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Windows 7: Looking for a Windows based appplication to remove unwanted software

17 Aug 2013   #21
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
What if the image becomes infected?
Some folks might manage to make an infected image. Anything is possible.
As Kado said, you can just go back to an uninfected image.
Personally, the way I do it I know my images aren't infected.
Basically, I restore my last image before taking a new image.
I've been using the base image for months usually, and would quickly notice an infection.
Never happens.
Works like this. I use the base image for as long as I like. Install anything I like.
Web browse where ever I like.
When the system gets garbaged up, or I think it's infected, I restore the base image.
Then I'll immediately install anything I liked from my last round of software installs, do all the software updates, then make a new base image. I keep a simple notepad file called ImageInstalls that I occasionally update so I don't have to depend on my memory.
If that new base image was infected, I'd know soon enough, and the only source of infection would be my installs or software updates. Easy enough to track that down, and I still have the old base image.
But it's never happened.
Usually do this "as needed." Did it a couple days ago because my desktop/drives were loaded up with different software I'd used, but didn't want anymore. The base image I used was from March.
All that unwanted stuff just "disappeared." Didn't install anything for the new image.
Just the usual software updates. It was done basically to "uninstall" all the clutter.


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17 Aug 2013   #22
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Not only that but if you use a program like Macrium it keeps a hash of the sectors backed up so that it can verify them.
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18 Aug 2013   #23
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

For x64 systems, GeekUninstaller | GeekUninstaller gets good reveiews, and is comparable to Revo. It does not, however, create a system restore point 1st, so it is advised to do that manually 1st. I have not used it myself. I have a version of Your Uninstaller pro from a giveaway. A Guy
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21 Aug 2013   #24
grits

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

1. How do I check to see if something is 32 or 64 bit to be able to know whether or not Revo Free will remove it?

2. Regarding Macrium, I have no back ups of my PC as of yet & at this point don't think I'd even want one because I doubt myself as to how I have things set up/configured in here. I'm pretty well computer illiterate but have followed 'some' advice from this & other forums to reset some things but "couldn't tell you if my life depended on it" what I've changed & what is still set at default. Big case of CRS.

By the way, no sense in suggesting the 'Cleanup Bloat' or 'Reinstall ISO' or whatever all that stuff is that is usually suggested 'cuz I've read that stuff 100 times & am as lost now as I was the 1st time.
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21 Aug 2013   #25
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Generally speaking, if the program is installed, 32 bit programs install to C:\program files (x86) and 64 bit to C:\Program Files

As far as Macrium, look at this tute by WHS, he included a video. Many members here use macrium and can help you through the process

Imaging with free Macrium

A Guy
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21 Aug 2013   #26
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by x BlueRobot View Post
IOBit is a horrible program to use, it causes many problems, especially BSODs.
This is only true if you INSTALL their programs, yes, i will not use, and you should never use the registry cleaner and the security holes scanner, other than that, all the programs in that toolbox are not only safe to use but portable. IOBit uninstaller can uninstall x64 applications, it's free, creates a system restore point, and safer considering sometimes it refuses to delete certain system files that could harm your computer if deleted, and i have restored to one of the restore points before, so i know the restore point's not bad, I hate when people dis some programs just because a company has a bad reputation, but it is true, many of their programs are NOT advisable to use, i only suggest the one
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21 Aug 2013   #27
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

IObit Unlocker works as advertised. A Guy
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21 Aug 2013   #28
redfang337

Linux Mint 15 "Olivia" x32
 
 

unfortunately, i cannot say anything about unlocker, i use other programs to do the same thing, or manually take full ownership of the whole system if i cant get in a folder LOL

--I used IOBits Windows 8 start button when i had it, i liked that also
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