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deucy14

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  1. Computer repair shop where I left the HP laptop yesterday I brought home today with it having been repaired. The registry relating to the firewall had some missing data in some registry key/s. I asked how could this happen and he said lots of ways; even widows downloaded updates have made this occur., he says. Which may explain why had two laptops out, but that is hard to believe for a few reasons. First I think it would have been a big crowd of us affected.....lol....right ? And secondly both computers were actively being used and one had the problem for a few months while the other just occurred. I have had discussions on this site about using registy cleaners. I have only used CCleaner. The personal legacy for my is DON'T use the registy cleaner in CCleaner unless you really know what you are deleting.
  2. Nikhils....TY a lot ! Because I gave the computer to a repair location, it is peace of mind they are not pounding their heads against the wall for something that relates to MWB. Your quick response is very helpful as a "process of elimination" piece of info. Again....thank you very much !
  3. I have a Lenovo laptop that just lost its firewall since I did a MWB clean install of 3.1.2.1733 about two weeks ago. I have used msc.svc to attempt turning firewall on without success. It is a Windows 8.1 with Intel i7 processor and is 2 years old. I have a HP laptop that lost its firewall PRIOR to making a clean install of 3.1.2.1733 a few weeks ago that had the most current version of MWM prior to it having 3.1.2.1733 installed. It had been without firewall for a few months. It went in to the shop for examination yesterday. This HP is Windows 10 that replaced Windows 8 last year. It is with Intel i7 processor and is 3 1/2 years old. I have for the last few years obsessively checked/updated intra-day MWB between auto-updates while using these computers. I really don't think either computer has been infected. MY QUESTION: HAS THERE BEEN ANY OR QUITE A FEW POSTS HERE RELATED TO FIREWALLS GOING INOPERATIVE AND NOT BEING ABLE TO BE RESTORED (EVEN WITH GOING TO MSC.SVC ?
  4. I just learned I could custom scan using malwarebytes. It allowed me not to identify a file but to scan my entire download list. Results were negative findings. (But I know this is a nasty file...not yet opened.) I am asking for the most hygienic way to eliminate it from my computer, please.
  5. Minutes ago I downloaded a fake advisory purporting to be a critical firefox update. I had pulled the trigger to download AND THEN immediately did a web search to determine if such is fake. Conclusion: it is fake. I did those activities in reverse, rather than check first. sigh ! I have not clicked on the downloaded file which is firefox-patch.js JavaScript File 12kb It merely resides in my download folder. What do I do next ? Do I just "delete" to my recycle bin and delete it from there which I suspect it will remain on my hard drive? OR Can I target it with malwarebytes for quarantine and elimination ? My only other defense is Windows Defender. I do have RevoUninstaller but it only has a "junk file" remover which is no better, I think, than me manually deleting. I am using windows 8.1. See attachment. Did I infect myself by downloading ?
  6. Thanks warwagon. All good info and points.
  7. exile360 ! When you post, it is as your last words, it..... "is always a plus ."
  8. Thanks, exile360 for being graphic about the novice in the registry issue. And as for CCleaner cleaning, I think I am permanently "off" for using it. I dunno how vulnerable I would be for its unfortunate removing of breaking something vital, but how big is the reward for using vs the risk? My brother works IT for state of Calif, and he asked me in one of those rare conversations, "Why use it ?" Your first time description about the utility tweaking.com was already good, but thank you for expanding on it. Manual,too, huh ? I can see me doing that ! But for others who read your post, it's possibly kool to know that. I'll go with your handy tweaking.com.
  9. Once again, thank you exile360. More goodies to add to my inventory. Yikes, your link is exactly 6 years and 5 days old.....bordering on ancient ! he he. I'm sure all good though. When I saw XP and WIN 7, I had to check date of post ! Tweaking dot com. Nice little arranger - tidy up application. Someone earlier on this thread -- may have been you--said to be careful about using the Registry Cleaner, but the basic Cleaner in CCleaner is ok. Are you of an opinion that for many of us computer challenged with minimal knowledge it is best just not to use the Registry Cleaner ?
