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  1. FWIW tomcat, I am aware that CCleaner will not erase already deleted files. The browser is not set to delete files on exit. The answer you suggest doesn't match the problem description I've posted.
  2. In the instance referred to, the file names - or at least some of them - remained. But I have seen the ZZZ etc you refer to appear in the search results for recovery.
  3. 1) Drag and drop one folder, into the "include" area in "options". In this case, it reads "D:\Incomplete\*.* which is the folder for partial Limewire downloads, any junk or unwanted (or dodgy misnamed) files I clear at the end of every browsing/p2p session. The contents of the folder, regardless of size, are thus deleted. (It doesn't amount to much, as I've mostly got the hang of what is likely to be junk vs wanted. Maybe 1-5Mb, usually.) 2) See screenshots. At the bottom of the second (applications) screenshot is a "Windows" section. The only item selected is "MS wordpad". 3) No idea, sorry. Nor have I kept a record. But it regularly, on cleaning, shows an amount cleaned commensurate with what I've been doing. [Edit] including D:\Incomplete. Hope this helps.
  4. Hello Davey, The version of CCleaner is 2.04.543. I'm referring to files that CCleaner has deleted with a 7 (or 35) pass option selected. Those were the only two options tested. The method (stumbled upon) was to delete the contents of a folder, not particularly large, about 5 files totaling about 4Mb. (These files had not previously been deleted, erased, or otherwise messed with. They were a .mpg, a couple of jpegs, and some texts.) Subsequently, out of curiosity, ran a program called "restoration", by Brian Kato, and was able to restore these "secure deleted" files intact. Files that have been deleted (erased) using "eraser" (the program) were not recoverable, nor identifiable. "Recovery" finds a lot of zero byte references, and names of stuff that once existed, but no more. But in the case of files deleted by CCleaner (in this instance, anyway) the full file name is there, and it is immediately identifiable, and takes but seconds to recover intact. This is the only version of CCleaner that I know this has happened with. It possibly happened with earlier versions, but was not observed. Some time ago I installed "Recuva", but ran into a problem that had also been previously reported, so uninstalled it. Not used it since.
  5. Just done a test myself. On 7 pass deletion, or 35 pass deletion, erased files can still be recovered using a recovery program. (Files deleted using "eraser" can't be recovered with this program. It would seem, on the face of it, that CCleaner's secure delete feature is not effective.
  6. Tarq57

    Java update

    I have Secunia software inspector installed. (It's usually pretty on-to-it regarding anything out of date, sometimes flagging the OS before Windows Update notifies me), it reports my Java as patched/up to date. Going to the Java site to "verify installation" gives me the same message. Is this "update 4" only for certain versions?
  7. Don't forget to run the Norton removal tool. Symantec is fairly notorious for leaving stuff behind.
  8. I'm aware of at least one rogue antispyware with a similar name. Have used several versions of the real Spybot S&D, with various settings; never experienced anything like you describe.
  9. Tried disabling the hostsfile? Seems to me that would be the first, or most obvious troubleshoot step. Hostsman is a rather good program to control and update same, BTW.
  10. YoKenny, try undoing stuff in the reverse order you did it. (As indicated above, you can't undo compress old files,) but you can uninstall System protect. Do it, and see if that makes a difference. Must say, you're fairly brave running the SP3 release. It's fairly young. Did you save the service pack to disk? I ask in case you have to do a full reinstall of Windows. If you did save it, you could reinstall Windows, then install the SP. That's a way of "un-compressing" the old files. Hopefully someone might know a better way.
  11. Can be configured to "ask" rather than the recommended "block and inform". This should prevent any problems when using a cleanup utility. Information regarding which files, or series of files are protected (apart from those you define yourself) is rather scanty, so far.
  12. Hi. Your English is fine. You have partly answered your own question: "no matter in what sneaky way they ask that". Means: be a bit careful what you click on. There are many security procedures/measures/ways that you can help secure your computer. Most of the antivirus vendors have free virus removal tools available, sometimes good for just a few difficult viruses. Here is an example. (It's a part of Avast, anyway, so no need to download it.) Here are some more. With this sort of tool, you have to have an idea what the infection is. These can certainly help clean an infected computer. It is better, of course, to prevent infection. Avast has worked well for me, other users seem equally happy with AVG or Avira. Both are free. Running the browser from a user account rather than an admin account can reduce damage. If you use Firefox, get the "Noscript" extension. Using an immunizing application, like SpywareBlaster (by Javacool), or MVPS hosts file, can prevent damage from known bad sites. They won't load in your browser. Use a good firewall. There are a few good free ones around. Consider using an antispyware program. I use SpywareTerminator. It has an optional process "blocker" called "HIPS". (These can be very effective, but you have to learn how to use them.) You can also use a demand scanner to check your computer every week or so. Good (free) ones include Superantispyware, AVG antispyware, Asquared. There is a free antitrojan application that is very popular with some, called Boclean, by Comodo. It isn't a scanner, but claims to stop trojans that are identified running. I've tried it, no major problems. Don't go overboard with too many running processes. (More = less, sometimes.) Only have one resident antivirus, only one firewall, and one realtime antispyware. If you try to install more than one of each, you will have problems. You can have as many demand scanners as you want. 2 or 3 is usually adequate.
