Programs Missing From Control Panel Programs List

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    Programs Missing From Control Panel Programs List


    So yesterday I noticed that programs are missing from my control panels program list. Right now there is only 19 items and I use to have probably over 60. Notable missing are all my AVS4You and Topaz Labs software. Also anything with the name Windows is not listed. I can't think of anything I installed to cause this. All I saw was some Windows updates. I've searched other threads and ran some of recommended programs. I then downloaded and ran Malwarebytes software and it found 55 problems, deleted those but my problem still exists. I also did a system restore back to 3/21. I'm at a loss now. Any ideas? Also I'm using MS Security Essentials for protection.
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  3. Posts : 25
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    I used those two tools and here is the results in the zip file.

    JRT.zip
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    Hey, Thanks for the logs, I would highly recommend staying away from Optimizer Pro and programs Alike, The "Fix all PC issues" and similar "Eye Grabbers" are signs that usually mean, they will do more harm than good, They also tend to load computers with bloatware that they say "Optimizes" your PC. Some Registry entries and a few other programs, Nothing much.


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    Thanks
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    I'll do all of this in the morning. BTW I've never downloaded Optimizer Pro or any other programs like that. Thanks for the help, so far ;-)
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  6. Posts : 1,413
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    I've seen it in a few logs before, seems suspect, il look into it buddy, Your welcome.
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    Optimizer Pro is a new tag along that is coming with many programs.
    PUP.
    You may have downloaded it and not know you did so.

    It's the new PUP on the block.

    A PUP (potentially unwanted program) is a program that may be unwanted, such as spyware, despite the possibility that users consented to download it.
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  8. Posts : 1,413
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    Thanks for the info:) I'd seen it in a few logs posted by other members so i knew it looked familiar.
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  9. whs
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    engineco16 said:
    I'll do all of this in the morning. BTW I've never downloaded Optimizer Pro or any other programs like that. Thanks for the help, so far ;-)
    Those programs did not appear out of thin air. How do you figure they got there.

    I would suspect they came as a byproduct of downloading other programs thru 'shady' download sites. E.g Cnet likes to do that and add junk to downloads if you don't watch out.
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  10. Posts : 25
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    I haven't had a chance to go through everything today, hopefully tomorrow, but this strange thing just happened. I had Chrome open, selected a new tab then clicked on my Flickr link. Another window opened and here's what it showed.

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