.:p

pr_capone
01-11-2011, 11:34 AM
thats a good thing too.....

I just have to much fun busting the chops of techies and their hatred of all things Microsoft. I certaintly relate to the root cause of their feelings but I just embrace the horror and move on.:p

That is all you can do. Embrace it and learn to work with it.

Otter
01-11-2011, 11:41 AM
I've been playing around with Ubuntu (linux dist) and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the progress they've made for non-linux geeks. One of the biggest reasons I got away from it a couple years ago is because installing software was such a huge pain in the ass.

Well the devs created a Ubuntu Software Center much like Windows program manager and install/uninstall is a breeze. All the configuration settings are layed out in a very neat and easy to understand Windows-like format. As far as web compatibility everything from Youtube to any webpage you can imagine works flawlessly in the browsers which Firefox is the default but Google Chrome is also available in ubuntu linux version and the whole OS is completely free and constantly under development for improvement and upgrades. You can go to the deepest and darkest spots of the internet and not have to worry about a virus, malware or anything else.

I've got nothing to do with the OS just spreading the news.

Norman Einstein
01-11-2011, 11:45 AM
Malwarebytes is great, I also have AVG loaded on my puter.

The AVG software is free, you can pay $40 a year and add live scanning as you go. Since I spent the $40 I haven't had any problems.

I run daily scans of both and update the software on a regular basis.

markd2000
01-11-2011, 11:51 AM
I've used CCLeaner for years and it works flawlessley. It's also free. The main purpose for me is to occasionally clean-up the registry...lot's of remnants remain with software updates and removals that tend to slow down to PC. It also has a clean up function that also speeds up the pc. Does not remove adware or viruses though.

Bearcat
01-11-2011, 12:22 PM
I've been playing around with Ubuntu (linux dist) and I have to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the progress they've made for non-linux geeks. One of the biggest reasons I got away from it a couple years ago is because installing software was such a huge pain in the ass.

Well the devs created a Ubuntu Software Center much like Windows program manager and install/uninstall is a breeze. All the configuration settings are layed out in a very neat and easy to understand Windows-like format. As far as web compatibility everything from Youtube to any webpage you can imagine works flawlessly in the browsers which Firefox is the default but Google Chrome is also available in ubuntu linux version and the whole OS is completely free and constantly under development for improvement and upgrades. You can go to the deepest and darkest spots of the internet and not have to worry about a virus, malware or anything else.

I've got nothing to do with the OS just spreading the news.

I've run Ubuntu for a few years now, and while I have dual boot with Windows 7 for Photoshop and games, I hardly ever use it. And there's a huge community for support, so you're not left hoping the next update fixes that annoying bug.

I did go back to Windows for a little while after I got a new laptop, because Windows 7 was so much better than previous versions of Windows, and I was having some issues with Ubuntu dealing with Flash, etc; that I hadn't had time to deal with... then one day I caught a virus from someone on the same network I was on, which got my butt in gear to fix the annoyances with Ubuntu. When I gave my old laptop away, I kept XP and Ubuntu on it, and they seem to like Ubuntu.... even if I only convert one person, the world is that much better for it. :)

BigRedChief
01-11-2011, 12:24 PM
That is all you can do. Embrace it and learn to work with it.hey, don't get me wrong. I'm sitting in a training class that I installed Red Hat, ESX host, vSphere, vSphere client and attached SAN arrays to it this am. Having a lot of fun with it.

But the bread and butter of I.T. in the real world is Microsoft. It is what it is.

Otter
01-11-2011, 12:44 PM
I've run Ubuntu for a few years now, and while I have dual boot with Windows 7 for Photoshop and games, I hardly ever use it. And there's a huge community for support, so you're not left hoping the next update fixes that annoying bug.

I did go back to Windows for a little while after I got a new laptop, because Windows 7 was so much better than previous versions of Windows, and I was having some issues with Ubuntu dealing with Flash, etc; that I hadn't had time to deal with... then one day I caught a virus from someone on the same network I was on, which got my butt in gear to fix the annoyances with Ubuntu. When I gave my old laptop away, I kept XP and Ubuntu on it, and they seem to like Ubuntu.... even if I only convert one person, the world is that much better for it. :)

I use Windows for gaming and am slowly converting over over to Ubuntu for everything else. I've always used OpenOffice so it's really not that big of a transition. Everything else is equal if not better.

Like I mentioned below I got my feet wet about 3 years ago and was immediately turned off because software was so difficult to install. My oh my the leaps and bounds the devs made in fixing that.

It's a simply amazing OS.

Bearcat
01-11-2011, 01:08 PM
I use Windows for gaming and am slowly converting over over to Ubuntu for everything else. I've always used OpenOffice so it's really not that big of a transition. Everything else is equal if not better.

Like I mentioned below I got my feet wet about 3 years ago and was immediately turned off because software was so difficult to install. My oh my the leaps and bounds the devs made in fixing that.

It's a simply amazing OS.

Yeah, I use pidgin for AIM/gtalk/FB chat, and it's not bloatware like Trillian or AIM, and it has some pretty cool features/plugins. I use gtkpod for my iPod, and while it's not a one-stop-shop like iTunes (I use amazonmp3, usually via Pandora), again, it's not bloated with unwanted software (DIAF, qttask), and if something goes wrong, I can actually fix it. More and more sites offer a Linux option, either as a stand alone app or using AdobeAir... like Hulu, veetle, Pandora, Chrome.

It's really a no-brainer for anyone who's a little tech savvy (or not afraid to learn) and primarily uses their computer for email/internet, and it's quickly becoming an OS that you can lean on as a complete (and free) replacement for Windows.

Sofa King
01-11-2011, 01:37 PM
i got a question on my comp as well.

posted it in the virus thread, because that's where people post shit when they fuck up and catch something stupid.

Mr. Laz
01-11-2011, 03:19 PM
registry cleaners are just as likely to screw something up really badly as they are to fix something if you don't know what you're doing.

run Malwarebyte while in safe mode for best effect

Extra Point
01-11-2011, 04:29 PM
Okay, then. What do I use to wipe off, when I've searched through-and-through for a 3D method to impregnate Irina Vorovina, albiet I had my nuts cut 10 years ago?