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Regarding the Installed Programs button ... clicking the Clean Up button opens the Add/Remove Programs window (the same one you see from the Control Panel).  It's just a convenient way to put everything in one place.

Likewise, the Windows Components button opens the Windows Components Wizard, which can also be found by opening Add/Remove Programs and then clicking the button Add/Remove Windows Components (on the left side of that window).  The wizard shows you batches of Windows components, not individual applications.

I suspect your free disk space will only increase if you remove some of the little used programs that are installed.

The Disk Cleanup tool is part of Windows ... it will perform a search on the hard disk for files that can be deleted from your computer without affecting/damaging its functionality or your personal files.

The dialog box will show you assorted items for you to check or un-check.  Clicking on an item will open up a description at the bottom of the window, so you can read up on that item if you like. There’s nothing in the Disk Cleanup tab to be concerned about, it doesn’t present you with options that would damage your computer or its performance.  Downloaded Program Files and Temporary Internet Files are a good place to start.

The More Options tab is a little trickier, I'd ignore the Windows Components section for now ... hopefully you'll free up enough space with the Disk Cleanup tab.

The .NET Framework is required to run many Windows applications.  Uninstalling it may cause some applications to cease to function.  It is 'safe' to uninstall with that caveat (you can always reinstall).

There are three ways .NET Framework typically gets installed on a computer ... by default with Windows installation, an application that required it installed it automatically, or an application directed to a separate download site to install a particular version.

To remove all existing versions of .NET Framework from Windows XP, use 'Add or Remove Programs' in the Control Panel. Be sure to remove the latest version first. In your case, your computer has .NET versions 2.0 and 1.1 installed, so first remove 2.0 and then 1.1.

Note: Keep track of which versions of .NET were removed in case you need to download and reinstall these same versions from Microsoft.

BEFORE you do that, I trust you have already run the Microsoft Windows Disk Cleanup Utility, and deleted temporary files and no longer wanted video files.


You can safely use the link DR M provided (thanks for that) ... it points to the current direct link


Basically both of your suggestions get me into safe mode and the AdBlock stop sign is NOT present under both of your choices and says All Add-ons have been disabled in Safe Mode.

Are you saying that in the safe mode options after you clicked on the jigsaw puzzle piece icon (Manage your add-ons) that under Extensions you didn't see AdBlock Plus listed?  The ABP icon wouldn't have appeared on the toolbar since everything was disabled on start, but that wouldn't have had an impact on what you saw in the extension manager ... the extensions would show under a "Disabled" heading.

This may work for stubborn uninstalls ...

Click on the “Firefox” button, then “Help”, then click “Restart with Add-Ons Disabled” and see if you can delete it.

if no joy, close the browser and then relaunch it while holding down the Shift button on your keyboard. Once the browser has relaunched, go to the Add-Ons Manager and remove AdBlock.

Internet / Re: Compare Your Browser With Microsoft Edge Dev
« on: February 15, 2020, 11:14:18 AM »
I ran a test to see the impact of extensions, using EDGE 80.0.361.54 :

no extensions:          49.6
+https everywhere:   48.3
+uBlock Origin:         45.8
+https+uBlock:         45.0

Which sort of makes sense given what those extensions are doing ...

Strange.  I don't find that pages load slowly.

I found the same thing on my laptop ... I wonder if this test is more theoretical than practical

Internet / Re: Compare Your Browser With Microsoft Edge Dev
« on: February 14, 2020, 07:35:22 PM »
Firefox (with the following extensions: Disconnect, HTTPS Everywhere, NoMiner and uBlock Origin) = 28.5
Clean install of Chrome-based Edge (no extensions installed) = 50.0
Edge (with HTTPS Everywhere and uBloick Origin, couldn't find the other two) = 43.6

Web News / Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane Provided by Pieter Arntz
« on: January 31, 2020, 05:08:50 PM »
It's still there in the archived forums section should Metallica want access to it ...

Web News / Re: A Walk Down Memory Lane Provided by Pieter Arntz
« on: January 30, 2020, 09:24:14 PM »
Brought back lots of memories. Peper was a difficult one initially. There were a lot of chatroom discussions reviewing HJT logs.

I turned IE off.   It is uninstalled, but apparently the files remain so that it can be turned on again.

Is it still vulnerable in this state?

The file itself is still vulnerable, but since you have turned IE off and don’t use it to surf the web it can’t be exploited.

You can find something else to worry about  8)

Suggestions and Site Feedback / Re: Not saving log in password Edge
« on: January 18, 2020, 12:28:02 PM »
Bad cookie?  Try deleting the one saved and see if you are prompted to save a new one next time you log on.

Security Alerts & Briefings / Re: Microsoft January 2020 Security Updates
« on: January 14, 2020, 07:50:31 PM »
An important update to get, it fixes the flaw reported by the NSA.

nasdaq has replied to you in the MalwareTips thread, and closed your BleepingComputer thread to avoid duplication ... I'd suggest you continue there since you haven't replied to Corrine here.

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