Stealth Tip: change the date of installed software

Usually scammers look in the Control Panel to see which software is installed. It is very suspicious if all the software has the same installation date or has a very fresh date. To change the installation date follow the next steps: hold <Windowskey> + <R> type regedit and hit <ENTER> locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall in the left pane click on the key (most times the program name) in the right pane double click on InstallDate change the date (format 11112233  -> 1=year, 2=month, 3=day) if there is Continue reading →

How to remove programs from the Add/Remove list shown in the Control Panel

Some technical support scammers are looking for particular installed programs. For example they look for ‘Oracle VM VirtualBox Guest Additions´. In this way they can determine if they are connected to a VM. So removing that from the uninstall list showed by Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs is not a bad idea. It´s easy … hold <Windowskey> + <R> type regedit and hit <ENTER> locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall in the left pane right click on the key and choose delete