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Solutions: One scan won't run; another takes too long

I can't get my computer to run a scheduled scan using Microsoft Essentials. Also the full scan takes forever. I have had the full scan running for more than 12 hours and it is still not finished.

Bring up the Security Essentials program, click the settings tab and then click the MAPS link on the left. Change your settings to "I don't want to join MAPS." The other two settings have been known to cause behavior such as yours in a few PCs.

Once a Windows Defender boot disk is created, wouldn't it have to be updated (i.e. create a new boot CD every so often to keep it up to date with definitions and the like)?

Good question and one I haven't addressed. A Windows Defender CD/boot disk is completely self-contained by design, so there is no dynamic update of malware/virus definitions. So it is probably best to update your copy every month or so. If your PC is able to boot from a USB/flash drive (check the BIOS boot options), this would be the easiest method to maintain.

Keep in mind that when creating the Offline boot image on a USB/flash drive, all data on that drive will be erased.

I've found Microsoft Defender Offline to be effective whenever I've had to use it. More information plus the download can be found at tinyurl.com/TBT01.

I have just purchased a new laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. As I am still learning my way around the new software, I am a bit disappointed to learn that the Windows developers removed two very useful commands: Move to Folder and Copy to Folder. It's a step backward to once again use the cut/copy and paste or drag to the folder. My question is two-fold: Why did Microsoft remove these commands? And can they be installed through a Windows patch?

I didn't realize they were gone, but I agree that they could be very useful. I don't know why Microsoft didn't carry them forward to Windows 7. It could be they found that particular feature was not used much.

Here's how you can get it back for Windows 7. It involves a Registry edit, so if you're not comfortable editing the registry it is best to first set a System Restore point (click Start, type System Restore) so you can always go back.

First the "Copy to Folder": Click Start (the Windows Orb), click Run and type regedit and click OK. Click to expand the following: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT,

AllFilesystemObjects, shellex. Right-click ContextMenuHandlers and select New, Key. Type the following exactly as shown (without the quotes) as the name of the key: "{C2FBB630-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}".

For "Move to Folder": Right-click ContextMenuHandlers and select New, Key. Type "{C2FBB631-2971-11D1-A18C-00C04FD75D13}". They will now show as options when you right-click any files/folders.

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

Solutions: One scan won't run; another takes too long 06/24/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:16pm]
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