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    Windows 10 Start Menu Search Box

    I've been using Windows 10 for three days. All was well until this morning when I tried to type something into the Start Menu Search Box. Whatever I typed in resulted in just a line of chasing dots across the top of the column "forever". I looked on Microsoft's forums and found hundreds of...
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Thanks everyone!
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Hi blues_harp28 & KomputerKid. I've run sfc 3 times now. Last night I also ran a full disk check during which it reported 10 instances of "Windows has replaced bad clusters" relating to System, Dashlane, SugarSync, MS i.e.5, Firefox profiles, Dashlane, Windows temp, & Music CD rips. My latest...
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Results of screen317's Security Check version 0.99.93 Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 (UAC is enabled) Internet Explorer 11 ``````````````Antivirus/Firewall Check:`````````````` Windows Firewall Enabled! Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus up to date...
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Thank you blues_harp28 .. I couldn't find my scannow log. I suppose I could run the whole thing again (takes ages), meanwhile this is from the findstr command: 2015-01-16 11:55:30, Info CSI 00000009 [SR] Verifying 100 (0x0000000000000064) components 2015-01-16 11:55:30, Info...
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Hi KomputerKid Thanks for your response. Speccy url below .. http://speccy.piriform.com/results/BCS4IhGk8T65wqnA0KnEhXS MiniToolBox report below .. MiniToolBox by Farbar Version: 30-11-2014 Ran by LB (administrator) on 17-01-2015 at 17:35:21 Running from "C:\Users\LB\Downloads" Microsoft...
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    Solved: Sudden slow-down in PC performance

    Opening browsers, opening applications, entering text, started to be measurable in minutes rather than seconds. Malwarebytes and MS Security Essentials reported no malware or viruses on board. I then used Microsoft recommended "sfc /scannow" at the command prompt. After a lengthy scan process it...
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    Desktop Icons.

    I installed a 30-day free trial copy of Malwarebytes https://www.malwarebytes.org/free/ on my client's computer, and ran a scan. It discovered over 500 instances of malicious software, some serious (like a Trojan downloader) and others described as Potentially Unwanted Programs. I got...
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    Desktop Icons.

    I have a similar problem on a client's PC. It was recently hi-jacked by a rogue program that redirected the Chrome Browser to to the rogue program's search page. I got rid of it (at least it doesn't appear in the browser any more), but ever since, any desktop shortcut to a web URL always goes to...
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    Solved: Windows7 Download Folders

    Thank you for all the interesting and useful comments. I'm open to the suggestion that someone or something created the Downloads folder within "My Documents", and I'm guessing that this is fairly widespread, since I've seen the same thing on other PCs, and on googling the subject it seems...
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    Solved: Windows7 Download Folders

    Thanks for your comment, pcunite. I understand the concept of "Libraries", but I think you'll find that if you check out the actual folders in their real location, you will still find two Download folders (one with a blue down-arrow, the other plain), and the contents of each folder are not...
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    Solved: Windows7 Download Folders

    Your assumptions sound very reasonable. Thanks very much. As a matter of interest, I also posed this question to David Pogue (formerly Tech Specialist on the New York Times, now with Yahoo Tech) and I got his response this morning .. "Wow! I'm afraid I don't know!" I shall advise people using...
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    Solved: Windows7 Download Folders

    Why does Windows 7 have two Downloads folders? One in Library\Documents\My Documents\Downloads, the other in C:\Users\(my name)\Downloads. The first one is a plain folder, the second one has a blue down arrow. I've been advising someone on a problem finding files they've downloaded. Some files...
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    Solved: Windows 7/IE 11 install problems

    Clearly, flavallee you are blessed with good fortune.
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    Solved: Windows 7/IE 11 install problems

    Thanks Jetsguy. You've illustrated why I can't be bothered any more. I mean, why should anyone have to negotiate their way through all this technical tweaking crap just to be able to download and install a browser?!
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