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For all of you who are having trouble with the speed of your PC may find that it is due to the amount of crap which is cluttering up your browser cache or temporay files.

CC Cleaner (Crap Cleaner smile.gif ) is a handy little freeware program which frees up all of this free space and can restore browsing speed.

Download Crap Cleaner Here

If you have problems with spyware hijacking your internet browser and changing your favourite home page, then you have probably got spyware infecting your system. First Download and scan your system with Adaware

Next, download and install hijack This to view / edit / remove the programs which load when Windows Boots, and prevent any future spyware hijacks.

Running these three programs, along with Zonealarm and your favourite Virus Scanner should make your Browsing experience a little safer and faster.

Paranoid Xp users can also download XP Anti-Spy which allows any XP user concerned about his / her privacy to gain complete control over which areas and how much personal information XP divulges to Microsoft when it calls home to 'Update'.

*All of the Software linked to from this post can be downloaded legally and used for FREE.
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QUOTE (DJ Marky Marc @ Jan 7 2005, 03:45 PM)
IT could be you just have a slow Computer and you need to buy a newer faster one biggrin.gif

now if only i knew a place where i could rolleyes.gif

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If you know what your doing, then build your own !

With everything plug and play, its now even easier then ever...


.... however, for those of you who are scared to even press the power button, i would suggest you find someone who can build one for you...

*Ahem* biggrin.gif

Going to PC World or dixons is NOT a good idea, because they can only sell you what is on the shelf... and because they have overheads, they also charge the earth!

Parts are cheaper on-line and going down all the time. The most expensive items to buy now are: processors, memory (depends on make and size), Graphics cards(depends on spec), but the majority is now relativly cheap and you can build a good base system with about £300...

Hope this is of some help to you guys.... and gals !

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Thanks for the links Chris. Someone had recommended Ad-aware to me last year but due to it being mis-spelt I never found it. Anyway I have now and it found 496 critical files which have been quarantined/deleted!

This surprised me as I have anti virus software and firewall but I guess this is another area.

Now onto the HIjack software - I've run it and it's given me a list but what do I do with it since it says that some of the files on that list may be OK?

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This surprised me as I have anti virus software and firewall but I guess this is another area.


Yes, Madgutts posted about this on another thread. Basically, a Firewall will protect you from hackers - i.e prevent outside sources from accessing, changing or viewing your files. It will also prevent, an hacker gaining control of your PC.

A Virus Scanner will protect you from Malicious files which can overwrite or damage your own files or operating system. These often come in by email, or when surfing websites with malicious content or plug in's.

The most common form of Hijack is the 'Dialler', which if you are on dial up, with a modem connected to the phone line, will overwrite your internet dial up settings with a premium rate dial up number and then silently, and automatically dial a £1.00 - £1.50 a minute phone number without your knowledge. Many people have already been caught out by £1000's by this scam, and it is important if you use dial up, to either turn off the computer or disconnect the modem from the phone line when you leave the computer unattended for any long period of time, such as going to a gig or to work, otherwise this dialler could be connecting to premium rate numbers for hours, and the first you'll hear about it is when you get a £1000 phone bill!. This scam doesn't affect DSL / Cable users, unless you also have a conventional 56k modem connected to the phone line.

Spyware, or Adware is another thing entirely. These often come bundled with free programs, Smiley packages, MSN Addons and toolbars. The purpose of Spyware is to open up your computer and serve more pop up adverts on you as you surf the internet. Other Spyware sits sliently on your computer monitoring your surfing habits and then targets advertising to you which it thinks will be of interest . So if you surf a lot of motoring sites for example, then it will target car adverts and finance adverts to you. Some Spyware is even clever enough to get your Email address from O.E or Outlook and then 'phone home' to head office whilst you are connected to the internet and upload your email address, and details of all of the websites you have visited. Meaning more junk and spam emails to your inbox, and of course the potential breach of privacy, there is worry that spyware could also be used to catch personal details such as Credit Card information or passwords and then upload them to some remote server.

Some Firewalls such as ZoneAlarm will alert you to the fact that spyware is trying to connect to the internet in order to call home, and upload it's stock of information on your surfing habits. So if you get pop ups in zonealarm from strange applications trying to connect to the internet, then block them, and run Ad-aware.
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Sorry to 'hijack' this thread but i have a major prob with my pc that you guys may be able to help me with. ps: i use xp home edition.

