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AVG 8.0 and LinkScanner

Posted by yitz98 on 15-June-2008

Have you installed the latest version of AVG Free (8.0).  If so, you will notice that there are a few new additional features than the previous version 7.5.  One of those is called LinkScanner.  When running a Google search, next to the results you will see a green check mark next to what are supposed to be ‘safe websites.’  However, some either have no use for this, or yet some have even noticed browsing slowdowns.  There is no way to remove the feature once installed, although you have two options.

The first is to disable the addon within the browswer(s).  In firefox you would go to Tools > Add-ons, choose the AVG Safe Search addon and disable it.  In IE, you need to go to Tools > Internet Options, then click the Programs tab at the top, then choose the button labeled Manage Add-ons.  In the list titled ‘Add-ons that have been used by Internet Explorer’ find the entry called AVG Safe Search, and choose the Disable radio button at the bottom left.

Your other option, is only if you have yet to install AVG.  These instructions are from the AVG web site FAQ.

How to install AVG without LinkScanner

If you wish to install AVG 8.0 Free Edition without the LinkScanner component, or uninstall this component from your program, please proceed as follows:

  • Download the AVG 8.0 Free Edition installation package from our website.
  • Run the installation with the parameters /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch.

One way to achieve this is to:

  • save the AVG Free installation file directly to disk C:\
  • open menu Start -> Run
  • type

c:\avg_free_stf_*.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

  • The installation will be started, and AVG will be installed without the LinkScanner component.
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Internet Explorer Content Advisor Password

Posted by yitz98 on 18-March-2008

I’m not sure it’s that popular, but there is a feature in Internet Explorer called the Content Advisor that allows one to  control which websites IE can visit.  There is a password feature which locks unauthorized users from changing that list of allowed or restricted websites.  Should you forget this password, this is how to remove it:

Note:  This involves editing the Windows Registry and should only be done by someone who knows what they’re doing.  And as always, please backup the Registry before making changes.

Close Internet Explorer.  Go to Start > Run.  Type ‘regedit’ (without quotes).  Navigate to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\policies\Ratings.

In the Ratings folder you will find an entry titled ‘Key.’  Right-Click on that entry and choose delete.  Close the registry and open Internet Explorer.

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Windows Update Failure

Posted by yitz98 on 5-November-2007

How frustrating is it to have to constantly keep on top of those Windows Update security patches and fixes? Have you ever done a clean (Windows XP) installation recently (even with a slipstreamed SP2 CD)? There are loads of updates you will need to download in order to have a patched OS.

Recently I was having issues with a PC that had many problems with it. One of the problems was that ‘services.exe’ was failing anywhere from 10 seconds to a few minutes after booting into Windows. To determine the specific service that was failing (services.exe can be an number of things), just look in your task manager and see how many instances of that file are running. One of the services failing was the Windows Update service. I did a system restore which stopped the services.exe file from failing, but Windows Update would no longer install any patches – neither through automatic updates nor the Windows Update website.

The following solution from Microsoft Support solved my problem: To re-register Windows Update DLL Files.

  • Click Start, click Run, type ‘cmd’ without quotes, and then click OK.
    Type the following commands. Press ENTER after each command. You will receive a pop-up confirmation after each one.
  • regsvr32 wuapi.dll
  • regsvr32 wuaueng.dll
  • regsvr32 wuaueng1.dll
  • regsvr32 wucltui.dll
  • regsvr32 wups.dll
  • regsvr32 wups2.dll
  • regsvr32 wuweb.dll

You can find the original article here.

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