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About ParrotSlave

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  • System Specifications:
    OLD ABS: OEMWinMe, 866MHzPIII, 524 MB RAM, 40G HD, one hidden partition for drive images, Plextor CDRW, DVD ROM, FD, 10/100 NIC, PCI 2.0 USB 2port, 2 usb 1.1 ports. Still runs. LAPTOP: Fujitsu A6230 Lifebook, full Win Ult 64 bit. Intel Core 2 duo, 2.13 GHZ, 4 GB ram
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  1. I forgot about PCMatic and my archived DL Program folder, and put the archive file on my desktop to synchronize it with a hard drive in a remote location; recently this file was scanned by MAB and NIS, which found two "threats," and I went along with their suggestions to delete. I like the idea of having certain joke exe files on hand in case someone I allow to use my computer becomes annoying, but it is extremely annoying to have to hide the file from the AV programs. I have no intention of telling NIS to ignore zipped files. Now I have to zip and encrypt. PCMatic just now found six "threats", plus one threat elsewhere (Trojan.Win32.Adware [:\Windows\STK02N\STK02NK.exe]). Annoyingly enough, in order to find out what these "threats" were, I had to go and open each xml file at PCPitstopDat\Quarantine\[wackynumber.xml]. It found MyWay [ARCH DL PROG\AUDIO SOFTWARE\FreeRip2.3.exe], PSWtool.Win32.Finder [ARCH DL PROG\UTILITIES MAINTENANCE ANALYSIS ETC\Magical Jelly Bean 1.41.zip|keyfinder.exe], JokeBluescreen [ARCH DL PROG\TRICK DLs\BlueScreen.zip], Trojan.Win32.malware.a [ARCH DL PROG\TRICK DLs\Avoid10.zip|avoid.exe], BehavesLike.Win32.Malware.wlk (mx-v) [ARCH DL PROG\pavdr.exe], and Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT [ARCH DL PROG\PHOTO, GRAPHICS CONVERTERS, EDITORS\FaceOnBody021.exe]). All of these six are many years old, and were dl for my old WinMe system; why do the other tricks, like zipped fake format, not get tagged by PCMatic? I am surprised to find that Panda's Active Scan, pavdr.exe, gets tagged as dangerous. I never used the FaceOnBody program, and since I have CS5 and a few other paid programs, I can live without archiving that file. I have other, paid programs to do ripping also, so I can also live without FreeRip2.3--it's old anyway--but I do remember downloading that, certified as spyware free, via CNET, so I am surprised to find that as a threat. I am annoyed that Magical Jelly Bean should be viewed as a threat; I have never used it, but might have to, or have to help a friend, but now I am going to have to go to a drive unscanned by PCMatic, extract a copy of that file, zip and encrypt it to protect it from PCMatic. I don't know about STK02NK.exe; it came with a small portable wireless web camera, but the manufacturer was not anyone I had ever heard of, and I don't know about the software, except for MAB and NIS not finding it as threat. As a matter of fact, I even used Norton Power Eraser the other day, and it did not find any of those files threatening. I should not have to go to this much trouble to figure out what to do about these files. I suggest modifying PCPitstop so that this information is instantly available--particularly file location--from its gui instead of me having to dig around to look for it. What I just now discovered, and how insidious it is, is that when PCMatic removes something from a zip file, it doesn't remove the zip file, it only deletes whatever file it thinks was a threat, and replaces it by a text file, with the same file name, but with a .txt extension, so that, for example, Bluescreen.scr gets replaced by Bluescreen.scr.txt, and all of the text files have the same message, with a space between each letter: "M a l i c i o u s c o n t e n t r e m o v e d b y S u n b e l t V I P E R". Although a text file, if you try and copy the text, all the clipboard will copy into notepad or wordpad is the letter "M," but if you copy into Word, you get the whole message with underlines instead of spaces between the letters. Strange. (The words are separated by spaces, but the text editor on this site is deleting the spaces I am trying to put between the words.)
