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  1. (I just tried it, and I don't get a message in win 10 either, it just shuts the file explorer window if it was open showing the stick).


    Normally I just unplug any USB stick when I've finished using it and it's not a problem.


    Try USB Disk Ejector (freeware).


     Although Win10 rarely in my experience allows for safe removal and you just have to end up pulling the USB device out without knowing if file corruption has happened.



    YAY!   :)  Glad to hear it's happening to you guys too.  Andavari, thanks, I'll checkout USB Disk Ejector.

  2. 1. If wanting a free malware protection perhaps install Avira Browser Safety

    2. Then you could use Malwarebytes Free for scanning and removal.


    1) After you had mentioned that in another post, I installed Avira Browser Safety on my Chrome browser.

    2) I will continue to use Malwarebytes Free for on demand scans.


    @ nukecad: thanks for your input.  I do use Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit as another on-demand scan.


    @ Rocknroll: there is for sure something to be said about your setup, but I just feel better having more protection.


    My final decision, as of this afternoon: I purchased a license for Zemana Anti-Malware.  The offer I was given was just way too good to pass up,  So now I'll be running ZAM along with KTS (Kaspersky Total Security 2017) and will continue to do on-demand scans periodically with some other apps previously mentioned in this post and others.  Perhaps an overkill but, like I said, an offer I couldn't refuse!


    Thanks again for all your help.

  3. As you may know from some of my past posts, I use Windows 10 on my laptop.


    I am not sure how to best describe my issue, but here goes:  In the past when I plug in a USB stick and when I'm finished with it, I would right-click on the icon in the tray and then click "eject".  Shortly after a little message would pop-up that would inform me that it was now safe to eject the USB.  I gather this is the procedure everyone uses.


    My current issue is this: Recently no message appears, even after some time, and I therefore end up just pulling it out.


    Any idea how to fix this problem?

  4. I personally wouldn't use a "free" scanner if it's completely crippled without the ability for removal, in this sense "free" should actually be considered as a demo.


    I tend to agree with you Andavari.  Not being able to finish off a scan with getting rid of any reported threats, does indeed suck!  I was hoping someone would say: "I have been using xyz anti-malware with free real-time protection for years and I absolutely love it...here is the link..."   :D


    Do you use real-time protection for malware or just perform frequent on demand scans?

  5. 2) have never seen free pro-active protection for malware, re-active are everywhere.

    3) I have played with Zemana and if I didn't already have MBAM Premium, that would be my second choice.


    2) I also had never seen free real-time protection from any anti-malware program.


    3) Yes, Zemana seems really good.  Some reports claim it to be better than MBAM.  Hazel has said that she uses Zemana for real-time protection.

  6. Correct me if I'm wrong, but from what I understand, in this day and age it's a very good idea to have real-time malware protection.  As far as I've been able to determine, there is only one anti-malware program that offers FREE real-time protection, that is Reason Core Security.  It's worth mentioning that although the free version has real-time protection, it does not enable you to remove any threat that a scan may find.


    I have 3 questions:


    1) Has anyone here any experience with Reason Core Security, if so, what is your opinion?


    2) Do you know of any other FREE anti-malware program that includes real-time protection?


    3) If it's necessary to pay for real-time malware protection, is Zemana Anti-Malware a great choice?  The reason I mention Zemana is because I am able to get a very good deal, at least a good deal in my opinion   :)


    As always, thanks for your time.

  7. A good way to determine if a site is clean is to use Virustotal URL checker,


    Thank you Rocknroll, I am indeed aware of VirusTotal and in fact used it to scan the URL. Like you, I assume the site is safe but I also understand Andavari's point of view regarding downloading from, what I assume he means, "a long-time" trusted source.

  8. I just came across  





    I know nothing about Megaleechers but noticed quite a few discounts on software that some of you may be interested in.


    @ Andavari - I noticed Panda discounts.


    The image below only shows the last part of the list - i.e. the list is much longer.



