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  1. Looking at Aero's latest SAS log (see here: Aero - Log 01 Post #9) I see that most of the "threats" detected are just Flash Cookies. Which raises the question -- what do people use to delete Flash Cookies? I know that CCleaner will remove these, but it works for only the current logged-in user. Is there anything out there that will programmatically/automatically remove Flash cookies for all users?
  2. Even when the email comes straight from someone at Microsoft it still seems to be written in Microsoft-speak. Incidentally, see Long-time MSFT employee Raymond Chen's personal blog for some particilarly wierd examples of Micro-speak. Translating the first post into plain English, it means you have to run Microsoft Update twice to get things back to normal. .
  3. Microsoft have apparently fixed this, see the topic I posted HERE: Microsoft fixes Microsoft Update .
  4. I don't like it either, so I turned it off in Search settings (http://www.google.com/preferences?hl=en). I found it really annoying. You used to be able to turn off the predictions for your search, but now you can't do that any more, just turn off Google Instant. .
  5. Good news, for those struggling to run Microsoft Update, since August. I received this direct from Microsoft:- Microsoft also say:- .
  6. Since you like the great smileys, try these! Welcome! No need for any fear on these forums Or to not understand anything and feel like a dunce Just ask.... If the reply is too technical, ask for more detail... .
  7. I timed one older computer as effectively unusable for the first 16 minutes after switch-on. That wasn't even a bad example. It was running MSSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) as the AV software, which uses rather less memory than most. Computers running a bigger, slower, AV (like McAfee, for example) take much longer as both the AV update and Microsoft/Windows Update attempt to run at the same time. I've clocked McAfee VirusScan, during a definitions update, as using over 450MB (actual, not commit) on its own. Add the Microsoft Update to that and you can see why things just slow to an unusable crawl. .
  8. Firefox 3.6.9 is out. Firefox (referred to as Fx) is a web browser descended from the Mozilla Application Suite, managed by the Mozilla Corporation. Firefox is a highly customizable browser that allows you to enhance it using Add-ons. Some examples of Add-ons that you can use to customize Firefox are AdBlock Plus, CuteMenus - Crystal SVG, DownThemAll!, TabMixPlus and many more. Tabbed browsing is one of the many features that helps to make Firefox an enjoyable browser. Firefox does not use ActiveX which helps make it a more secure browser. Firefox does make use of many plugins to enhance your web experience. From Shockwave, Flash, Quicktime and more; your browsing experience reaches new levels with the Firefox browser. Firefox 3.6.9 fixes the following issues: Introduced support for the X-FRAME-OPTIONS HTTP response header. Site owners can use this to mitigate clickjacking attacks by ensuring that their content is not embedded into other sites. Fixed several security issues. Fixed several stability issues. A total of 14 Security issues have been fixed (MFSA 2010-49 through MFSA 2010-63). Ten of these are rated critical. Download: Firefox 3.6.9 (en-US version)
  9. Well, I didn't really think you had, but I try to cover all bases for the sake of everyone else reading this thread. No need for me to imagine it. I've seen it first hand and it's horrible to behold. The big delays are because the OS is "disk thrashing" -- swapping memory for an active process out to the page file on disk and back again, whilst the process is actually running. .
  10. No problem, just remove the _ax, as in:- http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player.exe That problem has nothing whatsoever to do with downloading either of the flash installers (provided, of course, you selected to SAVE the file and not to RUN it). You've been hit by the "use all available memory & use 100% CPU" problem/issue/bug that has brought computers to a crawl when Windows Update runs, starting in August. There's no known cure at this time. Trust me, it was not the flash installer, it was coincidence of timing. And, since August, Windows Update needs up to about a GB of RAM to run in. Those flash installers, BTW, work on both XP home and XP professional - just download and save them, then run them once Windows Update has finished taking over the computer for the day. You don't need to run either Internet Explorer or Firefox to install them. Quite the opposite, in fact. Shut down Internet Explorer or Firefox, as appropriate, then run the installer. Just tick the EULA accept box (or install silently from the command-line) and they install in seconds. Quick and easy. .
  11. Although Adobe now own Macromedia, the download locations for the Flash Installer files still have Macromedia (not Adobe) URLs. You could try this direct download link:- http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_ax.exe That file has a different name, but has identical contents, to the file downloaded by corporate administrators who hold a licence from Adobe. Wherever you download the file from, you can right-click on the file and check that it is genuine and has a valid digital signature, because it is digitally-signed. For install or silent install, see my previous post. The silent install/uninstall commands are different for Flash 10.1 than for Flash 9.x and earlier (/s does NOT work on Flash 10.1). .
