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  1. The problem with many registry cleaners is you really have to look at the undo file to make sure they didn't remove more than what they list as "invalid." Many registry cleaners will go far beyond just removing a single reference they list and will remove more, or much more. For example, after running Windows Update RegSeeker claimed this key was invalid:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup]"ServicePackCachePath"="c:\\windows\\ServicePackFiles\\ServicePackCache"The problem is when looking at the undo file it actually removed this:[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup]"ServicePackCachePath"="c:\\windows\\ServicePackFiles\\ServicePackCache"[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\AppLogLevels][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\BaseWinOptions][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{077ACEC7-979C-40AB-9835-435BA1511E0D}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{30C7234B-6482-4A55-A11D-ECD9030313F2}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{3FDF25EE-E592-4495-8391-6E9C504DAC2B}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{44BBA855-CC51-11CF-AAFA-00AA00B6015C}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{60204BB3-7078-4F70-8F69-68297621941C}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{60BFF50D-FB2C-4498-A577-C9548C390BB9}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{981FB688-E76B-4246-987B-92083185B90A}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{A47B3654-48EE-48A5-B629-97D70175E58F}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{AA936DF4-2B08-4B1F-B071-72192E287704}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{AAC1D942-0B38-4E37-9E4E-5B96A9DD2170}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{B3C1B200-8F14-4C49-96D3-67425AD59914}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{C5B8FBE9-645E-4484-A7AA-E8DA9A70DD77}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{CAC24AF7-5447-4F19-9FA6-F6E6E69D395E}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{CFB4B314-0328-45E1-94AF-45A3F5F48E0B}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\ExceptionComponents\{DD90D410-1823-43EB-9A16-A2331BF08799}][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Migration][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Migration\200][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Migration DLLs][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Oc Manager][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Oc Manager\MasterInfs][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\Oc Manager\Subcomponents][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE\CKPT][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OptionalComponents][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OptionalComponents\MAPI][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OptionalComponents\Messenger][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OptionalComponents\Moviemk][HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OptionalComponents\SwFlash]
  2. The current version of Sygate Personal Firewall v5.6.2808 has a severe problem running on many systems regardless of the OS version, and this has been ongoing since November 2004 when it was released, it is yet to be updated with a fix. v5.6.2808 won't run on either my Win98 or WinXP Pro system and promptly gives a pop-up crash dialog. The problem is well documented on the Sygate Forums. The last known "stable" version I know of was v5.5.2710, well at least it can start without immediately crashing, although it has the ability to start acting up out of nowhere such as some websites won't load in any browser, some programs can't be updated using their update component (Spybot SD, QuickTime, etc). If you use Windows XP Service Pack 2 the Windows Firewall passed all of the Gibson Research ShieldsUp tests as being TruStealth. It may not do enough for you, however it isn't buggy like many third-party firewalls. It automatically protects your system without any confusing configuration, and without constant firewall alerts, e.g.; it protects your system without ever bothering you. The drawbacks are no outbound blocking of programs therefore systems infected with malware will be vulnerable, it also has a rather crappy firewall log. If you scan for viruses, and malware everyday whilst using it, your system "should" be alright. There's more firewall talk in Firewall Discussion.
  3. Andavari


    Thanks! No wonder I couldn't find it using search I didn't have the name spelled correct.
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    I've seen Ediwo mentioned in a few posts. I'd like to know what is it, and what is the official website URL. Doing a forum search didn't provide me with any URL's.
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    cheap virus

    Nope. He said "get a Ferrari for free." Free can mean many things, like a never-ending test drive where the person testing the car seemingly forgot to bring it back and instead decided to keep it indefinately. If only it would be a Ferrari F50 and/or Ferrari Enzo.
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    a reg key

    From what I can tell CCleaner already cleans the MUICache located at: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache I'm not sure if the location you listed is related or not to what is cleaned. I've only seen executible items added to the location I listed above.
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    cheap virus

