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Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Old dog - new trick
« on: August 11, 2019, 04:13:01 PM »
There is a saying in the US, that you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
This old dog learned a new trick and so did her husband!

My husband is on the Zoning Board and gets attachments with files for the upcoming hearings. Lately he has been getting the attachment as a winmail.dat file.
I spent time trying to find out what this was. Apparently it comes from a malformed Outlook account. We don't have Outlook and haven't downloaded email to our computers in 20 years.
My husband did inform the officer that he can't open the attachment he sends. That got him nowhere.

The two previous months I went to a website, uploaded the file and the site converted the attachment into its pdf and jpeg components. I then had to put them into a folder, put the folder on a USB stick and place the folder on my husband's computer. That gets tiresome if you have to do this each month or oftener.

Last night I went searching for a program that could open winmail.dat files. I found two. I downloaded the first one (from 2011). It was small and seemed easy to use from the screenshot. Ah, it works. My husband has 2 ways to open these files: a) right click and select open with Winmail Reader or b) open the program from the shortcut and drag the file into the left pane.

Program he is now using:

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Outlook via web site
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:06:29 PM »
I only view my Outlook account through the website about twice a month. Today I get a blank white page in both Palemoon and FF ESR. I read a very old thread that opening a private browsing window might fix it. It did not. In Palemoon, I'm signed in so the bookmark takes me to my inbox. In FF, I got the signin page but as soon as I entered my username then password in another window, the inbox never showed and I got a blank white page.

I fired up Vivaldi and was finally able to get to my inbox.

Any idea what I need to do to get PM working?

Security Software Programs / Malwarebytes new version 3.8.3 - WAIT
« on: July 08, 2019, 05:54:09 PM »
You might want to wait to install this. There are quite a few people with lifetime licenses that have major problems.

My laptop updated yesterday and I had zero problems. (I have 5 lifetime licenses all in use. I know exactly which license is on each computer.)

This morning I decided to check for updates on my desktop computer. I now have all sorts of problems.
1. I could not activate my lifetime license.
2. I then decided to restore an image I made June 17th. It restored fine but MBAM was the older version and still showed Trial version.
3. I signed up for My Account hoping to get more support than I've gotten on the forum.
4. I downloaded the new version as told on the My support site but when I press the activate button, the malwarebytes support assistant fails to launch and it tells me activation failed and to try manually.  (Yes, I've tried manually 6 - 12 times with the same failure.)
5. Help at the forum told me to deactivate the license and reboot. I did that and now I have the Free rather than the 2 week trial version so I have all protection off.
6. They also want you to download a support tool. The problem with that is that it requires .NET 4. This is not installed on three of the four Win 7 computers and with about 6 months remaining, I'm not about to install .NET 4 and do several years of patching.

I've decided not to update the other two Win 7 computers for fear that they will have the same issues.

Security Alerts & Briefings / Adobe flash March 2019
« on: March 13, 2019, 05:06:07 PM »
This is for Win 7 users who don't get updates as Windows 8.1 and 10 do.
For IE:
Code: [Select]
For anyone who uses a browser other than IE, Edge or Chrome
Code: [Select]

Security Software Programs / MBAM 3.7.1 notes
« on: February 07, 2019, 01:38:06 PM »
I installed the new version on one computer. I'm always hesitant because I've had problems in the past.
Before I checked, I opened the information and wrote down the key just in case there would be an issue.

In the dashboard, I click on Settings then in the window that opens, I click on Install Application Updates. It looked, found the new version and downloaded it. Then the popup about a new version waiting to be installed. It closed itself and installed the new version. So far, no problems.

Internet / question about addon/extension
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:45:55 PM »
I have a legacy extension in Palemoon called HTTPS everywhere.
I also have the same addon HTTPS in FF ESR, using the new extension system.

My question is this: Do I really need this extension? I'm trying to figure out if all newer browsers enforce https rather than a simple http?

Security Software Programs / Question about SpywareBlaster
« on: January 22, 2019, 12:55:18 PM »
I updated it this morning, even though I rarely use IE, I still want to get as much protection as possible.
For quite a few years only a few things were added monthly for IE. In January 2020 support for IE on Windows 7 will drop. Windows 8.1 will continue to be patched until January 2023 but only hold about 2% of the market share.

I'm wondering if SpywareBlaster will continue until 2023 or stop at 2020. If anyone reads anything about the future of the program, please post links.

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.

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