  13. Sorry, can't speak for the two firewalls you mentioned, but I can report that Comodo 3 with default settings failed, apart from a defense+ alert, which is really a test of the HIPS. (Which passed.) The firewall itself should have blocked a non-whitelisted application, AFAIK. Reinstalled version 2, it passed. Will continue with V2 at least until hearing a satisfactory explanation of this. Thanks for the test.
  14. 7-15K? Luxury! There are four tasklist processes during a scan; SpywareTerminator.exe, SpywareTerminatorshield.exe, crss.exe, and sp_rsser.exe. Together they go way higher than that on my PC, over 100k. The developers are working on ways to lower the usage in the next version. Too many user reports of slowdowns. I have a gig of RAM, which is pretty normal, no significant slowdown.
  15. I've used it, in several versions, for over a year. It's safe. There has been extensive discussion on at least three forums concerning past history, including Wilders, Spywarewarrior, and SpywareTerminator forums. Personally I'd recommend the smaller download without the toolbar/WSG, because I don't like toolbars, beyond the basic essentials. (Windows taskbars, browser settings, that sort of thing.) The current version has had many problems reported with the Clam AV integration...I've had that in the past but don't use it now. I do believe its realtime protection feature is a big step up from WindowsDefender, and the optional HIPS component is a useful layer of security. (Currently I have that disabled because I'm trying out the "Defense+ in Comodo version 3 firewall.) I've found some of the toolkit items included in ST quite useful, for example the "analyze file" feature, and the abiility to create restore points. These can be found in other programs, however. The scan speed is extremely fast, fast doesn't necessarily mean better, though, however since I've had it installed, none of my other scanners, which include the excellent offerings posted by Andavari, have found a thing. A full scan takes about the "normal" amount of time. If you go to any of the forums I've listed and search for the program, you'll probably get quite a good idea of its safety. PS, Andavari, ST uses IE settings for updates etc. Maybe that's the reason you couldn't update?
  16. No problems running it here, either. XP home, SP2, 3yr old desktop, Avast home and SpywareTerminator. The .268 update released yesterday solved an updating issue. (Ironic). Needed a reboot, then all was well. Very well indeed. It's slick, the help files are excellent - maybe the best I've seen, it has low resource usage, it's slick, the GUI is incredibly configurable, and the tray icon is this lovely off-white shield...simple, verging on minimalist, and clean. I have disabled ST's HIPS while Defense+ is on. Seems pointless (and possibly hazardous) to run 2.
  17. If this temp folder is user-defined, as implied, try adding it to the custom folders under "options>include", and tick the checkbox at "advanced>custom files and folders". Should work a treat.
  18. Also happened a few months ago. August 07 and Wilders comments Ironically, that time, Avast's own webshield prevented the page loading, for those that weren't using Noscript. Around the same time, SpywareTerminator's forums were also hacked...a "yet another forum" vulnerability, I think.
  19. If it is This one, and you have admin privileges, you should be able to remove it using "add/remove programs". If you don't have admin privileges, then it's not your computer. The owner can do what he/she likes. What makes you think he has done this?
  20. Here's a nice wee free program that will automatically make reg backups. Might be what you're looking for. Do read the text file, if you're unfamiliar with command line options. (As I am. )
  21. I've learned a bit from others bad luck (he said, generously) in the past. If someone can learn a bit from mine, great. That's one reason (apart from courtesy) that it's good to post follow-up to problems, whether solved or not. (Nudge nudge wink wink hint hint..) Thanks again.
  22. Thanks for the replies, but I think I'm coozed. Tried the applications recommended, and a couple of others, no luck. There's also some good info Here, which I tried. The lesson seems clear. And probably obvious to many. -Backup important files as they become important, routinely. -Don't let the folders in OE get too large. Clean 'em out, regularly. I think this is why mine became corrupted. -If they do become corrupted, don't d*** around with them (as I did), try quitting background applications, and have OE compress all folders again. Apparently, this can somehow undo the corruption that occurred in the first place.
  23. CC, not sure at all. The Outlook express folder, where the message repository is, contains 438mb of .dbx files. I tried to import from there, yet only a handful of messages ended up viewable in the program.
  24. No luck at all with Recuva, just got several thousand results, not displayed, with a "bad allocation" advice. http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=12953
  25. That was fast. Thanks. Downloading Recuva now.
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