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SYSTEM RESTORE.

A few months ago, I found that there were errors on my hard drive. (Maurice Joyce showed me how to check this etc. anf gave me lots of help.)

PC World (a UK PC company) later used a spare hard drive in my PC to be my new 'C' drive. They designated the old 'C' drive to be my 'E' drive and saved all my old files there. (All my files were lost - I had back-up elsewhere though. Every other user on my PC didn't lose any files.)

They also created a new Recovery drive ('F' drive).

I've found today that my System Restore is totally unable to restore to any chosen restore point. I assume that it can't be due to inadequate capacity - I've allocated the maximum 12% to each drive, as you can see from the info below.

I've googled and can't find why this has happened. Before I go back to PCW, has anyone any ideas please? Thanks

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C drive (current) 149 GB - 135 GB free i.e. 14 GB used (18.314 GB space in System Restore)

E drive (old, recovered files) 143 GB - 104 GB free i.e. 39 GB used.(17.576 GB space in System Restore)

F drive (recovery) 5.98 GB - 2.26 GB free i.e. 3.72 GB used (735 MB space in System Restore)

as at 30.06.2010


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PS I found this article. I checked that everything that should be started and running is.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsu...

EDIT: I've also found this. Perhaps re-naming etc is my only solution?

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841568/en-us

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MY SYSTEM RETORE PROBLEM.

I tried to follow Microsoft's advice in their http://support.microsoft.com/kb/841568/en-us

I failed. It says to locate the root of a hard disk drive, right-click the System Volume Information folders. I couldn't find them. I tried 'Search' but found nothing.

Should I have looked in DOS?

At the moment I have disabled Sytem Recovery on my 'E' & 'F' drives and will try again later to see if that has helped.

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My memory of XP is hazy, but isn't there an option in the folder options to do with system files as well as the 'show hidden files' button?

I can remember stories of issues with Norton and System Restore in the past. I don't if it's still the case.

That Microsoft KB looks a bit scary.

Update

Just found this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/309531

Microsoft doesn't make it easy for you. You might have better luck in Safe Mode.

Update 2

If these are NTFS volumes, there's a lot of other stuff in there and you really shouldn't delete it.

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Knowing that a hard disk is nearly full is one thing, but working out where all the space has gone is not so easy.

Utilities such as Folder Size can help but still leave most of the work in your hands. Xinorbis can scan hard disks and USB keys and then report on where the space has been used.

The results of the scan are displayed as a pie chart with different sections representing documents or system files.

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The reports can also be saved in a variety of different formats including HTML, text, CSV or XML. Saved reports can be used for comparisons in future.

Xinorbis can be installed onto a USB key so it can be used on lots of different computers without having to be installed on each one.

Xinorbix 5 includes a "Time" to scan history and improved folder exclusion options. There are also several bug fixes.



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I've touched or tapped on the subject before : but it's possible it's worth reinforcing......
Some time ago one of my relatives wanted to update his phone: being without a pc at the time, I thought to oblige, and subsequently downloaded the required software. He's since acquired his own lappy....not that I'm desperate for space...but having a clear out sometimes makes me feel better. There were three progs showing in Revo which I duly uninstalled, including left-over files and folders. But a manual search of Software entries in the registry revealed another associated....and deleted.
Anyrate... any alterations/uninstall of programs/ permissions for my firewall security, usually show up quite quickly at the top of the configuration list. Having done all, as I thought.....no.....the firewall was still showing open !
Removed permissions....now I know it's gone !

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A targeted malware operation has set its sights on the UK
Targeted malware zeros in on UK banks
New attack aims small to avoid detection
Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
02 Jul 2010
A new targeted malware attack is threatening UK bank customers.

Security firm Trusteer said that it has spotted a malware attack that compromises user credentials by creating a fake bank log-in page and then uses those credentials to perform an "authorised" monetary transfer.

The attack is being spread through multiple infection methods, including web-based exploits and spam email attachments.

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Rather than aim to infect numerous systems around the world, however, the company said that the attack is specifically targeting the UK and focusing on very few banks at a time, anywhere from three to seven in a single run.



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AVG Anti-Virus Free 9.0.839
Major update to the impressive and free antivirus package
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AVG continues to be one of the most popular free antivirus programs available on the internet and it maintains this position with a combination of effective protection and an easy to use interface.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9 improves on both areas, and is an essential upgrade, as updates will be stopped for the previous version. If you already have AVG installed it is best to click on the upgrade option when it is offered. If you have never installed it before, this is the download to use. We would recommend disconnecting from the internet during installation as there will a period where there is no protection.

As noted the interface of AVG Free has been improved and it is easier to see what protection AVG is providing and what needs attention via icons in the main part of the screen. Tabs along the left hand side give quick access to important information on updates and ongoing scans.

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Extra features included with AVG Free 9 are basic support for anti-rootkit, an email scanner, the web page LinkScanner, to make sure you avoid malicious websites and more.





