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I decided to uninstall Opera browser.  So I uninstalled from the Apps page in Settings (Windows 10-64bit)

I don't use it, and it had developed an annoying habit of showing up running in Task Manager uncalled, and some weird little Opera helper icon had started displaying on the task bar near the clock.  Unacceptable behavior, Opera!  It had to go.

The Opera folder is still in  Windows(C): Program files (x86) and still contains an .exe file. 
The rest of the folders just hold one debug file each.

It doesn't seem wise to leave an .exe just laying around.  But maybe its not a big deal?   Can I delete the whole Opera folder safely? 

I'm sure there are other remnants hanging out in various places, but I don't mind if they are not vulnerable.

Maybe this little discovery will help someone.

Its been 2 years since I moved away from FireFox.  I  just couldn't figure out why it kept maxing out my CPU and memory and crashing.  Disabling all my many addons had no effect.  I tried all the remedies I could find to no avail and eventually gave up. 

So about a week ago, I started having slow loading issues with Palemoon.  Palemoon has always crashed occasionally for no apparent reason, but the slow page loading is a new thing.  Its generally been lean and mean in that area.  So recently it was sometimes taking 2 minutes to load a page, and then even after the content appeared, the page kept loading.   

Frustration level got too high a couple days ago, so I fired up FireFox again just to see where it was at, and sure ran for a short time and then started overloading my resources.  I found an obscure reddit post that mentioned the performance settings and how they should be related to the capacity of your RAM and your processor set up.    The performance settings are set to 8 processes by default.  The poster mentioned that you should limit the number to match how many cores your machine has if your RAM is less than 8gigs.   Well, mine is 4GB and I have a dual core processor, so I changed my content process limit to 2 and  removed limits on the memory handling. I had apparently set those to a finite number in past efforts to fix the overloading issues.

The effect was immediate.  From running at 1200MB memory or more, it dropped to about 500-600MB.  That's still twice what Palemoon runs at, but it seems an acceptable level for my machine.   All of a sudden, I could browse again with normal page load times.  Pale moon is still misbehaving, but I'll leave that for another discussion.

You can find the FireFox performance settings on the general page of your tools > options menu.  You have to uncheck the default box to see the options.

I saw an ad for PCmatic anti-virus, and it said their product (since its whitelist only) can be used to protect a Windows XP machine.

Is that correct?  And if so, is it adequate protection?  We have an old XP that it would be nice to use for our magic jack connection so I didn't have to plug it into my tower.  Would it be safe to use an XP machine for that purpose?

General Software News, Updates & Discussions / Windows 10 mail app
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:42:58 AM »
I've about had it with Yahoo mail forcing me to disable my adblocker to read my mail.  Are they serious?  I wouldn't mind allowing sane adds, but their adds are the flashing, ever-revolving kind and way too annoying to abide for even a short visit.   I could revert to basic mail, but I think I might want to just move on, even though my whole internet history is represented in my Yahoo archives.  I'd rather do that than give in to their bullying tactics.

I was thinking of trying the mail app packaged with Windows 10.  Wondering if anyone here uses it and what you like and don't like about it.  I'm assuming it imports email from your addresses like Outlook or Thunderbird. If I'm wrong on that, please set me straight.

So here is my sad tale:

Was on a 3 person video call when I tried to add a 4th caller.   Skype made a crunching sound, didn't add the call, I lost video (but not voice) to the other callers,  and a few seconds later Skype crashed.

When I tried to re-open Skype, I got the initial screen and a loading animation that never resolved.

I downloaded the latest Skype installer from the Skype website and  tried uninstalling and reinstalling several times to no avail.  I did a system health check on Windows that found no problems.  Then  I  let the Windows December update install and then tried to install Skype again with the same result.    I did not try installing an earlier version of Skype because I wasn't sure where to get a safe download.

I installed and have been using the Skype app from the Microsoft store in the meantime.  However, the video reception on my end is not working  (person on the other end is seeing my camera pic just fine), and the voice quality is lacking, so  I'd like to get the desktop version working again if possible.

What I'm thinking is that the uninstall left some remnants but I don't know how to remove those safely, and whether I need to uninstall the Skype App before attempting another reinstall of the desktop version.

Thank you for any help! Computer specs in signature.

I saw the notice about the new version being out. 

Was wondering, though....if I have MalwareBytes Pro and Windows Defender operating on my Windows 10  PC, do I really need to keep Spyware Blaster running?    It seems like both programs include real time spyware protection now.  So maybe SWB is redundant?  Or does it do different stuff unique to itself?

For those that are still using older Windows system versions:

Any “future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe,” Microsoft said Tuesday in a  blog post.

