Archive for October, 2011

Uninstall Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 Completely

October 28, 2011


Dealing with Malware that Hides Programs the Start Menu and in Windows Explorer

October 24, 2011

I recently had a client’s PC get infected by some malware that removed all of their programs from the start menu as well as making all files invisible in Windows Explorer.

I ran almost every antimalware program I could think of trying to remove this infection.  I even went all the way back to Spybot Search and Destroy,  Surprisingly, Spybot did find things that the other scanners did not.  I will not be so quick to discount it as too old in the future.

Malwarebytes would not install on this system, I thought the ma;ware was preventing installation.  As it turns out, I needed to install with the “Run as administrator” option.  This option did not exist on the XP system I was working on.  Further research indicated that the option had to be enabled.  I found a Microsoft FixIt tool here,, that will do the job.

Also, I found another useful tool called Unhide.exe that will reverse the changes made by the malware that cause the start menu and Windows Explorer items to disappear.  Unhide can be downloaded from here,

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Black Friday Sites

October 24, 2011

Disable Windows Update’s Automatic Restart

October 11, 2011


This Registry tweak lets you turn off Windows Update’s automatic restart.Windows Update is one of the best tools your system has. It’s also one of the most annoying tools, as it can frequently download and install updates on your behalf. Although that’s great for security, the problem is that the installation routine sometimes pushes an automatic computer restart once it’s done. If you aren’t paying attention (or if you’re busy goofing off with your friends in a game, for example), there goes your session.

Disable Windows’ post-update automatic restart by navigating to the following key in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows. Once there, right-click the Windows key and select the option to create a new key. Enter WindowsUpdate for the name. Repeat the process for the WindowsUpdate key, but create a new key called AU. Your hierarchy should now look like this: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU.

Click the AU key, and then right-click in the sidebar window on the right and create a new DWORD. Enter NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers as the name for the DWORD, and then double-click it and change its value from 0 to 1.