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  1. I had already found the article you linked and the "fixes" it lists are ineffective- they don't suppress the warning, an outcome confirmed by several people who posted in response to the article. Thank you for your help.
  2. Jeremy, I take your point, but your suggestion assumes that these decisions are taken in a vacuum- they are not. In my case, I had a Steam "debug.log" that contained a spammed (repeated several hundreds times with date stamps one second or less apart) error message that said "unable to load Steam\bin\chrome.pak." The location (in the Steam folder) and content of this message, together with the complete lack of any other error message, would lead any rational person to conclude that this is a Steam Client issue. In case you don't play Steam games, I will tell you that users have no control
  3. I would like to suggest that Emsisoft push out a notice as soon as a problem like this is identified in the future to prevent us users from needlessly uninstalling apps (and destroying local content, i.e. all our Steam games in this recent fiasco.) You already have the mechanism in place- it notifies me all the time of new articles and blog entries. Thanks.
  4. I also reinstalled Steam but I did it a little differently so as to save my mods and load order: 1. Renamed Steam folder to "Steam_Original" and deleted all of the Steam Client files in it but left my games and mods alone 2. Made a new (empty) folder in the same spot named "Steam" 3. Installed Steam into the new Steam folder 4. Moved the entire contents of the new Steam folder into Steam_Original. No games or mods were touched. 5. Deleted the new, now empty Steam folder 6. Renamed the Steam_Original folder back to Steam Now, with a brand-new fresh installatio
  5. Yes, thanks, I updated EAM and everything started working again. *whew* Nonetheless, my machine has slowed a lot since the last time we did this, I'm getting the inappropriate "Would you like to change Windows Desktop to 8 bit color?" notices and it's constantly doing things I can't identify. Would you mind taking a look at my scans and helping me clear up whatever is infesting (if not infecting) my machine?
  6. As of 2 days ago, my Steam installation no longer runs. Tonight I tried to launch Nvidia GEForce Experience to use Shadowplay to vidcap something, and it no longer runs either. I noticed a file in the EEK log that says it's whitelisted and comes from Intel, but I did not whitelist it and its name is vgnqwemqwejlk.exe or something equally inscrutable, which is one of the signs of malware. I have run sfc /scannow (no errors found) and reinstalled Steam and NVIDIA drivers/Experience and it doesn't help. I hope you can see something wrong in these scan logs- Thanks. Addition.txt FRS
  7. I have not had a Windows Explorer crash since uninstalling MBAM, and overall my PC does not always seem to be too busy with ????? to do what I want it to do, so I think you can color this one solved. Thank you.
  8. Thanks for your reply- I had installed MBAM as an on-demand second line of defense. My habit over the years has been to run a MBAM scan every week or so. Sadly, MBAM installed itself as a "free trial" of always-active "protection" as a means to sell me a paid subscription to that service. When the Free Trial ran out, apparently MBAM left itself active in some way without my knowledge. It has truly become, if not actually "malware," at least "nuisanceware." I have uninstalled MBAM and, due to its renegade behavior, manually searched and destroyed any and all vestiges of its existence on my
  9. Hi again, Kevin, hope all is well with you. My system has become noticeably slower, and Windows Explorer (not MIE but the local system file browser) crashes with "Windows Explorer has stopped." I have run the System File Checker with "sfc /scannow" and all system files appear to be fine. EIS reports no issues, nonetheless, something is infesting my PC and causing the problems described as well as numerous other annoying anomalies.. Logs attached. Thanks in advance for waving your magic wand over my system. Again. FRST.txt Addition.txt scan_180419-205206.txt
  10. Concerned about Emsisoft's low test scores on recent comparative tests, I decided to try Bitdefender, the only non-whitelist-based AV suite to consistently score 100% detection. Imagine my surprise when Bitdefender reported that one of the EIS program files was infected with a trojan! At first I thought that this was Bitdefender's slimy way of unethically disparaging a competitive AV suite, but it was not- Bitdefender did not detect anything wrong with EIS on either of my other 2 computers running EIS (disabled) and Bitdefender. So I have now uninstalled EIS on this machine. I'm atta
  11. This is one reason why I stay with Emsisoft. I don't think there's another AV company in the world that is this responsive and doesn't respond to issues by pointing fingers in all other directions, inevitably ending with "reinstall Windows." So thanks, GT500 and devs.
