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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Avoid "My Clean PC"

I've been watching this ad on TV for a Program to speed up your computer, called "mycleanpc.com".
I can't even get to that web site without disabling some of my protection software. So I downloaded their FREE scanner on an old PC that I keep for experimenting with strange software.

The Program that installed was called "Cyber Defender".
It's listed in many sites on the internet as a possible Virus, Trojan or Rogue.

It would do one and only one operation and that was to scan the registry. Or at least it appeared that's what it was doing. I was locked out of selecting any other options.
Then it reported over 400 errors in my registry, but when I hit the button to Fix the problems, it took me right to there web site, where I was presented with the opportunity to spend $39.95 to buy their program.

This whole thing is nothing but a scam to get your money.
Never download such a program.

The Doctor Cool
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zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
Posts: 2747



PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2010 10:23 pm    Post subject:

This was posted on a site last year:
Quote:
The domain names MyCleanPC.com and DoubleMySpeed.com are both owned by a company called CyberDefender, a known spyware vendor.
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rovingcowboy



Joined: Jan 26, 2003
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:42 pm    Post subject:

thanks zlim for the confirm.

it is also now very clear that everyone does not see all the posts on all the forums. because both doc and me did not see that post a year ago.

Very Happy
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject:

Well, by now, anyone reading this forum should know,
"You never download any program from an ad on TV".

Doc Cool
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zlim



Joined: Mar 11, 2005
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:09 pm    Post subject:

...or from an unsolicitated email you get!

I tell my "seniors" ask me before you decide it is a good idea to try a new program. I'll usually google the name, if I've never heard of it. It I get a lot of hits to hijack logs posted, I know it is something unwanted.

Just going by the name of a program, it's impossible to tell the good guys from the bad.
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:25 pm    Post subject:

Several years ago I opted to try a program I saw advertised on TV called "Stop Sign". It totally trashed my C: drive. Thank goodness I had a Ghost Backup Image of my C: drive safely stored on a separate hard drive.
After a quick Ghost Restore, I was back in business. No harm, No foul!

But I learned a vital lesson that day to never trust any "Fix It" program offered over the TV (or internet). Every security program that I use today, came well documented as safe and effective.

There is however one exception. That is "CCleaner". I've tried it twice over several years and both times it's taken out things that has left my computer damaged. Again, I had to call on a Ghost Restore to set things right again.
Whenever any "clean up" or "Fix Up" program gets too aggressive, it can cause problems on some computer somewhere, but obviously not every computer, everywhere.

Cheers Mates
The Doctor Cool
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drwho07



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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:57 pm    Post subject:

Well, the snake oil vendors are still at it, changing the name of the program but still downloading "Cyber Defender" or some such crap into your PC.

I just had a service call last week, where I had to go out and remove one of those bogus programs from a customers' PC. I had sent out a warning email to my entire list, about those bogus programs and the TV ad's, but I guess he didn't read it. The program had made a real nest for itself by the time I got there. It had totally disabled his "Spyware Blaster" program.

So beware of all TV ad's that promise to speed up your PC.

Cheers Mates!
The Doctor Cool
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:11 pm    Post subject:

Ooooops! There goes another one!

The latest one, "maxmyspeed.com" just came up on my TV this morning.
Doing a little Google search on it, I came across this post:

"Default Comodo says maxmyspeed.com is not to be trusted.

Just out of curiosity I went to this site to see what scam they were
running. Most of these sites that run ads on TV are scammers in some form.

So I started to run their "free diagnosis" tool which is a file you
download and install on your machine.

Well, Comodo went nuts. First Comodo said there was a virus, then found
malware. Nope. Ain't gonna do this puppy. As I'm sure that in order to
really clean my registry, they will then ask you to pay a nice tidy sum for
doing so. Along with telling you certain things that don't really exist on
your machine.

If you want to do it right and free, my old favorite that hasn't failed yet
is Toniart's EasyCleaner:
http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm

Toni was a mere child of 14 when he wrote this program. Because his program
became so popular, the people who owned his domain name hijacked it and
tried to sell the free program."


I can completely agree with this guy, that the only safe registry cleaner I've ever tested was/is "Easy Cleaner".

Cheers!
The Doctor Cool
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yapcash



Joined: Jul 17, 2011
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:04 am    Post subject:

Beware !! mycleanpc,doublemyspeed,max my speed.Same Scam, Same Company.
[size=7]http://mycleanpcscam.com[/size]


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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:39 am    Post subject:

Yup, just like "Stop Sign" of ages past. More scams!

Thanks for the update!

Doc Cool
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rovingcowboy



Joined: Jan 26, 2003
Posts: 1606



PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:10 am    Post subject:

holy crapola!!! all these posts and i never got any notice from the forum to come read them?.

but doc i use ccleaner on all the computers here works fine for me.
must be something in one of the programs that is being removed on your's because it is simular to what ccleaner is to remove??

i also use asulogic's free defragmentor and registry cleaner they work wonders. i had to stop with the regscrubvistaxp program it just did not work anymore.

but i've been seeing those scam adverts on tv again you know they got to be getting to some one cause the ad's cost tons of money to put on the air. either they do have a good program or there are tons of people with
a bad program that do not know it.

if i had a nickel for every one that gets that bad program i'd be richer then B.Gates himself.

Shocked
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drwho07



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 1:36 pm    Post subject:

Yup! There's a lot of stupid people out there, that will fall for anything they see on TV.

Or anything that shows up in their email, for that matter.

There was a huge Expose' on Dateline on one of those programs just recently, about one woman who was scammed out of over $100,000 by a Telephone Scam.

Cool


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rovingcowboy



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 2:48 pm    Post subject:

hey that ronco guy is back on the tv i wonder what good things he has now that i might like? umm on second thought most that stuff is nice and works once or twice but its mostly cheap plastic and breaks easy.

i wonder if he is still supplying his lifetime warranty stuff for the rock polisher i got back in the 70's? i need more stuff for that. Wink
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:08 pm    Post subject:

There's nothing proprietary about a rock polisher.
I used to live right next door to a lapidary shop. It's all pretty simple stuff.

You can even buy a rock polisher at Harbor Freight Tools.

I wish they sold computers. Wink Laughing Laughing Laughing

Cool


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rovingcowboy



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:18 pm    Post subject:

yep they had a compound made for ronco they were to supply for life.

but your right any number of companys supplying it now more likely have a better compound then that so they should work.

but i got to pay for them. the others was supplied for life. ? maybe they ment the life time for the free supply? Smile
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Baby_Tux



Joined: Mar 06, 2007
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject:

They pretty much mean the life of the company / product, not your OWN life. So if either goes, you're out!
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drwho07



Joined: Nov 29, 2007
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Location: Central FL, USA

PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:19 pm    Post subject:

An old carnival trick was to sell a book of matches as a Cigarette lighter, guaranteed for the "lifetime of the article". (till you strike the last match)

That's like selling a cold drink, Guaranteed for as long as it takes you to drink it.

Or the used car sold with a "Taillight Guarantee". Guaranteed for as long as the dealer could see the taillights of the car going off down the road. Rolling Eyes

As for the grinding compound for a rock tumbler..... it's basically grit and soap.
Grit as a polishing agent and soap to keep the particles in suspension.

I'm pretty sure it could be found at any Lapidary Supply house.

Cool
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Lidiasimon



Joined: May 07, 2010
Posts: 10

Location: New York

PostPosted: Tue Aug 16, 2011 7:41 am    Post subject:

I have the same problem too!
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