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How can I be certain I am downloading the software I want?

by AGDoren / May 20, 2013 3:38 AM PDT

Hi I have a windows 7 PC. It's in pretty good shape. I just had it serviced recently and due to a microsoft update back in April and some other errors on my part it had to be restored to factory default. Which is a pain in the ***, but fine. Anyway in order to take better care of my computer I've been advised to download two programs. Malware and Belarc. As far as I understand both of these programs can be really useful. However I understand that people create viruses that mimic them. Viruses that look excaclty like the real thing when you go to download them and then of course do something else altogether.

In fact a couple years ago I downloaded a copy of malware bytes that turned out to be virus. I was able to restore to a previous configuration, but I am weary of downloading either program.

<div>I do need belarc or something similar because I have to uninstall my Sims game

(another microsoft update screw up the damned game)

and sims is good for not completely uninstalling which makes it impossible. to reinstall. Belarc would help me find in leftover registration keys or files . </div>
I want to take better care pf my PC than I did before and I want to make certain that I am using software that is safe. Any suggestions, ideas, best practices or explanations would be much appreciated thank you.

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Re: downloading
by Kees_B Forum moderator / May 20, 2013 3:44 AM PDT

I've never seen Belarc reporting leftover keys or files. So - given your story - you don't need that.

Downloading software from the makers site or trusted download sites like tucows or sourceforge (for open source software) never failed with me.

Of course, you have to take care to download the right program. If someone tells you to download a program called "Malwarebytes' Antimalware", and you download a program called "Malware", that's a recipe for disaster.

Kees

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by AGDoren / May 20, 2013 4:04 AM PDT
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To the second part I see your point about being specifc with the names and I will certainly be on the look-out for that.

To the first a friend of mine had the exact problem I am describing with sims registry keys and she couldn't find the leftover registry keys for about year and belarc found them for her, some kind of way. That's why I thought of this. If anyone has any other suggestions or thoughts on how to do that without dowloading any programs or software I would appreciate them very much.

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Without downloading any programs?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2013 7:20 AM PDT
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That could be too rough on everyday users. You do have native apps in Windows that you could use. I've used regedit for over a decade to search for things. But imagine those that can't use such a tool or know to research on the web for the results?

Those folk would need finder apps such as Belarc and others.

So yes, you can do without but it's like sanding wood without a power tool. Can be done, takes time and effort.
Bob

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