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Hackers target Microsoft Windows XP support system
Page last updated at 09:17 GMT, Thursday, 1 July 2010 10:17 UK
E-mail this to a friendPrintable version The bug affects well-established Windows XP operating system
Hi-tech criminals are "escalating" attacks on an unpatched bug in the Windows XP help and support system.

Microsoft said it had seen more than 10,000 machines hit by the attack that, so far, it has not found a fix for.Windows PCs falling victim will have control of that machine handed over to attackers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/10473495.stm

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US Scientists and the National Federation of the Blind are developing a car for the blind and will present a prototype next year.

The vehicle will be fitted with technology that allows a blind person to drive independently, the NFB and Virginia Tech University said.

Non-visual aids include sensors indicating turns in the road via vibrating gloves.

Puffs of compressed air on the face will alert the driver to obstacles.

Other aids to be fitted include a vibrating vest to give feedback on speed and a steering wheel with audio cues and spoken commands indicating the car's direction.

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Last year Virginia Tech turned a beach buggy into an experimental vehicle for blind drivers.

They used sensor lasers and cameras to act as the eyes of the buggy.

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The model to be presented next year will be a modified Ford Escape sport utility vehicle, the NFB announced.

"We're exploring areas that have previously been regarded as unexplorable," said NFB president Marc Maurer.

He added that projects like this car was changing people's perception of the blind.

"We're moving away "from the theory that blindness ends the capacity of human beings to make contributions to society".

Mr Maurer said he started talking about a car for blind drivers ten years ago.

"Some people thought I was crazy," he said.

The prototype is expected be be publicly tested by a blind driver on the Daytona race track in Florida next January.

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Speeds up your computer by optimizing file system. It will defragment files, consolidate free space and move system files to the faster part of the disk.
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PDF-XChange Viewer
Those Wishing to View/Modify or perform simple editing of PDF files on their Windows PC's now have a FREE alternative ! The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/Viewer available. This version also allows users to try the extended functionality offered by the PDF-XChange Viewer 'PRO' in evaluation mode - for free.
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some free anti-spyware programs are listed here:

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/collid...

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The UK is fifth in the worldwide compromised PC rankings
Tenth of UK PCs compromised by hackers
Organisations make it too easy for cyber criminals to compromise their systems, says SecureWorks
Written by David Neal, V3.co.uk
05 Jul 2010
One in 10 PCs in the UK is capable of launching a cyber attack, according to new figures from security vendor SecureWorks.

The firm's study into worldwide security hacks placed the UK fifth overall, with an average of 107 attacks launched per 1,000 computers over a six-month period.

PCs in India ranked the lowest at just 52 out 1,000, while the US came top with 1,600 attacks per 1,000 PCs.

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"The statistics show that a substantial number of vulnerable computers in countries worldwide have been compromised and are being used as bots to launch cyber attacks," said Jon Ramsey, chief technology officer at SecureWorks.

Ramsey warned that computer users often unwittingly make it easy for hackers to access and control their machines.

"The study shows that organisations and individuals are not only putting themselves at risk by not securing their PCs, but are actually providing cyber criminals with a platform to compromise other computers," he said.

Ramsey recommended that users maintain at least a basic level of security, particularly as online banking, shopping, social networking and other sensitive computer activities increase in popularity.

"These include keeping your anti-virus software, web browsers and applications properly up to date and patched, and following safe computer practices such as only opening attachments and downloading programs that you trust," he said.



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Message appears when you're doing too much on your PC
Sort out a low virtual memory problem
Find out what to do if your PC's virtual memory is running out
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06 Jul 2010
Q I still use Windows XP, and a couple of times recently I have had a message that my virtual memory is running low, and that Windows is correcting this. What does this mean, and what can I do to prevent a recurrence?

Roger Williams

A Virtual memory is used by Windows when the ordinary memory on the computer runs out. It does this by creating a special file on the hard disk, called a paging file. This message appears when this file needs to grow.

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It can be safely ignored as Windows shows this message to explain why the PC is acting slowly. It normally happens if you are trying to do too much with the computer but it can indicate a problem with software.

If the message appears when only a single program is running on your computer, check for updates to that program.

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Nexi robot: A matter of trust
July 6, 2010
David DeSteno and MIT's Jin Joo Lee worked with Nexi the robot on the research project. Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.
(PhysOrg.com) -- What can a wide-eyed, talking robot teach us about trust? A lot, according to Northeastern psychology professor David DeSteno, and his colleagues, who are conducting innovative research to determine how humans decide to trust strangers -- and if those decisions are accurate.

