Catchme is a powerful utility designed by gmer.net to remove malware and other malicious files.
It is NOT an anti-virus program – it IS a virus removal tool.
It does not have a bloated user interface and quickly and efficiently cleans your system.
Unlike a mainstream antivirus program such as Symantec, Kaspersky or McAfee, it is free and you do not install it and it will not slow your system to a halt.
Simply download it , run it click scan button and allow catchme to scan your system.
The file, catchme.exe, that can be downloaded below is hosted right here on proposedsolution.com, a trusted source.
- Catchme.exe removes thousands of known viruses such as trojans and worms.
- Works for all current versions of Windows up to Vista (try later versions, it might work)
- You need administrator access for this to work (default for most Windows users)
To download catchme please do the following:
- Click the ‘Like‘ button in the download area below to reveal the download links (REFRESH page if you don’t see it after clicking LIKE.)
- Save the file catchme.exe to your desktop.
- Double-click catchme.exe and it will extract launch a simple user interface.
- Click the scan button. A dos window will launch and display progress messages.
- When the scan is finished, go to the Scripts tab and click the Run button if anything was found.
- Click Restart.. button.
This download is provided free and without any guarantee that it will solve your problems.
You may however use it as you wish and distribute it freely to your friends and colleagues if it’s of some use.
This file is now hosted here on proposedsolution.com!
Simply click the Facebook LIKE button and the download links will appear.
The file is just 1.5MB and verified virus free.
Updated July 22nd 2012
All Shortcuts Opening Windows Media Center?
My niece asked me take a look at her Windows 7 laptop the other day to see if I could fix a problem she was having with her shortcuts.
It seemed that every shortcut on the desktop and in the Start Menu had the same Windows 7 Media Center blue-ish green-ish icon.
When double clicking any of the shortcuts they would just launch Windows Media Center. Very frustrating.
On further investigation however I could launch programs by using their .exe file so for example if I wanted to open Firefox I just had to click Start button and type firefox.exe and press enter and it would launch just fine.
When I asked her what she had done to cause this issue she said it started happening after she received some file for a friend on BearShare and opened it. She the ignored some warning and continued! Ah…a virus!
It seems this is more of a nuisance virus rather than something malicious.
Nevertheless, to fix the problem requires you to firstly clear the virus and then update your registry to correct the actual shortcut problem. Steps on how to do this are below….
Two Step Solution
Clear the Virus
This virus should clear relatively easily by installing and running the free version of MalwareBytes. You can download it for free directly from their website.
Once downloaded, install the program and run a Full Scan. After it finds and clears the viruses you may need to reboot and run the scanner once more just to be sure.
Repair Your Shortcuts
- Download the registry repair file from this page to your desktop.
- When downloaded either double click it or right click and select Merge
- You will be presented with a warning about merging with the registry. Click Yes.
- Click OK when the confirmation message is displayed.
- Restart your computer.
A bug exists in Windows XP whereby Windows has problems forming a reliable connection when using TCP/IP.
This results in Windows being unable to obtain am IP Address correctly and the displaying the system tray balloon error Limited or No Connectivity.
- Windows displays a yellow balloon error near the clock as follows:
This problem is being caused by updating to Windows XP Service Pack 2 but can also occur with other versions of Windows. There are a number of different solutions available.
Try the solutions in the order stated below.
Solution 1: Install Update for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (KB884020)
This is the official Microsoft solution for this issue and should be installed before attempting any of the other solutions.
- Download KB884020 from here
- Install KB884020 and restart your computer
- Verify that the problem has been resolved. If not, proceed to the next solution.
Solution 2: Apply Registry Fix
- Download this registry file to your Desktop
- Click Start > Run > Regedit
- On the left pane, browse to the following key and highlight the IPSec key as shown in the screenshot below:
- Click File > Import…
- Browse to your Desktop and select regfix.reg (the file you downloaded in Step 1) and click Open
- Acknowledge the confirmation dialog box
- Restart your computer
Solution 3: Set a Static/Fixed IP Address
On most internal networks a DHCP server distributes IP Addresses to all of the PC’s that connect through the TCP/IP protocol. This is very common and normal. The error message Limited or No Connectivity can be an indication that your PC has failed to obtain an IP address automatically and you therefore must set one manually.
