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P.C. Woes
« on: October 28, 2013, 11:05 PM »
Hi folks....just to let you know that even though I've eventually got back on here (don't know how) I still have computer woes because even with my Antivirus fully on - some miserable so-and-so has infected my Internet Explorer browser (2 it says from my Avast scan).   All other desktop icons are working just fine so it's a bit of a mystery.   I had a thing that mentioned a "Rootkit" last week, but was afraid to do anything about it.  Guess I should have!  So, if I'm not on here it's because I'll have to get things fixed.   Bah and humbug!  Hope this post will go through.   My Outlook Express emails are working fine.  Joyce  >:(

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Hope you get it sorted soon. Its a pain when things go wrong missed about 3 months earlier in the year as it kept crashing Fudge

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 07:46 AM »
Hi All, Hi Joyce, Dump Internet Explorer and install Firefox. Once that has been done use the following ADD-ONS:

BetterPrivacy.
BrowserProtect.
DoNotTrackMe.
GoogleSharing.
FlashBlock.
NoScript.
Plus your Antivirus programme.


It will hopefully make your surfing a little safer. Or you could go all out and install TOR. (The Onion Router)


Just a thought..............


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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 11:54 PM »
Another vote for Firefox here, it leaves Internet Exploder and Chrome for dead, also add 'Add Block Plus' to DJ's list of add ons, it works a  treat.  ;)

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2013, 12:31 PM »
Firefox for me too....

Not convinced of the need for a pile of security type add-ons for the basic browser.

Provided you have a decent AV (I use Avast Free) and and good antispyware (I have MS Defender as an integral part of Windows 7), you should be OK. Careful where you browse, don't open unrecognised email and attachments and occasionally scan with the likes of Spybot S&D, Superantispyware and Malwarebytes won't do any harm.

The presence of a  rootkit ought to be attended to:-

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-free-portable-rootkit-removers/

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« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2013, 08:15 PM »
Many thanks to all of you for your very helpful technical advice.    ;D   I think I'll still get someone to come to my house though and give my p.c. a very thorough going over, for lots of reasons.    Until he arrives though and in the meantime, for whatever strange reason, it seems I can now move around the sites I go to daily (just two or three) to check on things (Ashton being one of them).   I don't normally ever go on sites I think may be suspect when I browse for information on certain what I think are innocuous subjects - I rather like to see on Google Maps where people live, etc., but have no personal monetary records, etc. kept on my p.c.   I've never in the past nor will for the future trust things, no matter how secure people say their sites can be!
Everyone wants you to do their billing, your banking, finding Government Rules and Regulations, buying on the internet, etc. in place of using paper to save money (theirs, not yours!)....but not me!!    If hackers can worm their way into the most important of huge organizations, etc., and although I'm not much of a target, then why should I trust regular anti-virus, firewalls, etc. even though I use them?    So much for caution, as I found out!!     
Anyway,  thanks again everyone for all your great advice.   ;D ;D  Joyce 


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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2013, 09:04 PM »
I am with you joyce I only use the computer for things like English newspapers all the soccer news ect.and  this forum pluss e mails to fam.and a couple of friends..we don't do banking or buying on internet..as far as all the info that the kind peoplehave posted for us on here as far as I am cocered they could of sent bit in Chinese as its over my head duh duh cheers kennetho

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« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 08:52 PM »
I use Chrome and I'm happy with it, Firefox is not perfect and can cause problems especially with genealogical websites.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2013, 12:56 AM »
I use Firefox and I am perfectly happy with it. I don't have problems with any sites using it.

I avoid using Chrome because Mr Google already knows far too much about me and what advertisements he thinks I might like to endure.
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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2013, 01:28 PM »
That's because you don't use genealogical sites, there have been complaints on forums about it, when they stop using Firefox everything is ok.  Don't have a problem with adverts with Chrome, never seen any. Chrome does what I want and fast, that's all I care about. By the way Martin, you recommended Chrome and Firefox to me when I wanted to change browser, the complaints I saw about Firefox put me off as they concerned the type of website I visit a lot.

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2013, 04:40 PM »
Because so many millions of people seem to use Firefox without a problem (including those, like me, who frequent genealogical sites), there's clearly no problem wth Firefox per se. Chances are, those who struggle have a setting inappropriately set, a conflicting extension installed or whatever.

No need for ads in Firefox simply by adding the AdBlock extension:-

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

Even flash video can be disabled using Flashblock:-

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/flashblock/

Personally, I now tolerate the ads.

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« Reply #11 on: November 03, 2013, 07:18 PM »
Well I like Chrome and will stick with it, why change when it ain't broke.

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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2013, 06:39 AM »
Many thanks to all of you for your very helpful technical advice.    ;D   I think I'll still get someone to come to my house though and give my p.c. a very thorough going over, for lots of reasons.    Until he arrives though and in the meantime, for whatever strange reason, it seems I can now move around the sites I go to daily (just two or three) to check on things (Ashton being one of them).   I don't normally ever go on sites I think may be suspect when I browse for information on certain what I think are innocuous subjects - I rather like to see on Google Maps where people live, etc., but have no personal monetary records, etc. kept on my p.c.   I've never in the past nor will for the future trust things, no matter how secure people say their sites can be!
Everyone wants you to do their billing, your banking, finding Government Rules and Regulations, buying on the internet, etc. in place of using paper to save money (theirs, not yours!)....but not me!!    If hackers can worm their way into the most important of huge organizations, etc., and although I'm not much of a target, then why should I trust regular anti-virus, firewalls, etc. even though I use them?    So much for caution, as I found out!!     




Anyway,  thanks again everyone for all your great advice.   ;D ;D  Joyce

Can you believe that I actually posted a cheque in an envelope with a stamp to renew my driving licence? 
The state agency wanted me to 'register' on the site before I could renew. I thought , no, I won't.


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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2013, 03:45 PM »
As a matter of fact, I pay all my bills by cheque...... and it's also possible to renew your driving licence that way here too I think, Ashtonian54, but not if you're 80 years or over like myself.   When you reach 80, and every two years after, you have to go to a mandatory Seniors Group Driving Session at the Ministry of Transport, where they lecture you on safe driving, go over the rules of the road, etc., test your eyesight, then make you answer 40 questions in a written test.  If you don't get enough of those answers correct I think they'll give you another chance at it after studying some more with a temporary licence, but if you don't pass that chance, then it's game over and they won't let you renew your licence.  On November 20th I'll be going for my 4th testing because I'm 86!   I was supposed to go Oct. 12th but as I was getting ready the M.O.T. phoned and said my session had been cancelled and had re-booked me for Nov. 20.  It's very unnerving, and I sure hope I can get all my answers right because if they won't renew my licence, it's going to be very awkward living where I do without a vehicle!   ::) :D   
Sorry this has drifted a bit from Technical Matters, but I just thought I'd mention it since you wrote of renewing your Driving Licence by mailing a cheque!    ;D


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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2013, 04:04 PM »
yep that's the way it is in Canada I go for my 5th next October and when you go to renew your licence you take the test report in a sealed envelope so you don't know how many questions you got right or wrong.good luck joyce cheers kennetho