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New technology developed by European researchers will allow autonomous underwater vehicles to work together as a team. It increases the scope of submarine applications for autonomous vehicles. Even better, the technology can be retrofitted.
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One could reasonably argue that the ocean floor is composed primarily of surprise. Surprise is the most common finding when scientists investigate some unexplored portion of the sea bed. And the ocean is 90 percent unexplored.
We know more about the surface of the moon than we do of the watery depths. The most advanced alien life form so far encountered by humanity - a species using chemosynthesis, an entirely new metabolic process to create energy, cells and life - was found by Professor Colleen Cavanaugh at a hydrothermal vent in the ocean deep just 30 years ago.
Studying the deep ocean floor like this is cumbersome, expensive and dangerous. The majority of exploration efforts have to employ an autonomous unmanned vehicle (AUV), which works without control cables.
But many AUVs are specialised, they cannot travel far alone and they can only provide a narrow range of data. Moreover, there are few AUVs and the unexplored kilometres of ocean are many.

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Just as regular exercise is good for your health, a regular workout for your hard diskis 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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Hello Mogs!! According to my ISP, there is a major local fault on my line which is stopping me accessing the internet. So if this ends suddenly, you'll know why!!

Your reference to CCleaner, reminds me:

From time to time, I play Lightning Pool on Onemorelevel.com. I've been stuck on level 99 for months and I just can't get past it.

I ran the Cleaner yesterday. Unfortunately, it's removed my Lightning Break scores! So I'll have to start again. Aarggggggggghhhhhhhhh! :0(

But where is the history of such scores stored on my system? I've searched using Lightning Break but have only found the shortbut icon, not the scores. It can't be in the 'temporary internet files' folder because I clean that out regulary and this issue has never happened before.

Does anyone know where I can find that file?

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Thank you, Leendert Kip, for advising that there is a new version of Foxit Reader (v4).

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A zero-day flaw has been found in Windows 2000 and XP
Microsoft investigating Windows 2000 and XP flaw
Secunia sounds warning over boundary error vulnerability
Written by Iain Thomson in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
07 Jul 2010
Danish security firm Secunia has issued an alert over a 'moderately critical' flaw in Windows XP and 2000.

Secunia said in a security advisory that the problem is caused by a boundary error in the CFrameWnd class in mfc42.dll. Exploiting it could allow an attacker to run code execution on a target machine.

"The vulnerability is confirmed in fully patched versions of Windows 2000 Professional SP4 including mfc42.dll version 6.0.9586.0, and Windows XP SP2/SP3 including mfc42.dll version 6.2.4131.0. Other versions may also be affected," said the advisory.

No patch is yet available for the flaw, and Secunia recommends restricting access to applications that allow user-controlled input to be passed to the vulnerable function.

Microsoft said in a Twitter post that it is looking into the problem. "We are investigating reports of a vulnerability in mfc42.dll affecting Windows 2000 and XP. Will update when we have more information," the company said.


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It is getting tougher, requires more and more careful reading during the install of ad-supported software these days. The Foxit reader install is particularly tricky now because after unticking the Make Ask the default and the Set Ask.com as the homepage, one has to click on the Decline button, not the Accept button, which might lead one to think that the Foxit reader is not going to be installed, but its only for the Ask stuff. After Declining, the install of Foxit Reader proceeds, but, then right at the end there is another box to untick so that the Ebay shortcut is not created and placed on the desktop.

Its getting so that one must wade through an install almost like one is dealing with some malware with the potential to infect, but as far as I can see its not Big Brother, its just a couple corporations with a plan..

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(CNN) -- Most of the time, Stacey Schlittenhard finds facial recognition technology to be extremely useful. When she uploads her family photos to the website Picasa, for instance, the program automatically tags her friends and family members. This lets her share the photos easily and saves her hours of organization.
But every now and then, the computer gets things flat wrong.
"Babies," she says. "That's the hardest thing. All babies kind of look alike -- they all have little round faces. If I label one baby as my [2-year-old] son, it will label almost every baby as my son."
In another instance, she said, Google's Picasa thought a lollipop was her friend.
As she uses facial recognition programs, Schlittenhard is coming face to face with a fact that has been troubling computer scientists for decades:

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Dev Channel Update
Friday, July 9, 2010 | 07:24
The Dev channel has been updated to 6.0.458.1 for Windows, Mac and Linux platforms

Stable Channel Update
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Google Chrome 5.0.375.99 has been released to the Stable channel on Linux, Mac, and Windows.



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Don't know how that last Chrome post got duplicated! And no chance to edit either !
Glad you find some of the info useful donald. Not a lot of feedback, other than that the thread itself appears to be popular.

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Blizzard backs down over gamers using real names

By Maggie Shiels
Technology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley


World of Warcraft has more than 11 million monthly subscribers
Following a barrage of criticism, World of Warcraft publisher Blizzard has backed down on the need for gamers to use their real names on its forums.
The firm's about-face comes three days after saying it would introduce the feature as part of its Real ID product.
Blizzard said the intention was to cut down on "flame wars" and heated online arguments started to cause trouble.
Within 24 hours of announcing the plan, Blizzard received more than 1,000 comments, mostly critical.





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For those who don't use the Automatic Update process, here is more on Microsoft's Security Update, due out tomorrow:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin...

