Monthly Archives: July 2013

Mirekusoft Install Monitor Helps Completely Remove Malware

However despite all the preventative steps you take your anti-malware solution may notify you that there is some malware that it detected. While many malware solutions can detect malware they are actually bad at completely removing all traces of the malware. This is like how cancer can be detected but it is harder to remove completely.

What can you do to remove malware?

PC clean-up

Clean-up your computer today

You can follow the malware solution’s prompts to allow it to cleanup the infection. However the solution might not completely detect all instances of the infection and further cleanup may be necessary. You may continue to see excessive disk activity or strange popups.

This is where Mirekusoft Install Monitor can help. It is not a security solution but the comprehensive and intelligent monitoring capabilities it provides can improve the cleanup process. Just like you would not want to dump garbage in a garbage can without a liner you would not want to run without Install Monitor. It provides an additional defense-in-depth measure.

How do I begin?

The first thing is to stop the malicious code from running. You can use Find Program By Window tool to  identify the program. You may need to turn on “Show hidden programs” in options. You can then use Program Process Viewer to stop the program from running and then uninstall and cleanup the program.

Program Process Viewer

Screenshot of Install Monitor Program Process Viewer

However if the program shows up as part of some other program you may have to use Task Manager or Process Explorer to stop the program. Next you have to stop the program from starting again. The Sysinternals Autoruns utility can help in this regard. It shows all startup software and can make it easy to detect unverified software. Once you find the startup entries instead of simply deleting them search for the items in Install Monitor. This will allow you to remove any remaining traces.

 

Find tool dialog

How to find a file

The Find tool can make it possible to find information on any item

The search results will show at the bottom of the window. From here you can right-click and select “Goto Program.” This will navigate to the program. You will also want to switch to File History mode to see the history of file/registry activity of the program. Once you look at the file tree you will be able to see how the malware got installed on your computer. From the Contents pane you can delete all the related malware items. You may also want to do another search and sort by date to see all other activity that happened at the same time.

Without Install Monitor most of the malware traces would remain till the next time you reinstall Window. The ability to fully remove all traces is another example of how Install Monitor is more than just an uninstaller.

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Startup Program|A Unique Feature of Mirekusoft Install Monitor

start-up your PC

The better way to start-up programs

One of the unique features of Mirekusoft Install Monitor is the ability to show startup items by installed program. Startup items are generally executable programs that are configured to run during system startup or login or browser startup. There are several different startup locations that are used by Windows like the startup folder and Run key. Of course you can also use the Startup Monitor to prevent programs from starting automatically.

Ability to See Start-up Items

What makes Install Monitor unique is the ability to only see the startup items for the program you are viewing. Whenever you install a program you can then switch to the Startup tab to see what startup items it added. Generally it is better to have a program that does not add startup items. Most programs should not need to add startup items. This means it will have less impact on your system. For instance if you were looking for a PDF viewer it would be better to have one that had an empty Startup tab as opposed to the one below. However, at times startup items can offer additional functionality that my be useful.

Start up feature of Mirekusoft Install Monitor
Install Monitor showing startup items for a program
Image on top from Stuart Miles / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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Creating Smarter Software|The New Dialog Box

One of the most frustrating things for computer users can be when the software asks them the answer to the question they do not know the answer to. Users simply want to accomplish their task in the most efficient manner possible. As a result most users get in the habit of dismissing dialogs or choosing the default option. In an attempt to get users to read the dialog some software will try to increase the amount of words in the dialog or locate the dialog on a different parts of the screen. This only leads to user annoyance.

The Smarter Software – Avoids Asking Unnecessary Questions

Smarter Software

When you use a car you do not want it asking you several different questions. You just want it to work. Unfortunately most software tends to be more complicated and require more information from the user. Software is capable of being smarter. One way to avoid unnecessary dialogs is for the software to avoid asking question where it knows the answer or can figure out the answer. Also if a question may only affect a few users it should be moved out of a common workflow and to a specialized workflow. In general as a piece of software evolves it should get smarter and require even less prompting from the user. (Image on right courtesy of stockimage / FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Simplifying Application Management using Smarter Software

The idea behind Mirekusoft Install Monitor is to simplify application management. It will try not to ask questions the software can answer on its own. However there is a fine line between powerful and easy to use and not frustrating to the user. One example is cleanup of programs that are uninstalled. This involves removing any unnecessary files and registry that are left behind when a program is uninstalled.

The Simplified Clean-up Process

Cleanup is one of the instances where Install Monitor is forced to ask the user a question. Install Monitor will do the best it can given the information it has but there are times where the user may know more. The general cleanup process leave user files alone and removes application data and program files. This relies on the default user and program locations being used. For most users the defaults will simply work.

Uninstaller programs tend to give you a long list of things which they present to you for deletion. Install Monitor does not do this however it is possible to see details by looking into the contents pane. This view is possible at all times and not just when uninstalling and you can also selectively remove items this way. In Install Monitor 2.0.251.0 the dialog has been tweaked to put a link to the documentation and also allow you to review the contents pane.

Mirekusoft Install Monitor Old Dialog Box
Previous Cleanup warning dialog

 

Mirekusoft Install Monitor New Dialog Box
New Cleanup warning dialog
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Mirekusoft Install Monitor Shortcut Keys

This post is a summary of some useful shortcut keys and tips for Mirekusoft Install Monitor.

Shortcut Keys

  • PC Short Cut Tips

    Image Courtesy of Stuart Miles from freedigitalphotos.net

    CTRL-ALT-U: Uninstall

  • CTRL-B: Open Program Tree
  • CTRL-right click in file tree: Display shell menu
  • CTRL-click + Uninstall on an installed program: Cleanup program
  • CTRL-click + Cleanup on an uninstalled program: Remove program without cleanup
  • CTRL-SHIFT-DELETE: Open Program Process Viewer
  • ALT-ENTER: Show program properties

Holding down CTRL in program process viewer pauses the display.

With the checkboxes in the contents pane you can hold shift down to select multiple items.

Tip of the Day

There is also a Tip of the Day that displays if no program is selected.

Software Tip on Bit Rot

What is Software Rot?

 

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