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taffy078 Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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Hello! This is one of the two new threads that have evolved from the OPEN DOOR thread. It’s the first of what may become a series of monthly threads - if you want it to!

The aim of this thread is simple: here you can post hints and tips that have helped you or that you have posted in specific threads elsewhere in this forum. That way, many more will benefit too. Or you can post general queries.

It will reviewed in a month’s time so . . . . . over to you!


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iPlayer gets a new look and updated features
BBC launches beta version of new iPlayer
Cleaner interface with new features offer viewers greater control over what they want to watch and when
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
26 May 2010
The BBC has today launched a beta version of its new iPlayer as part of a wider BBC Online strategy to do “fewer things better”.

But users will have to wait until the end of June or the beginning of July to take advantage of all the new features the corporation is rolling out for the revamped platform.

The latest version of the iPlayer is the third since its launch on Christmas Day 2007. The aim of the new platform, which users can customise, is to give people greater control over the programmes they want to watch.

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Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 Special Edition will enhance your PCs performance with a host of useful optimisation tools.

The Disk Cleaner, for instance, will search your hard drive for junk files that can safely be deleted. The Registry Cleaner wipes away redundant Registry entries, then Auslogics Disk Defrag reorganises your files to improve Windows and application speeds.

The bundled Startup Manager displays everything that's launched when Windows starts, as well as Internet Explorer addons and Explorer extensions. Potentially dangerous programs, like spyware, are highlighted, so they're easy to remove. And anything else you decide you don't need can be disabled at a click, improving boot time and freeing up valuable system resources.

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taffy078 RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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Has anyone tried to get help on LiveMail issues?

I tried this morning. (Problem**: if I don't use my desktop for, say four weeks, when I then access LiveMail on it I have four weeks of emails that I've already dealt with/deleted on my laptop.)

I followed all the LiveMail prompts, signed in and had to register again on the Help forum. The latest post there said "what shall we do now this forum is closing today?" Answer: go to ... there was a link.

I followed the link to the new place. I used search but couldn't find any post on this problem so I posted a new one.

I've just popped in and now I can't find the 'new place', nor the post in the old one that mentioned it. A thread said the new links will be posted tomorrow.

At least it's easier here! And even more so when Emil & Morten persuade the powers-that-be to implement some of the changes we've suggested!

(** if you have this problem, just post in this thread. I've got the solutions.)

PS I also found by chance that an update to LiveMail will resolve the problem I had not being able to send emails from my desktop. (My server is POP3/SSL which previously caused problems with LiveMail.)

Edit - to correct typo & to mention update/POP3 etc

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mogs RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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www.BlackViper.com: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Service Configurations


> Home > Articles > OS Guides > Windows Vista > Service Configurations
Introduction
To continue my fine tradition of optimizing MS's latest OS, I have here my findings to date.

Before adjusting your service settings, ensure that your system has already installed all updates by "checking now" for any available updates via Windows Update. At this time, it is best for you to ensure that all services are set to the default values before updating your system. Windows Vista SP2 Default Service Registry Patches are online as well as Windows Vista Retail Default Service Registry Patches and Windows Vista SP1 Default Service Registry Patches.

Breakdown of all changes to date: Vista Information Changelog.

It may be a truism....if I can do it, anybody can.....I used the above site to help me tweak my machine, and hav'nt had any problems since. I did spend a long time having a good read before attempting.
From what I can remember, instructions were available for other OS's.
AT YOUR OWN RISK.
















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mogs RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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ce launch scam awareness day
Crime agencies highlight dangers of online scams
Cybercrime awareness day warns internet users that online scams cost victims on average £325 each
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
01 Jun 2010
Cybercriminals cost the British public £3.5bn a year in frauds, scams and identity theft, according to the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca).

A victim of online crime loses an average of £352 each time they fall for a scam, according to research from security firm Verisign. Soca warned that criminals only need three pieces of personal information to steal someone’s digital identity.

As part of today's international cybercrime awareness day the police agency has joined forces with bodies from the UK including the Metropolitan and City of London police forces and National Fraud Authority as well as law-enforcement bodies in the US, Canada, Australia.

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Soca said people should not be complacent and think this is something that can’t affect them.

The agency said web users should be aware that the criminals are “endlessly inventive” and they don’t give up easily and “boast that they have a scam for everyone – it’s just a question of finding someone’s weak spot.”



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getting a NSIS error message?

Here's an excellent tip from wr that helped me and may help you too.
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WR 30th May, 2010 17:07
http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/435...

Hi all - Having a problem with PSI download & getting a NSIS error message?


There are 3 items that usually 'fix' the NSIS problem.

1. Clear Temp Internet files

2. Use another browser to download

3. Use another download source: http://download.cnet.com/Secunia-Personal-Software...

Hope this helps.

Regards, wr
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If this has helped you, please don't score this post as relevant - score the next post from wr. Hoping you don't mind this, wr. ;0)

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taffy078 RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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several members have posted that they missed the 'bubble' announcing the new version of PSI, Secunia PSI v1.5.0.2 .

Maurice Joyce posted an excellent suggestion in another thread to ensure that you are alerted to changes to this and to other of your programs.

Go to the Change Detection site here: http://www.changedetection.com/

The process is simple - so simple that even I could follow it! Just add the web address of the program(s) with your email address. It works!

If this has helped you, please don't score this post as relevant - score the next post from Maurice.

(Hoping you don't mind this 'workaround' guys.)

;0)


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mogs RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/

For the latest Stable, Beta and Dev channel versions of Chrome.....news of and info, click on the above link

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taffy078 RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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Live Mail. I spoke too soon in my post 1st June 18:40.

I have an intermittent problem in being unable to send emails from my desktop. The error ID is 0x800CCC7D and is caused by the server not supporting an SSL connection.

Presumably it's the Live Mail server that doesn't support SSL. But I have the latest version of Live Mail & the latest update was supposed to correct this problem.

I googled for a solution - all the responses were for Vista - my desktop is XP.

There were two solutions: (1) untick the SSL box. I can't do that. My ISP/mail provider demands it. (2) The error is flagged in port 25 - change it to 587. I don't get involved in port changes. I haven't the knowledge and surely it should be simpler than this!

I'll probably inunstall Live Mail & go back to BT Yahoo. That worked for me.

Bah, humbug. :(0

C'est la guerre!

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You're using Windows Live for IMessaging then ? You're shown as available to chat on my Yahoo....don't know if that's a help or a spur to change....they are supposed to be compatible from what I remember.

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HI Taffy & Mogs

Greetings to the UK for the new MSN UK home page.

Very nice looking.


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Hi Donald111 & john (gjjean).