  12. Our beautiful boy Frodo D. Frabulous passed away 2 years ago and not a day goes by that we don't miss him. We named him Frodo because, like his namesake, he was short, had huge, hairy feet and was always hungry, prowling around in a zig-zag path, nose to the ground, ears dragging, hoovering up the fascinating scents from the floor, hoping for something to eat. Watching him negotiate an 8-inch snowfall was truly hilarious- he looked like a semi-submerged submarine whooshing around with only his C-curved, white-tipped periscope-tail showing. Every time a siren goes by in the distance withou
  13. As of this morniing, June 5, 2017, I have had two days of trouble-free power-on bootups wherein EIS correctly and promptly initializes, updates its database and goes quiet- exactly as it should. I don't know if it's because I finally got the EIS download link that GT500 posted several days ago to actually work (assuming that was a new build where the issue was addressed) or what, but whatever the cause, it works now so as far as I'm concerned this is solved. Thanks to all who contributed.
  14. What "other forum?" A link would've been helpful, or at least the name of the thread.
  15. An excerpt of my Windows Error Logs pertaining to the Emsisoft Internet Security errors is contianed in my Farbar logs.
  16. @Acadia and Dannoe: I think it has something to do with the recent update to version 17.5 or whatever it's called. I was not having any problems until that update was installed. I finally got the download link that GT500 posted (above) to work, and was able to install that version. Also, when I tried to uninstall EIS per GT500's instructions, the uninstaller just hung, for ten minutes, with the progress bar not moving at all. The only way I got it to do anything was to use Ctrl+Alt+Del and end-task on the uninstaller, then reboot to Safe Mode and uninstall again. So something is seriously
  17. Uninstallation, reboot x 2 then new download and installation of EIS seemed to work last night... although the download link you provided did not work at all - no download started and the page was blank with no way for me to jump-start the download - but just now when I started my machine for the first time today it went to a black screen with inert mouse pointer for 1:25 and did not go to the desktop until after I pressed Ctrl+Alt+Del. 5 minutes later I got the same "Serious problem prevents EIS from contacting the servicer" or whatever, and my EIS icon is blacked out- EIS is not running.
  18. When I power on, the screens stays black with a frozen mouse cursor for a long time (30 seconds or more) then Windows finally begins to load and eventually reaches desktop. Meanwhile, the HDD light is blinking and running nonstop for no apparent reason. Then, when I launch Firefox, I get an Emsisoft Internet Security error- see attached screenshot. So now I'm completely unprotected and don't know why or what to do about it.
  19. OK, thanks then, I will. Thanks for your help, and feel free to close the thread. SOLVED!
  20. Been researching ADS. Found a utility called StreamArmor, which has the following note: "On 64 bit platforms, only 32 bit processes are supported." I have a 64-bit system (Win7 x64). The file that Farbar keeps finding (and failing to remove) the ADS's from is in a folder named syswow64, leading me to believe that everything in that folder is a 64-bit process. I wonder if that's why Farbar can't remove it? I also found an article dated 2013 claiming that a PowerShell commandlet 'RemoveItem' could remove any ADS, but I tried it and it didn't remove either of the ADS's. I researched zli
  21. No recent Windows Explorer crashes, but the notice upon reaching the desktop after exiting a game that (paraphrasing from memory) "Windows needs to reduce color depth to 16 colors to improve performance" has started popping up again. I would like to remove everything that could possibly be an issue, including these two resistant ADS (whatever an ADS is) if you can please help me do that. I am familiar with how to get to Safe Mode and/or use Regedit if necessary. Thanks.
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