Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Freemake Products and Malwarebytes Revised

I just downloaded the newest (gold) Freemake Video Converter version and (blue) Freemake Video Downloader from www.freemake.com
There were several times I chose *custom* options and unchecked all of the other offers, except on the last offer, I did accept a desktop icon.

You can even do the installation offline by downloading the offline version at

Just take your time unchecking unwanted offers
No worries if you goof!
Download the FREE malwarebytes anti-malware program from
to remove unwanted objects.
(only get their FREE program because their free trial program for their upgraded program will run out)

Check my other Freemake links for tips on how to use these programs for editing, etc

a few people mistakenly got the free trial period of the Premium Malwarebytes program which can cause some frustration when the free trial period ends.

The completely FREE Malwarebytes version is manually opened when you want to run it.
The Premium is running all of the time which I prefer not to do because I do not want to waste my laptop resources.   The FREE version has kept my laptop running well without adware.  Only once did I have to run it in safe mode for a very nasty infection (see below).

If you want to use Malwarebytes:
After installing the Malwarebytes FREE anti-malware program,
(do not get the upgraded Malwarebytes program with a free trial)
do a *Scan Now* for a quick Threat scan (takes about 10 to 30 minutes)
When done, choose to remove all suspicious objects
If suspicious objects are found you should do a custom full scan which can take a couple of hours

You may even want to use malwarebytes BEFORE as well as AFTER installing Freemake Video Converter
It did a nice job of removing malware and didn't mess up any of my other programs.
Malwarebytes came highly recommended to me by a pc professional
(I personally distrust Norton, Mcaffee and SpyHunter.  Also another highly recommended program slowed down the startup cycle on my laptop)

Always accept updates from Malwarebytes.

If a Malwarebytes scan freezes your Windows PC,   you can use the Windows built in check disk tool to find and fix errors on your hard drive which usually solves the problem.
Check Disk will give you the option of scheduling the task the next time you turn on your Windows PC.
It took about 15 minutes to complete on my laptop.

Using Windows Explorer
right click on your hard drive (C:)
then choose properties
then tools
and check now for error

alternative to using Windows Explorer
click Start lower left corner then computer in the right column
right click on your hard drive (C:)
then choose properties
then tools
and check now for error

For more information about Windows built-in Tools

If there is a stubborn suspicious object detected by Malwarebytes, try running Malwarebytes with all Custom options chosen including root kits after starting in Windows Safe Mode to remove it
To run Windows in Safe Mode:
Turn on pc or restart pc and keep tapping the F8 key
When screen shows Windows Advanced options, scroll with arrow key to Safe Mode and click enter
(do this only when you will not be needing your device for several hours)

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