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Old 18. Sep 2014, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Somehow I ended up with Reg Cure on my laptop but since I'm too cheap to pay for it and I'm not sure it's of any use anyway since Google offers lots of sites with instructions to uninstall it which I don't understand. Anyway I want to uninstall it. Looking for solutions I came across this site. I have Reg Cure on my desktop but I can't find it anywhere in my programs but since I have it on the desktop I assume it must be in there somewhere. While searching for solutions I came across free uninstall programs which are supposed to help but if I understand some of them correctly I have to use them when I install any future new program. Is that true? Being a 70 year old technopeasant who can remember when there was such thing as television I hope someone out there in cyberspace can be of some assistance that can understand.
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Old 18. Sep 2014, 07:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the forum .

You should be careful of what you install on your computer.

Reg Cure seems to be a rogue program. It's site is rated bad on WOT (a browser extension for safety). So, considering that, chances are your computer might be infected with it.

To uninstall any program, you need to go to Control Panel --> Add/Remove Programs. There, select that particular program in the list, and click on Uninstall.

If you have difficulty finding the above mentioned path, please post here, and we will assist you. Please also mention which version of Windows you are using.... XP, Windows 7, or 8.

The program should be listed in Add/Remove Programs. If not, please post back.

Do you have an antivirus on your computer? If yes, do run a scan of your computer to see if it catches any infections. If there are some infections, and you are unsure of how to deal with them, then we will direct you to a malware removal forum, where experts can help you (free of cost).
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Old 18. Sep 2014, 10:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Canadave,
what you have on your desktop is most likely just a shortcut to Reg Cure rather than the Reg Cure program itself.

If you want to see if the Reg Cure program is still installed then right-click (use the right-hand mouse button) on its desktop shortcut. The context menu should appear and you can see select "Properties" at the bottom of the list. This should bring up the "Reg Cure Properties" window which has the "Target" program path and the button "Open File Location". "Target" tells you where the Reg Cure file is stored and if you click on the "Open File Location" button a Windows Explorer window will open showing you the actual location so you can see if it is still there.

Even if you uninstalled Reg Cure it is quite possible that the desktop shortcut would still be there. Uninstalled programs often leave the shortcut on the desktop so being able to see the icon tells you nothing about uninstalling it.
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Old 19. Sep 2014, 06:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There are a lot of issues being reported about RegCure garbage. Instructions for removal are here.

http://www.ehow.com/how_5986579_comp...-computer.html
http://forums.cnet.com/7723-6122_102...l-help-please/
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Old 19. Sep 2014, 01:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies. CRAP!!! I did a long reply to this relating what I had done etc. including doing a scan which took forever so I finally went to bed but when I got up I found that my Superantispyware program had done an automatic update and re-booted to install it which closed down this site and my reply along with it so here I go again. I did find Reg Cure when I opened the uninstall program and deleted it although I'm concerned in that some of the YouTube videos about getting rid of it mentioned that I should do lots of other stuff to make sure that absolutely everything is deleted. My anti -virus program that I'm using at the moment is Microsoft Security Essentials which is part of Windows 7 found nothing after several hours of scanning although Superantispyware found 261 problems including 6 described as critical which says a lot about Security Essentials. I did all this before seeing Remah's post on right clicking on the desktop icon which by then was gone from the uninstall although the uninstall did show a lot of stuff being deleted. Thanx Midnight Cowboy for the link which I'll check out. About two weeks ago I discovered I had a problem with Office Outlook. I was receiving emails but my replies and original emails were not going out but that's another topic which I start a new thread on rather then be redundant but includes how I ended up using Microsoft Security Essentials .
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Old 19. Sep 2014, 01:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If I understand right, you did find RegCure under the list of programs in Uninstall, and that you uninstalled it? You said "deleted it", instead of "uninstalled it"... but I assume you meant uninstalled.

As you can see from the first link that MC (MidnightCowboy) posted, there are not much steps to remove RegCure from the computer. Apart from Uninstall, as mentioned on that page, you can check in the Program Files, following the directions.

In general, you should stay away from registry cleaners.. as they can do more harm than benefit.. it's not something that general users should use.. despite what you see all over the internet that registry cleaning will make your computer magically faster... it isn't so.

Also, be careful of what you download, and do a proper search if you are not familiar with the software that you are about to download. Find out if it's safe to not. RegCure, for example, is a rogue software. Hopefully, it shouldn't have done much damage to your computer. But, there are worse programs out there, so be careful.

Another thing that none of us mentioned, and which you had asked... about uninstall programs. In general, the uninstall that comes with Windows works fine, and does a good job. There are free uninstall programs too, but these are not required for general users. So, just keep using the Windows one.

Also, do not depend much on YouTube videos for everything. Many of the videos are not totally reliable. Instead, read about things on good sites.

Microsft Security Essentials in general is a good antivirus. However, it's detection rate is on the lower side. Also, getting infected depends on the user habits too. If the user himself does not employ safe practices, then unfortunately, the antivirus cannot do much on its own. So, user has to be careful too.

Superantispyware is a good program. If you are unsure what to do with the results it showed, you should ask for help. We can direct you to a malware removal forum for that, in case you want that.

Additionally, you can also download Malwarebytes Antimalware, which is another good program for malware removal.

https://www.malwarebytes.org/antimalware/

Download the free version.

Which browser do you use? I would suggest installing some extensions like ad blocker, and WOT for that browser, which will provide you with some additional safety while browsing.

Remember that security on the computer starts with yourself.
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Old 19. Sep 2014, 02:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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WOW ... that was a fast reply. You're correct, I did mean uninstall. Are you suggesting that malwarebytes is superior to Antispyware? If I decide to download it should I uninstall Superantispyware to avoid any conflicts? I almost always use Google if that's what you mean by browser (see I told you I'm a technopeasant). How do I install ad blocker and WOT (whatever they are). By your name I assume you're in India in which case I must compliment you on your English. The Outlook tech support lady I spoke to was in India and I couldn't believe how excellent her English was and without an accent at least from a North American perspective and she claims to have learned it primarily from TV, movies and experience talking to English speakers with her job..
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You can keep Superantispyware (SAS) and Malwarebytes Antimalware (MBAM) both. The free versions of both software do not have real time monitoring ... means, that they do not always keep running like an antivirus. They only run when they are needed for scanning. So, keep both.

MBAM is generally considered to be better, but both are good programs.

Browser is the software that you use to access internet. Like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc. So, which one do you use?

Google is a site, but Google Chrome is the browser from Google. So, do you use that?

Will help you installing adblock and WOT once you tell which browser do you use, because the methods differ a bit for each.

Thanks for the compliment. Well, we have English medium schools here, in which we learn in English since starting, so we are able to have good English that way. Depends on the school and the learning though .
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Old 20. Sep 2014, 02:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I use Google Chrome. I'll download Malware Bytes and let you know what I think.
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Old 20. Sep 2014, 02:21 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That's weird! Yesterday I replied saying "I use Google Chrome" but this morning noticed that it didn't appear on this thread so I just tried again and the same thing happened. I wonder if this one will. I mentioned that I'm going to download Malwarebytes and I'd let you know what I think. Do you think the premium version is worth it?

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