Thank you both for making me laugh - any mention of MSN or Live Mail always makes me laugh at the moment!

But please also post in "Relax & Chat" as well, from now on.
We need new blood (Mogs is a vampire - no, he's not.He's a proud Welsh dragon!)

Thank you, too, "this member no longer exists". I know that I look good - for my age (112 years old.) A stress-free life, no alcohol and living in Yorkshire (UK) makes anyone look young/good.

If you meant it - great.

If you were being sarcastic - that's why you are no longer a member.

(Only joking!!!!! Do come back - in Relax & Chat.)

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Norton: We detected World of Warcraft as malware
Security firm admits to recent "false positive" error, but says safeguards prevent it from more serious mistakes such as that recently experienced by rival McAfee
Written by Tom Royal, Computeractive
04 Jun 2010
Security firm Symantec has admitted that a human error recently caused its Norton internet security products to delete a part of the popular game World of Warcraft.

Product Manager Kevin Haley said that its software suffers from around "ten to forty" such incorrect detections, known as false positives, per month, but that most files affected are not widely used. These errors are reviewed monthly "at a vice-presidential level" in the company.

"We had a false positive on World of Warcraft", he said, speaking to press at the company's headquarters on Thursday. "A human analyst looked at it ... they made a mistake, they looked at it in isolation."



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Symantec unveiled the results at its Mountain View headquarters
Symantec: One in Three Top Search Results Dangerous
Company's research into search engine poisoning shows that on some days over 80% of top searches are dangerous
Written by Tom Royal in Mountain View, CA, Computeractive
04 Jun 2010
Security company Symantec claims that its research has shown that an average of one-third of top search engine results on any given day contain harmful content.

Its investigation into so-called SEO Poisoning, where criminals attempt to trick search engines so that users searching for current trends are redirected to their own pages, found that of the 30,000 pages checked each day at least 10,000 were poisoned.

Symantec's Khanh Tran said that the single most poisoned search term during the period produced results where over 90% had been poisoned. Of the 300 terms checked daily, over 250 would sometimes return results where 10% or more were poisoned.

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Thanks for the second one, in particular, Mogs. I feel it confirms my viewpoint in the Cain & Abel thread:

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/441...

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donald111: looking forward to "seeing" you in the new Relax 'n Chat section.

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Smart clothes offer emotional aid
Page last updated at 9:50 GMT, Friday, 4 June 2010 10:50 UK
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Smart clothes could soon be helping their wearers cope with the stresses of modern life.

The prototype garments monitor physiological states including temperature and heart rate.

The clothes are connected to a database that analyses the data to work out a person's emotional state.

See BBC NEWS.....Technology.....forget Paris: Springtime is over !!!!

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taffy078 RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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will they be making a "smart skin" version for nudists? ("Chip & skin"?)

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Chip andskin ?!!!!!!!!
The emotional state of a serrated potato ?!!!

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The first head of USCYBERCOM has been expounding on his plans for the future online
First US cybersecurity general plans online rules of engagement
General Alexander on war, Ipv6 and privacy
Written by Iain Thomson in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
05 Jun 2010
The commander of US Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), General Keith Alexander has used his first public speech to detail his unit's plans in the event in the event of an online attack.

Alexander said that USCYBERCOM, which was set up to coordinate the Department of Defence (DOD) computer systems, was formulating two sets of rules of engagement for attack online by foreign powers, similar to those followed by other arms of the military.

“We should assume that foreign government actors in cyberspace have both considerably more resources and even more worrisome, motivations, than cybercriminals.”

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Discover the best online applications
There is no need to pay for or download software – we explain how you can find a tool for just about anything ready to use online
Written by Will Stapley, Computeractive
20 May 2010
Online tools differ from traditional computer applications in one important way: they don’t need to be installed on your computer. As they are stored online, they can be run using any internet-connected computer, and your work can be quickly and easily shared with other people.

We have split our favourites into categories, so you can quickly find something to try – whether you want tools for office work, multimedia or storage.



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http://www.getsafeonline.org/nqcontent.cfm?a_id=10...

Government website with all kinds of advice/tips etc.,etc..

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Adobe acknowledges critical flaw
Adobe is rushing to fix a bug in its popular programs that, if exploited, could hand control of a computer to hackers.
Adobe Apple row escalates
Apple boss explains Flash ban

See BBC News.........Technology....to read more.

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hello taffy078 ...thanks for advise ...for relax n chat...i think like that.

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thanks for the Adobe tip, Mogs. Probably no-one here will be surprised by the newflash.

And I bet that Maurice & others here will still be helping to resolve Adobe issues next month, the month after, ad ifin.

(Wasn't it Maurice who used the term "chocolate teapot" & similar about some aspects of Adobe downloads?)

Here's the link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10257411.stm

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You're probably right to some extent taffy: but some newbies may not have gravitated to reading SA's yet.....the forum they may not have found their way around....or they may still be confused by somebody's wording.
I thought the BBC article would act as a kind of moderator....

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hi again Mogs. I think you may have beaten the Secunia tech team to this issue? Which is why I posted the link. A good shout, worth lots of +1s!

Hi Donald. Glad to see you've been to the Relax 'n Chat!

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Anthony Wells RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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Taffy ,

As of now , if you go to the Secunia "Home" page , top left of that page you will see two Secunia Advisories forAdobe products - click on them to see the actual SA's 40026 and 40034 .

They are both visible in PSI "secure browsing" for Ff and IE as "insecure , no solution" if you happen to use Flash or Reader .

The Dev channel version of Chrome has the workaround version of Flash embedded .

The SA's date to 05/06/2010 (3 days ago) and the vulnerabilities are actually being exploited now ; so it is important to do the update workarounds as soon as possible .

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Hi Anthony. Thank you for that.

This highlights my PC-inadequacies because:
(1) I scanned this morning and got 100% - so I didn't look at the "Secure Browsing" tag.
(2) The 'Advisories' entries were there three days ago, as you say, updated today.
But to be honest, I've never checked there before because major issues have always (I think!) appeared in Vulnerabilities and then sometimes in Programs too.

I emailed Support this morning at about 06.30 quoting the BBC link and saying

"Hi - I'm sure your technical guys*** are working on this at the moment.

For me, the most interesting part will be whether or not they refer to the advice that "Adobe Reader and Acrobat users could delete or rename the 'authplay.dll' file on their system". Or perhaps this is not within their remit?

Perhaps experienced users would do this but for users such as myself? No way!

Just one point of caution though - if their*** advice appears in Vulnerabilities and then in programs, it will inevitably generate many responses, in my view, especially from new posters. If I'm right, I do hope that the infamous "red zapping pen" will be locked away."