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The i386 folder can be used to make a recovery disc
Should you delete the i386 folder?
What should you do with the i386 folder?
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
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Q Why do I have a folder called i386 on my computer? It must have been imported with updates and I think it is intended for a sinister purpose. PC World advised me not to delete it but why I should keep it? It is also quite large.

George Blanchard

A This folder contains all the files that would otherwise be supplied on a Windows disc and can be used to make a disc to recover the computer in the event of a serious problem. We also recommend that you leave this folder alone.

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SOS! Does anyone know where games*** data is stored, please?

**( e.g. your stored scores on an online game such as onemorelevel.com/lightning break pool)

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First time I've had to use the Chrome Help Forum !
My Dev Channel Chrome version 6.0.458.1 has recently started crashing every time I try to sign out of my e mail account.
Anybody got any experience of a similar occurrence? Any help ?
Thanks in anticipation !

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China seeks to reduce Internet users' anonymity
July 13, 2010 By ANITA CHANG , Associated Press Writer
(AP) -- A leading Chinese Internet regulator has vowed to reduce anonymity in China's portion of cyberspace, calling for new rules to require people to use their real names when buying a mobile phone or going online, according to a human rights group.

In an address to the national legislature in April, Wang Chen, director of the State Council Information Office, called for perfecting the extensive system of censorship the government uses to manage the fast-evolving Internet, according to a text of the speech obtained by New York-based Human Rights in China.
China's regime has a complicated relationship with the freewheeling Internet, reflected in its recent standoff with Google over censorship of search results. China this week confirmed it had renewed Google's license to operate, after it agreed to stop automatically rerouting users to its Hong Kong site, which is not subject to China's online censorship.

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Editor's note: Scott Steinberg is the head of technology and video game consulting firm TechSavvy Global, as well as the founder of GameExec magazine and Game Industry TV. He frequently appears as an on-air technology analyst for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and CNN. His most recent book is "Get Rich Playing Games."
(CNN) -- Downloading games straight to your favorite handheld or set-top video game system has quickly emerged as one of the simplest, most wallet-friendly ways to get the most from your gaming dollar.
But while console owners are confined to dedicated online shopping services such as PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and WiiWare, PC owners have a broader selection of virtual vendors from which to pick. Below, you'll find four of my favorites, all of which let you instantly browse, purchase and enjoy hundreds of amazing titles from yesteryear and today without having to get off the couch.


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Mogs ,

Fy sianel Dev Chrome yn rhedeg yn llyfn. Yn fy mhrofiad i, yn parhau yn chwilfriwio fel arfer i lawr i estyniad "/ adia-ar" dod ansefydlogrwydd. Ar un Cooliris pryd oedd yn wobbler mawr, ond nid wyf wedi rhedeg yn ddiweddar.

My Dev channel Chrome is running very smoothly . In my experience , continued crashing is usually down to an "extension/add-on" bringing instability . At one time Cooliris was a major wobbler ; but I haven't run it recently .

Well , at least Google translate did OK with "Dev Chrome" and "Cooliris" ; I'm less sure about a cheese for recently , I mean it's not "Caerphilly" is it now :(((

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Thanks Anthony...yeah I'd read that elsewhere too; about crashing being caused by extentions; and I have recently installed another...so there's a good chance it might be that...I''ll have to look at it more closely. Other than that..when I sign out of my e mail account; it's running like the proverbial (can't think what!)...charm, clock or dream ! Theweather or the Cheddar...Caerphilly..too dry and crumbly...I do like a nice piece of Gruyere !!! All the best mate !

PS. Have since temporarily uninstalled all extentions...still crashing at sign out of e mail account.

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"The thought of all those errors collecting......from my experience, a minimum of about 35 a week....would give me the eebeegeebees and the screaming abdabs...it might even start to affect my typing !!!" Mogs

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I thought about reverting to the Stable or Beta Chrome this morning, but Dev Channel is running superbly in every other way. It would be wrong to consign it to the Recycle bin, when it might not even be it's fault. Then of course Crash Reports are automatically sent...the information may prove to be of value in making Chrome even better in the future. I've decided to live with it for the time being or until the next release. It's not a big headache, as it usually happens when I'm signing out anyrate.

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CNN) -- The Sunday morning service at Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, was humming along with hymns and prayers when something unusual happened.
The lights in the sanctuary suddenly dimmed, and members of the church hushed as they peered at a pulpit shrouded in darkness. The parishioners then erupted in cheers and whistles as Ed Young Sr., the church's senior pastor, emerged from the darkness with a microphone in hand.
"Please be seated, be seated," Young said as he grabbed the Bible. "How are you guys doing today? Doing well?"
Young delivered his sermon, but he couldn't hear or see his congregation respond: He wasn't physically there.
Young's parishioners were instead looking at a high-def video image of their pastor beamed into their sanctuary from a "mother" church in Grapevine, Texas.
Young is part of a new generation of pastors who can be in two places at one time. They are using technology -- high-def videos, and even holograms -- to beam their Sunday morning sermons to remote "satellite" churches that belong to their congregation.

