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  1. #1
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    My scans keep turning up files and stuff that start with something like H KEY/....

    Somewhere I read I should get rid of those.

    Any free registry cleaners you would recommend and how important is it to privacy and smooooooooth PC operation?
    I pray not for an easy life but that I be a strong person.

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    [Edited by lk on 09-21-2005 at 09:09 AM]

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    [Edited by LK on 09-21-2005 at 02:23 PM]

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    Sodadude:

    go to this site and run their free virus scan. If they find a virus, just follow their instructions to clean it .
    then get spybot and run it each time you get off the internet.
    If you are using a dsl connection, get some kind of a switch so you can terminate the line when you sign off also

    http://security.symantec.com/ssc/vc_...JUIYCZRWEJGSSK

    If you use a regestery cleaner you take a chance of removing something important that will keep your comp from loading properly or damage another program

    [Edited by ct2 on 09-21-2005 at 01:35 PM]

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    Thanks Ct2

    Originally posted by ct2
    Sodadude:

    go to this site and run their free virus scan. If they find a virus, just follow their instructions to clean it .
    then get spybot and run it each time you get off the internet.
    If you are using a dsl connection, get some kind of a switch so you can terminate the line when you sign off also

    http://security.symantec.com/ssc/vc_...JUIYCZRWEJGSSK

    If you use a regestery cleaner you take a chance of removing something important that will keep your comp from loading properly or damage another program

    [Edited by ct2 on 09-21-2005 at 01:35 PM]
    I have Verizon DSL with McAfee Firewall and Virus Scan.

    The trouble with the Spybot is it keeps turning up these registry files starting with H KEY. And if I delete any of those, my computer seems to not run correctly.

    You anywhere near East Hartford?
    I pray not for an easy life but that I be a strong person.

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    Re: Thanks Ct2

    Originally posted by sodadude
    [/B]
    I have Verizon DSL with McAfee Firewall and Virus Scan.

    The trouble with the Spybot is it keeps turning up these registry files starting with H KEY. And if I delete any of those, my computer seems to not run correctly.
    [/B][/QUOTE]

    Those registry keys (H Key) are being looked for by a program on your computer.

    Most likely, it is a program that is recognized by Spybot as malicious, so Spybot flags them for removal.

    Try Lavasoft's Ad aware, along with Spybot. Sometimes Adaware gets rid of some things that Spybot misses.

    Here is a link.

    http://www.download.com/Ad-Aware-SE-...bj=dl&tag=top5

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    Re: Re: Thanks Ct2

    Originally posted by bwal2

    Those registry keys (H Key) are being looked for by a program on your computer.

    Most likely, it is a program that is recognized by Spybot as malicious, so Spybot flags them for removal.

    Try Lavasoft's Ad aware, along with Spybot. Sometimes Adaware gets rid of some things that Spybot misses.

    [/B]
    Yeah I got the Lavasoft but that mostly seems to pick up tracking cookies.

    Are you saying I should delete these H KEY registries after Spybot finds them?

    When I do I start getting Runner Errors.
    I pray not for an easy life but that I be a strong person.

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    Write down all of the H KEY entries found by spybot.

    Then Google them so you know which are safe to delete.
    We've been doing so much,for so long,with so little, that now we can do almost anything, with nothing at all.

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    I'd be real careful messing with the registry. I learnt my lesson about doin that



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    You need to understand something about the difference of registry cleaners and spyware checkers. I have a registy cleaner called Regmechanic wich looks at the registry and cleans the registry of duplicate entrys, or entrys that are no longer valid. It fixes a lot blurbs you can get when non valid registry keys exist.

    I also use Lavasofts Ad-aware and the add on called Adwatch which removes spy or malware on the fly as its indroduced. Now when I install a program or a Windows update it will warn me that something is attempting a registry entry. Now since I know what I'm installing I tell it to allow the registry entry. The problem with any spyware program that doesnt warn you on the fly, is that when you run the program to check for spyware and malware later, it will flag all the new registry entrys that were indroduced while loading or updating legit or non legit programs. If time has gone by long enough you wont know which to ok and which to remove.

    So, my recomendation is get Ad-Aware from Lavasoft and buy the add on called Adwatch, its very reasonable and worth every penny. This way spyware and malware gets checked and removed on the fly, and when you update or install a legit program you know to allow it. Also Adaware has a build in popup stopper so you dont have to put up with those anoying popups.

    Another exellent program is AVG, its free and is a very good virus checker, and it doesnt popup everytime you turn on your machine.

    Roy

    [Edited by royc on 09-21-2005 at 08:00 PM]

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    Buy a Mac

    You know what. I used to run windows machines, I knew my stuff. Then one day, I went to an Apple store. Took a chance and bought a mac. Since that day, I have never had any spyware, bots, virus', bugs or anything. I even got rid of the windows machines.

    Windows is and always will be a joke and you're performing maintenance on a machine that you really shouldn't have to. Most of the people that I can convince to try a mac never go back.

    Windows security is as good as long as you don't turn the machine on. Other than that, forget it. You've paid 100's for software, then you pay more to keep people out and programs from taking over your computer then pay to get rid of them, then they find some other way in, then you pay for that, and it's just a vicious cycle...

    I've upgraded my mac from 10.3 to 10.4, that is it. It's based on BSD and UNIX, good luck for anyone to hack into it.
    Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.
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    before you remove spy-ware download this and keep it handy
    http://www.bu.edu/pcsc/internetaccess/winsock2fix.html
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    You guys must surf a TON of porn.

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