When I ran a scan of a Windows System with
Spybot Search & Destroy 1.62, it reported it found a
registry key associated with GhostMail - it identified
GhostMail as adware. To check the registry key, I typed regedit in
the "Type here to search" field at the bottom of the screen and then selected
the "Registry Editor" app when it appeared in the list of returned results
(you can also open the application by typing regedit and hitting
enter at a command prompt. I then
navigated to the relevant key. I wanted to determine when the registry was
created or at least when it was last modified. You can't see that information
in the Windows
Registry Editor, but you can create a text file that will
contain that information by right-clicking on a key and choosing "Export" to
generate a text file - select "Text Files (*.txt)" in the "Save as type" field,
not the default value of "Registration Files (*.reg)."
text file will contain the key as well as
the time it was last written to:
In this case, the date on the key was months ago, so didn't explain recent
problems on the user's PC and since Spybot - Search & Destroy didn't
locate anything else, the registry key may have been a remnant of something
removed many months ago.
I downloaded SUPERAntiSpyware
Free Edition version version 8.0.1048, an antivirus program,
from the developers website on January 27, 2020. When I attempted to install it
by right-clicking on the file and choosing "Run as administrator, a
window popped up with the message below:
Windows protected your PC
Windows Defender SmartScreen prevented an
unrecognized app from
starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk. More info
When I clicked on the "X" at the top-right, hand corner of the window,
the message went away, but the installation did not start.
A user reported her Windows 10 system was running slowly. When I connected to
the system remotely to check it after the user had left for the day and closed
all the applications she had running, I found that the memory utilization was
78%. I knew the system was a Dell PC, but I didn't remember the model number.
I was able to determine it was an Inspiron 570 by right-clicking on the Windows
Start button and choosing System. Under "Device specifications," I
saw "Inspiron 570". I also saw that the system had only 3 GB of memory
When I tried to install Minecraft on a Microsoft Windows system using the
Installer file I had downloaded, I saw the error message "These libraries
failed to download. Try again. org.ow2.asm:asm-all:5.2."
I then clicked on the link for "Installer" rather than "Windows Installer on the
website from which I had downloaded the installation file, which resulted in a
.jar file being downloaded. I right-clicked on the .jar file,
forge-1.12.2-22.214.171.12468-installer.jar, and chose "Open with" then "Java(TM)
Platform SE binary". I was then able to install the Minecraft client. When the
client was successfully installed, I saw the message "Successfully installed
client profile forger for version forge 1.12.2-126.96.36.19968 into launcher and
grabbed 1 required libraries."
Note: These are notes from an October 12, 2019 installation that I hadn't
posted, but I am posting now in case I encounter a similar error again.