" I thought I'd save this one for reading on Sunday....but then I thought.." No! I don't know if I'll be here to post !" Mogs

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2010, 12:45
OPEN SOURCE WEB BROWSER outfit Mozilla has yanked a Firefox add-on due to security concerns.
The Mozilla Sniffer add-on ended up on the Firefox Add-On Gallery, a showcase for applications that extend the functionality of the popular web browser. The application has since been pulled after it was found out that Mozilla Sniffer was in fact, a keystroke logger.
It should be noted that the insecurity lies with the add-on rather than the browser itself, with Mozilla saying "Uninstalling the add-on stops this behaviour." It also recommends that "Anybody who has installed this add-on should change their passwords as soon as possible."
Mozilla confirm that the application had been downloaded over 1,800 times and apparently 334 users actively participated in furnishing the developer with passwords. The software outfit will be sending out notifications to those who are using it warning of the dangers and urging them to ditch the software.
It represents an embarrassment for Mozilla, which is facing increasing competition in the browser market from Google, Apple, Opera and even Microsoft. Mozilla claims that the keylogger add-on was not vetted by its
engineers prior to being uploaded to its site.
This sorry episode will, hopefully, jolt the Mozilla project's quality control operation into action as Firefox is built on the premise that it provides a secure alternative to the liability that is Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

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The BBC news site has had a bit of a facelift since last I visited !! I like it....but then I began with one channel on my father's first Pilot (OEM) telly.
Those were the days...The Flowerpot Men etcetera....you could still see the strings on some of the puppets !!!
Now I'm a regular visitor , but more than monthly, to the new Beta iPlayer....way back then I was first curious 'bout nature progs....Armand and Michaela Denis....I still tend to watch the Factual progs...but so much choice !!

Very little advertising Maurice !!! Ha!

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Well,as you can see Anthony; had to give up on the Dev for now. The crashes increased and at the last, it was crashing at load. I noticed what seemed to be a couple of strange things, whilst trying to resolve...in About Chrome it was showing the Dev version no. but with beta after the number. Checked with the release site and couldn't verify it ! After that I cleared it out with Revo and tried the Stable version....that was crashing too. Now, I've reverted to the beta with no problems at all, apart from the fact that all my bookmarks are in a mess !!
What's it like in France ?!

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Got the Dev back today, hooray....I'd gotten so used to some aspects of it; I didn't sleep too well last night !!! Got the James White theme...just for a change...the one I had previously isn't available. Had the space vehicle for a while....with the "if it fails" scribble....quite liked that.

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Sophos finds malware vulnerability in Windows
Malware appears designed to exploit how Windows handles .LNK shortcut files
Written by Dinah Greek, Computeractive
16 Jul 2010
Sophos is reporting a vulnerability in Windows that will allow malicious software to run automatically on a PC even if Windows Autoplay and Autorun features have been disabled.

The security company said the Stuxnet rootkit can install itself automatically from a USB memory stick even if a PC is fully patched.



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Mozilla raises its bug bounty

$3,000 available for bounty hunters
By David Neal
Fri Jul 16 2010, 15:40
OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE HOUSE Mozilla has upped the bounty it offers to anyone that discovers a bug in its software.
In a blog post Mozilla said that the evolving threat landscape had lead it to raise its reward to $3,000 in order to "better support constructive security research".
The security bounty program was launched in 2004, and according to Lucas Adamski, director of security engineering at Mozilla, the financial reward is not the only thing that has changed.
"A lot has changed in the 6 years since the Mozilla program was announced, and we believe that one of the best way to keep our users safe is to make it economically sustainable for security researchers to do the right thing when disclosing information," he explained.

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Firefox 4 Beta 2 is coming soon

Tabs on top for Mac OS X
By Spencer Dalziel
Fri Jul 16 2010, 12:17
MOZILLA IS GOING to put out Firefox 4 Beta 2 next week, it claims.
The Firefox 4 team released Beta 1 in the first week in July and must have been beavering away like, er, beavers to get this done. It posted a set of meeting notes online with a notice schedule to have Firefox 4 Beta 2 shipped around 22 July.
The discussion points around Beta 2 involved the Add-Ons Manager UI, CSS transitions and the fact there are currently too many blockers.
However the biggest talking point is the new tabs system. Firefox 4 will include the same tabs on top interface for Mac OS X users that Mozilla gave Windows punters a couple of weeks ago.
Most Firefox users will be happy with the change and other web browsers have done a similar tab system. But Mozilla's Alex Faaborg was forced to put together a short video to keep some disgruntled Firefox fans happy.
Faaborg said the tabs are on top because that best suits web applications.
"Recently modern browsers have been transitioning to placing tabs on top, and that decision isn't arbitrary, it isn't about fashion," he insisted.
"The change to placing tabs on top isn't about one browser versus another browser, it's about the evolution of the Web as a platform."

