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Security Software Programs / Don't know how to answer this MBAM query
« on: June 03, 2021, 08:44:38 PM »
Just updated MBAM premium and got this pop up on my Edge browser that has had the MBAM browser guard installed for some time now.

Have Malwarebytes Premium installed?

Give Malwarebytes Browser Guard permission to manage blocked website warnings for Premium.
Decline - Allow

Not sure if allowing that is a good thing or not.  what do the resident guru's say?

My Logitech M310 wireless mouse has always opened a link in a new tab when I click the middle button (scroll wheel).  It suddenly stopped working, probably after a Windows update, although I don't know for sure that it is related to that.

I've lost the behavior on all browsers, so I don't think its an Edge problem.

I can't find any mouse option in Windows 10  that addresses this. Windows says I have the best driver when I tried to update the driver in the device manager. Troubleshooter doesn't detect any issues.  So this is what I've tried.... I changed the USB plug to another port. I tried blowing dust out from around the mouse wheel, but none of that fixed anything.  I didn't try uninstalling from the device manager and then rebooting because that seemed scary. So maybe I need to try that before anything else? 

I can use the right click menu to perform the same function, but its two clicks instead of one, so I'd like to have it back. 

I am wondering if I should update the mouse driver from the Logitech site.  I found the latest driver downloads here:

My question is did I find the right drivers? And if so, should I use the  64 one that is an .exe  or the smart installer.exe?  I'm not sure what the difference is since they are both .exe files. Does the smart installer just mean it will figure out which version I need?

  Also, if it doesn't fix the problem, then should I go back and re-install the old driver which I'm assuming is stored somewhere on my hard drive, and how do I do that?

Just need to be walked through the right sequence. Thanks for any help!

I have a 10 year old Xerox WorkCentre 3215.  It comes up on the printer panel as Xerox PCL6 Class Driver V1.1

After my update to Windows2004 successfully completed,  an entry appeared in the Optional updates screen for an available driver:

Xerox - Printer - 4/22/2009 12:00:00 AM - 10.0.17119.1

Should I let Windows update that driver?  The instructions seems to indicate that it wasn't needed unless there is a problem.  I don't want to cause a problem by installing it, hence my question.

Computer Problems, Questions and Solutions! / Edge video problem
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:24:53 PM »
Recently installed the new Edge and things were going well until I tried to play videos on several local news sites.  They won't play, and the play/pause buttons do not appear.

Videos load but  will not start playing.  I can select places along the time line, and the frames appear, but no movement or sound.

I've disallowed auto-play, but re-enabling didn't change anything, so turned it back off again.

Youtube and facebook videos play fine.

Things I've tried:
Enabled flash
Cleared cache and cookies
Opened in new tabs

Any ideas?

These work fine on other browsers and in Legacy Edge before I updated. Windows 10 is up to date.

I'm on 1909 Windows 10, and using the legacy Edge browser.

I was reading about problems people were having when the new chromium based Edge is installed during a Windows update.  I think the problems were happening to those that already have or were getting the 2004 Windows  version.  The discussion said the problems could be avoided if Edge was installed manually and not through the update.

My question is, would it be a good idea I download the new Edge and install it now before the 2004 Windows is delivered to my machine even though I'm not on 2004 yet?   

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.

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