On the other hand, it is proven that you can totally FUBAR a system by
running useless system "tools" like a registry cleaner.
Cleaning out cookies, browser add-ons, adware, and defragging a HDD are
about the only preventive mainenance a PC requires, and will solve 95% of
slow computer related problems.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Add in disabling unnecessary services and I'll agree with you. If
someone's running Vista, Vista Services Optimizer works well. It
tells you what all of the arcane services are, and makes
recommendations based on your intended use. Preston Gralla
recommended it, it's easy to use, reversible and it's freeware.
On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:42:39 -0800 (PST), RicodJour
Here is some great information on services.
www.BlackViper.com: Home Page
Windows Services ~ Includes complete explanations of each service and
advice on which services you can safely disable.
I trust this information from this kid.
On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 13:31:03 -0800, "Jon Danniken"
Folks here should check their port security.
At this site, visit the Hot Spots. Click
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Forgot to paste the link:
"Your system has achieved a perfect "TruStealth" rating. Not a single
packet solicited or otherwise was received from your system as a
result of our security probing tests. Your system ignored and refused
to reply to repeated Pings (ICMP Echo Requests). From the standpoint
of the passing probes of any hacker, this machine does not exist on
the Internet. Some questionable personal security systems expose their
users by attempting to "counter-probe the prober", thus revealing
themselves. But your system wisely remained silent in every way. Very
Mr. Gibson is a con man...you can use it as a reference...but that's
It's funny, this guy (OP) writes 3 ridiculous pages and you respond to
my post. If someone "wants" a registry cleaner the 2 I mentioned
Have .1% chance of causing a problem with the default settings.
As for stopping "Services" I will agree with you, of course.
I didn't bother to even look at his stuff. I seldom respond to the
first post on the off chance there's some crap involved. Let somebody
else take the chance opening it or going there first.
But in his case, I have no interest in a registry cleaner as I have no
registry problems at the moment. I merely pointed out why somebody
might have a legitimate need or use for one.
I'll take your word for it that the OP is a con man. Certainly he's a
spammer if nothing else.
Gibson designs his software in a more benign way than the people who
designed the malware that wants you to purchase their software after
they have infected your PC with it.
After using CCleaner for many years now...and having it "fix" the
registry. It has not messed up mine nor any other PCs I have worked on.
I don't "push" any registry cleaner but I have used these so-called
cleaners for nearly thirty years. The only one I had problems with was
the old cleaner that Microsoft provided way back in Windows 98 days.
They didn't recommend it but made it available for those who wanted to
experiment. I re-installed Win 98 a number of times after screw-ups
but that was no big deal. CCleaner is fairly innocuous but the
registry cleaner part should be used with discretion...I'm pretty
careful about deleting what it wants to delete.
Hey, now I have a computer question:
I was recently told by a customer service rep that no virus can ever
be removed, that if you get a virus, the hard drive needs to be erased
and reformatted. Not the kind of advice I was looking to get.
I used to go to a website (SpywareInfo.org) where one could ask
questions, upload a log of his computer's registry, etc. (Hijack This!
logs, for example) and have someone look into the log, tell him what
registry changes to make, and remove bugs, viruses, and such. The
page is no longer active, but I long for such a place. Anyone know
where I can find one again?
I am having a few problems, and I would like to be able to fix them
without hauling my computer off to someone who will charge an arm and
a leg to tell me the problem can't be fixed. I am capable of
following step-by-step instructions, which is what one used to get at
SpywareInfo.org. I am, however, somewhat computer illiterate, so I
need the walk-you-through-it kind of help they provided.
On Sun, 14 Nov 2010 20:53:21 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
Virtually all virus infections can be cured, and the virus removed,
with the right program and sometimes other manual steps.(without
reformatting the drive and re-installing windows).
Sometimes it can be extremely difficult, and more expensive than
trashing your computer and buying a new one - but the data is
generally worth more than the computer, and the time required to
re-install some complex setups can also be worth a lot more than a new
I very rarely resort to re-installation unless there is nothing of
value on the computer.
No, that's not true, but depending on what you've been infected with,
it may be more time and trouble than this "customer service rep" thinks
it's worth to completely clean it out. And the virus/malware might
break or corrupt things while it's living there such that things might
not work quite right even after it's been eliminated. The process of
leaning it out can also break things.
I've only been infected with a virus a couple of times, though not for
years, because I know what to do and not to do. But I've cleaned
infected systems for many other people, and it can be a long and
tedious process. Sometimes it's a better use of everybody's time (and
money, if I'm not doing it gratis) to just re-format the disk and re-
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