So I concentrated on (a) what should "basic-users" do next and (b) zapping.

It never occurred to me that I should look at Advisories. Woe is me!

But it really is a serious issue - so should I post a new thread asking for advice for basic users?

EDIT: typo

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Hi taffy ,

Difficult know how to reply ; I'll start at the top and move down .

Your 1), seeing a clear scan does not mean insecurities/vulnerabilities are not around - just nothing to "patch" ; you see "secure browsing" in red as it has information about "insecurities" for you and you need this info to ensure you use safe browsing practices . Check it regularly :eg: whenever PSI is open .

You have just posted here :-

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/434...

I you reread the full threaed :((( this tells you how , when , etc. , the Secunia Official headed threads are initiated and it is not by Secunia themselves but any poster who appears at any time . Try rereading the thread ; if you understand the process you will have excelled :))). Two points:-

1) do not rely on them for anything , unless they wake you up to a problem - that would be lucky and useful , but could be late in the day .

2)if someone is in there and they are not an established user , you could warn them of future problems from the "red marker" but do not assume tat their comments are in the wrong place (they could be pertinent to te SA or the Vulnerability Report .


Re "authplay.dll" in Reader and also Flash RC7 , see John's Adobe links in this thread :-

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/443...

If you do not know how to "rename" a file you should ; this is the first link Google gave me - check it with Norton :-

http://www.ehow.com/how_5548_rename-file-folder.ht...

Keep a copy written down somewhere of the changes you make , you may want to change/go back .

Why should you want to start a new thread ?? There are one or two running already !! There is no one simple answer and everybody's system is idiosyncratic and you cannot judge their needs by your own . They need to study what is out there and ask what they don't understand . Same for us all .

I have only just enuff time to finish this , so you'll have to excuse me .

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A South Korean couple have been jailed after their baby starved to death while they raised a virtual child online.


Internet cafe gaming is big business in South Korea with over 2m 'internet addicts'
The husband, a 41-year-old taxi driver, and his 25-year-old wife were sentenced to two years in prison, but the woman's term was suspended because she is pregnant.
The couple were addicted to the game, which saw them act as virtual parents, spending an average of 10 hours a day at internet cafes while only feeding their daughter once a day.
The baby girl was severly neglected and was beaten for crying.

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A British scientist has become the first human to be infected with a computer virus.


Dr Mark Gasson, a cybernetics expert at the University of Reading, has had a computer chip implanted in his hand.
The chip is programmed to open security doors to his lab - and ensure only he is able to switch on and use his mobile phone.
But Dr Gasson deliberately infected the chip with a computer virus, which was then automatically transmitted to affect to the lab security system.
"Once the system is infected, anybody accessing the building with their passcard would be infected too," he told Sky News.
The virus on his chip is benign. But malicious computer code could give criminals access to a building.

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OFFICE XP / 2002 PRODUCTS.

I feel that the following extract from "Secunia News - Microsoft Patch Tuesday Prioritisation" (Top Right - end column) merits highlighting, don't you?

"It is also worth noting that Microsoft will not be releasing MS10-036 patches for Office XP / 2002 products because this would require a major re-architecture effort.
In our opinion, this essentially means that Office XP / 2002 products have reached End-of-Life now as a critical, exploitable vulnerability will remain unpatched."


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Facebook users are being warned to resist temptation and avoid clicking on a message promising "without doubt the sexiest video ever".


The Facebook message promises a path to the sexiest ever video
The link appears in your newsfeed together with a picture of a pneumatic model or a woman on an exercise bike wearing a miniskirt.
But as is often the case the message delivers something far nastier than promised - in this case clicking the video link leads to a download of a programme that fills your computer with unwanted junk.
The malware installs 'adware' called Hotbar, which makes the creator money and will pop up adverts when you use Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer, reports Wired.co.uk.


Extract from Sky News....Technology

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welcome Brenda! You may well be our first lady so you'll be able to bring some wit, class & intelligence to this very quiet & genteel section!

You'd be even more welcome to visit the Relax 'n Chat thread. Mogs is probably there making the cyber-coffee for us at the moment

By the way, as the site you refer to hasn't yet been tested by Norton, I'm reluctant to visit it, especially at the moment.

Perhaps one of our teccy guys could comment please?

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Hi taffy ,

I'm not a teccy , but I can tell you that your new BFF (brendar !!) is rated red by WOT as a website that spams forums :o((((((((

Such a website that lets you view the latest movies for free should be ringing warning bells of the loudest kind ; file sharing , P2P , etc.

Watch who you invite in for coffee and count the silver afterwards .

How are getting on with Adobe , you have not said since my last post ??

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Thank you Anthony re Brendar. I'll feedback to Norton about WOT! I never click on Norton grey/untested even though they may be OK - but you can't tell, can you - as WOT shows!

I've uninstalled Adobe Reader! Got Foxit instead. I'll check out the rest of the Adobe issues soon. We've had two long electicity failures today so I've been (forced) off-line!

There I was thinking we'd have our first lady in Relax 'n Chat. ;0((

Perhaps barbareska will wander in!

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Hi All;

As I noted on R&C (which I was told about), what's up with Adobe & M$? Everything is all 'red' in PSI. Microsludge had 73Mb's for Jr. & 86Mb's for big Hal. My phone wire caught fire and had to be replaced!

While I'm on a 'what's up with that, kick', why are people putting links to funky sites in their signature lines?


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@Antony;

Saw your post to another thread about the MS .NET issue. Is it still a concern?

Will be out this afternoon, but will check later today.


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hiya Fred.You OK? Yeah - I seemed to have wasted all day yesterday on MS downloads. And then when I shut down my desktop (XP) it said "do NOT switch off - updates being installed or similar. That's what my laptop (Win 7) does but that's a first for my desktop.

If by your "links in signatures" comment, you mean "Brendar", I thought "her"post was strange - not quite sounding OK. But having lost ten points by previously(correctly) spotting a spammer & then being "nice" instead of sarcastic, I sent out an SOS which Anthony kindly replied to.

[That "WOT" tip you posted, Anthony, is great. But again, bl**dy PCs: Norton Safe Search in my desktop (XP) recognised "WOT" but it didn't in my laptop (Win7). Why not?].

I liked your link Fred. Naturally I put it in Norton Safe Search. It said "did not match with any Web results" but above that were links to "VisitCalifornia", "Hot and Sexy Singles" and "Naughty Local Girls"! I really am an innocent when it comes to PCs!!

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I don't mind some wit, class and intelligence taffy.....not necessarily looks before books nor vicky verker tho' !! I think I'd need more than one sentence with the magic word "movies" contained therein to discern . Feminine manners are'nt always pushy nor in a hell of a rush.....I can't remember the last time I stood up on a bus.....we hav'nt got to open the door to a barn ?! I might prefer jam on it to honey ?! I don't know if a proper introduction is possible on here....it's not a matter of setting the alarm ?! Ha!

