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  1. @login123

    I do not blame you for the scare - It was entirely Burnaway's fault.


    Congratulations on posting a message with single line spacing.

    The IPB forum software inserts unwanted blank lines when I attempt to place one line immediately after another.



  2. When I received the Piriform notification of Willy's post I clicked and was brought into this sequence of topics.

    At that stage I think I was correctly taken to Willy.s topic BUT the preceding post from login appeared to take priority,

    and I saw the message that is present immediately above Willy's post, i.e.

    BURNAWAY Premium HAS BEEN downloaded, etc etc.

    I have not found any evidence that "Burnaware Premium has been downloaded",

    but it cost me time and effort to investigate because I had been explicitly told of a BurnAWay download which I had NOT initiated.





    My only mistake was to click on Willy2's link for WizFile, and BEFORE I could read Willy's post my browser was SWAMPED with statements that BurnAware was already downloaded and ready to INSTALl.   It does NOT tell me to WHERE it has buried this unwanted junk.

    My apologies to Willy2 for hijacking his post, BUT when I tried to complain on the BurnAware topic I just suffered more unsolicited "Downloads"



  4. Thanks Hazel and Login123.


    Just downloaded Wiztree 2.01


    Over a year ago I broke my left femur just below the Hip.

    After a month in bed with no access to my desktop P.C.

    I have spent more time walking in the local park instead of using the computer,

    hence I have only visited the forum when I get notification of updates to topics that I was involved in.


    Two months ago my desktop MOBO/CPU died and a friend gave my his old discarded P.C.

    I took out his Windows 7 HDD and swapped in my Windows 7 SSD and it worked better than I feared.

    My old P.C. had an AMD C.P.U

    so some Microsoft security updates were aimed at AMD,

    but my new P.C. has an Intel C.P.U.

    I have seen no compatibility conflicts so far,


    I now plan to replace the Windows 7 HDD,

    and then create all the shortcuts to my applications which are on my previous HDD.

    Then I plan full image backups of both the "Intel HDD" and the "AMD SSD"

    and then while Windows 10 is still free to try Windows 10 on both the HDD and the SSD.

    and create an image and restore that image to my SSD.




  5. They chose to conceal their obstinate stupidity.


    Before the Windows 8 nightmare occurred,

    Palemoon supported both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of their browser.

    32 bit machines had no choice - they could only use the 32 bit version.

    64 bit machines could run either - BUT

    The code-base which was common to both Palemoon and Mozilla had incomplete 64 bit API support

    and EXTENSIONS which were common to both Palemoon and Mozilla needed 64 bit API's with 64 bit Browsers.


    As standard 64 bit Windows 7 included adequate 64 bit API's for some BUT NOT ALL extensions.

    Users that wanted extensions which needed missing 64 bit API's had to use the 32 bit browser.

    N.B. - I think that in those days Firefox only came as a 32 bit browser.


    I consider it most probable that the latest versions of Windows may include adequate 64 bit API support on 64 bit machines,

    in which case both Palemoon and Mozilla should have 64 bit browsers that support all the extensions that run on 32 bit browsers,



    My best guess is that if you are using 64 bit Vista or 64 bit Windows 7,

    then some BUT NOT ALL Extensions will run adequately with FF37.


    Not all Firefox users would be happy with such an outcome,

    but since when has Mozilla considered users happiness :angry:





  6. Spell checking doesn't work on this forum in:


    Firefox 10

    Firefox 11 Beta

    Aurora 12

    Nightly 13

    Waterfox 10


    (For me at least  :P


    Try Pale Moon

    Spell Check always works for  me in this forum OK


    The above looked like the following before I clicked each squiggled word and selected the relevant correction :-


    Try Palemoon

    Spelll Check alllways woorks fuor mee in this fourum  ok




    I jumped ship from Firefox after F.F. version 18 because it started to find different ways to go wrong each time I started up Windows.

  7. It would have been better to not only read but also understand post #15 from Dennis,

    and first use USB Image Tool: (Freeware).


    With luck that would have allowed easy recovery from the additional corruption that may have arisen from the "format failure to finish".


    Sorry but I have no easy remedies to suggest, but hopefully others will.