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Hi;

It has been suggested that I might come to this thread to offer suggestions, tip and experiences of mine. As I have no topic of my own, might someone suggest one?

In the mean time the only remotely technical tip that comes to mind is this:

If enjoying a joke on the R&C thread, be certain to have any open work on your computer saved. If the joke is really, really good, you run the risk of kicking the plug out of the outlet, crashing your computer and loosing your unsaved work.


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I've run your last post thro' my planctum-filtering whale's brain Fred....try as I may, I just can't see the joke this time....I really don't think it's your best effort.

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all this is food for thought. I would add though that Post/View ratio (see Relax & Chat) is the wrong way to judge any thread.

For example:

PSI Auto-Update Technology Preview 30 posts / 5099 views

Windows Firewall: 32 posts / 443 views

and, if these fact are correct:

Acrobat Reader / Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities 10 posts / 13,777 views!

In my humble opinion, the low ratios do not mean that the threads concerned are irrevant/uninportant etc. Far from it.

Between them, Relax & Chat and Off-Topic have had over 1300 views in just over a fortnight. Mogs' excellent "breaking news/latest news" aren't really intended to result in a post - it's simply to keep members up to date.

Having said that, both he & I recognise that the threads should continue to evolve and improve. To help us achieve that we need members' input so thank you all for that. More input from more members please!

Suggestions have been made to Secunia so . . . watch this space!

Copy posted in Off-Topic.

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If you were laughing so hard as to not notice you unplugged your computer by kicking your feet? Never mind. Just trying to lighten the mood.


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the real joke, Fred, is that we never know if our jokes posted here make people laugh, cry or angry! Have a good weekend.

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Adobe updates Flash against security flaw - but watch out for the extras
Last week's security warnings are obviated by the new download - but mind you don't get saddled with unwanted anti-virus on the way
Following last week's warnings about a serious security vulnerability in Flash, Adobe has posted version 10.1 of its player - which seems to fix the vulnerability. If you're using Flash (and that's pretty much everyone except you iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad users), then you should update.

There's some explanation of how to do that too at Microsoft's Clubhouse ("the place to have some fun by showing others what you know about Windows and to learn new tricks and tips every day" - no exclamation mark included, apparently). There we note some of the sneakier stuff involved in getting you to update your system:

"If you use the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, be careful to UNCHECK the box shown below. It is not needed for the Flash Player update!"


Flash update pushes McAfee unless you untick the box. Classy.
Sneaky, that - trying to get you to install McAfee Security Scan Plus when all you actually want is an update of Flash.

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Microsoft confirms 'nasty' Windows zero-day bug
But it won't patch the vulnerability for Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000

By Gregg Keizer
July 17, 2010 04:25 PM ETComments (3)Recommended (10)

Computerworld - Microsoft on Friday warned that attackers are exploiting a critical unpatched Windows vulnerability using infected USB flash drives.

The bug admission is the first that affects Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) since Microsoft retired the edition from support, researchers said. When Microsoft does fix the flaw, it will not be providing a patch for machines still running XP SP2. Read more at :- http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9179299/Mic...





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By Jonathan Fildes
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The original experiment let children interact with a PC via a hole in a wall
A 10-year experiment that started with Indian slum children being given access to computers has produced a new concept for education, a conference has heard.

Professor Sugata Mitra first introduced children in a Delhi slum to computers in 1999.

He has watched the children teach themselves - and others - how to use the machines and gather information.

Follow up experiments suggest children around the world can learn complex tasks quickly with little supervision.

"I think we have stumbled across a self-organising system with learning as an emergent behaviour," he told the TED Global (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.


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just out of interest, is what is shown in the Opera Browser & Avant Browser threads (links below), real codes?

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/478...

and

http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/479...

As I said, just out of interest - I've neither the inclination, personality nor knowledge to be a hacker!

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Hi taffy.
I was rather surprised that your posts didn't generate any response this morning from Emil/Morten....if only to allay any fears and clarify. Maybe the content is still being examined ?

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on 19th Jul, 2010 19:32, taffy078 wrote:
just out of interest, is what is shown in the Opera Browser & Avant Browser threads (links below), real codes?...

Java script:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaScript

You'll just have to read for yourself. Way to much info to explain here, I don't get it all either. I have only the briefest understanding of this subject.

Spoofing:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spoofing_attack

Evidently, the address bar of these browsers is 'spoofed', redirecting from your URL that you typed in to an unwanted one. Presumably to cause harm or steal information.

Some of Pouya Daneshmand's other work:
> http://www.hack0wn.com/profile.php?author=Pouya%20...
> http://osvdb.org/creditees/4864-pouya-daneshmand

Evidently, Pouya Daneshmand, is a known researcher, that is a new poster to our forum. He has come into the picture recently. Without alot of research, it appears his published work is less than two years old. Unless you have personal knowledge of Mr. Daneshmand's work, caution is advised.

