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Windows 7: How do I check what have been changed?

30 Mar 2013   #1
junjun

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How do I check what have been changed?

Hi yesterday I was trying to watch a video using real alternate and the video become full screen I tried to exit it by pressing alt enter but nothing happened. Pressing esc also doesn't do anything so I panic and press ctrl shift esc. The task manager does show up behind the video meaning it did appear but I can not view it because the full screen blocked everything I didn't realize this was the case so I ended up right clicking and left clicking all over the place, pressing ctrl f and ctrl v and some how managed to get out of the full screen.

When I finally exited real alternate I realized that my task manager is on. I fear that it is actually possible that I might have click on the task manager thing while in the full screen mode. I stupidly tried to remake the previous problem without know how to exit the full screen. However I realize that it is possible to end up opening other programs and setting their thing while the full screen blocked your view. In other word it means that while I panic and click and press the keys some programs and stuff have been open but I do not know what I have accidentally pressed as the full screen blocked your view.

The next day when I on the laptop HP quick launch appear and said I have set it to appear to remind me to do something. Now I am worried, what other stuff have I set, is there any way to check what have I done?


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30 Mar 2013   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. There is usually a hidden control (like bottom right) where you can get out of fullscreen
2. No, there is no way of telling which settings could have been changed. But chances are slim that anything serious was changed. That would have required UAC confirmation.
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30 Mar 2013   #3
gregrocker

 

If you have an HP I would try to get a grip on the worst load of bloatware in the industry which smothers Win7. Clean Up Factory Bloatware

Most tech enthusiasts won't even run such an install but prefer to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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30 Mar 2013   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Get rid of that player and install this one.

VideoLAN - Download official VLC media player for Windows

That and windows media player, is all you should need.
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31 Mar 2013   #5
junjun

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
1. There is usually a hidden control (like bottom right) where you can get out of fullscreen
2. No, there is no way of telling which settings could have been changed. But chances are slim that anything serious was changed. That would have required UAC confirmation.
2. Is there a chance that the UAC confirmation appear but the full screen ended blocking it and I accidentally click yes when I panic? Or will the UAC in all situation froze everything else until I click yes or cancel? If I were to accidentally click yes will data transfer be affected? Or will data be modified? Do you by any chance know what are the few things I should check for and make sure that haven't been change to ensure that the security of the computer is not jeopardizes and that data on the computer is safe?

To gregtracker I am sorry but I don't understand how clean up factory bloatware help? Will it reset all the modified setting to factory setting?

To addram I already have VLC player...what happen is a accidental
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31 Mar 2013   #6
nilank

 

I don't think you did anything serious like deleting/modifying data. There's no way to tell. Pressing Alt+Tab might help while you are stuck like this.

And Greg was explaining you how to get rid of useless HP software on your system and you must follow his advice to make your system faster and better. Dont worry about the settings much if you dont see any unexpected behaviour.
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31 Mar 2013   #7
junjun

windows 7
 
 

I know it's hard to tell and very very unreasonable of me to expect it but I was wondering if anyone know of anything I should check to ensure that security is not jeopardizes and data is not affect. Or in this situation data is not affected?
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31 Mar 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I think you worry too much. As long as your system works normally, there is nothing to do. No need to be paranoid about it.
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31 Mar 2013   #9
gregrocker

 

My point is that if you are running factory preinstalled Windows it is a corrupt install to begin with, smothering Win7 with all of the bloatware so that you don't even get to experience true Win7. This is why most tech enthusiasts choose to instead Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 getting a perfect install by following the steps in the blue link.

If you aren't ready to do that then I would at least Clean Up Factory Bloatware.

To assure your present install is safe I would run a full scan with Malwarebytes, install a good lean AV like Microsoft Security Essentials and run a full scan with it, and then also regularly run a full scan with SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloads.

Then I would establish a Clean Boot and run SFC from Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

Let us know what you find.
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