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Old 12-30-2014, 08:07   #1
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I was stung tonight upgrading some software when a bundled program slipped by me. Now, trusted gurus, what's the safest way for me to rid myself of Performax Cleaner? I know it's essentially malware, and every place I check has their favorite little uninstall tool, so all I need to know is WHICH uninstall tool? It will not allow me to uninstall from the control panel - it gives a poopy little warning that I must close the running application, and then it won't even let me close the damn warning popup.

If it weren't for flash player, I wouldn't have this problem - my other updates/upgrades don't happen that often. I get really pissed at Adobe, but it seems it's a necessary evil.




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Adobe Flash Player can be sneaky. Wish I had a guaranteed remedy. Malwarebytes (open-source version, 'cause I'm cheap), may get rid of Perfomax.

Preventions, however ... well, those I've got (for now), and I got 'em all the hard way. These days, I download only from the manufacturer's site, or SourceForge, or (for Windows 8) the Windows Store ... and even then, I watch for prompts to add stuff I don't want.

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Funny you should mention MWBytes . . . cuz I've been cheap too, all these years! This very night I was pissed enough that I sprang for the premium version - all of $24.95! The dispatcher at our sheriff's department told me years ago that the free version was what he used on the sheriff dept. system, and respecting that good sheriff as much as I did, I figured what was good enough for him was good enough for me.

I also go to the websites for my downloads . . . no clicking the popups for me. My sister got a horrible virus by clicking the Adobe popup - so bad she had to take her 'puter in for repair. I was down on Adobe before that, but it sure sealed my opinion forever!

The one change I made last year, was when my new laptop came with so many McAfee prompts, I allowed myself to swerve away from Norton & go with McAfee. I checked with my computer kid - the one who works at Mapquest - and he said he'd always been a McAfee guy. I hope this isn't a lesson that I shoulda/coulda/woulda stayed with Norton. Some people think Norton as the most useless protection on the planet.




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Norton can muck a system up so it can't do anything. In my books, McAfee is almost as bad. It slowed me to a crawl every night, when it updated.

On the advice of my tech, I'm more of a Kaspersky person now (though 'tis not free, alas).

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Since Norton was acquired by Symantic, their tools appeared to acquire the speed and abilities of a brontosaurus. For several years we used McAfee but when we upgraded our machines to Windows 7, it went sick. We contacted their support and using 'remote desktop' they 'fixed' Judy's machine. Well, their software worked but Judy had to re-install virtually everything else since their 'fix' involved some serious messing with the Registry and they left us to sort out the consequences. Needless to say, 'remote desktop' access to both our machines is now disabled and the machines passworded - something we never previously had felt necessary.

For the last three years we've been using Bullguard and it does seem to do what it says on the tin.

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Another of the many reasons I use Windows only very sparingly...

Of course, if you're really pinching pennies, Linux is free all the way around and there's no malware. When my last main Windows machine expired from malware and an excess of software wanting to reside everywhere - the hard drive couldn't even be reformatted - I loaded Linux Ubuntu which OS I used happily for several years until I was given an Apple product.

In fact, my Godson gave me a little kit for Christmas called Raspberry Pi that uses a camera SD card as it's main processing center. Linux Noob resides there and all you have to do is plug in a monitor, keyboard and mouse and off you go.

I think the kit costs around $50 in it's deluxe form...

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Y'know, I should think about Apple . . . I was using an old Apple laptop of son Den's when we were in Colo. for Thanksgiving. With a little more time, I might've gotten some semblance of proficiency!




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Y'know, I should think about Apple . . . I was using an old Apple laptop of son Den's when we were in Colo. for Thanksgiving. With a little more time, I might've gotten some semblance of proficiency!
If I could afford them, I'd only use Apple computers. I hate having to switch between the two systems

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For my protection, I use AVG -- it has a firewall, malware detector, virus detector. It does have a licence fee, but it runs well, does not slow down my system, so I am willing to pay for the security.

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This can help you

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