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@Taff, I have seen another thread (can't find it) recently, with the link in the signature line. I don't think the fellow meant any harm, it was supposed to be a link to his music (a musician perhaps).

A link to some funny picture or thing in an "Open Discussions" thread is OK to me. A link to some pertinent info while helping on other threads is smart, keeps you from copying it. A link to something unwanted is not OK. So, hence my little 'attempt' is tagged on to my signature. I checked to make sure the DNS (address) didn't work before I used it.

Please don't do any 'searches' with certain words in them, such as; shorts, bum, meow, bite or melon. You'll not appreciate the results. :)

@Mogs, A femme fatale in the hand is worth two in the bush? On movie night I'll stick with spaghetti westerns & sci-fi.


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could hairguy258 be another Brendar? A Norton search found nothing but Bing shows lots of forums that hairguy258 has just joined. Emailed to Support.

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'Shady' porn site practices put visitors at risk
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E-mail this to a friendPrintable version Intense competition means porn sites compete for visitors
Visitors to porn sites are at serious risk of being exploited by cyber criminals, a study has suggested.

It found that many sites harboured malware or used "shady" practices to squeeze money out of their visitors.

By creating their own porn sites researchers found that many consumers were vulnerable to known bugs and loopholes.

Competition among porn sites makes the online adult industry ripe for abuse by hi-tech criminals.

"They have almost inadvertently created a whole ecosystem that's easy to abuse for cyber crime on a large scale," said Dr Gilbert Wondracek, a computer security expert from the International Secure System Lab, which led the study.

Hidden danger
Dr Wondracek said the team embarked on the study to find out the truth of the widely held view that porn sites are dangerous to visit.

"There are studies looking at the profitability and economics of the industry but we are the first to come at it from a security and more technical point of view," he said.

Statistics suggest that approximately 12% of all websites offer pornography of one sort or another and that 70% of men under 24 browse these sites.

As a first step the researchers trawled pornographic sites to classify what they found and how the industry was structured.

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For the average user it might be hard to tell an honest porn site from a dishonest porn site

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The big distinction was between free sites and those that charge for access. Typically pay sites produce content they give to free sites to drum up traffic.

More than 90% of the 35,000 pornographic domains analysed in the study were free sites.

The researchers analysed the 269,000 websites hosted on the 35,000 domains to see which hosted malicious software. About 3.23% of these sites were booby-trapped with adware, spyware and viruses.

Many others used "shady" practices to keep visitors onsite. These included javascript catchers that made it hard for people to leave a page.

Others use scripts that re-direct visitors so when they click on a link they do not see the video or image they were expecting but are passed to an affiliate site.

The vast majority of sites engage in this trading of traffic or clicks, said Dr Wondracek.

"Visitors are being abused as click bots," he said.

As most sites were free, the only resource they could exploit as a revenue source was this traffic.

"It's cut-throat competition," said Dr Wondracek. "Everybody tries to get as much traffic as possible."

Finding victims
Traffic is used in many different ways. Popular sites sell it to those looking for an audience, some is used to direct visitors to affiliates who provide content and sometimes it is used to boost rankings in search engine indexes.

It could also be a great way for hi-tech criminals to get a ready source of victims, said Dr Wondracek.

To test this idea the researchers created two adult sites of their own, populated them with free content from porn producers and spent $160 (£108) to get traffic piped to these sites.

Analysis of the 49,000 visitors sent to their sample sites showed that 20,000 were using a computer and browser combination that was vulnerable to at least one known exploit.

"As an attacker you want to make your life easier," said Dr Wondracek. "If you can have these 20,000 people come to a place instantly, why not?"

With many porn sites appearing in the top 100 most popular sites on the web this could mean that huge numbers of people are caught out when they browse for adult content.

While relatively few porn sites were infecting visitors, it is difficult to spot good from bad, he said.

"For the average user it might be hard to tell an honest porn site from a dishonest porn site until you click on something," he said.

Dr Wondracek recommended that anyone visiting porn sites keep their security software up to date and use the "safe browsing" modes found in many browsing programs.

The researchers presented their results at the Workshop on the Economics of Information Security held at Harvard from 7-8 June.

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A team of U.S. scientists has designed some new men's briefs that may be comfortable, durable and even stylish but, unlike most underpants, may be able to save lives. Skip related content

Printed on the waistband and in constant contact with the skin is an electronic biosensor, designed to measure blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs.

The technology, developed by nano-engineering professor Joseph Wang of University of California San Diego and his team, breaks new ground in the field of intelligent textiles and is part of shift in focus in healthcare from hospital-based treatment to home-based management.

The method is similar to conventional screen-printing although the ink contains carbon electrodes.

The project is being funded by the U.S. military with American troops likely to be the first recipients.


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Get Office Online For Free Now!

11 June, 2010, by James Cullimore
Microsoft has released a free online version of its Office 2010 productivity suite.

The suite, Office Web Apps, will offer slimmed down versions of Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint for use online, reports The Financial Times.

Microsoft hopes that Office Web Apps can grab some of the market in cloud-based productivity suites currently held by Google Docs, Adobe Buzzword, Zoho Office and others.

Like rival services, Office Web Apps will allow users to view, share and edit documents online.

Office Web Apps will not provide all of the features included in Microsoft's Office 2010 desktop version, lacking such things as the ability to edit video on PowerPoint. Instead, Web Apps will concentrate on more web-friendly features such as the ability to embed tags into documents and post them on blogs.



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@Mogs;

My drawers have no business knowing my blood pressure. Did the report say if my vitals would be reported to the Department of Defense or directly to the Pentagon?


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No, I did'nt notice any comments of that sort Fred ! It's very doubtful that those briefs or shorts caught up in the tests, trials and intelligent textile analysis will ever find their way into a good washer,spinner, drier ? Much too delicate or too much to read on them ?!!! Fred's threads are on a different program ?! Ha!

How are you......is the AC still on ? Sun's just about on the horizon here.

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That MS Office Online (free) was interesting, Mogs. Could another motive for its release be that the problems with Office XP/2002, as reported by Secunia in their "Microsoft Patch Tuesday" item above, right?***

My old desktop (XP) came bundled with MS Works, which I then upgraded using the Student Version. I've since upgraded Word & Excel to the 2007 "off the shelf" versions, so I'm not affected by this problem.

But does "web-based" mean that all your files are stored off your PC?

***"In our opinion, this essentially means that Office XP / 2002 products have reached End-of-Life now as a critical, exploitable vulnerability will remain unpatched.


