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 "garfield898" wrote in message news:*** Email address is removed for privacy ***...

I noticed I have the software "PC Health Advisor" on my desktop.  I don't think I downloaded this.  Is this an automatic download from MS?  Should I use this software to clean my computer?  Thanks

"PC Health Advisor" is definitely not an automatic download from Microsoft.  However, a Google search indicates that it may be a legitimate program (see www.theanswerbank.co.uk/Technology/Computers/Question914473.html and other Google hits).

"PC Health Advisor" claims that it can identify and remove malware.  There are good alternatives - and I believe you have to pay for "PC Health Advisor", if you want to use any of its removal features.

"PC Health Advisor" also includes a 'Registry Cleaner'.  However, you don't need to use a Registry Cleaner and unless you really know what you are doing, I would not let it loose on your computer.  Incidentally, I use a free program named Ccleaner from time to time to remove '____' from my computers.  However, I do not use the optional Ccleaner registry cleaner.

Windows XP provides its own cleanup tools,

including Disk Defragmenter (C:\WINDOWS\system32\dfrg.msc) and Disk Cleanup (C:\WINDOWS\system32\cleanmgr.exe) - so I'm not sure whether there is much point in paying to use "PC Health Advisor".

Furthermore, I would be very suspicious of an uninvited program that has suddenly appeared on my desktop.  There are far too many fake security programs that can infect Win XP computers.  I have no way of knowing whether the version of "PC Health Advisor" on your computer is legitimate - and even if it is genuine, I do not know whether it is any good.  Consequently, I would advise caution.

I recommend that you run a full virus scan with your usual security software.  I also recommend that you download and install the free versions of Malwarebytes and SuperAntispyware on your computer.  (These utilities have a good reputation for finding and removing malicious software that escape detection by other security programs.)

Check for updates for both programs.  Then, perform a full scan with Malwarebytes, followed by a full scan with SuperAntispyware. You could also perform an on-line scan from ESET (www.eset.com/online-scanner).

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