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PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Wed May 19, 2010 10:31 pm

Post them in here Ladies and Gents.

We have plenty of experienced members on puntersmate who would be more than glad to help.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Thu May 20, 2010 9:23 am

A few programs that I wouldn't be without.

Spybot search and destroy
There are a few imitaion sites out there that will ask you for money for this program, below is the genuine site

http://www.safer-networking.org/en/home/index.html

CCleaner
Optimization and Cleaning
CCleaner is ideal for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure.

http://www.piriform.com/products

Superantispyware
Despite the silly name, this is quite a good program.
Quick, Complete and Custom Scanning of Hard Drives, Removable Drives, Memory, Registry, and More!
Detect and Remove Spyware, Adware, Malware, Trojans, Dialers, Worms, KeyLoggers, HiJackers and many other types of threats.

http://www.superantispyware.com/index.html

Ad Aware
Comprehensive Malware Protection

http://www.lavasoft.com/index.php

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by charliepie » Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:21 am

I would certainly endorse those programs too - all you are ever likely to need and free as well :thumbs

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:36 pm

A chance for the combined minds to sort this out.
I had to do a system restore, because of some file association problems.

Anyway...My internet Explorer is no longer responding.
I've manged to get Firefox loaded, and I've tried downloading IE
but it keeps telling me my system does not support it.

I take it that's because it's already installed
I'll probably get it sorted out tomorrow, but just wondered if anyone had any thoughts.

Jockathan

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jockathan » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:45 pm

The only reason I have IE is that's where I stash my porn links from the GF. She's well trained to always open Firefox only.

So as an solution to you Col I would offer that you don't bother downloading it.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:52 pm

I used Firefox all the time on my old PC
But since I got this one and Windows 7, I've found IE to be more compatible with it.

Jockathan

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jockathan » Tue Jun 15, 2010 8:56 pm

I've never been keen on chasing OS Upgrades.

Find one that works you and settle in (not unlike a woman :) )

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Tue Jun 15, 2010 9:58 pm

Thats me back on IE
Start / All Programs / Accessories / System Tools /
Internet Explorer ( No add ons )

Messed about enabling and disabling add ons
And it's back to normal :)

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by charliepie » Fri Jun 18, 2010 11:46 pm

ahh...a bit obscure but glad you sorted it now:) just saw this thread but it's unlikely I would have been able to shed any light on it...

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:43 pm

Anyone out there using Windows Live Mail ?

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jonas » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:19 pm

Col... I have been using Windows Live Mail for some time and find it very stable and easy to use. I have 7 email addresse's and having them handled by one front end is very useful.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:11 pm

Quite like it myself Jonas

Been using it since I got Windows 7, but with one small glitch.
It won't put any copies of sent emails into my sent folder.

If say I send an email called bets, I then have to search for that email, then right click on the email and move to the sent folder.

Done a google on this problem and it seems to be quite common.
Although I've yet to find a fix for it.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jonas » Sat Jul 03, 2010 2:26 am

You have probably checked the obvious. ;) .....viz:

'..Windows Live Mail sent email settings and options

Go to Tools -> Options which should pop up a windows with lots of tabs. Click on the "Send" tab and make sure the first option "Save copy of sent messages in the 'Sent Items' folder" is checked. If it was not, you know why you had the problem, right? Also, do not forget to click on the Apply button and then the OK button....'

I have never had this problem but I am running WindowsXP Sp3 and the Windows Live Mail is Version 2009 Build 14.0.8089.0786

Incidently when you do a search and find the email, where was it??? Apart from usully putting a 'sent' itrem in the 'sent' folder I thought it would normally be gone!

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:17 am

Jonas wrote: Go to Tools -> Options which should pop up a windows with lots of tabs. Click on the "Send" tab and make sure the first option "Save copy of sent messages in the 'Sent Items' folder" is checked. If it was not, you know why you had the problem, right? Also, do not forget to click on the Apply button and then the OK button....'

Incidently when you do a search and find the email, where was it??? Apart from usully putting a 'sent' itrem in the 'sent' folder I thought it would normally be gone!
Yep...Done all that Jonas

The mail is all stored on your PC
basically in c/users/pcname/appdata/local/microsoft/windows live mail

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jonas » Sat Jul 03, 2010 9:58 am

Col...another obvious check (well, obvious once one is aware of it, I just found it ;:)

In any mail account make sure you have the 'sent' folder selected. Then..

Select View menu (Alt V)... Select 'Show or Hide' and make sure you have 'show all messages' selected. (It will have a dot before it)

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:20 am

That all checks out as well mate {:)
It's not a big problem, just a bit frustrating.