  8. It wasn't a dig, just thought I must've missed an entry somewhere (and giving it that name could cause stupid people other than this one to also go hunting for a Panda entry that doesn't exist ^_^ ). So perhaps "Safe logs" would be better for the winapp2 entry itself :)

    Safe logs would indicate that removal would permit danger.


    Why not "Useless Logs".



    Collisions can be generated with MD5, so a hacker can replace one portion of code with his own version to do what the hacker wishes,

    and yet the MD5 checksums will be identical


    it is trivial to generate collisions using nothing more than algebra. SHA0 and SHA1 are also broken, although unlike md5() no one has generated a SHA1 collision, but it is believed to be computationally feasible with our current technology.



    If AVAST is a proper security company then it ought to provide SHA-2 (or better) hash checksums ( which Nirsoft HashMyFiles also handles )

    though SHA-1 is probable good enough for now unless a powerful government body (you know who I mean) wants to fake something.


    MD5 is perfectly good for indicating an extremely high probability than a file has NOT suffered a random error due to an Internet transmission or Disk connection,

    BUT is considered to be BROKEN and should NOT be trusted by any security company.


  10. About 2 years ago a friend asked me to improve the start-up time of her laptop running Vista.

    There were numerous things running on start-up.

    MalwareBytes found an awful lot of PUP's which I removed,

    and that reduced the startups and delays.


    The most objectionable thing was "Trusteer Rapport" which had a service always running on start-up.

    It did not even wait for Internet availability before it was in action.


    I recognized that it was recommended by her bank, and I had no confidence in her protection by Microsoft Essentials or whatever it was called,

    so I left it installed.

    I have confidence in the protection that I have installed on my own computer (Comodo),

    and would never ever allow the continuous CPU time wasting actions of this application that is only intended to protect my banking transactions.


    After two years it might have become better.


    This was the search phrase that I submitted to DuckDuckGo for unbiased independent reviews

    "Trusteer Rapport"


    Three out of the 4 results that I clicked were very condemning, e.g.



    Rapport software is incompatible with Windows tool Driver Verifier and may cause Blue Screen and system crash. Since Driver Verifier is not intended for end users in a production environment or workstations, Trusteer Support recommends that end users do not run Driver Verifier with Trusteer Endpoint Protection installed.[45]



    Two years ago it was also accused of being a Rootkit that was impossible to eradicate, and that :-

    "Hmm, beastie pulled in a digital certificate that granted the app "unrestricted" authorization (direct quote from log)."



    Your Mileage May Vary :wacko:


  11. There is no reason to be judgmental. SMalik did a very good job at finding more system files that are useless. Winapp2 hasn't had many new system file updates lately.


    I am looking at the Peerblock entry and for some reason, it's not being detected on my system, meaning the entry isn't showing up in the cleaner.







    My path directory is located in ProgramFiles (not x86) then under PeerBlock. I did not find any registry keys or appdata in relation to Peerblock. Anyone have any idea why it's not being detected on my system?

    The normal rules are that "C:\Program Files (x86)" is only used by 32 bit applications on a 64 bit system,

    and "C:\Program Files" is used by 32 bit Windows and 64 bit applications on 64 bit Windows.

    But rules is rules and they are there to be broken :rolleyes:

  12. Looks like it's gone for good https://blog.mozilla.org/futurereleases/2014/03/14/metro/ I played around with it for awhile but the lack of plugin/addon support kept me on the desktop version.

    Mozilla have given up  a hopelesss battle against superior competitors for an unwanted and failing metro experience.


    That is my interpretation of


    we have to pick our battles. We’re not as tiny as we were when we shipped Firefox 1.0, but we still need to focus on the projects with the most impact for our mission; the massive scale of our competitors and of the work to be done requires us to marshal our forces appropriately.


    we’ve never seen more than 1000 active daily users in the Metro environment.




  13. A picture is worth more than a thousand words :)


    If you would post a screen shot of all the information that Windows Disk Management can show for this drive,

    we would understand the situation much better than having a series of posts and requests for clarification.





  14. I can't stand all those extra lang files being installed, but some programs refuse to operate with them missing, at least Steam reinstalls itself versus giving you no info at all as to what the problem is. One would think by now that practically all installers should/would be smart enough to not install non-system default lang files by reading what the default system lang is on the machine.


