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Windows Vista Repair | Vista and XP repair guides - Part 9

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PC Antispyware 2010

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PC Antispyware 2010 is a faek security client.  This program auto starts and scans your computer.  The scan results are bogus.  These guys are just trying to trick the user into thinking this is a legitimate product.  The whole goal is to get the user to purchase the PC 2010 AntiSpyware 2010 program.

Most users may also notice their desktop is highjacked as well.  Here is a quick break down of what this thing does.

* Bogus Scan results
* Auto Scans on Start-up
* Warning coming out of a fake shield in the system tray
* pop-ups and re-directs to the fake software’s website
* constant warnings of being infected as well as false statements of other trojans

We are not going to go anymore indepth on this because a video and great article has already been written about it.  Just check out this PC Antispyware 2010 guide.

Green Antivirus 2009

Green Antivirus 2009 ( FAKE CLIENT )

Remove Green Antivirus 2009

I just came across Green Antivirus 2009 the other day.  The main infection I came across was not the Green antivirus program but all the torjans that come down with it.  You most likely will notice that system restore as well as many other commands and the task manager are disabled.

There is a quick way around all this.  Boot into safe mode using F8 with networking and remover the following files.

Kill processes:  ( If you want a simple way to remove this then download and try Spyware Doctor with Antivirus )  This program worked for me when I use it.

  • greenav2009.exe
  • gav.exe
  • mgrdll.exe
  • Install[1].exe

Use the task manager to end these processes.  ( ctrl + alt + del ).  If your task manager is blocked by the virus then download process killer.  Remember you can always do a scan with www.removevirus.org/ to see if these file names have changed.

Delete registry values:

(  Editing the registry can cause system errors.  Ensure you only delete the correct files related to this virus.  Always backup the registry before making any changes.  RemoveVirus.org can not be held liable for any actions you take regarding the information on this site.  )

* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\avr lastd
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\avr lastscan
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\avr lastvfc
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\software\avr virlist
* HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run advanced virus remover
* HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\software\microsoft\windows\currentversion\run advanced virus remover
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\AVR
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\International\CpMRU

Editing the registry can

Delete files:

  • C:\Programfiles\gav\  ( Delete all files in this section )  We need you help identifying these files so please take a second and write them down first and post a reply below so we can update this page.  If you get an error message stating that you can not remove the file because it is in use then you need to end that process first.

Delete directories:

  • C:\Programfiles\gav\

VISTA USERS:

Delete the directory and all files in

  • ProgramData\gav  (Thanks Gary)

Do Registry Cleaners Work?

I have been asked this question at least a hundred times over the past several years.  Running a computer repair business you learn to expect questions like this and even encourage them.

The short answer to this is yes they do work and I use a registry cleaning tool in every computer tune-up and run a scan on nearly every computer that has been infected with a virus or if the customer is having blue screens or other off the wall issues.

In just this last week I have used a registry cleaning product at least a dozen times.  The first issue was because Mcafee was not installing onto a system.  It kept thinking that an older program called Webroot was still on the system.  After looking around and verifying that the client did un-install the program correctly I could see the registry keys needed to be cleaned out and the invalid traces removed.  After running the scan I had no issues installing the product.

I also used the tool on several other computer to eliminate long boot times and the computer not shutting down in a timely fashion.  Now the real question is what is the best registry cleaner.  If you were to ask a hundred techs you will get a few dozen answers.  While there are many leading products the right one for you does depend on your computer skills and needs.

For instance if you do not have a lot of tech skills and you do not fully trust your deleting skills then I would encourage the user to get Regcure.  It’s one of the safe registry cleaners out there and the program makes it very hard to mess things up. It also has a start-up manager tool that makes it very simple to stop programs from auto starting on your computer.  For people with limited computer skills or those who just want to hit a few buttons and be done then it’s a great option.  One down side of this product is it does not work with 64 bit operating systems and does not have a self junk file cleaner.  Yes you could always just use the built in one from Windows but I think they should have their own program.

If you are a little more tech savvy and have the time to spend on learning a new program I would go with Registry Mechanic.  The makers of this program is PCTools.  They have been around a very long time and this tool has many different options.  They also have a program called Desktop Manefesto that is a genuine PC optimization tool.  It also works on 64 bit operating systems.

XP to Windows 7 Data Transfer | File Transfer

So the question on many peoples minds with the OCT release of Windows 7 is how they are going to transfer data from Windows XP over to Windows 7.

