since someone has to ask, what is an alternative to CTM that isn't 140MB?
and yes, free.
You could use an image backup program – like Macrium Reflect – and set it to automatically make backups of your computer. I think they are only full backups in the free version though so you could easily waste your HDD space if you aren't careful with this method.
Add iSurfer Shield to the fire, puhleez. It totally killed the Internet connection for many of my software – such as IE, Digsy, MSN Messenger, etc. – because it did no "undo" the proxy changes it made after I uninstalled it. I had helluva time trying to figure out what was wrong and helluva time fixing it all. I even considered reformatting.
I had helluva time trying to figure out what was wrong and helluva time fixing it all. I even considered reformatting.
Sympathies Ashraf, I have a few niggles that make me feel just the same way – and intend doing just so, after backing up all data, taking drive images and using Ashampoo Uninstall to create re-install records to enable replacement of a few treasured giveaways.
Still, it gives a warm glow to know our Guru is human after all and prone to those same pitfalls that catch most of us some time or another.
I registered here for the sole purpose of being able to fan the flames of the Comodo Time Machine bonfire. Comodo Time Machine hosed my system.
I installed CTM on a well maintained ThinkPad running Windows XP SP3 -- fully patched, with a recent hard drive with no errors, well policed autostarts, etc., etc. After installing it, I never actually ran it to make a snapshot (or whatever they call it). This is because I soon discovered that one of its components, ClientService.exe, would start running all by itself, hogging the CPU and bringing everything else to a standstill for … well, I wasn't patient enough to put up with it for more than fifteen or twenty minutes. I rebooted the first time it happened, and the second time, after I had fingered the culprit and confirmed on the Net that others had had the same problem, I killed the process and disabled CTM from autostarting. Later, when I had more time, I uninstalled it. So far, so good.
Unfortunately, I had also installed and occasionally used the Comodo Dragon browser (touted as a privacy-enhanced implementation of Google Chrome). And unfortunately, at some point I updated to a more recent version of Dragon and for some incomprehensible reason, it *resurrected* Comodo Time Machine. Yup, I got the Comodo Time Machine pre-boot splash screen and ClientService.exe started running again. Enough was enough, so I uninstalled CTM *again*, explicitly opting to keep my system in its current state (as opposed to reverting to a prior snapshot, which I never knowingly made). Oops.
Uninstallation required a reboot, and after the POST a Comodo uninstallation progress bar appeared. Early on in the process (at around 1%), it signaled a Data Recovery error, which I had to OK. Soon after, it signaled another, which I also had to OK. Then the progress bar froze. After fifteen minutes with no screen or disk activity, and no discernable heat or fan activity, I did a hard reboot. Oops.
At the Welcome screen, I started getting error messages that various files were corrupt or not found (Comodo Time Machine, but also Google Updater, Google Talk, Google Chrome, Lenovo Power Manager, and a few others). I was told that I should run ChkDsk. After logging in, I was informed that my profile was corrupt and that the default user profile would be loaded instead. Nonetheless, about half of my User autostarts loaded. Then I got *many* more messages that files were corrupt or not found, as well as a message that an Internet Explorer script seemed to be running for too long and did I want to kill it? (No the first time, yes the second time.) I could not load Windows Explorer or any of my browsers, or the Startup Control Panel, or Administrative Tools. I did manage to run CMD to get a command window and schedule ChkDsk /f to run at reboot. I rebooted by going through the Shutdown menu in Windows Task Manager. (The Start menu didn't work.) I had to confirm ending several programs that weren't shutting down on their own.
After the initial Windows splash screen, ChkDsk starting running, and sure enough, in stage 1 of 3 (checking files), it found lots of damaged files. Then in stage 2 (checking index), it started correcting and … froze. For quite a while. No screen or disk activity, no apparent heat or fan activity. I *think* I managed to reboot by doing Ctrl-C and Ctrl-Alt-Del, after which I curiously bypassed the incomplete disk check and went to the Welcome screen. More corrupt/missing file warnings. This time, I logged into the Administrator account, which was as dysfunctional as my own account. Not being able to do anything there, I logged off and logged back into my own account, which was almost as bad as before. I was, however, able to get into my Startup Control Panel (a nifty third-party utility by Mike Lin) and disable superfluous stuff. Another reboot.
This reboot, ChkDsk magically decided to reschedule itself. More corrupt files, more index checking, and another freeze. Reboot. More corrupt files, more index checking, and another freeze, but further along this time. Reboot. More corrupt files, more index checking, and another freeze, still further along this time. Reboot. No more corrupt files; just index checking, deleting files from index entries, and -- this time -- no freeze. LONG delay between stage two and stage three. Stage three (rebuilding the index?) took so long that I let just let it run and turned in for the night.
The Welcome screen was waiting for me this morning, and I logged in. I got a couple of missing file messages, including one for Lenovo's power manager. I also got the runaway script message for Internet Explorer. Many of my autostarts loaded, including at least one that I had previously disabled. None of my Google apps worked, and Firefox didn't work. I used Internet Explorer to download and reinstall Firefox, but Firefox still wouldn't load. Lenovo's "ThinkVantage Productivity Center" utility console wouldn't load, and the Lenovo System Update utility loaded the splash screen and then froze. The system, it appears, was half-way hosed.