I have this problem which i know what the cause is. Once online....

lsa shell has encountered a problem and needs to close

Followed by...

WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe has given code *blah*blah*blah*, windows is shutting down & the 60 second countdown begins. On re-boot in dos i get apti has failed (or something like that anyway).

Aha i have the sasser virus! But... my system needed a re-format anyway so i uninstalled & reinstalled windows back to preloaded settings, which should delete any viruses. I ran stinger and symantec's sasser removal tool, plus had a look for it manually and it has gone, no sign of it. But... the pc still gives the above wallbash.gif I re-formatted again but to no avail.

I am at present borrowing my mothers pc which has second edition windows 98 on it. I actually don't mind it, and i have the full 98 2nd edition install cd, so my question is...

How do i wipe xp off the planet from my hard drive, so i can load 98 onto it?


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try running fdisk with the 98 boot disc... thats what my technical advicer usually does.

or to get rid of sasser as we had this last week she says turn of system restore run removel tool, reboot system and run removal tool again, it should have gone, also we only had this prob when running firefox browser instead of IE.... huh.gif

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Done the sasser removal and nothing is found. The pc still wants to crash, although with my firewall running it stops the crash but it means i cannot use the internet as i have to set the firewall to block internet access mad.gif & the pc won't recognise the 'run' then 'shutdown _a' command either 533.gif

fdisc? Ok i'm not brain of britain with pc's so how to do? I would rather wipe the hard drive of any windows in case the problem persists with 98. I know sasser doesn't work on 98 but i'd still rather start on a clean slate.

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fdisk completely removes the operating system and any rubbish with it

u need a boot disk if u have 98 u should have a floppy called 98 boot disk

do u have one?

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u need a floppy boot disc

get one of them put it in to ur pc
when the black screen come up with 3 options choose option 1
then type type a:/
then type fdisk

go to option3
option4
option1
option1
say Y to everything that comes up
follow any onscreen instructions that comes up

when it has done it will tell u to restart pc
restart and as it is restartign hold down f12 and choose "boot from cd-rom"
when it then comes up and say "boot from cd" at top of screen press anykey.


u may get a promt though
if u get an A:/ prompt type d:/
then type setup

windows should then install

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Why are you going backwards to windows 98

the OS is not supported any more .....

you can still get viruses

and you will lose propper support for usb devices.........

if you put windows XP back on your pc and install service pack 2 and some anti virus software you should be ok

 

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do you have the licence key for windows XP, should be on a sticker on the side or back of your computer?


if you do then i can send you a CD or you can get microsoft to send you one !!!!

 

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Yep it does have the licence key sticker on it. If you can send me a cd that would be brill. While i've been away windows completely crashed and now refuses to boot up (came up with 'hard disk boot failure') so i wiped the hard drive of windows, so i'll need a complete install disc. Will i need a floppy boot disc? My pc didn't come with one (just the recovery disc).

I'm still using my mums W98 pc which runs fine but i am starting to miss some of xp's features. Edited by speedy
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If someone's sending you a win xp disk, make sure they send you the same type as is already installed on your PC.

If you purchased your PC with Windows already installed on it, then you probably have what is known as "OEM" softwrae. The serial number from this will not work with a bog standard "Retail" copy of windows.

Discuss this further with DJ Marky Marc before he sends you a copy of the disk.
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QUOTE (Millennium Sounds @ Jan 23 2005, 08:02 PM)
If someone's sending you a win xp disk, make sure they send you the same type as is already installed on your PC.

If you purchased your PC with Windows already installed on it, then you probably have what is known as "OEM" softwrae. The serial number from this will not work with a bog standard "Retail" copy of windows.

Discuss this further with DJ Marky Marc before he sends you a copy of the disk.
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Xp home edition is what i had and is what's on the cd that's on it's way smile.gif
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thats the reason for asking if the sticker was on the pc.

OEM licence keys are stuck to the system. retail licence keys are in the packaging with the software....

the latest version of the OEM disc is on its way to him first class post....

stick the CD in and boot from the CD.

if it detects you have a version of windows installed already dont repiar it just continue to the point of partitioning the disc.

remove all the old partions untill the disc is blank

then select the disc and format it with NTFS (quick format)

then sit back and watch it all install...

 

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