  10. Today, after two days of my MB 3.06.1469 being “frozen,” I was gonna go through the perfunctory, pre-report gathering logs and reports in preparation for website posting and requesting examination and repair. The mb3 had frozen on me at night after it worked all day. The open utility with dashboard staring at me refused to respond to anything I clicked on, and would not allow me to go elsewhere like SCAN or REPORTS. I did a full scan with Windows Defender which came up with negative results. I needed to hurry that night to work more hours to finish what I was involved with, and I ignored the problem. I eventually did my own crash that night rather than re-boot the computer. Let's see if the recalcitrant program will stand up and salute after boot up in the morning. It did not. In fact, all the icons were where they were supposed to be, and none of them responded when clicking on them. On my Windows 8.1, I could pin to the task bar and unpin which was a different function all together, but the program would not open. I waited two days before addressing the stoppage. I got my log out of Program Data.... and was about to perform the final duties of getting FRST and mb-check logs. But then, even though I never saw it as being required at any of the staff-initiated forums dedicated to fixing, the last time I went through this protocol, I was advised by support to do them over again as Administrator on my computer. So this time, I scratched what logs I had with intentions of doing them over again as Administrator along with gathering the remaining log reports. Rather than convert my user account to Administrator authority, I logged on to my already-made Administrator account. There I saw on the desktop the blue icon mb3 brother. Before getting started with tasks ahead of me, I clicked on it, and it worked fine! I manually updated it. I moved around to other page locations. Everything worked fine. I returned to the user account where I had left the stalled mb3, but now everything worked fine. I just experienced a version of the “Lockheed fix.” Good job, guys, building this feature into the program ! Why aren't you more public about it ? (attchmt: The USAF's C-141 Starlifter built by Lockheed was its first jet transport and arguably one of the most in-flight, reliable aircraft in USAF history. In spite of it carrying two flight engineers on its crew, they sometimes could not “fix” an in-flight problem. Before it landed, the aircraft sometimes had fixed itself. All the more strange was sometimes the large significance of the problem that made these self-fixes a head scratcher later. It was known as the Lockheed fix.)
  11. Digmorcrusher, a note: (questions) at the end of this post (that others are invited to reply, also). .Well “obsessive “ is why I started this topic. I knew I was spending a lot of time cleaning and being very defensive—for years ! -- but I had no point of reference to know what “normal” should be. I am grateful to everyone who has kindly posted on what probably was considered a simpleton subject. But it has allowed me to learn that by comparison, I have indeed been way over-doing it with scans and registry cleaning. I got my first computer Nov 1997. I had no one teach/mentor me from the start up, made mistakes on the learning curve, got infected more than I should have. Getting infected in those early days was like a beginner swimmer thrown into the deep end and anxiously trying to find the side of the pool. The legacy to that was to use whatever tools I had to become more defensive—and use them often ! Now that I know better, I probably can't remove all the excess completely ! At the end of February a new, post-malwarebytes removal tool that cleans its remnants was introduced. I would request the mwb cadre make one for users' removal of obsessiveness. But I have already started rehabilitation since reading all these good posts, and my reform is underway. You, digmorcrusher are the most defensive compared to others who have posted and closer to my reformed ways but still evolving to reduce down to your frequencies. QUESTION (anyone else can chime in): I don't recall anyone stating daily scans are hurtful or counter-productive, but that this is unnecessary with today's excellent protection available. I find it easy to push a button once per day and let the scan begin while I go on to do other things. (It's part of my reform; I used to do two scans per day with AV and one or two with malwarebytes.) Now I do one scan each per day with AV and mwb. You do one AV per week (closer to other posters who even do less frequently). You do registry scan/clean daily which is what some say makes a user more vulnerable to problems from potential, unfortunate removals. (You however do a manual look to assure that does not occur before deleting.) My question is why do you do daily registry scans ? Question ( bundled) (also anyone else can respond): Why your selection of those specific registry scanners, RegScanner and SystemLook ? The issuers of registry scanners appear to be over-selling them, maybe because they are such a commodity these days with so many competitors. Does a user choose one based on some specific feature that is important to a user ? What is an informed user looking for ? What are the most important features should a user be looking for from a registry scanner/cleaner, or is it a matter of individual preference ? What reviewers can you trust that are not being paid by to write what they do ? I have been using CCleaner for many years that I think was a referral. Question (anyone can respond): What is one supposed to be looking for after the completion of a scan ? That's a lot. Thank you in advance !
  12. Same here. But I will be pacing myself down to doing less. If I can reduce the potential alligators in the water--the ones that may bite you in spite of you being innocent--why not ?
  13. exile360........ Another minimalist ! Your usage as relates to me is AV scanning due to suspect checks and Malwarebytes as a utility for system check--novel--along with its purpose for defense at the front gates. CCleaner weekly you do for clean up and its registry cleaner with discrete removal/non-removal inspection of file....and conservative at that. This is consistent with other posts. I'm getting it ! I appreciate you addressing hard drive wear and tear and disc maintenance. Importantly, as it applies to my use, the former I have finally come to understand is not really an issue, and the latter is a job for dedicated utilities. As I think expressed in my original post, I felt much of what comes as replies would reflect personal style. But there are some common themes through the posts and to my mind, de-bunking some myths. Thank you exile 360 for that elegant post—comprehensive--and rounding things out !
  14. ahhh......Porthos...TY for the clarification. Good stuff. This goes into my Computer Hygienics folder. All of this adds to ideas for good practices. I mean everyone has their personal style, but when in some corners of one's computer life it is baron, it is great to have these contributions for adoption consideration. At the very least it points to what is known to work. Much thanks, Porthos