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  2. yep, I'll be keeping it, and using it, for quite some time to come. I reckon it'll be like cwshredder ands tdsskiller in my arsenal, both old as the hills, no updates for ages, but they still (admittedly rarely) find stuff. they are old programs that find old malware, so I'm happy to still run them, takes no time to run. but because I had them yonks before MBAM, I always run them before MBAM, so I need to run MBAM first then those and then see if they ever find stuff that way. old habits die slowly.
  3. we do indeed live in a global community. and a belated Welcome to the forums.
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  5. Somerset, to be more precise, but used to live in Blackpool - used to water ski on lake Windermere, Cumbria, many years ago, (small world - even smaller when help with this topic arrives from Brisbane, Australia - very impressive). I don't seem to have the Controlled folder access option, I assume that is because I had to roll back from 1709, but your comments noted, thanks, for when MS get it better sorted - will give it another try in a month or two, but check online first for bug fixes.
  6. JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) discontinued

    - I assume that MalwareBytes "absorbed" the technology into it products. Time to download JRT one more time. I hope the old algorithm will continue to work in the (near) future. - JRT is for 2 (or 3 ??) of my programs too aggressive. It forces me to re-install those programs again. Had to be very choosy when I wanted to use it.
  7. JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) discontinued

    Ahhh, well. All the old good stuff is disappearing. Older versions of ADWCleaner & JRT are still available for now. I'm keeping them on a USB storage device against the time when they disappear completely.
  8. £10 - you must be in the UK? I know all about crappy broadband living here in Cumbria. It might get up to 2 Mbps, but it's usually in Kbps. (I am lucky that I live next to a pub and so can steal their crappy WiFi, with their permission of course). When it's at its worst I forget it altogether and tether the laptop through USB to my phone. That way I'm using the phones 3G signal to connect, (doing it now), and the data allowance on my phone package. The only problem I had with 1709 was the new 'Controlled folder access' in the Security Centre, which is supposed to be a type of anti-ransomware. It was set to on by default with early updates to 1709, the first day or 2. (It is set to off in later updates). This blocked most 3'rd party (not Microsoft of course) software from saving (or deleting) anything at all in any user folders. (Documents folder, pictures folder, etc.). Took me a while to work out what was going on.
  9. Thanks for your comment. After reading the VSS discussion, it sounds like it could easily be the cause of the fragmentation increase. However, now it is resolved, I will leave well alone for a while. I am retired and no longer a power user, so with regular full backups to a separate internal HDD, including shadow disk copies, I feel I am covered for most major issues - even HDD failure. What a brilliant discussion group - thanks for all the help.
  10. JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) discontinued

    I liked JRT in general, a reasonably quick junkware scan with no installation needed, even if it did seem a bit old fashioned running in the Command Window with no GUI. But once Malwarebytes acquired JRT in 2015 then it was always their stated intention to incorporate it into the main Malwarebytes programme itself. The same was stated when they acquired ADwCleaner in 2016. Moving JRT's removal functions into ADwCleaner seems just the first step of this, JRT and ADW did cover quite a bit of the same ground. Expect ADW to be incoporated into Malwarebytes at some future time. As far as I can see the main feature that will be lost is JRT's creation of a restore point as a first step before anything gets scanned and removed. I've always liked that 'backup' feature, TBH I often use it as a quickish way just to create a new restore point rather than going through Windows.
  11. I'm not sure how much of it's functionality as been covered with AdwCleaner?
  12. Winapp2.ini additions

    New entry: [ToniArts EasyCleaner Duplicates*] LangSecRef=3024 Detect=HKLM\Software\ToniArts\EasyCleaner Default=False FileKey1=%ProgramFiles%\ToniArts\EasyCleaner|Duplicat.*
  13. JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) discontinued

    First time I've even heard of it!
  14. Depending on my experiment in recovering my lost data from formatting hard drive by mistake, you solved my issue!, i couldn't believe!, the result was an amazing. i will vote for your software in every sites need recommended recovery files software, really thank you! with my best wishes, ... Designer, Enas Zaki
  15. JRT (Junkware Removal Tool) discontinued

    JRT was eaten up and spat out. Happens all the time. Sad really.
  16. end of maintenance 26Oct17 end of life 26Apr18 more here; https://support.malwarebytes.com/docs/DOC-2243
  17. PLEASE let this be a Christmas miracle!!!
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  19. Winapp2.ini additions