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Don't know much 'bout Microsoft's reasoning and marketing strategy, apart from that included in the extract taffy..but reading thro the available description of the product it does very much seem to suggest that all is kept on-line....as no download is required. Very much as referred to in another post earlier about on-line applications.
As it is free, and of interest....I would presume the best thing is to give it a try. The extent of the control you are able to exercise you'd soon be able to determine, I'd imagine.
I posted it only because I thought it may have been found useful by some: as is true of other notices posted from my browsings.

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"zevera86" is another forum spammer, inho.

Could someone else also score a -1 relevant score please so that this will be minimised? THanks

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Hi Mogs. I think your MS Office On-line post is just what is needed to keep we basic PC users in touch with what is happening.
Regarding off-PC storing, everyone seems to be offering this now. Yahoo, Bing, Norton and others. I personally don't fancy relying on a Third Party's security and staff for my stuff, but "you pays your money, you takes your choice" as the saying goes" (Except in this case it's free!)


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thank you, whoever helped minimise that thread. That was quick!!!

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This guide is a sneak peek at what you will find on the inside.
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Windows XP Home Service Pack 3 Services Configuration
Windows XP SP3 hit the streets. To carry on my tradition, I compiled another listing of what my Service Configuration ended up being.
This is a summary of months of trial and error on a "home" network.
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Windows XP Home Super Tweaks
Tighten up the Operating System, plug some security holes and make your system perform like new again. A listing of performance tweaks that I do after a clean installation, but most are valid even after years of service.
Read more: Windows XP Home Super Tweaks Pages
Compressing Files and Folders
Back in the old days, hard drive space was extremely valuable. Even though storage space is now measured in pennies instead of dollars, compressing files and folders can and will come in handy.
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Run this software and your PC will be analysed before you are presented with a detailed audit of your PC.

The data is well presented and split into sections, detailing everything from the operating system and any installed Hotfixes from Microsoft, to software licences and processor details.

The analysis is done quickly, and with the information displayed in HTML format it is easy to print or save it for future reference.

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Written by Computeractive Staff, Computeractive
09 Jun 2010
As scams and hacking become more prevalent, having the best computer security is important for peace of mind.

In this article we’ve collected a few of the most common security problems and the ways to fix them – usually in just a minute or two.

How much protection? – Windows 7, XP, Vista
Q I have Microsoft Security Essentials installed on my computer. Will I be more secure if I install another anti-virus program?

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A You should run one anti-virus program, one anti-spyware tool and one firewall, but no more than one of each. At best, running more than one of these programs will slow the computer down and at worst they could interfere with one another.




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Hi;

Don't know if this is of interest to any of you, but if you use CCleaner it's at least note worthy. http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/450...

It is funny how stuff happens, isn't it?


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A handheld laser likened to a Star Wars lightsabre and so powerful it can instantly blind or "set fire to skin and other body parts" is on sale on the web.


The laser (left) has been compared to the Jedi weapon from Star Wars, the lightsaber
The device - with a beam 1,000 times stronger than sunlight on the skin - is touted by makers as "the most dangerous laser ever created".
Trading standards chiefs say they are "seriously concerned" about the sale of the Spyder III Pro Arctic model and warn against its use.
As well as blinding, burning and causing cancer, its Hong Kong-based maker, Wicked Lasers, admits that "a split-second laser light in a plane cockpit (...) can be disastrous".
I must have this. Birthday present anyone? I will KILL things, with FIRE.
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Star Wars fans are among hundreds of people who have already shown an interest in buying the laser, for sale to the general public for £135.
Laser safety expert John Colton, director of Lucid Optical Services, told Sky News Online that the lasers were "horrendously dangerous".
"Under no circumastances should they be on sale on the internet," he said.
Mr Colton said the 1W beam was 1,000 times stronger than laser pointers normally available to the public.

The laser's beam is 1,000 times stronger than most laser pointers
They could be "deadly" if aimed at car drivers or even pilots in planes, Mr Colton added.
Wicked say the device would have cost thousands of pounds to build not long ago, but technological advances have made it available much more cheaply.
"Don't let the Arctic name fool you, this laser possesses the most burning capabilities of any portable laser in existence," the website says.
"That's why it's also the most dangerous laser ever created."
Under no circumastances should they be on sale on the internet.
Laser expert John Colton
The website goes on to warn: "Extremely dangerous is an understatement to the power of 1W of laser power.
"It will blind permanently and instantly and set fire quickly to skin and other body parts."
It adds that users should use eye protection and must read and agree the "Laser Hazard Acknowledgment Form".
News of the laser has sparked a flurry of excitement on social networking websites.
One person wrote: "Real lasers that resemble Star Wars lightsabres, that can burn skin, cut through plastic and ignite matches - yes please."
Another wrote: "The fact that it looks like a lightsabre is even cooler."
One more said: "I must have this. Birthday present anyone? I will KILL things, with FIRE."
Christine Heemskerk, lead officer for product safety at the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), said the items should not be on sale to the general public.
"We are seriously concerned about the sale of these products which should only be for industrial use."
Ms Heemskerk added that because the lasers were manufactured abroad, there was nothing the TSI could do to stop their sale over the internet.

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Technology milestone heralds a more secure internet

By Maggie Shiels
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The system could close the loophole that redirects web users to fake sites
Moves to make the web's address system more secure will take a major step forward next month.

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Gees; in the last ten days there's been 301197 views of 1363 replies given about Adobe products alone......I wonder if a Sticky Thread section on the forum is any nearer reaching fruition ?
My calculator gadget seems to working !!! I'm sure someone will tell me if I'm wrong ! Ha!

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Windows doesn't automatically use Internet Explorer any more
Set up default web browser in Windows 7
If Windows 7 stops you opening links sent to you in emails, try telling it which browser to use
Written by Computeractive Staff, Computeractive
16 Jun 2010
Q I have a new computer with Windows 7 and use Windows Live Mail to read my emails. To my frustration, I cannot load any links in emails.

If I click on a link in an email an error message appears saying that there is no program to open the link with. This isn’t true because I have Firefox and Google Chrome as well as Internet Explorer.

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A We have seen this error message on computers where no default web browser has been selected. Windows won’t use Internet Explorer unless told otherwise any more.

Start your preferred browser and click on OK when prompted to make it the default browser.

If this message doesn’t appear in Firefox, click on the Tools menu and then Options. Click on the Advanced tab, General and then the Check Now button. Click on Yes.

To make Chrome the default, click on the spanner icon and then Options. Click on the button labelled ‘Make Google Chrome my default browser’.