  2. It must have been just the file name. The first thing I did when I found it listed in PC Matic's xml document (the only thing it has ever found besides cookies) was to Google it, and apparently there have been a number of different malicious files that used that name, including one in 2007 that added the infected pc to the storm botnet. My file predated that particular trojan by almost 5 years, and it is innocuous, although not in particularly good taste. When this that or the other company offers freebies, I often download them without ever looking at them, "just in case"--it may be something I'll want in a few years. This particular file turned out to be a flash cartoon video that first asks for your name, and once you input your name, it shows a cartoon man dancing, from the rear, sans clothing, with your name tattooed on his behind. I have no idea where I got the file. However, I am curious to see if PC Matic thinks it is a trojan because of the name or because of the file: maybe I'll change the file name and see if PC Matic still detects it. In fact, I'll make one copy and change the name to something.xyz, and copy it again and change it to something.exe, and see if PC Matic detects either as a threat. I have some old joke files (like fakeformat and bluescreen) that I had to hide from Norton by changing the file extensions and zipping. Norton is so annoying that when I make self-extracting zip files with Stuffit, it thinks they are all a "menace" and it protects me by immediately quarantining them
  3. Thanks for the assistance. I still haven't figured out yet where Vista hides everything. This turned out to be a file I had archived on 1/11/03, called valentin.exe; it was one of a number of such files that I saved because it was free, and I never even watched it until just now (mercifully). It has been scanned over the years by AVG, various Nortons, Avast, Kaspersky's online, Panda's house call, etc., and I don't remember that particular file ever having been marked as dangerous, but PCPitstop decided that it was "name="Trojan.Win32.Generic!BT" level="2" category="Trojan" type="Malware" adviseType="3" canQuarantine="true".
  4. Since I use NIS and also run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware regularly, it is unlikely that anything would get by them, but PCMatic found something that it deleted and I don't see any options for restore or submit file for analysis or anything like that. I suspect a false positive, but need to have some way of checking it out.
  5. What the heck is this--PCMatic freezes while checking services? A little window with PCMatic in the title bar popped up that said Error: JSON parse error: undefined. Clicking ok on that created another little window that said Error: AnalyzeItNow error: timeout. Clicking ok on that, caused the green progress bar to jump rapidly to about 80 percent or so completed, then the whole test gui window disappeared, and I was left with the main gui, which showed no test had been done. I just ran PCMatic yesterday with no problems.
  6. Smart Defrag, if you use their "optimized defrag," WILL also eat the restore points, but not if you use its regular defrag.
  7. I know that many uses hate System Restore. But the only reason I went from my Amiga to a Windows PC was that I fell in love with System Restore that was introduced with WinMe. I know, it doesn't always work, but when it does, it can be a Godsend. I have been wondering why my restore points have been disappearing on my 64-bit Vista system, and I finally became annoyed enough to do some looking with my friend Google, and I noticed that another company's product, Diskeeper, will eat up the restore points unless you disable its VSS defragging. Since I had been wondering why, when PCMatic does its defragging, it goes through 5 cycles that take an eternity, I immediately suspected that PCMatic was the culprit. These days, hard drive space could hardly be an issue, so I don't care how much space the restore points use. So I tested it by creating some restore points and checking regularly while PCMatic was running to see if they were still there, and, sure enough, they disappeared after the defragging. One, you need to warn people about this, and two, you ought to have some kind of option set on the defragging so that it would not eat the restore points. Smart Defrag doesn't eat the restore points, nor does the defragger built into Windows.
  8. I would suspect from the moniker "Stoner111" that you are dealing with someone whose mental facilities are impaired, possibly substance impaired. I have used PCPitstop for almost 10 years, most of it just the free PCPitstop, more recently the paid PCMatic. PCPitstop definitely helped me keep my WinMe machine running in top condition for years. PCPitstop is reliable and trustworthy; I have the utmost confidence in them. And PCMatic actually has technical support that responds to problems, so I like it also. Those accusations about them are ludicrous.
  9. Mine has just started doing the same thing. It opens, I can change options, etc., but when I click scan, it hangs, and I have to kill it with Task Mgr. I have tried changing the options, but it still hangs. It just started telling me that it was gathering information for PC Pitstop's site, which it didn't use to do; I have used the program for several months. I have uninstalled, and reinstalled: you have to uninstall Exterminate first, then PCMatic, then delete the PCPitstop folder from x86 program files. For some reason, though, it still remembers the computer when I do a fresh install, which it should not do; I should have to login first, or at least I had to the last time I had "issues" and had to reinstall. I have reinstalled several times, and rebooted after the uninstall, but it still hangs; I have given it more than an hour before deciding to kill the process. Just before it started doing it, I remember that it wanted to install a pitstop DLL again when I opened it. The only change in my system is that I just installed WinPatrol. It has worked since the last Vista updates, other than a Windows defender update last night, so I don't think it has anything to do with Microsoft, although you never know.... IT'S CURED NOW: I just got their response, and cleared IE's internet options, and it is now working again. I did not have to do that before, and it never occurred to me that my browser cache (which is, after all, one of the things that PCMatic ends up cleaning) would be the problem. Thanks.
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