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    Safe mode dilemma

    This one's a lost cause. Immediately after booting into Windows—in either normal or safe mode (which it allowed)—a security center-looking page loads up (but actually says Privacy Center) and can only be closed using task manager. Afterwards, NOTHING but the wallpaper shows up on the display: no...
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    Safe mode dilemma

    The machine is booting in normal mode and the security center is NOT being duplicated, it is a virus that mimicks the security center screen. However, when it boots normally, this (these) virus(es) are active and will not allow the user to get past them without some sort of input. If I knew the...
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    When to upgrade to W7?

    You're probably right, Linux. But is that a problem with MS not providing sufficient info to third parties or hastily written third-party software?
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    Safe mode dilemma

    I'll be rolling up my sleeves later this afternoon working on a friends' highly infected PC. One of the problems is an apparent virus that mimicks Windows Security Center, but hopefully, my battery of antivirus software (SuperAntiSpyware, Spybot Search & Destroy, AVG Free and the...
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    When to upgrade to W7?

    When I DO upgrade, as I mentioned, it won't be on this PC. I need to upgrade hardware as well. Many videos I try to play constantly buffer and it's aggravating, so I need more memory, bigger storage, etc. Just saw on ZDNet that changes in email handling are already driving people crazy...
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    When to upgrade to W7?

    :confused:Hey, all. Okay. My dislike for Vista shows in that I'm still using XP Home at home. What's the word on W7? I'd like to upgrade (hardware as well as OS) but I guess I'm waiting for everyone else to find the bugs (which we KNOW there will be...) first. Any major concerns with this new...
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    what is this file?

    The user didn't have any malware prevention software—installed and ran SuperAntiSpyware and everything's OK now. Thanks, all.
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    what is this file?

    when launching internet explorer 7 it looks for this file and cannot find it. Users/administrator.rac-pc/AppData/Local/Temp/Low/%7b1bb22d38-a411-4b13-a746 Does anyone know what this is or how to solve this problem? Thanks any help would be appreciated.
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    Solved: Restoring restore dates

    I don't have any problems right now (knock on wood...). It was just a thought that I had when remembering instances of not having any restore dates to access. You know, geek-talk with the guys... I'm sure as a system or volume file it is read-only (if that's what you're referring to) and—if it...
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    Solved: Restoring restore dates

    Thanks for the info. Hope I never have to use it, but if i do, I'll let you know if it is a successful "quick fix." I'll just copy that file (those files) onto a flash drive and hope that I don't get damaged so badly that I can't copy files or run system restore. Thanks again!!
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    Solved: Restoring restore dates

    I appreciate your input, Jack, but you're not telling me anything I don't already know. All I want to know is the filename(s) that the restore points are saved in. I'm sure it's a file in the system32 folder, but don't know which one.
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    Solved: Restoring restore dates

    Yeah, I'm familar with these procedures. I was simply wondering what filename(s) the restore points are saved in (XP Home). This is a standalone workstation at home and so there isn't a lot of data I'm really worried about. I back up all work files (I do a little typesetting/layout and design...
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    Solved: Restoring restore dates

    Hey, all. I know that many viruses and other malware, as part of their attack, delete all restore dates so that the user has no date to return to. Is there a way to back this info up on removable media? It would seem that, after an attack, one could copy this back onto the main harddrive and...
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    Solved: Sluggish XP, SP3, IE8

    Let's just start with the basics: did you install or uninstall any programs or make any changes to the OS that might consume more resources (use more RAM) around the time that you noticed this change? Was it around the time that you upgraded to IE8? Did this problem start and gradually get worse...
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    Windows updates

    That's all the explanation I need! Thanks! I guess "Framework" should've been a clue... I just thought it might've had something to do with networking and since this is a standalone workstation, I wasn't going to bother with it. I'm gonna have to upgrade to a newer machine anyway, soon—after...
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