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  1. Hello to all - Problem solved. All I had to do was restore Windows 8.1 from a backup image I made about three weeks ago. Ran another scan and everything was clean, so it must have been something I downloaded or installed in the last three weeks. All I can recall doing was downloading several catalogs in .pdf format and installing Firefox (???). I have no clue where it came from, but it's gone now. :)
  2. dvdbane, I think you're onto something. I just got finished running the same scan on my Windows 7 machine, which has the same version of Malwarebytes and the same version of Ccleaner installed. Nothing was detected, period. So it looks like some form of malware has gotten into my Windows 8.1 registry, and it's using the name Ccleaner as a part of it's own name to avoid being detected by a casual inspection of the registry. Maybe the admins or developers can add something to this.
  3. Basic information: Windows 8.1 Core x86_64 v. 6.3.9600 Ccleaner v. 5.04.5151 x64 Malwarebytes v. 2.1.4.1018 Database v. 2015.04.01.09 I just downloaded the latest malware definitions for Malwarebytes and performed a scan. At the end, during the heuristics portion of the scan, Malwarebytes picked up two registry entries from Ccleaner that it claims are PUPS. Here is a screenshot of the results: Please note: This just occurred today and has never occurred previously while using any of the earlier malware definition files. I realize that many times a heuristics scan can result in
  4. Hello WarlockLives (formerly known as Warlock and known in France as "Le gros marteau artiste Warlock"). How have you been? Has it taken this long to dig yourself out from under all of the snow that has fallen this past winter? I'm glad to see you back.
  5. Thank goodness you gives figured it out. For a while there I thought it was a series of coded messages from the alien overlord BAMWAR the Malevolent (a.k.a. BAMwar the Malevolent, a.k.a. bamWAR the Malevolent, a.k.a. any possible combination of upper and lower case letters spelling the name "bamwar") demanding the immediate and total surrender of all Earth's citizens. I immediately donned my tinfoil hat and hid in the basement.
  6. Hello @ Coffee4Joe - I've found it slow to start. But once it's running it responds normally and has never caused a system crash. Exactly which Crucial SSD model and which version of Windows are you using it on? Cut and pasted from their website: "The Crucial Storage Executive is compatible with Microsoft® Windows® 7 or newer, and works with the Crucial M500, M550, MX100, MX200, and BX100 SSDs".
  7. Hello Phil - I would like you to be clear on this. There are three different messages generated when " sfc /scannow " completes the operation. Exactly which one did you get? . 1.) "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." - No missing/corrupt files were found and no CBS.log was generated. 2.) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them. Details are included in the CBS.Log %WinDir%\Logs\CBS\CBS.log." - Problems were found and repaired. A CBS.log was generated. 3.) "Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was u
  8. Hello Nergal - All right, now I understand. The free upgrade itself will be offered for just one year, with no limit on how long you can use the OS afterward. Thank you.
  9. Recently Crucial came out with a piece of software named the Crucial Storage Executive, which is used to analyze and maintain their various lines of SSD's. I installed it, and just by coincidence, about a week later I noticed that my M500's expected lifetime dropped from 100% to 99%. I dug out my sales receipt and found that I've owned this device for 10 months. If you extrapolate the numbers, namely that 1% = 10 months of use, then the remaining 99% equates to 82.5 years at my current rate of use. I had no idea that I had purchased an heirloom to pass on to my children and grandchildren.
  10. Nergal touched on this point briefly in post #13: You get to install and use Windows 10 for one year. My question is: And then what? I'm guessing it's either pay up to continue using Windows 10, or reinstall whatever version of Windows you had previously. I guess that Microsoft is betting the ranch on Windows 10's acceptance vs. Windows 7/8/8.1 and signing up a large majority of the people who take advantage of the trial offer. Unfortunately, in the past, they also expected that Vista and Windows 8 would be wildly popular. We all know how that turned out.
  11. Hello Phil - That looks better now than the in previous screenshot, but it's still far from ideal. I noticed that the used space on your disk increased from 57% to 80% and you free space dropped from 43% down to just 20%. Did you check off the items I mentioned in my last post before starting your last round of defragmenting? Also, did you try running " sfc /scannow " and then deleting all of your system restore points as I described in my previous post? I have a feeling either or both of that these items might account for the substantial increase in disk usage.
  12. Hello Phil - There is one more thing I completely forgot to mention when I posted yesterday: your system restore points. How much of the Windows C:\ disk partition did you allocate for saving them? And when was the last time you cleaned out the older ones? I've found that they tend to start out fairly small (200-300MB), grow to gigabyte size, and eventually occupying 10's of gigabytes if you let them go unchecked. Windows will only delete the older ones to make way for newer ones when it has reached the upper limit of the space you have allocated. Before you delete any at all, I would sugg
  13. Derek891

    Low RAM Message

    That could very well be the case, a lot of netbooks shipped with Win7 Starter and just 1GB of system memory installed. My brother and I both own HP Mini netbooks and can attest to the fact that installing 2GB of memory made quite a difference in the overall performance of Win7 Starter. Hopefully LuLu's friend can do likewise if the manufacturer's specs permit doing so.
  14. Hello Phil - After looking at the screenshot you've provided, all I can say is "OMG!!! ". It looks like the system paging file is occupying 80% to 90% of your Windows C:\ partition and is incredibly fragmented as well. What I would do is this: 1.) Go to the settings for virtual memory and turn system paging off (select "No paging file"), ignore the silly warning messages, and reboot the machine. 2.) Right click and open an elevated Command Prompt (run as Administrator). Then enter " powercfg /hibernate off ". At this point pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys are both removed from the C:\ p
  15. Hello Siegfried - I had a similar situation when I had Avast antivirus installed on my machine. After I uninstalled Avast, the two entries for it still appeared under the Applications section of Ccleaner. My solution was to uninstall Ccleaner, reboot, then reinstall it. The entries for Avast were gone after doing so. If this doesn't work for you, there are probably registry entries or folders for Firefox that somehow remain on your system and need to be removed.
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