  9. @razz,

    this is another one of those topics where the 'personal' in Personal Computers comes into play. :)

    that and why opinions are like armpits...


    I'm beginning to think you're right   :)


    for me, the main reason to even consider portable apps (apart from the whole conspiracy angle) is people want to keep them all on a USB stick that follows them to multiple PC's and not have their software change the PC it's running on.


    You say "even consider" - I assume this means you rarely use portable versions.  Why wouldn't you if the program can function as a portable?

  10. A partial quote from the article that hazel linked to:

    "For tools that are meant for simple, quick actions and little to no processing, a portable app works but anything that is going to be processor intensive, an installable version is what is normally developed."


    I take it that this comment makes sense.  If this is true, it stands to reason that the developers of the apps would only offer a potable version if they know it will function as intended.


    So would it not make sense to always go the portable version route if one is offered -- or -- are there reasons you shouldn't always?

    NOTE: In my case, this is in reference to having the portable version on your computer - i.e. not on a USB.

  11. A partial quote that I read somewhere online, in regards to portable apps, is as follows:


    "its actually better to run portable apps.... installing software means entries being added to the registry, startup apps, processor scheduling tasks for those software.. this leads to memory hogs.... on the other hand, portable apps are like standalone software which do not make any changes to the registry".


    Another partial quote:


    (one con of using a portable app) ... "one set of settings for each app, so they're not as appropriate for computers used by multiple people."


    I have two questions:


    1) If you are the sole user on a computer, does it not always make sense to install the portable version  (if one is available) onto your computer instead of the full install version?


    2) From what I gather, you would need to install the portable version anywhere other than the program folder, is this correct?

  12. I have used CCleaner for many. many years and have often used the register cleaner.  I have never had any negative issues as a result of this. To be safe, I do however make a point of backing up the registry.


    After reading a lot of articles focused on registry cleaning, the consensus is to never use a registry cleaner.  It can be noted that CCleaner was often mentioned as the least invasive and therefore the least likely to cause harm.


    I now feel that it's best to skip the registry cleaning part of the CCleaner program.  Do you agree?



  13. As some of you likely know (perhaps most of you  :) ), in November last year Web Of Trust was removed from Firefox & Chrome add-ons - see image.




    A portion of an article ( http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/mozilla-firefox-disables-wot-add-on/ ) from Digital Trends, dated January 26/17, states the following:


    Mozilla’s Firefox browser is apparently disabling the WOT add-on and marking it as suspicious based on concerns over the protection of user data. Apparently, WOT was previously identified as a problem add-on and removed from the list of available add-ons, and now those users who still have WOT installed in Firefox are no longer able to use it


    I'm a little confused now because I discovered WOT is back again in the Google Chrome Web Store (updated March 27/17).




    Well, I have 2 questions:


    1) In your opinion, is WOT good to use or should it be avoided?


    2) Has anyone used "Bitdefender Traffic Light" which will also (like WOT) display an icon on links within Facebook?  EDIT: I guess it's too old now - I see the download was last updated in 2015.  UPDATE: According to BitDefender support, quote "the websites list is updated constantly so you can browse the web safely".


    Thanks for your time!

  14. @mta


    I guess, like anything else, it's all about personal experiences and thereby personal preferences.  I have been using Kaspersky Total Security for a little over 1 year now and have 2 years left on my license.  I'm very happy with it and will likely renew when the time comes.  But, who knows, at that time perhaps price will have to be considered and perhaps other anti-virus software will be something to consider.  Who knows what the future will bring.   :)

  15. - CAREFUL has opencandy ??

    - CAREFUL, installer has OpenCandy in terms of service agreement

    - outpost warns 3 times about phoneouts

    - CAREFUL Avast pops on "Freemake Audio Converter 1.1.8" the full version ??

    - CAREFUL, conduit toolbar


    Thanks for the info login.  Your notes support Andavari's comment : "it's an adware minefield".

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