I'll leave it just now in case anyone comes up with an answer, but I may have to install it again.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Mon Oct 18, 2010 6:59 pm

I just had an update for my AVG antivirus
Pc started running very slow afterwards, hardly any response clicking through links etc.

Had to do a system restore to get back to normal {:)

jim

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by jim » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:26 am

Hi chaps

I will shortly be giving my laptop back to the company and buying a new one, what is the easiest way to move all my files to the new laptop?

I've had a look at Zinstall, which seems OK, I was thinking perhaps best to buy a spare hard drive, download everything to that and then upload it to the new laptop. Problem is I run XP at the moment and all the new ones have Windows 7, any help much appreicated as I need these work files!

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by slav » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:01 am

jim - the 'experts' may have more in depth views but i'd use an external hard drive. nowadays they're so cheap i use one to periodically back up photos & files etc from my laptop (which any IT guru would recommend - laptops do fail!).

You can get simple USB ones (500GB for under £50) or more complex storage arrays which contain multiple drives constantly backing up the info between them (so should never fail - quite expensive though). I quite like the Western Digital ones as simple & fairly good value for money but thats my personal view.

jim

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by jim » Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:13 am

Cheers Slav, that's exactly what I was thinking as I could also back everything up once a week.

Not sure about the different operating systems though, ut they are both Windows so should hopefully be OK

Jockathan

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jockathan » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:03 am

No disrespect to anyone else, but Charlie Pie has normally taken care of past IT questions in a very solid way. He usually pops by during the evening UK time.

With regards to your concerns about the varying OS...does everything have to be uploaded to the new machine?

I would have thought only a few applications, plus work and personal files had to be? If that's the case then I shouldn't think the variation in OSs matters.

Slav's idea of an external HD still strikes me as a solid suggestion.

I decided to use Google to find out more and....

This process is called 'Migration'.

There is some software out there for about £30 that does the job. One version is 'PCmover'. Here is a video of it working http://www.howtotransferfiles.com/categ ... -windows7/ I then looked for reviews of the software and this took me to Amazon I usually like to bounce these reviews off a trusted US site called http://www.Cnet.com They review only one version: PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant 5.0 http://download.cnet.com/PCmover-Window ... torsreview If you look around at the other download versions do note that the 'Five Star' rated 'PCmover Home' is based only one user review. I prefer a larger sample of opinions. They also have a forum on this very matter if you care to read it http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19411_102-379088.html

I have not done this myself before, so I would research deeper into this, but it appears an option open to you though.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:08 am

I use an external drive to back up stuff jim, but when I got my new Pc with Windows 7, I didn't do a complete transfer. I just copied over all the important stuff.

I'd do a read up on it before I done a complete transfer.

I'll see if I can find any links or info.

jim

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by jim » Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:20 am

Thanks chaps, I've still got the old laptop as I told work I'd give them £200 for it.

I'm having my doubts now though, it's nearly three years old and probably not worth that amount. They also want to take Kapersky and Office off it as they pat for the licences, not sure if Open Office is compatible with my existing files and docs. Also, is AVG any good?

If I buy a new laptop, which I presume will be about £450 plus £50 for an external hard drive, I'm sure it will come with Windows 7 but I would like Office 2010 with Outlook, is that extra?

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Col » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:35 pm

You would have to pay extra for Office jim, unless you acquired a copy.
I use AVG, it did get a bad name for a while, but I find the new AVG free version is very good.

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jockathan » Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:44 pm

You can thank your friend Bill Gates for the extra cost Jimbo :)

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by harry_rag » Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:14 pm

Would think you'd be fine with Open Office Jim. I've sent stuff backwards and forwards from work where we've got MS Office and also used it with docs and spreadsheets originally created on MS Works.

jim

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by jim » Mon Dec 13, 2010 5:58 pm

Thanks for your help chaps.

Fed up with IE freezing on me so started using Firefox once again, much quicker but I don't really like the font. I'm getting so old it's a bit too feint, can I change it somehow?


jim

Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by jim » Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:15 pm

Cheers Jock

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Re: PC And Tech problems

Post by Jockathan » Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:31 am

I'm reading stories about the hackers sympathetic to Wikileaks and also about 4Chan's recent attack on Gawker. I then came across this advice on passwords, so I thought I would pass it along....

How safe is your password?

Unless you have different passwords for multiple websites, the likelihood is that it's not very safe. Just under a third of us still use a single password for a number of websites, according to recent research by computer security firm Sophos. If one of these accounts falls into the wrong hands a user's entire online profile may become compromised. Experts recommend that people don't use "dictionary" passwords at all, instead taking a memorable sentence and comprising a password based on the first letter of each word in it.

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