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Solutions: Free antivirus software should run without limits

At the Malwarebytes AntiMalware site, is the free version for one-time use only?

There is no limit on the free version. I recommend downloading from That link will download the program with a random name (to outfox any running viruses). The only thing you may have to do is decline the trial offering for the extended product. The free version will continue to install and run without limits.

I have an HP PC with Windows 7 that now cannot download or install some Windows updates. Microsoft tried to help but couldn't correct the problem and told me I needed to reinstall Windows 7. HP says I can reinstall Windows 7 since it is on the PC but that would result in losing all other software and folders on the PC. I know I can back up folders, bookmarks, etc., but I am not sure how to do the software I have downloaded. Is there a way to correct my problems without going through a clean sweep?

Most programs create Registry settings during installation. Since the Registry gets replaced on a reinstall, the settings are lost. That is why you can't just backup and restore most programs. When you do download programs, I always recommend keeping the initial download file in a specific folder, so it can be reinstalled. You didn't mention any specifics about the problem with your PC, but you may want to check out Microsoft's Fix It tool at

My wife runs Microsoft Vista and continues to be plagued with a "disk nearly full" message that refers to the small partitioned disk D that contains system files only. How can she get rid of the useless warning that advises her to delete necessary programs?

As far as I know, the only way to turn this message off is to edit the Registry. If you do this, make sure you understand how to first create a registry backup and then restore it if something goes wrong. The Microsoft document at will tell you how. Creating a System Restore point is also a good way to do this.

To edit the Registry, click Start and type Regedit in the Search field. Click to run regedit.exe. Drill down to this key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer. From the File menu, click New, DWORD Value. Type in NoLowDiskSpaceChecks and press Enter. Spell it exactly as shown. Double click the new value and enter 1 and click OK. Reboot.

How do I get rid of a Yahoo toolbar? I Googled it, but spent a lot of wasted time.

You sound like you already know how much I hate these add-ons and think people would save a lot of time and trouble by just not installing them.

You should just be able to go to Control Panel, Add/Remove programs and scroll down to Yahoo Toolbar to uninstall it. You can also do it from within Internet Explorer. Go to Manage Add-ons and then find and disable it.

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Solutions: Free antivirus software should run without limits 11/20/11 [Last modified: Sunday, November 20, 2011 6:31pm]
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