Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Solutions: Do manual check for RipIt4Me updates

I use RipIt4Me version and every time I use it I get an error message saying, "Couldn't check for update. Your firewall might be blocking RipIt4Me." I have checked Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, both the Inbound Rules and Outbound Rules, and don't see the program listed there either. Should I manually check for a new update on the Web every time I go to run this program?

Short answer, yes. There's no need for that program to communicate back for anything other than checking for updates. Why give it access when you can do it yourself? You can see the programs/apps that are allowed through the firewall by going to Control Panel\System and Security\Windows Firewall\Allowed apps. It's not a bad idea to occasionally browse and familiarize yourself with the allowed programs and investigate further anything that looks like it shouldn't be there. In the case where you need to manually make a new entry, click Change Settings and then the "Allow another Program" button. You can just uncheck both boxes to disable firewall privileges for a program, or select it and click Remove once you are sure it is not required.

On my computer, MalwareBytes AntiMalware automatically searches for updates. I then go ahead and scan the PC. Is this okay or should I start from a fresh download each time? Can it get corrupted by being already on my hard drive?

Yes, always let it search for updates. There are new viruses/malware created each day and the update will keep the definitions file current. If somehow your PC gets infected, the virus could corrupt or change any program on your system including AntiMalware and your antivirus. In that case, the Windows Defender Offline would be your next step. Read more at

I use WINDOWS XP as my operating system. Every time I launch any program I have been getting the following error message: "The application or DLL c:\docume~1\alluse~1\applic~1\bitguard\261673~1.238\{c16c1~1\bitguard.dll is not a valid Windows image. Please check this against your installation diskette." I have tried without success to use REVO Uninstaller to remove this application (BITGUARD).

Bitguard is known to be a possible malware/virus hijacker. It is sometimes an add-on package to various free program downloads, often listed at the bottom of those long End User License Agreements. If you're unable to find and uninstall in the Control Panel/Programs, download and run the free version of Malwarebytes AntiMalware from If the full system scan does not correct the issue, you should proceed to use the Windows Offline Defender (see previous question for URL).

Send questions to or Personal Tech, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Questions are answered only in this column.

Solutions: Do manual check for RipIt4Me updates 12/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 9:30pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Pasco sheriff's team of volunteer Jeep drivers go where few dare

    Public Safety

    Times Staff Writer

    He got the text in the middle of treating patients. He was needed in the morning — and so was his dark blue 2002 Jeep Wrangler.

    The Pasco County Sheriff's Office's newly-formed Volunteer Jeep Search and Rescue Unit stops for a moment to wait for fellow Jeep drivers to catch up during a mock search-and-rescue exercise and off-road training in Shady Hills in June. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  2. What you need to know for Friday, July 28


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    Jermaine Ferguson takes the $5 entry fee from a visitor at Fort De Soto Park on Wednesday. Pasco County has done away with recession era park fees. What about Pinellas and Hillsborough counties? [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. The Killers coming to Hard Rock Live in Orlando


    They're reliable festival headliners, and they're about to embark on a North American arena tour.

    The KIllers
  4. Back to School 2017: What you need to know


    With the start of classes less than three weeks away, the Tampa Bay Times' back-to-school special report debuts today.

    The Times' annual back-to-school coverage debuts today with information families can use to start the new year. [Times files]
  5. Hillsborough and Pinellas to keep park entry fees, while Pasco makes them free again

    Local Government

    One thing stands between Mark Crawford and the mackerel schooling in the topaz saltwater around the pier at Fort De Soto Park: a toll booth. And even if the lady inside is as sweet as orange blossom honey, she still wants his five dollars.

    Jermaine Ferguson takes the $5 entry fee from a visitor at Fort De Soto Park on Wednesday. Pasco County has done away with recession era park fees, but Hillsborough and Pinellas county plan to continue to charge people to use parks like Fort De Soto and Lettuce Lake Park. LARA CERRI   |   Times