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Posted: 09 September 2017 at 12:53am | IP Logged Quote GoodToGo!

Hey Jim,

Out of interest, I'm using Norton Internet Security (Don't ask ) and I'm having no issues accessing your website.

So either the issue is sorted, or is it differing Norton products causing the issues?

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Posted: 09 September 2017 at 1:51am | IP Logged Quote Grogster

GTG - It's your computer and you can do what you like, but I 'Strongly encourage' you to get rid of the master of bloatware, false-positives and automated customer support that gives you no customer support....

You'd probably also notice that your machine will run faster in general, without Norton's aggressive scanning gobbling up 90% of your system resources in the background.

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Posted: 09 September 2017 at 1:58am | IP Logged Quote Alastair

I recently had a malaware problem and it was picked up by Microsoft Windows technical dept as apparently my computer (Win10) was sending an error message to them but not to me!. I thought I had turned all that off but apparently there is a base level you can't disable.

They recommended that I use Norton AV and IS. I am using McAfee and now Malawarebytes which has sorted the issue. I questioned the use of Norton vs McAfee and they repeated their recommendation and offered to provide Norton at a very reduced price.
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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 1:19pm | IP Logged Quote Boppa

Alastair wrote:
I recently had a malaware problem and it was picked up by Microsoft Windows technical dept as apparently my computer (Win10) was sending an error message to them but not to me!. I thought I had turned all that off but apparently there is a base level you can't disable.

They recommended that I use Norton AV and IS. I am using McAfee and now Malawarebytes which has sorted the issue. I questioned the use of Norton vs McAfee and they repeated their recommendation and offered to provide Norton at a very reduced price.


Um are you sure it was windows tech support????

Microsoft's data indicates that three million users each month are exposed to tech-support scams, with most of those affected coming from wealthier nations including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, and Spain.Finally, it's worth noting that Microsoft doesn't proactively reach out to users to offer unsolicited tech support. However, users can contact Microsoft via its real support page.

I suspect that you actually `bought' their copy of `nortons' you would probably now actually have a malware infected machine which it probably wasnt before....

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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 8:56pm | IP Logged Quote Alastair

Boppa,
I was as suspicious as hell and did not buy anything from them. I contacted Microsoft direct via the web page and got advice that way. In the end I purchased Malawarebytes from the supplier and now run that in parallel with my McAfee. All seems good.

Even if it was an attempted scam it alerted me to the fact I had a problem. I knew something was wrong because I was seeing lots of disk and network activity when it shouldn't. The AV s/w did not find anything. Malawarebytes sure did.

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Posted: 10 September 2017 at 9:25pm | IP Logged Quote palcal

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GTG - It's your computer and you can do what you like


I recently tried to put the software for my digital camera on my Win 10 machine only to be greeted with a message stating an Administrator was blocking the App. I am the Administrator. After searching the web I found that this is a common problem and the only way around it was to load it from a Command Prompt. I was able to do it but most people would probably have no idea and have to pay to get someone to do it for them.

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 12:01am | IP Logged Quote Grogster

I don't like W10 - it has many issues such as that, which irritate me greatly. Probably the one that 'Annoys' me the most, is the forced automatic updates, when you go to reboot your machine cos you have done something or installed something requiring a reboot - W10 then insists on installing a plethora of updates. One time I did this, W10 insisted on updating from an old W10 to a new W10, and that put about 2 hours worth of delay into my finishing what I wanted to do, and you cannot stop it or otherwise delay those updates - pain in the arse.

I still use W8.1 Pro 64-bit, and like it MUCH better then W10's insistence policy on certain things. Given the choice, I won't install or use W10 just yet - still too many things I don't like about it, and continue to install W8.1 Pro. At least it is configurable whereas many aspects of W10 are not, and even those that ARE configurable, you have to fight the OS to do it your way instead of Microsoft's way.

....but I digress.

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 2:31am | IP Logged Quote TassyJim

Grogster,
To tame W10 updates a little bit:
In the updates page, change active hours to something realistic for you. (I realise you never sleep but you can shift the auto updates to something better)

Under restart options, you can set a time such as 3am and turn on more notifications to warn you when a reboot is about to happen.

I regularity do a manual check for updates at a relatively convenient time to prevent/limit the surprise updates.

Once I know there is a biggy, I go around the other PCs here to do a planned update.
That way the Boss doesn't complain when she goes shopping while an update is in progress.

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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 5:36am | IP Logged Quote Boppa

I still got one windows machine (XP SP3) thats mostly for the games on it

All the others (2 towers, 2 laptops and now even my tablet) are running ubuntu or cnclinux. I had one w10 machine (was w7) but when it wiped out over $100 from my bank account downloading updates through my 4g dongle, and it simply couldnt be stopped.

It had to go and was deleted and replaced with ubuntu 16.04lts- runs so much better, everything I own that plugs in just works (unlike the w10 install that simply ignored my older camera and printer/scanner- as for my scanner and 2 way software, it simply didnt work full stop- yet it all worked fine in ubuntu

Even the tait software (which is actually DOS based) works fine through wine with no issues at all

So apart from the XP machine for games, now windows free
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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 6:37am | IP Logged Quote Boppa

You arent the only one having issues, I just tried to contact Trev to order some batterys, and ordering directly from his website got a mailer failure message!
Luckily going direct from my yahoo to his gmail accounts seems (so far- fingers x'd) to have worked, so hopefully it got through doing it that way!

(and I sent a copy of the mailer failure message to him as well) so hopefully he can get it fixed- nothing worse than a business email that gets bounced!)
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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 11:03am | IP Logged Quote GoodToGo!

I've generally found that Windows has always alternated from sucked to great to sucked etc....

Eg.

Win 95. Crap.
Win 98. Good.
Win ME. Crap.
Win XP. Good.
Win Vista. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.
Win 7. Good, actually Great in my experience.
Win 8. Crap.
Win 10. Good.

Of course this is just my personal experience with Windows. Indeed I happily upgraded both my desktop and laptop from Win 7 to Win 10 and have had no issues at all. No hiccups, no BSOD's, no problems at all..... (Maybe it's a first??)

My favorite version would have to be Win 7, followed by Win XP. However I'm comfortable with Win 10, especially as it plays well on my combo laptop/tablet job with pen. (Dell latitude XT3 running Win 10pro 64-bit) Works well even considering it's 4 years old, especially when tinkering with Micromites.

As far as AV software goes, I used to use VET Anti-virus before it was swallowed by CA. Gave them the arse after a year or so after that, as it also became bloatware. Norton is now just as bad, however Internet Security is not as bad as 360. I couple it with Malwarebytes Premium. Seems ok. I'm sure there are better solutions out there, (suggestions?) but for now the kids are happy, the better half is happy, which means I'm happy......

......and I can still access TassyJim's website alright!

Cheers,

GTG!



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Posted: 11 September 2017 at 11:46am | IP Logged Quote Boppa

GTG
A lot have people have noticed that good bad good bad cycle with windows....

I have to put XPSP3 as the best o/s, win7 could get there if allowed to mature and get all the bugs out (why the public not only has to pay for a copy of windows but also be their beta testers I'll never know grrr), 98SE was the best of the old kernal ones- 2000NT was a fantastically stable one, but not user friendy

I dont know how many of you remember this one- I was positive Weird Al Yankolvich (sp??) sang it, but utube thinks otherwise



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