    Revised Entry Added: %CommonAppData%\McAfee\MPF|*.tmp %LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MPF|*.tmp [McAfee*] LangSecRef=3024 Detect=HKLM\Software\McAfee Default=False FileKey1=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\AMCore\datreputation\Logs|*.*|RECURSE FileKey2=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\CSP\ETW|*.bak FileKey3=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\Jcm|*.tmp FileKey4=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\MCLOGS|*.bak;*.log|RECURSE FileKey5=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\MHN|*.bak FileKey6=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\modulecoreservice.exe|*.txt FileKey7=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\MPF|*.tmp FileKey8=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\MPF\data|*.*|RECURSE FileKey9=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\MSC\Logs|*.log FileKey10=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\SiteAdvisor|*.txt|RECURSE FileKey11=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\Update|*.*|RECURSE FileKey12=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\VirusScan\Data|*.log;*.old FileKey13=%CommonAppData%\McAfee\VirusScan\Logs|*.*|RECURSE FileKey14=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\AMCore\datreputation\Logs|*.*|RECURSE FileKey15=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\CSP\ETW|*.bak FileKey16=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\Jcm|*.tmp FileKey17=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MCLOGS|*.bak;*.log|RECURSE FileKey18=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MHN|*.bak FileKey19=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\modulecoreservice.exe|*.txt FileKey20=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MPF|*.tmp FileKey21=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MPF\data|*.*|RECURSE FileKey22=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\MSC\Logs|*.log FileKey23=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\SiteAdvisor|*.txt|RECURSE FileKey24=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\Update|*.*|RECURSE FileKey25=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\VirusScan\Data|*.log;*.old FileKey26=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\ProgramData\McAfee\VirusScan\Logs|*.*|RECURSE
  20. @Philip56901, can you explain why? that's where some of the OP's dups are located and how does that answer his question? although I don't know why C:\ and F:\ are being compared, looks like F:\ could be external and maybe a backup location. but who knows.
  21. in DF > Settings > Options > Advanced, make sure Stop VSS is ticked and click on the Define button and tick all its options.
  22. Winapp2.ini additions

    Revised Entry Changed LangSecRef from 3021 to 3024 [InstallShield Professional*] LangSecRef=3024 Detect=HKCU\Software\InstallShield Default=False RegKey1=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\16.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey2=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\17.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey3=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\18.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey4=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\19.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey5=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\20.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey6=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\21.0\Professional\Recent File List RegKey7=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\InstallShield Cabinet and Log File Viewer\Recent File List RegKey8=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\InstallShield Professional\6.0\IsCabVu|MRU1 RegKey9=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\InstallShield Professional\6.0\IsCabVu|MRU2 RegKey10=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\InstallShield Professional\6.0\IsCabVu|MRU3 RegKey11=HKCU\Software\InstallShield\InstallShield Professional\6.0\IsCabVu|MRU4
  23. Winapp2.ini additions

    Merged [InstallShield Installation Information Logs*] into [InstallShield*] Removed Detect=HKCU\Software\InstallShield [InstallShield*] LangSecRef=3024 DetectFile=%ProgramFiles%\Installshield Installation Information Default=False FileKey1=%SystemDrive%|_ISTMP*.DIR FileKey2=%ProgramFiles%|_ISTMP1.DIR FileKey3=%ProgramFiles%\InstallShield Installation Information|*.log|RECURSE FileKey4=%LocalAppData%\VirtualStore\Program Files*\InstallShield Installation Information|*.log|RECURSE
  24. Lucky you if 1709 works on your laptop - just look online at all the issues others are having. I had too many issues to list - so just did roll back. Just out of interest - I did the update on my 32 bit PC and it failed - (3 GB download). Ran the update repair tool then updated again - (another 3 GB as it doesn't retain the earlier download). Did the same on my wife's 64 bit PC - same problem, but at 4 GB a time on 64 bit. We have to use mobile broadband in our rural location due to sub 1 MB/sec speed on landline and no fiber. This is capped at 40 GB per month, so very upset that MS cost me well over 25% of my monthly download allowance in just one day by pushing an update that is full of bugs and can't be used till they sort it out! If I exceed my 40 GB limit, it's £10 per GB thereafter - OUCH that hurts! If it ain't broke - don't fix it.
  25. I've had no problems with 1709 on my laptop which is 3 years old. It's going to depend on who made your computer, and just what is running on it. I used to have a fragmented pagefile, and tried messing about with the MS settings. In the end (after a bit of reading) I set it to let windows manage it and then did a Boot Time Defrag with Defeaggler. You can't defragment the pagefile while it is in use so it needs to be done before. All in one piece and no problems so left it alone since then.
  26. Hi Nukecad Delighted to get such a quick and well informed reply to my post. I used no advanced options with Defraggler. I only used the two basic options, Quick defrag or full defrag and let it do its own thing. On checking back over my post, I got one thing the wrong way round - the PC snail pace resulted from the Microsoft Update 1709 - after roll-back to previous update, the PC speed was normal. I simply did the clean-up and defrag to tidy things up after undoing the massive, bug laden, Microsoft update. I even had to run the Microsoft update repair tool before 1709 would install successfully on either of our PC's. The only thing I did change before using the Microsoft Optimizer, was to allow Windows to manage the Page File size, which was previously set to 3 GB, (I think). I don't know if this would effect either defrag program, but the page file did occupy a very large number of sectors to begin with and now just 18. Thanks for pointing out the algorithm differences between different defragmentors - (didn't know about that). I am not a power user, so will probably stick with Windows Optimizer in the future, but without Defraggler, I would not have known about the Page File issue, as Microsoft no longer show a drive map with their defrag tool. I have used CCleaner for years and it's great - well worth the cost of upgrade from the free version. Not so sure about Defraggler, but will keep an open mind. Thanks again
  27. In Duplicate Finder, Exclude your Desktop location from being searched
  28. Had a bad day yesterday. Would like to recover files from a RAID0 disk setup on desktop. Vista installed on desktop but 'No bootable device found' . Startup cannot go beyond BIOS. Configuration screen says drive is Normal and bootable. No install disk - not shipped. Can Recuva be configured to see desktop drives using USB/SATA cable from laptop. Have backups but there is a separate issue.
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