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Windows 7: "...clean your computer to prevent system crash"

18 Apr 2014   #21
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

So, of these sites (besides AV Test), which are to be totally ignored for reviews?

CNET
PC Magazine
Top Ten Reviews
PC Advisor
Matousec

I've already deleted PC Antivirus Reviews from my paltry arsenal...


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18 Apr 2014   #22
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You're welcome.
As far as I know AV-Test buy the same software we can buy to test so there's no monkey business.
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18 Apr 2014   #23
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

OK, then. More room on my computer as I can delete all the others. I'll study the AV Test site. There are a lot of programs there I've never even heard of, but there's an entire universe of computer stuff I've never heard of.

Thanks, again.
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18 Apr 2014   #24
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Yeah, it's not cut and dried with security suites, it's big business since there are so many malwares and crap out in the wild.
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18 Apr 2014   #25
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nottaclue9 View Post
So, of these sites (besides AV Test), which are to be totally ignored for reviews?

CNET
PC Magazine
Top Ten Reviews
PC Advisor
Matousec

I've already deleted PC Antivirus Reviews from my paltry arsenal...
I don't visit any of those websites much, so I cannot speak to how well written their stuff is... but I can glance at who owns them and see if they are "fly by night" websites.

CNET is an arm of (Columbia Broadcasting System)
PC Magazine is a reputable company.
Top Ten Reviews is a part of a huge network of websites owned by tucows.
PC Advisor is a UK arm of (Columbia Broadcasting System)

Matousec - Their main page has "news" articles that are 6 months apart. April 2014, Oct. 2013, March 2013... That would not be where I would go for current info. I don't know anything about the company (located in the Czech Republic) that owns this website.
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19 Apr 2014   #26
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

That's very interesting to know. Pretty soon we'll be down to maybe 6 - 8 global companies owning practically everything? But that's for another day. I've learned that at least one of the places I checked is worth considering. In a world where things aren't what they seem, it's good to know of a trusted place to get information. Thanks to all you guys.
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19 Apr 2014   #27
akjudge

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nottaclue9 View Post
Thank you, akjudge. That's a clear explanation. I'm assuming that the octet is some type of adware, then, right? Whatever it is, Adware didn't seem to be bothered by it.
octet is the size of the Adware Cleaner text files (ie. AdwCleaner [R0].txt), not some type of adware. The program shows the size of the Adware Cleaner text files in octets instead of bytes. It also shows the date of the file.

Sorry, it took me a couple of days to answer -- been away
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19 Apr 2014   #28
MrWhoopee

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 and x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nottaclue9 View Post
Another love note from a fake Microsoft window: "Message from webpage
This right here tells you where the infection is. The message you saw was generated from the (infected)webpage you were visiting. There are variations on this that pop-up an anti-virus scanner which shows all sorts of infections. Close the browser and the problem is gone. That's why you didn't find anything on your computer.
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20 Apr 2014   #29
nottaclue9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, service pack 1
 
 

I love it when something is actually easy! Thanks, Mr. Whoopee. I did a lot of stuff I actually didn't need to do, but live & learn...

No problem, akjudge. I've been gone, too. Now I know that an octet is not eight people playing stringed instruments, but a particular measurement that Adware Cleaner uses. Y'all might actually teach me some things! Not an easy thing to do, BTW...
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20 Apr 2014   #30
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

An infection on your computer could create a "Message from the web page" fake alert too. Just because it says such doesn't make it so, and generally is not so. You didn't do anything you didn't need to.
This can be caused by a Java exploit, activeX control, among others.
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