a reply to: DontTreadOnMe
Register the Edit... I mean... Edit the Registry....
- You can get rid of key components by deleting data related to MBAM in the registry but unfortunately, you can really mess some stuff up in there if
you're not careful. You can mess some stuff up in there even if you are careful.
The reason is, when virus scanners install, they don't like to be uninstalled and many types of virus scanners will not even let your computer run
well or at all if the scanner is turned off or uninstalled without going through the actual uninstall process. Even then, some can be stubborn as
- You might be able to uninstall it easier while in safe mode. This would be ideal.
- Go back to a previous backup if you have one (always do this when you first install all of the software and hardware you need on your computer
before you start playing around on the internet. Makes a much easier solid backup that will take you back to pre-junkware. I know Dell systems to
this for you from the start. You may have a backup 'drive' holding this information that was created at the very beginning.
- Reimage.... Sometimes you just have to. Backup all of your pictures, music and movies on another drive if you can then simply reimage
This part is just my personal opinion. I don't expect anyone to agree but it works for me and has so for as many years as I've owned a computer.
- I don't install virus scanners on my computers for many reasons. Resources, speed, restrictions and so forth. Virus scanners are just a mess and
they'll always come back and try to sell you the update or the latest version every year. Screw that.
- I install Spybot Search and Destroy: It's not really a virus scanner but it works very well with an ability to protect you. ....and it's FREE.
It basically keeps you from getting infected by preventing 3rd party potential junk from messing up your computer when you're browsing the internet.
The internet is full of viri and it's really easy to get infected just by going to an infected website. S&D does a great job of keeping that from
happening. It updates very often. When you update, the scans are quick. It makes your browser watch out for the bad touch.
It does also have a system scanner that works just fine, should you need it. It has many other tools but unless you know your way around computers,
I would stay in basic mode because you can do some damage to your system by poking around with stuff you know nothing about..... kind of like how most
people get a virus.
- If I feel that I might have a virus, I'll go to something like MicroTrend Housecall for a free online virus scan. No need having a virus scanner
slowing me down and locking up my system when something breaks in it.... The less stuff running in the background on my rig, the better. Nothing
really installed except a browser extension to do the work.
- Stay away from sites that you know you shouldn't be on. If you're looking for a virus proggie to plant on your buddy's or your X's computer...
You're probably going to get one yourself. That's how it works.
- Porn sites are the worst (especially random noname porn sites). I've gotten rid of so many viri from people doing this exact thing. They swear
otherwise but they tend to overlook deleting their history.
Clean out your history from time to time. All those cookies in there - something bad could be brewing. Keyloggers will ruin your day when it comes
to passwords. I don't know about you but I hate having 100 passwords to remember at all times. I don't trust software to 'hold' them for me until I
need them. Sure you'll have to re-log in to everything again after you delete the history and cookies but your browser and your rig will thank you
Junk in - Junk out
Unless you do risky stuff and have a lot to chance at getting lost or corrupted, screw virus scanners. Just be mindful of your computer. It's like
taking your car to the bad part of town. Never know what you'll get in your tire, or your back seat.
Finally - as a major rule of thumb, as in all things... If it's too good to be true - It's a virus or a scam. Don't click unknown buttons on unknown
websites. Those little X's can be a hidden trap that can do various things to you. When in doubt, close the whole browser and click nothing on the
inside of the page - Especially when you get a warning that your computer is infected by a web page... It's trying to make you "Click Here" so it CAN
infect you with something. Just close the whole browser. ALT F4.
No.. Microsoft, the Prince of Nigeria, Google, Amazon - none of those guys are going to give you money or gift cards free. No free ticket to disney
land, no clicking that link will not get you that whatever free... It'll only lead you down a viri/spam/trojan patch of destruction.
Someone who is also tech savvy may conflict with my information but like I said - my advice isn't for everyone. If you have half a knowledge nugget
about computers, this might work for you. I do this every day for a living on hundreds and hundreds of drilling rigs and I've been a computer nerd
since I received my first Tandy as a kid. I even ran a BBS back in the day on a Commie 64 and a 128 back in the day on a 1 meg hard drive and two
300bps modems... ahh the good olde days.
Hope any of this helps even a little.