Category: Cleanup

Base Filtering Engine missing, in Vista and Windows 7
article #719, updated 1165 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

Categories:   Cleanup   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues

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MyPermissions -- app permissions on Android, with cleaner
article #713, updated 1178 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.

Categories:   Android   Cleanup

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"Should I Remove It?", new tool for removing unwanted software
article #712, updated 1181 days ago

Rather interesting:

http://www.shouldiremoveit.com/

Categories:   Tools   Cleanup

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Reset Registry Permissions and Permissions on System File Areas
article #21, updated 1248 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

Categories:   Cleanup   

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Startup Items in Windows
article #692, updated 1258 days ago

“Autoruns”:

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

is the most complete of all.

Categories:   Cleanup   Windows OS-Level Issues

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Repair Windows after infections
article #685, updated 1272 days ago

Interesting tool:

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

Categories:   Cleanup   Antivirus/Antimalware Tools and Issues

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Simple PC cleaner-upper, including startup items
article #683, updated 1276 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.

Categories:   Cleanup   

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Clean all TEMP folders and much more
article #91, updated 1348 days ago

Try this:

http://notes.ponderworthy.com/clean-up-all-system-and-user-profile-temp-folders

Categories:   Cleanup   

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One Command to Clean All Users' Temp Files
article #466, updated 1348 days ago

Try this:

http://notes.ponderworthy.com/clean-up-all-system-and-user-profile-temp-folders

Categories:   Cleanup   

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Windows Error Reporting taking up space!
article #615, updated 1414 days ago

It may occur that this location:

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue

(on most systems, thus:)

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\WER\ReportQueue

starts to fill with gigs and gigs of queued reports for Windows Error Reporting. The folder’s contents can be deleted safely. If you want to turn W.E.R. off on a server:

  1. Go to Administrative Tools, Server Manager.
  2. Go to the Server Manager top level page, the very bottom, make sure you can see the whole Resources and Support section.
  3. Click into Configure Windows Error Reporting and turn it altogether off.

Categories:   Windows OS-Level Issues   Cleanup