Category: Cleanup

MSICUU2 for Windows Installer problems
article #309, updated 2085 days ago

msicuu2 is available here:

http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/Windows-Installer-CleanUp-Utility-Download-18442.html

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When IP Printers Won't Delete
article #720, updated 2089 days ago

  1. Change the Port, to “FILE:”, and then try to delete it again. If that doesn’t work:
  2. Go to this registry location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Print\Printers

and delete the ones that you want gone. Then restart the Windows service named ‘spooler’.

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List of Antivirus Removal Tools
article #721, updated 2115 days ago

Here is a great list of links:

http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN146&product=0&vendor=0

Discovered by the amazing Mike Hunsinger.

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Base Filtering Engine missing, in Vista and Windows 7
article #719, updated 2115 days ago

This service is essential for lots of things, including security in general and antivirus. If it’s missing on Vista or Windows 7, it was probably removed by an infection. A good first step is probably here:

http://kb.eset-la.com/esetkb/index?page=content&id=SOLN2861

Look for the “ESETSirefefCleaner tool”. If that doesn’t do it, try the steps here:

http://www.hageltech.com/blog/2012/02/07/base-filtering-engine-problems.html

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MyPermissions -- app permissions on Android, with cleaner
article #713, updated 2128 days ago

http://mypermissions.org/ is an Android app which checks your apps, reports which apps are using what data of yours, and cleans apps from your Android device based on your choices.

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"Should I Remove It?", new tool for removing unwanted software
article #712, updated 2131 days ago

Rather interesting:

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/

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Reset Registry Permissions and Permissions on System File Areas
article #21, updated 2199 days ago

The tool required below, subinacl, is not supported under Windows 7. The “Windows Repair (All in One)” from Tweaking.com:

http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html

does either most or all of the job of the below. But the tool is still available and reportedly works:

http://www.petri.co.il/subinacl-download-deployment.htm

Original text of this article is below.

Sometimes, due to all sorts of different causes, registry entries and system files acquire problematical permissions, wherein they cannot be changed, added-to, deleted, or read deleted by anyone, including either Administrator or System. Sometimes this can result in random bits of Windows denying permissions to administrators and others. In these cases, you need to get this:

SubInAcl

This is said to be part of the Windows Resource Kit for Windows 2003, but I have found that if I install the whole 2003 reskit, it doesn’t work. Once you have installed the above, run the following commands from its install folder, or copy/paste them into a batch file and run it.  There is no interaction involved, they just run.  It can take an hour or more, but the results can be very good.

subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_USER /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_USERS /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt
subinacl /subkeyreg HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIG /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt

subinacl /subdirectories %SystemDrive% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt  
subinacl /subdirectories %programfiles% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f /grant=users=e >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt
subinacl /subdirectories %windir% /grant=administrators=f /grant=system=f /grant=users=e >> %temp%\subinacl_output.txt

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Startup Items in Windows
article #692, updated 2208 days ago

“Autoruns”:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

is the most complete of all.

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Repair Windows after infections
article #685, updated 2222 days ago

Interesting tool:

http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html

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Simple PC cleaner-upper, including startup items
article #683, updated 2227 days ago

This one’s new, made by the excellent folks at Macecraft:

http://decrap.org

In non-full-auto mode, it handles startup items better than anything this writer has seen in years, and also uninstalls software quickly and thoroughly with after-the-fact cleanup.

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