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Using memory in your storage device to speed up your computer

Windows ReadyBoost can use storage space on some removable media devices, such as USB flash drives, to speed up your computer. When you insert a device with this capability, the AutoPlay dialog will offer you the option to speed up your system using Windows ReadyBoost. If you select this option, you can then choose how much memory to use for this purpose. However, there are some situations where you may not be able to use all of the memory on your storage device to speed up your computer.

Some universal serial bus (USB) storage devices contain both slow and fast flash memory, and Windows can only use fast flash memory to speed up your computer. So if your device contains both slow and fast memory, keep in mind that you can only use the fast memory portion for this purpose.

The recommended amount of memory to use for Windows ReadyBoost acceleration is one to three times the amount of random access memory (RAM) installed in your computer. For instance, if your computer has 512 megabytes (MB) of RAM and you plug in a 4 gigabyte (GB) USB flash drive, setting aside from 512 MB to 1.5 GB of that drive will offer the best performance boost. The minimum size for any USB flash drive to work with Windows ReadyBoost is 256 MB.

You can enable or disable Windows ReadyBoost for a specific flash drive or other removable storage device. For more information, see Turn ReadyBoost on or off for a storage device.

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Opera now has WebM support for HTML5 video and a new user interface
Opera claims speed gains with 10.60 beta
Latest browser adds geo-location and enhanced HTML5 support
Written by David Neal, V3.co.uk
16 Jun 2010
Browser developer Opera has released a beta of Opera 10.60, claiming that it is 50 per cent faster than the previous release.

The company has added a geo-location feature which lets the browser detect and map the user's location, along with WebM support for HTML5 video, according to Opera.

A new easy-to-use interface now features icons replacing the previous thumbnails for faster navigation, the firm added.

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New search features will help to deliver localised results, the firm said, and the browser will add search suggestions to its Speed dial pages.

"The latest version of Opera improves on our robust HTML5 support, and provides more options for quick and efficient web search through your preferred search engines," said Opera Software chief development officer Christen Krogh.

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Norton Removal Tool 2011.0.0.15
Quickly remove Norton products from your PC
Written by Lee Collins, V3.co.uk
16 Jun 2010
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Security software can be deeply integrated in to your computer. For instance, a security suite can consist of various modules that will protect your system from virus, malicious software, spyware and spam attack. These modules integrate in to your email client, check archived files and often start with your machine.

After a while, you might find that a module ceases to function or you might have accidentally stopped the software from booting with your computer. One option is to remove the software from your computer, but if it has been installed for months or even years, uninstallation might fail. Unless you’re an advanced user, you’re then stuck. The only other option is to re-install Windows.

The Norton Removal Tool is an official application from Symantec, designed to remove Norton software from your computer. If it fails, can’t be uninstalled or similar, you can use this tool to do the removal for you. It supports most recent editions of the Norton software, including AntiVirus, Security Suite, Ghost and more.

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Hello Ive found this tool to be very effective and have used it several times when NIS goes wrong,it takes out everything regarding to norton
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Symantec Spy ?
The Norton Removal Tool leaves a lot of Symantec stuff on the computer. The register still contains at least 40 keys related to Norton after running this tool. But what I find shocking, is that after removal and restart, there are still several Symantec tasks running! Obviously, Symantec still tries to spy on me - perhaps they want to find out what alternative I have installed after removal of Norton 360? (I have used Hijack this to really remove Norton from my systems)
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First remove Norton from the Windows add/remove and then go searching in extended windows search and you will find many references (reg keys,files,folders) for Norton and Symantec - remove them all!

Then run this removal tool to clean out some more crap ..then check again in windows search under .exe look down the list for yellow coloured icons and place the curser on each file that you find and you will be surprised how many are symantec files .. and remove these.
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Dev Channel Update
Thursday, June 17, 2010 | 11:00
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The Dev channel has been updated to 6.0.437.1 for Windows and Linux, and Mac has been updated to 6.0.437.2.
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Fading data could improve privacy
Page last updated at 07:55 GMT, Wednesday, 16 June 2010 08:55 UK
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Our digital footprint should be allowed to fade over time thinks researcher
Privacy could be enhanced if data was allowed to fade, suggests research.

Dutch researcher Dr Harold van Heerde is looking into ways to gradually "degrade" the information that sites gather about visitors.

Slowly swapping details for more general information can help guard against accidental disclosure, he said.

"There are so many weak points in security that you can never be sure that your data is safe," said Dr van Heerde.

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Suspicious updates – Windows 7, XP, Vista
Q I installed what I thought was a Microsoft security update on my computer but turned out to be a virus. Now I am frightened to download any updates in case this happens again. How can I tell the difference between these updates?

A Only ever download updates directly from Microsoft. The safest way to do this is to use the Windows Update tool built into Windows, but if you must go directly to the internet visit the Windows Update website.

Deleting files permanently – Windows 7, XP, Vista
Q Before I pass on an old USB memory key I want to make sure that all of my information has been properly erased. How can I do this?

A Deleting the files isn’t enough, nor is formatting. The only way to be sure that the files have been removed is to use a program such as Eraser. This will overwrite the documents so many times that they cannot be recovered.

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Google Chrome Frame is an open source plug-in that seamlessly brings Google Chrome's open web technologies and speedy JavaScript engine to Internet Explorer. With Google Chrome Frame, you can:
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Enabling Google Chrome Frame is simple. For most web pages, all you have to do is add a single tag to your pages and detect whether your users have installed Google Chrome Frame.
If Google Chrome Frame is not installed, you can direct your users to an installation page.
If Google Chrome Frame is installed, it detects the tag you added and works automatically.
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NOVELTIES
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Now Soluto, a company based in Tel Aviv, aims to help these PC owners with an unusual program intended to minimize irritating slowdowns. The software runs in the background on PCs, collecting data on delays in program responses and sending the information to company servers for analysis, said Tomer Dvir, a co-founder and the chief executive.

As its first service, the company is offering a free program intended to solve a classic computer problem: a slow boot or start-up time. (The program is at the company’s Web site, www.soluto.com.)

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Increasing the size of the recycle bin is not the best solution
How to make the recycle bin larger
Enlarge the recycle bin or back up files you might want
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
21 Jun 2010
Q Is there a way to change the Windows Recycle Bin so that it can hold more items? My hard disk has plenty of free space but the bin is full. I don’t want to empty the bin unless I have to as a few years ago I tried to recover a file only to find that I had permanently deleted it. My computer runs Windows XP.

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A Although we’d generally recommend emptying the Recycle Bin before it gets too full, it is possible to expand its size.

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Right-click the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and choose Properties. A window will appear allowing you to choose what percentage of the hard disk’s total space can be occupied by deleted items: use the slider to increase this, then click Apply and finally OK to save the setting.

