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Mike's 'unwanted additions' warning service..

ATI graphics drivers for HD5000 and better will install an exceedingly annoying game enhancement addon called Raptr UNLESS you take the custom install route and UNCHECK it

Foxit Reader (good) is currently attaching Search Protect by Conduit (not good). Uncheck the option because it is a pest.

Java (marginal, but a necessary evil for far too many things) is attaching the Ask Toolbar and associated junk. Uncheck it if you value decent Internet searches.. . 

ImgBurn (Good), but you have to be on your toes to stop the unwanted stuff. Basically, uncheck anything that isn't for ImgBurn, and go for the custom install each time that it is offered to you to ensure that you get to uncheck and skip the junk.. 

A commonly held 'view.. '

 "Well, it worked in Windows 95!"

MVP Award years

2005 - 2006 - 2007

2008 - 2009 - 2010

2011 - 2012 - 2013


The original MVP logo

My Favourite Utilities

Speedfan is a great hardware monitor which can automatically control fan speeds, warn when temperatures are rising in the case, and do a SMART scan of your hard drives. A 'must have'.. 

Piriform Speccy tells you what is inside the box and with great accuracy..

Networx shows download/upload bandwidth used..

Piriform Recuva is probably the best file recovery utility around and is free too.. 

Treesize shows you what you have got, where it is, and how much space it is all using..

Windows 8 alternative start menus.. Classic Shell..

Stardock Start8..

Aomei Partition Assistant is the best free utility of its type..



Spyware has become a major player in compromising computers, and the situation is not going to get better any time soon. It can introduce viruses, trojans and worms, and attempt to send out information about you. It is the unwelcome guest and needs to be removed. 


The worst of it is that you probably downloaded the spyware, albeit inadvertently..


Some basic steps to removing Spyware/Adware..


First step is to run a one shot virus remover.. I have found that Trend Housecall works for people.. download and run it..


.. select the 'online scan' and follow the directions given.


This takes a while to complete but is a necessary first step.


You will also need to download Spyware removal software.. Spybot and Adaware are available at these websites.. both are free.. download and run them.. don't forget to check for updates after you have started them..


Adaware SE -


.. And how to use it


Spybot S&D -


.. And how to use it


SpywareBlaster -


.. And how to use it..


NOTE.. FOR Windows 2000/XP users ONLY. Ewido online scan - .. 


The full installable program has been replaced by AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5 since the takeover by Grisoft


CWShredder will eliminate CoolWebSearch and variants.. there is a free download here..




To use CWShredder, simply start the program, use 'check for update' to make sure you have the latest version, then hit 'fix.' It will check your system against a list of current CWS variants, and fix any infections it finds.


You must also run a firewall and anti-virus program.. here are some links for you..


Zonealarm Firewall (free).. .. recommended


AVG Anti-virus (free).. .. recommended


The weekly 'housekeeping' will not take long.. run Adaware, Spybot, and SpywareBlaster weekly, ensuring that you update them prior to starting a scan.

Posted Wed, Jan 3 2007 7:14 by Mike Hall
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