We are first going to look at transferring data from an old computer that has XP to a new computer that has Windows 7. The option that is going to work best for you will depend largely on the computer skills you have and what current hardware you may own.

For all those that are not tech savvy or those who want to be able to transfer over registry settings and programs then you will have to purchase a third party utility. the bad news is one does not exist just yet. Don’t worry I have spoken to PCmover and they have assured me that before Windows 7 is out they will have a data transfer program that will be able to migrate over all XP setting including programs over to windows 7. I love Laplink PCmover and this is the program I use when I am hired to do data transfers for end users and companies.

For those that have a network setup then transferring the data over the network is you next best option. you can still use PCMover if you want or if you just want your personal settings and documents then you can use the Easy transfer Wizard that is built into XP and Widnows 7. The process is not that hard. Simply open up the program on Windows 7 by typing in Easy transfer wizard. start the program and run through it till it asks you to start the process on the old computer you want to transfer the data from. Then on XP go to the Windows Start button > Accessories> System tools > Easy Transfer Wizard and start the process there.

from my personal experience I can tell you the name can be misleading at times. When transferring over the network I tend to have to run it a few times and it takes a long while. This is why I just stick with using PCmover and a data transfer cable. however it does work and it’s a free method.

Another rather easy way is to transfer the data from the old computer using the Easy transfer software and place it onto an external hard drive. In fact I personally like this method better then doing it over the network because it seems to have less errors. The down side is you would need to purchase an external hard drive if you do not have one and for far less money you can just you PCmover so once again it’s a catch 22. however you would have the external hard drive in the end.

I am sure that several other software makers are going to have data transfer programs ready when Windows 7 hit’s the stores. By then Microsoft is sure to have a step by step guide. As soon as they do I will update this will the latest info. till then if you have any experience with this feel free to comment.

data transfer | file transfer software

Free Online Data Backup

It most cases free does not mean good.  Yes there are decent free antivirus clients out there but 99% of them are not worth it.  As with most free software they are simply a stripped down version of the real thing you need.  Plus they often just bombard you with constant messages asking you to upgrade to the paid version.

Well my faith in free products has just got a big boost today.  I have found and have been using for the past month a 100% free online data backup program.  This is not some crummy 3rd party app.  It works and works very well.  Get your free 2 gig data backup account here.  The program is called Mozzy and they are quickly becoming main stream.  they are starting to advertise all over now and hundreds of thousands are jumping on board and with good reason.

The free account is just that.  FREEEEEEEEE.  You are not asked to upgrade and all that hoopla every time your computer boots.  It stays quielty in the background backing up your data to an online server daily.  This is a sweet service that everyone needs to take advantage of.

You can get more then 2 gig’s of storage for around 5 bucks a month.  They offer unlimitted online storage options so for this price it is well worth it.  Now I know most of us out there have more then 2 gig’s of storage but if you have no backup solution currently in place then you need to jump on the free 2 gig account and backup your most important documents.

This software works well on all current Windows versions so you should not have any issues.  Mozy is very simple to setup and it took me about 3 minutes from start of registration all the way to program install and setup.  It is very easy and simple to use.  One of the very nice things about this is you do not need to even enter in a credit card number.  So when I say free I mean it.  If you need more then 2 gig’s and want unlimitted online storage options then the small cost for a year is well worth having all your data backed up.

Be sure and comment below on this to let others know if it helped

Windows 7 Special price for those who buy early

For all of those people waiting for Windows 7 we have great news Microsoft and several other selected retailers are going to be selling Windows 7 Upgrade versions for helf price.

As always there is a catch.  You only have a few days to purchase this in and you have to pre order it.  store.microsoft.com/home.aspx is were you can get the details.  So far they have promised half off for the regular Windows 7 and the pro upgrade.

People who purchase a computer after June 27 should be eligable for a free upgrade to Windows 7 when it comes out.

Take a little caution.

We have been betaing Windows 7 for a while now and do feel it’s a great OS.   It can stil be hard to find drivers for it for even new devices and older equipment may not have any new drivers made.  Personally we will not put this on any of our work computers for several months afer the release to ensure all the major bugs are worked out.

As well, those who have many old XP aplications that only work in XP you will want to consider purchasing the Pro version of Windows 7 because they have added support for old programs that will only run on that OS or later.