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Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday Dr M!
« on: December 26, 2018, 01:29:08 PM »
I had to see at Sysnative that today is your birthday. Have a Great Birthday!

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / cab files
« on: December 15, 2018, 12:35:51 PM »
I was reading a thread at another forum and a cab file was involved.
I avoid cab (short for cabinet) files because I don't know what to do with them.

So, my question is: how does one "extract" the files from a cab file?

General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Karenware Power Tool news
« on: December 10, 2018, 11:32:00 AM »
For those that knew the late Karen Kenworthy and used her small, but very useful programs, her programs are slowly being updated thanks to Joe Winett.
One of the latest is WhoIS; this program finds out who owns a domain name and when the registration expires.
I used to use that program  a lot - years ago.

Here is the new version

Internet / Outlook webmail
« on: August 18, 2018, 01:56:38 PM »
refuses to load. Anyone else seeing a problem?

General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Another cleaner
« on: February 21, 2018, 01:42:38 PM »
I just read about PrivaZer today.

Has anyone tried this? If so, I'm curious about feedback.

Win 7 32 bit Home Premium with 4 GB of RAM installed since 2013.

Sometime earlier this month (could it have been after I installed the updates on Feb. 6th?), I noticed this computer had slowed down. I'm seeing the circle a lot more than I used to on everything I do.
Then I stumbled across something that is puzzling me. My RAM is listed as 4GB installed. Previously it said 3.2GB usable; it now says 2.75GB usable. Well that explains the slowdown but not what happened to the "missing" RAM.

Here's what I've done so far to try and correct this.
1. Looked in boot tab of msconfig under advanced options to be sure Maximum Memory was not selected.
2. Looked in HKLM\System\Current Control Set\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management and changed Clear Page File at Shutdown  (default 0)  to 1 then 2 and finally back to 0.
3. Ran memTest86 from a bootable USB stick. No errors.
4. Looked over all the options in the BIOS to see if there was anything like Memory Mapping. There wasn't.
I did note that it said slot A has 2048MB of RAM, slot 2 has 2048 MB of RAM and the total is 4096MB of RAM.
5. Opened up the case. Removed both sticks of RAM. Thoroughly cleaned out the case, fans, and RAM slots. Reseated the RAM. No change in the usable memory.

Any ideas on what else I need to do to figure out where my usable RAM went?

I will probably restore my Feb. 6th image to see if that changes anything. I installed 3 January updates on the 6th: since the CPU is AMD, I installed 4073578, to prevent BSOD with January patches on AMD computers, Security only rollup 4056897 and Cum. IE Security 4056568

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Crypto Mining
« on: February 12, 2018, 02:48:19 PM »
After reading what happened in the UK

my question is: Is there a site or some software that I can use to test that my computer has not been corralled to mine crypto currency?

Security Alerts & Briefings / Spectre and Meltdown in a nutshell
« on: January 05, 2018, 12:55:27 PM »
Woody Leonhard pointed to this blog post which helped me understand these 2 newly discovered threats.

Security Software Programs / MS Security Essentials
« on: January 15, 2017, 08:20:38 PM »
I'm not sure how many still use this program. I use it on four Windows 7 computers but will be removing it at least on my desktop computer.

Here's what my update history looks like since January 7th

The two hour updates while I'm using the desktop or while I'm away but the computer is on are chocking the update history. All I see are these definition updates. With 5 to 7 arriving every day, searching for real updates I've installed takes a lot of scrolling.

Unfrotunately, I think when I remove MS Security Essentials all the updates will stay in the history.

If anyone knows a way to blast them off once I've uninstalled MS Security Essentials, please share.

Web News / .NET 3.5.1 October security patch
« on: October 12, 2016, 10:15:02 PM »
Thankfully someone at Woody's site found a download for both 32 bit and 64 bit patches
click the download link and you will be presented with both versions. Since I run both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 computers, I downloaded both.

Now to see if I can find something for .NET 4.5.1which one computer runs.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Windows Patch
« on: August 13, 2016, 01:54:11 PM »
Yesterday I was offered a "new" patch on one of the four Win 7 computers. When looking at the info, it said it came out Thursday 11 Aug 2016.
The patch is for .NET 4.5.2 and is KB3135996.

I clicked the more information link. It came out in March 2016 and from my history, it was installed then. It was re-released in May but I was not offered this patch.

The only info I can find in the past week on the patch seem to be in Chinese or Japanese sites. I didn't go to any of them.

Has anyone else been offered this patch?

I'm not installing it until I can find more up to date information on an English language site.

Meet & Greet! / Happy Birthday, Corrine
« on: August 04, 2016, 02:24:57 PM »
May your day include lots of cake, ice cream, candy and of course, roses!

In a few days my Aspire One 722 will be 5 years old. It has Acer Instant Updater which has NEVER given me any indication that it was running until I removed activex flash from all the computers.
On this netbook, at least once a day I'd get a popup about installing the latest flash version. There was no way to close the popup. It had one button to install and that was it.

I went into services and found Live Update Service which was set to manual. I disabled the service and still the popups continued. grrrr I really didn't want to install flash again for IE.

I complained to frapper who also owns a 722 and he suggested I look in WinPatrol and CCleaner to see if anything showed. I didn't find anything in WinPatrol but CCleaner showed some Acer Updater in the startup section. I disabled that and hope this solves the problem.

It's interesting because I have an Aspire V5 model too and this popup has not appeared on that netbook.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Adobe Flash
« on: July 19, 2016, 12:52:10 PM »
I'm not ready to remove it completely. In fact i used it this morning. I get a series of newletters and videos (posted up to YouTube) on caring for my Orchids.

I'd like to uninstall just for Internet Explorer. I  have it completely disabled there and only fire up IE to test if sites have problems.

Has anyone uninstalled the flash activex while letting the plugin for non-IE browsers alone?
If I use Adobe's flash removal tool does it remove activex and the plugin?

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Flash
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:34:04 PM »
I update flash on 5 computers, both the activex and the plugin.

On one of the five computers since the last update, on December 28th,  when it is finished installing, I get a black window with no options on how I want to do future updates. I only have the choice to click the Done button or close the window with the X in the right hand corner.

I do that then I fire up WinPatrol Explorer and discover that flash has added "check for updates" to the schedule. I delete that using WinPatrol.

I'd rather not have to do this on one computer for every flash update. I just updated activex a few minutes ago and had to use WinPatrol to kill the scheduled task.

Do you think I should uninstall flash the start with a new install?

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