    I removed about 200MB (that's a crazy amount) of non-Eng lang files from an embroidery software my mother uses, and luckily it didn't break the piggish thing.

    I have an easy potential solution to the problem.


    Do not delete the files but replace them with short files that have the same names.

    It is possible that even zero length files might be acceptable replacements.


    I suggest testing this potential solution by replacing one of the unwanted files first,

    and if that does not break the installation try replacing all the unwanted files.


    If you identify an installation that benefits from the above, then a BAT script could be implemented that would automate removal whenever the application is updated and language files are re-installed.


    Below is a part of simple BAT script that eliminates unwanted Lang folders from the Foxmarks extensions of my Palemoon Browser before it launches CCleaner.


    A totally new and more complex BAT script would be needed to replace large files with small files instead of zapping the unwanted folders and contents.

    I am too busy with other projects to engage with this at the moment,

    but there are experts available and willing to quickly produce complex scripts if you register and ask at


    FOR %%a IN (Alan User) DO (
      CD /D C:\Users\%%a\AppData\Roaming\Moonchild Productions\Pale Moon\Profiles\*.default\EXTENS~1\FOXMAR~1.COM\chrome\locale\
      IF EXIST F* (
        DIR | FIND "/"
        SET ANS=N & SET /P ANS="PURGE from "%%a" Profile all above except en-US ?  P(urge) / N(o) :- "
        IF "!ANS!"=="P" (
          ECHO PURGING  C:\Users\%%a\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\   ...
          FOR /D %%X IN (*) DO IF NOT %%X==en-US ECHO -RMDIR- /S /Q %%X
          FOR /D %%X IN (*) DO IF NOT %%X==en-US RMDIR /S /Q %%X
    ) ) )

    I test whether the "F*" file exists to determine whether a fresh installation of all languages has occurred.

    That test takes far less than one second,

    but if the unwanted stuff has arrived it takes somewhat longer to list all targets so I can abort if for some reason it is about to inflict collateral damage,

    and then after I authorize Purge they all go.

    NB I do not hate the French - but any application with foreign languages will include French.

  15. Why always change what works?

    Changes are made to enhance cleaning.

    Sometimes the consequences may prove to be unfortunate.


    Regrettably the only ways to avoid an unfortunate result are :-

    To never update CCleaner.exe nor Winapp2.ini;

    or to closely examine the ANALYZE results and understand potential consequences before they occur;

    or to create backups to fall back on when it goes wrong.

  16. Thanks for providing the link which I had ready to paste - but then a sudden domestic chore distracted me :(


    I also had a problem making it portable.

    My first problem may have been that the file "Portable.ini" must be renamed "Locate.ini" BEFORE ever running the code.

    Perhaps running the code first will configure the registry to never become portable regardless of the subsequent presence of Locate.ini.

    They may have been other issues also but I cannot recall.

  17. I now use the 64 bit version of Locate32 instead of Everything.


    There are times when I want to reuse a clever bit of DOS code and cannot remember how I did it or the name of the *.BAT script in which I did it.

    Both "Everything" and "Locate32" can produce a list of 1504 files with the extension *.BAT in a few seconds.

    Life is too short to read 1504 files.

    If I remember a DOS command that was part of the magic,

    then I simply click the "Advanced" TAB and enter the name of that command as text to search for,

    Then in less than one second LOCATE32 will cut the list down to only 3 files with names and date stamps and I immediately know which file to open.

    Everything has no such capability.



  18. EVERYTHING overlooks files in the Windows system subfolders. I use it but I don't trust it too much.

    I think you are wrong - unless :-

    your Windows system subfolders are in a FAT32 partition which has no MFT;

    or they have been added/changed since Everything's database was last updated (believe update is automatic on startup plus on manual demand, but not continuous real-time);

    or perhaps the files you are looking for do not exist in System32 but are figments in the imagination due to the evil machinations of WinSXS.


    I agree with Login123, examples would be useful, and their time stamps could also be relevant.

  19. I think we should have a separate tab for the entries that work only in Safe Mode.

    I forget the technical term but there are some Detection key values to detect which version of Windows is running and accordingly enable or disable Winapp2.ini entries

    Could a similar form of Detection key value be invented and used to detect whether Safe mode is in use and accordingly enable or disable Winapp2.ini entries

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