A better solution is to back up any files you might want to access later on a CD, DVD or USB memory key, or for larger files an external hard disk.

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California weighs 'digital adverts' on number plates
Page last updated at 16:42 GMT, Monday, 21 June 2010 17:42 UK
E-mail this to a friendPrintable version The digital adverts would scroll when the vehicle is stuck in traffic
California is weighing whether to allow advert-broadcasting digital number plates on vehicles, in a bid to raise revenue for the cash-strapped state.

Drivers could select messages to display and could earn rewards from advertisers that pay the state.

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i suggest u for articles on leadership and management. http://www.jimclemmer.com

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Microsoft winds up support for older OS
Microsoft reduces support for Windows XP and Vista
Users of XP and Vista should install the latest service pack to get extended support
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
22 Jun 2010
Microsoft is alerting users of its Windows operating systems (OS) that it is winding down support for older versions.

Microsoft divides support for software into two categories. When software is first released the user gets what mainstream support.

This is for either a minimum of five years from the date of the product’s release or for two years after a successor product: whichever is longer. During this phase Microsoft fixes bugs as well as releasing upgrades and security patches.

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When mainstream support ends, extended support is offered, mainly for security purposes with updates and patches. But even this support will end. For some of the company’s OSs this time has now been reached.

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You can read more concerning the MS Support article at the above link.

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An updated Bitdefender beta is now available
Bitdefender launches improved Total Security 2011 beta
Test security software is revamped and available free of charge
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
22 Jun 2010
A new beta version of Bitdefender's security software is available to download free of charge.

The security company said version 2 of its Bitdefender Total Security 2011 software has improved basic, intermediate and expert interfaces to suit users' differing security needs and expertise.

Bitdefender has also included parental controls so one PC can be used to remotely manage the settings on all networked computers within the home.

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Performance tools have been updated and the Performance Optimiser reveals which applications are slowing the PC down and suggests corrective actions.

The Smart Schedule can suspend tasks such as scanning if they are stealing resources from other activities such as media playback or gaming.

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Open files in the programs you want
Changing file associations in Windows
Frustrated by some file types opening in unexpected programs? We have the answer
Written by Scott Colvey, Computeractive
21 Jun 2010
If you double-click a document file in Windows the operating system will duly launch Microsoft Word to display the contents. Similarly, if you open a video file Windows Media Player will fire up to play the footage.

However, sometimes these things don’t happen. Rather than Windows Media Player popping up to play that film, Apple Quicktime might appear instead. And while you might ordinarily expect, say, Windows Paint to launch when double-clicking an image file, Nero Photo Snap could muscle in to do the job.

The problem is that some programs install themselves as the default editing or viewing application. This means existing associations between files and programs are changed, leading to confusion and frustration for users.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010 | 14:38
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Google Chrome 5.0.375.86 has been released to the Beta channel on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

The integrated flash player has been re-enabled by default.

If you find issues, please let us know: http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/entry

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The Dev channel has been updated to 6.0.447.0 for Mac and Windows.


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Google Chrome 5.0.375.86 has been released to the Stable channel on Linux, Mac, and Windows.

The integrated flash player has been enabled by default and the following security issues were resolved:
[38105] Medium XSS via application/json response (regression). Credit to Ben Davis for original discovery and Emanuele Gentili for regression discovery.
[43322] Medium Memory error in video handling. Credit to Mark Dowd under contract to Google Chrome Security Team.
[43967] High Subresource displayed in omnibox loading. Credit to Michal Zalewski of Google Security Team.
[45267] High Memory error in video handling. Credit to Google Chrome Security Team (Cris Neckar).
[$500] [46126] High Stale pointer in x509-user-cert response. Credit to Rodrigo Marcos of SECFORCE.
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Running two sets of security tools is not advisable
Too many security tools cause problems
Running Microsoft Security Essentials and AVG can cause problems
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Q My computer’s security measures include Microsoft Security Essentials, Windows Defender and Spybot.

I have tried downloading AVG in the past but was advised that the download failed – despite this, the AVG logo appears on my browser and seems to interfere with the opening of IE8 as I get the message ‘AVG toolbar was unable to connect with AVG application. Please check that the program is installed and running’.

AVG does not appear in the control panel so I can’t uninstall it. When trying to install AVG, I get a message: ‘Potentially incompatible software is currently installed on your computer’, and then I’m given the option to skip the warning or uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials. Should I uninstall Spybot and AVG (if I can find it) and rely on the Microsoft product?



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Evidence Remover Tool in Revouninstaller

Description in the Tool panel:-

When you empty the Windows Recycle Bin, your files and folders
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SAN FRANCISCO — What if the Web held a sex party and no one showed up?

That’s what could happen now that the agency governing the Internet address system all but approved the creation of a new red-light district on the Web. The problem is that some of the biggest names in online pornography prefer not to be in that neighborhood.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers on Friday agreed to move forward on a long-standing proposal from a Florida company to create a specialized dot-xxx suffix for adult entertainment Web sites. But the plan upset much of the adult entertainment industry. It joined hands with religious groups in lobbying against it, arguing that the new domains would lead to regulation and marginalization.

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Give your system a deep cleanse with this superb optimisation tool
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Just as regular exercise is good for your health, a regular workout for your hard disk is recommended. Windows has its own tools for doing this, but CCleaner makes a slightly better job of it.

The application is free to use and shows the door to all kinds of temporary files, from temporary internet files to old automatic back-ups from application such as Office XP and file sharing software. It also shakes out old entries from your computer's registry, such as unistallers and invalid shortcuts. The makers guarantee that it contains no apyware or adware.

CCleaner is one of the more popular system cleansing and optimisation tools available. This is the major v2 release incorporating a number of new enhancements. For instance, the new version is completely re-written and is much faster and analysing and cleansing your system. It ships with a brand new user-interface and is available in a compact version, so you could take it with you on a portable USB stick and use it to cleanse a PC that you've used in a web cafe or other location. Of course, there are also a number of other tweaks and improvements.

