Thursday, May 03, 2007

VerifyMyPC works!

Despite the doubts people constantly send my way, VerifyMyPC works. Last night it caught an automated software installation of a Java-based application that was installed via a webpage _without_ my express permission. Needless to say, it got uninstalled.

It was a pretty harmless application written by computer nerds. Math nerds who know how to write computer software, specifically. The program's name is GCalc.

VerifyMyPC (http://www.cubiclesoft.com/VerifyMyPC/) notified me that GCalc was installed, which immediately sent me on a panic to figure out what it was because I knew I hadn't installed it. Searched Google for 'gcalc' and came up with the page I had visited. Once I figured out that it was pretty harmless, I just ran the uninstaller.

This is what makes VerifyMyPC so awesome. It catches things that wouldn't be found out otherwise. Sure it doesn't have a magical, happy "fix my system and make it better" button, but there is a reason for that: Magical, happy buttons have the tendency to make computer systems WORSE, not better! Even the best anti-spyware and anti-virus tools mess up occasionally.

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  1. A VerifymyPC scan for today shows numerous Windows security updates amongst other things have been uninstalled, and I haven't uninstalled them?

    Type Description Removal/Repair Comments
    Important Uninstalled Application with GUID {2CCBABCB-6427-4A55-B091-49864623C43F} (2.1.20060807). If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled Application with GUID {DDDD2F85-CEE4-512D-BCBE-09AA6A0CD869}. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled AddressBook. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled DirectAnimation. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled DirectDrawEx. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled Fontcore. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled ICW. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled IE40. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled IE4Data. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled IE5BAKEX. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled IEData. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB873333. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB873339. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB885250. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB885835. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB885836. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB887472. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB888113. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB888239. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB888302. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB890046). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB890047. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB890175. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB890859. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB891781. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB893066. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows XP Hotfix - KB893086. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Hotfix for Windows XP (KB893357). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB893756). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Windows Installer 3.1 (KB893803). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Update for Windows XP (KB894391). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Hotfix for Windows XP (KB895953). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Hotfix for Windows XP (KB896344). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB896422). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB896428). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Step By Step Interactive Training (KB898458). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB899587). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB899588). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB899591). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Windows XP (KB903235). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled Security Update for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (KB928365). Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled KBKB895961. Uninstalling Windows Updates can cause problems and open up a system to hackers.
    Important Uninstalled MobileOptionPack. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled NetMeeting. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled OutlookExpress. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled SchedulingAgent. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled AutoUpdate (1.1). If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Uninstalled {62369F2F77534556AEF4C58152E3BDE5}. If there is a problem as a result of uninstalling, then reinstalling may fix the problem.
    Important Modified system file 'mrt.exe'. Do not manually modify or remove. An application you uninstalled most likely modified this file.
    Important Removed file extension '.frg'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.shtml'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.sll'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.tlgfile'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.wll'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.xht'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.xhtml'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.
    Important Removed file extension '.aswu3lic'. File extensions can be difficult to restore. Recently uninstalled software may be responsible for the changes. See the VerifyMyPC help file or website for information on altering file extension associations.

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  2. sam: First, make sure you are running the latest version. If you aren't, be sure to run an 'Intense scan' from the main GUI after upgrading.

    That is a very odd set of changes made to the system. I can't tell from that information what is going on. Drill down to see if any system files were actually removed or modified. However, it seems to be a false alarm caused by the use of an overzealous registry cleaner or anti-spyware tool, or you did a 'System Restore'. Alternatively, the registry was intentionally damaged by some application. I don't know what exactly has been done since I don't have all the information but I'd say there is a definite problem of some sort.

    (BTW, this blog isn't the best place for this. The CubicleSoft forums are more appropriate. Or just contact the support e-mail address.)

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