  12. For the default theme, I agree. No, Eldmannen, is right. It's quite a common description, in the UK at least, because of Microsoft's over-use of primary colours (some might say garish colours). I've also heard it described as "Early Learning Centre" for the same reason. First thing I do, if I have control of an XP instance, is change from the default Luna/Blue theme. Anything will do, but Royale is much better and also doesn't need any hacked files, since it is signed by Microsoft. .
  13. I really don't understand the need for this, since I've always downloaded the (standalone) installer and run it. Also, it requires .NET Framework 3.5 installed, which is an additional requirement for XP. I just run install_flash_player_ax.exe or install_flash_player_ax.exe -installfor a silent install. I can then easily run that on multiple computers. At what point, or from which web page, do Adobe force the download manageer on you? .
  14. Yuerghh! Some things from the past are just best forgotton, not to be celebrated 15 years later. Let's face it Win95 was truly horrible! It started out with that hideous sea-green coloured background to the Desktop and, well, just kept on going downhill from there on. Back then we had NetBEUI, NetWare servers, crashes on a daily basis, a truly ghastly, ideosyncratic, standards-ignoring browser called Internet Explorer (so, no change from today really) and other faults too numerous to mention. Back then we also had 66MHz or maybe 100MHx 486 processors, or maybe a Pentium MMX; we had ISA slots on the motherboard; some hard drives went up from 500MB to over a 1GB. A year or two later Compaq started putting in 2.5GB drives in their computers -- yes, that's 2.5GB, not 25GB -- huge at the time, but pretty stupid really with a hard 2.0GB limit on partitions, because the hidden boot/diagnostics partition certainly didn't need 500MB. I skipped Win95 entirely. Now, if someone was to mention Windows 2000, that is an OS worth celebrating. Microsoft took two mediocre systems (Win98 and WinNT 4) both with their own strong and weak points and made something beautiful out of them, instead of making something with the worst of both. Don't forget that XP is just a minor version increment of 2000, since XP is mostly 2000 under the Desktop (2000 = version 5.0, XP = version 5.1). .
  15. From the Microsoft TechNet "Engine Notifications" blog: The previous release was Antimalware Engine 1.1.6004.0 .
  16. There's also a Beta of Microsoft Security Essentials version 2 available. My copy is version 2.0.0375.0 .
  17. If you actually read the full article: The NewsBot has terminated the full article at an unfortunate point, since the excerpt that starts this thread gives the complete opposite impression to the headline. Well, if you will edit news, without any brains, that's what you get!! .
  18. You might want to update those links..... mozilla.com is now mozillamessaging.com for Thunderbird and the latest release notes are on .../3.1.2/... (not .../3.1/...) as in http://www.mozillamessaging.com/en-US/thunderbird/3.1.2/releasenotes/ Smart folders have been fixed. (The upgrade from 3.06 to 3.1 broke them.) There's a few other POP3 & IMAP fixes too. .
  19. I think that actually works rather well as wallpaper. The darkening sunset sky is just right to contrast the icons.
  20. It's certainly been around for a long time, the last update was several years ago as well. Maybe I'll dig out a copy and try it again. .
  21. If you like the Chrome browser, but don't want Google to track everything you do, try:- Chromium, ChromePlus, or SRWare Iron. SRWare have a page that lists all the tracking that Chrome does, but which has been removed in Iron: Comparism of Iron and Chrome at privacy. .
  22. That's a very interesting article from The Wall Street Journal. It also cross-links to a WSJ blog article How to Use Microsoft’s InPrivate Filtering which gives more information, including a link to the second page of a PC Magazine article with further instructions on blocking ads in IE8 Internet Explorer 8: Nine Things You Didn't Know You Could Do -- scroll down to item 6 "Block Ads with InPrivate Filtering and Third-Party Filters". There's a whole cottage industry out there which converts block lists used for Firefox into the XML format required by IE8 for you to import. You need to be able to edit the Registry to make it work every time you start IE, but there are pre-written REG files for you to do that as well. All this works only in IE8, not IE7 or earlier. .
  23. Is that the program by Toni Helenius (ToniArts) which has been around for a few years? If it is, where does it put the cleaned files? In the Recycle Bin? .
  24. That won't work, because it's not a language problem -- it's a known font problem. The problem is with an extra font added to the fonts folder, but it only affects Firefox, not Safari, Internet Explorer, or Google Chrome. xd3vilx Do you have Firefox 3.6? And do you have a extra Helvetica font (with a Chinese name) in your fonts folder, that looks like this? In the picture above, it's the last font in the list. Uninstall or delete that font and Firefox should work properly again. Credits: Mozilla support forums & webupon.com .
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