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Windows Memory Diagnostic
The Windows Memory Diagnostic tests the Random Access Memory (RAM) on your computer for errors. The diagnostic includes a comprehensive set of memory tests. If you are experiencing problems while running Windows, you can use the diagnostic to determine whether the problems are caused by failing hardware, such as RAM or the memory system of your motherboard. Windows Memory Diagnostic is designed to be easy and fast. On most configurations, you can download the diagnostic, read the documentation, run the test and complete the first test pass in less than 30 minutes.
To run Windows Memory Diagnostic, you must reboot your computer with the disk or CD-ROM on which you installed Windows Memory Diagnostic in the drive. After the reboot, Windows Memory Diagnostic will load and its interface will appear. After loading, the first test pass will begin, using the default standard test suite, and continue until complete, unless Windows Memory Diagnostic is either paused or exited. Once the first test pass is complete, Windows Memory Diagnostic will begin a second test pass using the same settings as before. Windows Memory Diagnostic will continue to run test passes until you exit.
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mogs RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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It used to be that my CHKDSK facility would seem only to run when I'd preset it to: but recently ( in the last couple of months ); it's oft taken to self starting at first boot.
Windows needs to check one of your discs for consistancy....strongly recommended....but with the option to skip.
It then proceeds to verify files, security descriptors and indexes...not necessarily in that order....and very oft finds orphaned files which it "repatriates".
My point is that, the more it is used, the more active it seems to become...on some set-ups it may be going to sleep ?

An observation I thought it might be worth sharing.

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Then U should be slightly concerned. What results are U getting regarding "KB IN BAD SECTORS" after the job is finished?

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Without running again to check....Nil in bad sectors. Most often when it does run of it's own accord; it seems to be that it discovers orphaned files after verifying indexes, and then repatriates them. It does'nt run thro' a complete CHKDSK procedure....completing about three stages instead of the usual five ( I think), in a matter of minutes....whereas it would normally take the best part of an hour approximately. Do you think there's any need for concern Maurice ?

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Maurice Joyce RE: Off-topic: general tech talk – June 2010.
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As I say I would be slightly concerned. The USER drives Windows & all programmes installed on it.

When Windows dictates policy there is something amiss.

The simple question is "Why is Windows doing this"?

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Maybe it's my phrasing of the explanation: I should make it plain that I am given the option to skip or over-ride the unscheduled CHKDSK scan....I don't find it dictatorial; the general "health" of the disc being it's reason. I think I'd probably feel I were opposing myself if I were to ignore the OS's advice. Keeping things in order, as it does.....perhaps it pre-empts the development of problems elsewhere ?
For a short while I did cease some Windows indexing....I seem to remember that it was supposed to slow the system down ( somewhere I'd read ): the manifestation of some very minor "hiccoughs" caused me to rethink and revert to the previous position. It's not always a facet of my nature (!); but in that instance I chose less haste and less speed !!
I probably get more concerned to read in posts that CHKDSK has'nt been used for months....I find myself thinking ,"no wonder"! Slight consternation from time to time has'nt done me any harm ?

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Not really the point. Windows should not behave like that. U are receiving a BSOD with an option to scan. Why?

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The reason given always seems to be that " one of your discs needs checking for consistency ". It's rather like it already "knows" that it's misplaced file/s or can't account for them...it seems to "speed to the scene "; rectify, and quickly finish. Might it be something peculiar to Vista ?

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Absolutely not. Windows is Windows. A BSOD is a BSOD.

I would most certainly be investigating why this is happening - as U have indicated it has got more frequent.

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Any suggestions as to the best course the investigative action should follow ?

PS......not much in Problems Reports and Solutions other than the occasional app failing to start....which I always make sure has been reported.

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Mogs ,

On the odd(?) occasion that an unexpected/unannounced Checkdisk has surprised me on my (XP) system , it seemed to link to an incomplete defragmentation operation . I can't remember if "Defraggler" or Auslogics software was involved - it has not happened recently and besides , the programmes update so often .

If you are still using your "screensaver" or have recently changed your "cleaning" methods then this may be an area to consider ; maybe you can retrace your steps ?!

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Not really the Forum or thread for this activity but this may help before I resubscribe to the thread.

Like looking for a "needle in a haystack".

I can only give U the list of questions I ask people prior to fixing their PC's with similar issues. It should give U clues where to look.

1. When did U last complete a full Scan disk? What did the log say particularly about KB IN BAD SECTORS?

2. Do U use Registry Cleaners or Optimisers? If so which ones? What files were removed from the system by this programme prior to this behaviour? Is there a log of this activity? Is there an option to reinstall items deleted?
From my experience in fixing PC's this is normally the root cause as I have published before on the Forum.

3. Have U used a programme that permanently deletes items such as File Erasers or File Assassin from Malwarebytes. Were system files removed?

3. Have U installed any new hardware?

4. Have U installed any new software or had an unsuccessful uninstall around the time this happened.

5. Are U receiving any error messages when using programmes?

6. When was the last full anti viral check of the system? Was the result negative?

7. Have U entered the BIOS & made any changes?

8. Have U checked the Event Log?

In your case only - is it Puran that is causing this?

Hope this helps.





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Thankyou both...Anthony/Maurice for the input/ suggestions/check list.
I'm just working my way thro' it....negative security scan every week, and not receiving any error messages.
Do use Evidence Remover in Revo to permanently erase items previously deleted by myself.
No new hardware. File back up....auto each week.
No probs with updates nor installs. Belarc okay each week.
Obviously one item "jumps out" Maurice....but generally I've had a noticeable improvement in performance...yes, CHKDSK may coincide with having previously defragged.
Hav'nt meddled with the Bios at all.
Event log.....I'm not very familiar with.
Considering how my computer is performing each day....I'm not at all sure I want to change anything !
I know there's divided opinion regarding the use of a Registry Cleaner....my security cleaner checks out as well.
I'll keep a closer eye on the CHKDSK occurances.
Thankyou very much again.

Edit 1232hrs 28/6/10

Ironically and coincidentally enough...following last night's postings; I tried to Shutdown but got a kind of Restart reaction and the Recover screen appeared.
I decided to allow to start as normal( which it did); and then succeeded in a normal Shutdown.
Upon start-up this morning I was greeted with a panel notification of Blue Screen ! The first time it's ever happened.
Anyrate, went straight to Problems Reports and Solutions where there was the entry for Windows......Unexpected Shutdown. Clicked to report with additional info.
I then ran both a quick and full security scan: without running in the background....result:all clear. Checked Prog. Permissions....okay.
I decided to schedule CHKDSK for C and E separately, necessitating two restarts......5 stages completed...processed and verified.
As defrag was thought maybe suspect...I did an analysis before defragging and Restart yet again.....no problems....no reoccurrances....no additions in Problems Reports and Solutions....everything running okay.


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Two million more Britons come online in last 12 months
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Nearly two million more Britons have come online during the last year, over half of which are over 50, according to new research.

The UK Online Measurement Company (UKOM) found that the net audience now stands at 38.8 million, up from 36.9 million at the same time last year.

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Update - 110 posts and 1221 views suggest to me that there is support for this Topic to be continued. Thank you!

Secunia will lock this tomorrow so the July topic is now open. Please post there as from now. Thanks! :0)


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