You always should use caution when 'testing' exploits and never on a 'live' machine, never connected to a network, only on a test bed (one that is used for anything besides testing exploits, for that matter).

No doubt, caveat emptor regarding this.


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Fred - I've just searched on BING *** for Pouya Daneshmand. He seems to have discovered quite a few vulnerabilities but Bing, Norton & WOT again all show many of the sites where he's quoted as being unsafe/a danger.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=Pouya+Daneshmand&src=...

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Hi taf;

The short answer is they are.

Not intentionally, of course. The codes & scripts on their pages are the 'nasties' us normal people do everything in our power to avoid. Also, stop to think, these are the whistle blowers or (to use a modern term) the narcs. If hackers want to 'get' anyone it is these folks. Their web sites 'could' be dangerous.

Another thing to consider, is someone breaking a hack or causing a hack? These people know more about some programs (like these browsers, for example) than the people who wrote the code in the first place. There have been instances in the past where the person breaking the hack started it. Quite a grey area.

This is a couple of reasons I advise, unless you are an expert or have special knowledge of one of these guys, leave their work alone. Don't even think of trying it on your own machine.


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Adobe to beef up PDF security with Reader sandboxing
Will isolate processes in Reader 10 later this year to block malware execution

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July 20, 2010 11:00 AM ETComments (2)Recommended (2)

Computerworld - Adobe Systems Inc. today announced that it will harden the next version of its popular Reader PDF viewer, a frequent target of attacks, by adding "sandboxing" technology to the software.

Sandboxing, perhaps best known for its use in Google Inc.'s Chrome browser, isolates processes from one another and the rest of the machine, preventing or hindering malicious code from escaping an application to wreak havoc or infect the computer.

Previously, security experts had said that sandboxing Reader would be a smart move by Adobe as it struggled to lock down the program and prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited by hackers.

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thank you, Mogs, for your interesting & very relevant post about Adobe Reader.

If it turns out to be 100% effective, it should eliminate many of the problems raised weekly in PSI.

Until it's hacked again, of course!

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Tue Jul 20 2010, 13:31
DELL HAS LAUNCHED A tailored version of Firefox 3.6 that it claims will make for safer web browsing.
Dell teamed up with system management company Kace to build its virtualised version of Firefox and imaginatively titled it Secure Browser.
In theory, Dell's Secure Browser contains any downloaded malware within the browser itself, which should keep the OS and hardware secure. You see, it does what it says on the tin. This means it's easier to clean up a vulnerable system as Secure Browser effectively resets the software state with an undo function.
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How to get rid of OpinionSpy / PremierOpinion's spyware from your Mac
The newly-discovered adware - though it's really spyware - takes root permissions and relaunches if you kill it. Nasty. (updated)

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If you've ever seen this screen, you've got the PremierOpinion spyware on your machine. Here's how to remove it.

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Twitter 'funniest video' link hides malware threat
Scores of zombie accounts on the social network are being used to try to install a banking and keylogging Trojan - and many have fallen victim already. Read the full article at :- http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/may...









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Microsoft on Tuesday said that hackers could exploit the unpatched Windows shortcut vulnerability using drive-by download attacks that would trigger an infection when people simply surf to a malicious Web site.

A noted vulnerability researcher today confirmed that such attacks are possible.

In the revised security advisory published yesterday Microsoft acknowledged the new attack vector.

"An attacker could also set up a malicious Web site or a remote network share and place the malicious components on this remote location," the company said in the advisory. "When the user browses the Web site using a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or a file manager such as Windows Explorer, Windows will attempt to load the icon of the shortcut file, and the malicious binary will be invoked."


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AVG continues to be one of the most popular free antivirus programs available on the internet and it maintains this position with a combination of effective protection and an easy to use interface.

AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition 9 improves on both areas, and is an essential upgrade, as updates will be stopped for the previous version. If you already have AVG installed it is best to click on the upgrade option when it is offered. If you have never installed it before, this is the download to use. We would recommend disconnecting from the internet during installation as there will a period where there is no protection



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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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A cleaner fan may help your laptop run faster
How do I clean dust from my laptop fan?
Dust and debris can sometimes be the cause of a computer running slowly
Written by Computeractive staff, Computeractive
22 Jul 2010
After a few years I noticed my laptop getting slower and slower. I tried everything from clean-up programs to a complete wipe and re-install.

It was only when I finally listened to the increased noise from the fans that I realised what the problem was. I noticed that when the fan kicked in the computer slowed down to a halt.

I removed the one little screw to take off the fan cover and discovered that it was blocked by dust. A little blowing and a little brushing was all it took to restore my computer speed.

I suppose that the CPU was overheating before. Not only is my computer faster but it is also much quieter as the fan does not have to spin as fast as it did before.