    You'd be surprised at how many people ("fools") start deleting files in the Windows directory and sub-directories all by themselves, then scream virus when their computer starts acting up or displaying errors. I remember one guy who deleted all .dll's in the Windows\System32 folder that began with "ad" thinking they were downloading advertisements to his computer, oops those were OS related .dll's needed by WinXP.
  8. ZoneAlarm Pro any version has always killed my dial-up connection with my current ISP, I don't know if it's an advanced Pro only feature that does it. The free version has never caused connection problems. When I had connection problems a few years ago and called my ISP one of the first things they asked was "Are you using ZoneAlarm Pro."
  9. It you're gonna consume bean dip get some beano. Don't be coming hear stinking up the place with farts.
  10. What version of Windows are you using? Are you using the Start->Shutdown way, or are you pressing the power button?
  11. Centauri Prime, I'm the emperor! A little farther away than your moon humans, ha ha ha. Actually, I was born in and still live in Burlington, Iowa, U.S.A.
  12. Windows Firewall stealth. Well according the the ShieldsUp tests on http://grc.com it passed as TruStealth on my system. Of course that doesn't mean it will pass as TruStealth on other systems depending upon the network configuration, and what other programs are doing. "Perhaps" my configuration of it helped it pass since I unchecked the two allow items on the Exceptions tab. I just only wish I would've been using it all along to negate dealing with and living with bugs in third-party firewalls on a daily basis.
  13. Not related to the problem you've fixed, however Tweak UI is also capable of causing another problem as detailed below. How to repair right click Start missing Explorer option. When you install Microsoft's Tweak UI it "may" be responsible for disabling the Start button feature when right clicking called Explore. How to fix: 1. Click Start, Settings, Control Panel. 2. Double click Tweak UI. 3. In Tweak UI click the My Computer tab. 4. Make sure there is a check mark next to each and every drive letter displayed -- even if the drive letter doesn't exist or isn't used on your system. 5. Click Apply, and then click OK. 6. Restart your computer. 7. Once Windows is restarted right click the Start button, now the greyed out Explore option is now in bold text and is now restored. It literally took me a year to figure out how to fix this problem on my Win98 system.
  14. I was asking because Sygate Personal Firewall is a culprit of doing such a thing, it doesn't matter what browser someone uses if a firewall is blocking access.
  15. Have you had any file corruption due to the faulty memory?
  16. I completely understand what you're saying, please don't take what I've written below as being hard-headed. --- Since the Windows Firewall doesn't scan outgoing traffic that is my major gripe about it so no I'm not o.k. with that missing feature. The other major gripe is not having a systray icon to indicate it's functional. I do full system scans everyday for viruses, spyware, adware, trojans (malware). I never knew anything about Windows Firewall being remotely shutdown. If Windows Firewall is shutdown I'd think the Windows Security Center would notice that. Problems with third-party firewalls I've had: Sygate Personal Firewall: * Blocks a bunch of websites such as www.apple.com/quicktime including the QuickTime Player update program. Blocks some stuff when trying to register extended warranties for products purchased at Staples. * The only virus activity I know of that can shutdown a firewall happened twice with Sygate Personal Firewall. Get a virus stuck in the log that it blocked, and as soon as an antivirus scanner tries to deal with it it'll immediately cause Sygate Personal Firewall to shutdown. When the antivirus scanner tries to repair the log file it can't. Of course the log file has to be manually deleted to get rid of the virus since antivirus software isn't capable of removing the virus from the log. ZoneAlarm (free): * Not a bug an annoyance; Too many distractions always popping up a blocked attack. I say just log minor, and medium attacks and only display a popup when there is a major attack that requires the user to consider applying the lock for a few moments. * When making some setup packages I noticed they were automatically configured as trusted applications for what reason I don't know. When removing them from the Programs List in ZoneAlarm they immediately reappear even if the setup package is renamed the original .exe file name reappears. That's enough of a bug for me not to trust ZoneAlarm (free). Kerio Personal Firewall v2.1.5 (don't like version 5 at all): * On my WinXP system it will periodically and completely lose my custom configuration and custom rule sets. --- In another firewall dicussion on Hydrogenaudio.org Peter Pawlowski (zZzZzZz) wrote this. The most powerthing he stated was in the first sentence and second sentence of this post. I respect his opinion very much, and have found third-party firewalls to be buggy. His statement really set off a lightbulb in my head, and that is: Software-based third-party firewalls need to be certified by Microsoft.
  17. Firewall discussion is continued here: http://forum.CCleaner.com/index.php?showtopic=1371 This is for respect to USSR so his problem can be solved without any offtopic replies.
  18. Split from Problems with computer. For continued discussion about firewalls, faults of specific firewalls, and/or which one to use please use this thread.
  19. If you're using a software-based personal firewall what is it?
  20. Can you give a better explaination for that statement? It does a good job at blocking incoming traffic. Although it doesn't do anything to block outgoing traffic. After putting up with bugs in Sygate Personal Firewall for years, and recently ZoneAlarm (free) I've found that Windows Firewall is the only firewall I've used in years that hasn't given me any noticable problems. It also passes the ShieldsUp test as TruStealth at GRC.com (Please no grcsucks.com links).
  21. Does it happen when you are online, or offline? Are you running a firewall? If it happens when you're online, and you don't have a third-party personal firewall installed at the very least make sure you enable the Windows Firewall. The reason I say this is because years ago my system would occassionally freeze, shutdown, and reboot due to not running a firewall. I believe that behavior is an outside attack called BootPC which comes in on TCP ports 67, and 68, albeit I don't know if that's what's causing your problem.
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    Java (Sun)

    I personally have never liked using Java based app's because they always seemed rather sluggish, of course that was based upon my usage of them on my Win98 system. I also don't like .NET app's especially after using ATI's display drivers that have the ATI control panel which is .NET based. Since I know how it reacts with my system I now only use the standard Windows GUI styled ATI control panel driver. The sluggish performance seems as if it'll bring my WinXP Pro system to a halt, even though my system has 1 GB Ram & a 3.2 Ghz P4 w/HT, hence the reason I avoid them.
  23. @ Tarun: You want a good laugh; I had already edited that sentence once. It originally read "You English if very good!" @ Tandem21: I'm from Iowa, in the United States.
  24. Your English if very good!
  25. I don't think Spybot SD is getting behind its competition. Look at the tools it comes with, which in my opinion are pretty robust.
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