The flaw affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. It also affects Windows 2003 and Windows XP—older versions of Windows that Microsoft doesn’t typically patch. But, in a sign of the severity of the bug, Microsoft released XP and Windows 2003 patches as well.

Web News / Outlook, MSN, Hotmail breached
« on: April 15, 2019, 02:07:10 PM »
Hackers compromised Microsoft’s web-based email services, including accounts and MSN and Hotmail addresses, for months by using a customer support agent’s credentials.

Apparently this has been fixed.  Supposedly, passwords were not exposed.  You can believe that, or just change your password anyway. :)

I thought I'd give the F.B. Purity app a try to see if it would help facebook load faster.

Bad idea.

Once I installed the app and enabled it, I could not load the FB page in Edge browser.  Also, I could no longer open the Windows start panel.  Although right-click opened the menu, none of the links were operational, so I could not get to settings or anywhere else to uninstall the app.

After a restart, I was able to use the start menu again and uninstall the app.

I've since found that I may have been able to uninstall the app using the File > New task function in Task Manager, which still was operational as I used it to kill Edge, which was still running after I closed the window.

However, I just wanted to ask if this is something that has happened to others, is it an expected app malfunction, or am I "special" ?  :)

On one of my banking sites, there is a security feature that lets you see what devices have logged into your account.

I normally have accessed that account from FireFox browser.  However, today, I logged in via Pale Moon browser. Same computer, by the way.

All my previous logins were listed as  Windows NT 10.

The login from Pale Moon was listed as

 Windows NT 6.1  (which is basically Win 7, my previous version before updating to 10)

Not sure what exactly that means, but I thought it was interesting.

I just ran across this on the Mozilla page of DSLreports:

Mozilla AMO hosts legacy add-ons and WebExtensions currently; going forward, Mozilla wants to purge legacy add-ons from the site as those are no longer compatible with any supported version of the Firefox web browser.

I'm thinking this is going to be a problem for Pale Moon users.

Security Software Programs / MalwareBytes is flagging a site as Riskware
« on: August 22, 2018, 09:12:27 PM »
MBAM is blocking this as a Riskware site.
Does anyone know if it is safe to make a webexclusion for that address?  It seems to be a free image host, but not one I am familiar with.

In trying to scan a file with MalwareBytes today, I noticed it didn't work, and the icon was gone from the task bar.
When I tried to open it, I got an error message:
mbam.exe System Error
The code execution cannot proceed beacuse mbcut.dll was not found. Reinstalling the program may fix this problem.
I read something online that suggested not to use the Windows control panel to remove, but use the MBAM tool. 

At this point, I realized I needed the expert help of the Landzdown wizards.
I did restart my computer (which also installed this months Windows Updates successfully), but the problem was the same after the restart.

Windows Defender is on patrol and MBAM is not listed in startups.  But I noticed that  Scotty's icons was missing along with MBAM before the restart.   Its kind of odd, because I opened the WinPatrol console shortly before all this happened for the first time in a long time.   Scotty is  back now though.

So, how do I proceed? 

Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version   10.0.17134 Build 17134

I'm not sure where to start on this problem, but my resources are being maxed out by either FireFox or Windows system since the last Windows update (or maybe the last Firefox update, not sure)

The Windows Defender antimalware service executable is sometimes involved as well, and System.  And sometimes even Task Manager.  But what happens is that the hard drive starts grinding and then  keeps working constantly and applications respond slowly or not at all.
I tried turning of multi-process in FireFox but that didn't completely solve the issue, so I turned it back on.  I also made an exception for Windows Defender because it was recommended in a microsoft article about Defender hogging resources  to stop Defender from being in a scanning loop. Apparently there was a problem with one of the windows updates that caused this issue for some.
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MsMpEng.exe 
So you can let me know if I need to remove this exception before going forward with any other changes.
I can sometimes restart FireFox and its fine for a while, and other times I restart and its overloaded from the time it opens.
I tried browsing with Opera to day and  didn't experience any problems for about an hour and then there was a surge of activity that slowed things down again.  So now I'm not sure its totally FireFox related. Maybe just browsing with any engine related.
I'm hoping this is something simple. (as is always my hope. :) )

My computer is on a home network, and once PWGuy's computer updated, our connected printer stopped working.

It sends the document to the print queue, and the printer makes a response noise, but then does not go on to print the document.

I thought maybe it would be solved when I updated my computer, but the problem persists.

My printer is a Xerox WorkCentre 3215.   

I also got a notice after the update installed  that our home group was deleted.  I was able to set up a sharing folder, but I will probably need help to get his machine to share the printer again.
I ran the troubleshooter, and again as administrator,  but it said it could not identify any problems.
Hoping it is something simple that I'm missing.  Computer info in my signature has been updated today.  Thanks for any help.

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