Remove Start Savin

I'm not recommending this method. I'm just blogging about it. Try this at your own risk.

I couldn't get rid of the "Start Savin" malware extension that I found in Internet Explorer on my Windows 7 machine.

I tried several different recommendations before trying my own method. Therefore, I may have already done a partial removal job. Here is how I got rid of the rest:

  1. Searched the hard drive for all occurrences of the name, and found three folders. One was in appdata, another in program files, and a third in an innocuous looking folder inside "My documents"
  2. Deleted the three folders
  3. Kicked off "ccleaner"--> tools --> startup --> internet explorer tab
  4. Deleted the two instances of Start Savin in the "internet explorer" tab
  5. Also looked in the ccleaner tab called "scheduled tasks" (don't remember if I found an occurrence or not but would have deleted if I did)
  6. Run a full registry cleanup in ccleaner
  7. Reboot and do a thorough check and some antimalwarescans just to be sure it's gone



Autistic Children of America is not a legitimate charity


The Better Business Bureau gives a passing grade to legitimate charities only. For those they doubt, they try to be as clear as possible that nothing about them sounds legitimate.

I looked up Autistic Children of America, and found out it goes by four other names.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation
Autistic Children of America
ASDF
Autism Awareness Program
Autism Disorder Foundation

Here is the writeup:  Better Business Bureau

I researched them because my aging mother had been giving to them until I put a stop to it. They send real-looking print mailings.



Update as of 1/28/2018: They now appear to have a website under one of the names I listed, and you can find that website through the Better Business Bureau link above.

However, the BBB still has nothing good to say. The presence of a website can, in this case, imbue false confidence.
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf
Autistic Children of AmericaASDFAutism Awareness ProgramAutism Disorder Foundation - See more at: http://www.bbb.org/northernindiana/business-reviews/charity-local/autism-spectrum-disorder-foundation-in-schererville-in-90071668#sthash.WzIYZlmH.dpuf

Windows 7 doesn't map my network drive -- It shows a Red X

I run a very old Windows program on my Windows 7 computers called "Argentum backup." On some of my computers but not others, Argentum backup can't find my NAS device until I go into Windows Explorer and click on the NAS device first. Once I click, the big red X goes away, and the NAS device is now available to Argentum Backup.

With some research, I discovered that Windows Home Premium has some reported problems mapping a network drive. In my case, that might not even be the explanation, Rather, it could even be that I have some quick startup setting that is delaying or pausing the utility that maps the network drive during boot. However, I also find that once in a while when I reboot, the X isn't there. Too may factors to consider.

And so, because my main problem is the automated Argentum Backup program finding the network drive, I found a speedy workaround for now. I went back into Argentum backup settings on the computers where it fails, and instead of pointing my backup target to the mapped drive, I point it to the share folder on the network drive. It seems I had already done that on some of my computers but not others, which explains the inconsistency across computers.

Oh joy.