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I was always reticent 'bout installing any other security prog, other than my paid for system: always afraid of engendering possible conflicts between some diversities or aspects of them. Recently tho', with the ever increasing threat/levels, I decided to look at the matter again.
As I've chronicled elsewhere on the forum before, I'd had a chance to observe how Threatfire behaved in conjunction with AVG Free; on my son in law's pc...even dodgy sites don't seem to have inhibited it's efficiency !! As I'd first seen in the product claims....they seem to enhance and compliment each others performance. I've since found the same thing to be true on my own set-up. Mogs The following description is taken from:-http://www.majorgeeks.com/PC_Tools_ThreatFire_d519...
ThreatFire Free Edition is an application designed to protect your computer against malware such as trojans, spyware, rootkits, keyloggers, and buffer overflows by intelligently detecting and blocking behavior consistent with that of malware.

ThreatFire uses advanced patent-pending technology to detect signs of malicious behavior commonly used by malware threats. ThreatFire is unlike traditional antivirus products that rely on old fashioned "signature" technology and require updating every time a new threat occurs.

By constantly monitoring the activity on your PC ThreatFire's ActiveDefense technology is able to hunt down and paralyze threats that are too new or too clever to be recognized by traditional security software.

ThreatFire employs an intelligent behavioral engine to only alert you on truly malicious behavior, because sometimes even legitimate software may look malicious. This means you are only alerted when you really need to be.

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Are any of the forums you visit powered by vBulletin software?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-10714192

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are you using PSI Auto-Update?

Did you know that there is a new version - v1.9.0.2?

See http://secunia.com/community/forum/thread/show/482...

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Taffy ,

Just tried to post to your TP thread but you locked it too quickly !!!

Secunia have a very good record with Beta's etc (I have tried them all since the PSI was first offered - only one significant hiccup when the .exe refused to stop/uninstall ; took Secunia a couple of days to fix it , but no damage to me or the PC :))

However , as the "sticky" has gone you might want to post a link to it when you suggest people update to TP 1.9.0.2 (like you did above) otherwise you may have to answer to irate Europeans who have lost their version of Ff for a cleaned up version in English or some such annoyance !!

Otherwise , with the odd exception , be very careful , as Maurice Joyce said , run Beta's and more so Alpha"s on your test rig :) To quote you - Caveat emptor , the software maybe free , but there are no free lunches :(((

As wr says "...read the instructions"

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excellent advice, Anthony. Thank you.

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The personal details of several Kiwi celebrities have been released by hackers as proof they have cracked Hell Pizza's customer database.

Private information including passwords, email and home addresses, phone numbers - plus pizza orders - have fallen into the hands of the anonymous cyber hackers.

Hell have called in police and it has raised fears that they could access the personal details of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders.

The company warned its 230,000 customers to change their internet passwords in an email on Friday night.

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schedule for Chrome
Google steps up Chrome release schedule
New version of browser promised every six weeks
Written by Shaun Nichols in San Francisco, V3.co.uk
24 Jul 2010
Google has sped up the release schedule for its Chrome web browser.

The company said that it would be reducing the time between updates by half, delivering a new stable version of the browser every six weeks.



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Perhaps it was only a matter of time. But wireless security researchers say they have uncovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, which is the strongest form of Wi-Fi encryption and authentication currently standardized and available.

Malicious insiders can exploit the vulnerability, named "Hole 196" by the researcher who discovered it at wireless security company AirTight Networks. The moniker refers to the page of the IEEE 802.11 Standard (Revision, 2007) on which the vulnerability is buried.

10 of the worst moments in network security history

Hole 196 lends itself to man-in-the-middle-style exploits, whereby an internal, authorized Wi-Fi user can decrypt, over the air, the private data of others, inject malicious traffic into the network and compromise other authorized devices using open source software, according to AirTight Read more at:- http://www.topix.com/tech/computer-security/2010/0...



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CCleaner 2.34
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Written by Chris Wiles/Tim Smith, V3.co.uk

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Thank you for the Firefox note, Mogs (now v.3.6.8).

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This is the software publisher's description.

SpeedFan allows you to have a deeper view of the status of your computer. Almost every computer includes support for hardware monitoring. Accessing digital temperature sensors is really useful. If you are trying to figure out why your pc hangs when under heavy load or after some hours of usage, SpeedFan might help you to find the real cause. Very often it is a poor power supply, or an improperly installed heatsink that lead to behaviours that we tend to associate with errors from the operating system, but that are not. SpeedFan automatically searches your computer for interesting chips: the hardware monitor chips.



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SIW (System Information for Windows) shows (almost?) everything about Windows. I am amazed at the amount of info. It's portable too, just install to thumb drive. If you want to know something about your computer that Windows controls, this is it. http://www.gtopala.com/ (Credit Anthony for tip.)

Piriforms' Speccy is a handy utility that shows important data, like the internal temp of the CPU & VPU. It will tell you at a glance the important stuff. http://www.piriform.com/speccy

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