I rebooted and tried to enter the ThinkPad's hidden Rescue & Recovery partition to run a system file restore. Oops. It looks like Comodo Time Machine hosed that as well.
Anyway, I logged back in and uninstalled Comodo Dragon -- it took *forever* -- and I see that Comodo Time Machine is *still* listed in Add/Remove Apps. I think I'm going to try removing it again, as I am resigned to reinstalling Windows and my Lenovo utilities from scratch.
That's right -- I am probably going to have to reinstall my system from scratch. With apps, utilities, updates, and configuration, we're talking maybe two or three days, full time. And I am *never* going to install another Comodo Product. I've had maybe two bad malware episodes in ten years, and the aftermath of my Comodo Time Machine trial is as bad as either of those. (And if Comodo's fault is limited to not including a dynamic "in progress" indicator in the uninstall routine, that's still enough to condemn them. Users are entitled to active confirmation that a routine has not stalled, hung, or frozen. How long are we supposed to wait when *absolutely nothing* is happening?) So yeah, throw your Comodo Time Machine into a really big fire. I'll throw mine in, too, and I'll even bring the marshmallows.
I haven't used Comodo Time Machine myself, but bad experience with another Comodo product taught me enough to know I never should. I think all Comodo products are completely crap, and here's why.
I once used Comodo Internet Security on both of my computers after a large number of people recommended it as "simply the best freeware solution". It blew up completely on both. I thought, "maybe it's just bad luck", so after repairing the damage, I downloaded a fresh installer and reinstalled. It blew up again.
I was about to ditch CIS completely, but then the next day a new version was released. Thinking they may have fixed the problem that caused it to blow up twice, I decided to give them one more try with the new version, but to be safe put it on just the one computer.
The Firewall component of CIS worked well for a while, but the Anti-Virus didn't work at all – I found it to be slow and have a lower detection rate for Spyware than other Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware solutions. Then a few days later, my browsers started acting funny, and only worked when the Firewall was disabled. My computer found no Malware on the computer and I had not installed anything new. After an investigation, I determined that CIS had blown up again.
Uninstalled, trashed, registered my discontent on my website, got some better Security solutions which I installed on ALL my computers, and never looked back. In my opinion, Comodo is a failure.
In all of our's opinion, they fail.
I think this is how Comodo ships their boxed versions:
Hahahaha, oh! I've seen that picture so many times but it still cracks me up!
And I'm glad I'm not the only guy who thinks Comodo captain the Fail Boat :P
Burn baby burn!
Ya, don't forget Kaspersky. Kaspersky… sort of sucks. I mean, they quarantined my "cracked" games (I only had 2, GTA3 and Global Conflict Storm)! I mean, WTH is going on with Kaspersky! It was even listed "highly dangerous" because it contained "trojan backdoor" or something. I highly doubt that for the games are from trusted sources!
Anyways… if my sh3t loaded version of ESET and Hero Malwarebytes' haven't detected them as malware, then it's all good!
BTW, I understand how you feel Living Spirit. Here is my story:
One sunny, bright day,
ZEMMNA ANTI-MALWARE WAS GIVEN OUT FOR FREE!
Joji, the happy teenager jumped up and down on the floor, finally getting something that looked awesome!
BUT HE WAS WRONG!
The program screwed up his system like crazy, making it extremely laggy and unresponsive!
Joji had gone rambo and decided to use his "Ass-Clappin AC-130" to destroy it in pieces.
Joji then found "Keyscrambler" and lived happily ever after.
Burn baby burn!
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I think I spend too much time on Facebook…
Are those Pop'n Wheezer's friends?
Oh btw, I made cool nick names for everyone!
Locutus – Cyborg Locu
Wheezer – Pop'n Wheezer
Ashraf – The Tech'd A-Guy
Adrian – GIMP Master Adrian
Karen – Uhm… let's see, so she's a mom, a techie, and she loves cats, uhm…
Joji – Joji (Joji is his cool nickname, everyone at school calls me Joji, which makes me very popular in school… for some real odd reason)
I dunno… what do you think… O_o
NO THE PICTURE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!! WHERE ARE THE BURNING PROGRAMS AND APPS!!!
Oh btw, please add LanSchool too! Joji here does not like "legit spyware – school version" very much… OH!!! and BURN EVERY SINGLE "ODIN – SHARE" PRODUCTS INTO DA FIRE!!!
YOU KNOW WHAT THAT LITTLE DUMB DUMB DID!? HE MADE A STUPID BLUE-RAY RIPPER AND OTHER SH#T LOADED PROGRAMS AND MADE THEM OVER $50!!! JOJI DOES NOT LIKE THAT COMPANY VERY MUCH!!!
Their site: http://www.odinshare.com/index.html
I will bring my Halo3 SLaser, my Tactical Nuke, EMP, and tons of explosives! MWA HA HA HA HA!!!
…now that is what I call overreactive. Here, try this:
…for 21 dAYS.
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