It is very unusual to have to set a manual IP address, especially on a home network where your computer usually obtains it’s IP address from your DSL or Cable router supplied to you by your ISP however if this DHCP server has for some reason being disabled then you must manually set the IP address.
- You must first find out the address range that your network uses. To do this you can check another computer’s IP address if there is one to check or else the documentation that came with your DSL/Cable Router should tell you the default IP address range.
- To find out from another computer do this:
- On the other computer, click Start > Run
- Type cmd and click OK
- At the command prompt, type ipconfig and press enter.
- If the computer you are at is wireless then find the Ethernet adapter Wireless Network Connection section and take note of the IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway. In the above screenshot, my example is using a Wireless Network and has an IP Address of 192.168.2.20
- If the computer you are at is connected by a cable to the network then locate the Ethernet adapter Local Area Network section and take note of the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway
- Back at the computer with the problem, right-click on the tiny icon that the error message is coming from (beside the clock) and choose Status
- Now the Connection Status dialog box should open. Click Properties.
- The Connection Properties dialog box should open. In the white area locate and highlight Internet Protocol(TCP/IP). Click Properties.
- The Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) Properties dialog box should open. Click the Use the following IP address radio button and enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway as noted in step 2 above.
- At the bottom of the dialog where it says Use the following DNS server addresses enter the same address as you entered in the Gateway field.
- Click OK, OK and Close
- Test your internet connection and verify that the error message is gone.
- **Important** If the “Limited or No Connectivity” error message is gone but you still have no internet connectivity after doing the above then you should reverse everything you did in the above 10 steps. It is important that you set your Internet Protocol(TCP/IP) settings back in order to continue troubleshooting the issue.
SVCHOST.EXE 99% CPU Problem
The SVCHOST.EXE CPU issue is a long standing plague of Windows XP, Windows 2000 and other versions of the Windows OS systems but there is in many cases a very simple solution.
- Your PC is running unbearably slow
- Your CPU is running at close to 99% or 100%
- On inspecting Task Manager Processes tab you see that SVCHOST.EXE is hogging your CPU
- In Safe Mode your PC runs smoothly
- This may happen across multiple PC’s prompt alarm bells of viruses
This problem is being caused by a version of Microsoft Update. By disabling Microsoft Update and reverting to the original Windows Update the SVCHOST problem is resolved. Furthermore, once you get your PC 100% up to date with Windows Updates you may re-enable the offending Microsoft Update service.
- Click Start > All Programs > Windows Update (or open Internet Explorer and go to https://windowsupdate.microsoft.com)
- On the left hand navigation bar, click Change Settings
- On the right, scroll to the bottom until you see the grey area with the words “To stop using Microsoft Update”
- Place a check mark in the checkbox beside “Disable Microsoft Update software and let me use Windows Update only” as shown in the above screenshot
- Click the Apply changes now button
- When prompted if you are sure as per above screenshot, click Yes
- You will then be presented with a confirmation screen like the one below. Click the link Windows Update website or open Internet Explorer and go to https://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
- Run Windows Update by clicking the Express button and re-run it after rebooting as many times as you have to until all Critical and Recommended Windows Updates have been installed successfully
- Now you may if you wish reverse the above proces in steps 1 to 6 above to re-enable Microsoft Update but only if you want. It is not neccesary as Windows will update itself just fine with Microsoft Update disabled.
Conficker Virus Removal Tool
Note: proposedsolution.com does not ordinarily distribute Microsoft patches or software however in this case the file below is required in order to effectively remove the Conficker virus as well as other viruses.
These viruses prevents users from accessing the microsoft.com domain and it s therefore necessary to provide this file as a service.
This is the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool which should be used to effectively remove the Conficker Trojan virus as well as many other malicious strains.
Further details on the steps required to remove Conficker can be found in this article: Cannot Access Certain Websites – Conficker Virus Removal
Download & Usage Instructions for Malicious Software Removal Tool:
- Download either the 32 bit or 64 bit version of the tool by clicking the LIKE button in the download area below.
- After clicking LIKE the download links will appear.
- Save the file Windows-KB890830-V4.9.exe (32 bit) or Windows-KB890830-x64-V4.9.exe (64 bit) to your desktop.
- Double click the file to launch the tool and click Next on the welcome screen.
- Select Full Scan > click Next.
Download 32 Bit Version (Windows-KB890830-V4.9.exe)
Download 64 Bit Version (Windows-KB890830-x64-V4.9.exe)