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Haha...yes, I avoid it, as well. I only keep it for the same reason you do: sometimes you have to use it.
I avoid IE whatever like the plague. I just try to keep it up to date and as tightly configured security-wise as I can since it's kinda integrated w/ windows and you need it to use windows update [altho I'm trying out the Corel IE add-on in firefox]. I'm using IE 7 on my winxp desktop when forced to because IE8 kept crashing and my win 2k computer can only use IE6.
Is Intel Core 2 Duo a dual core? I just have a hyperthreading processor in my desktop, 512 MB & a much patched winxp. Want to trade?
My Sony VAIO is from 2002 w/ a much patched win2k.
Coincidence or not, I don't know, but programs on both computers started to become cpu hungry w/ patches & increasing malicious threats protection. My program type and usage otherwise hasn't changed. Still using firefox, word xp and 2003, paperport 9 pro and nero 6 & 8 ultra. Attempting to use nero these days. Have always ckdsked & defragged regularly, monitored startup programs and kept an eye on running processes and kept a little cpu monitor down in my tasktray.
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I copied your idea and put my computer info in my signature. Now I don't have to remember [oops forgot] to put it in the post. Never heard of Sunbelt - maybe I just skipped over it in a Freudian manner in review articles since my brain can only compare so many av's before freaking.
Yes, putting your computer's info in your sig is very helpful to the people assisting you. Don't worry...I copied the idea from somewhere else. Well, Sunbelt may not be that well known. If you look at the bottom of their website, you can see they've been around for a while...1996-present. Like I said, I've never had anything more than a tracking cookie.
When I finish troubleshooting the dell I may decide not to invest in more memory, new dvd drive etc. and start pricing new computers. There's a compuzone near me that could "build" one for me so I could pick the processor, mb, etc. Don't know if I'm up to all that research.
Yeah, by the time you put all the money and effort into repairing an aging PC, you could have already bought a new one (and have a much better machine overall...one that is new, not debilitating).
While you're running win 7 on a dual core do you do a lot of multitasking? I routinely run several word docs and several firefox tabs. I can usually add opening/closing notepad, paint, a folder or two w/out crashing initially on a good day. After running for awhile word usually crashes. Paperport I have to run pretty much by itself.
Yes, I do a lot of multi-tasking. The only way I can strain it is by running a virtual machine. I've actually tried to overwhelm it by opening tons of programs and documents (over 30), but was unsuccessful.
That pattern had been consistent since my 2002 win2k prof compuzone computer w/ my amd athlon xp & dragon mobo thru the 2002 sony VAIO, 2005 dell 380 and 2005 thinkpad x41. Before investing in dual core, lots of RAM, etc. I'd like to know if the software available to do what I need to do can actually use the hardware. Do you ever approximate my computer use or do you burn a lot of videos or power up for games?
What all software are we talking here? Most things that run in XP and Vista work in Windows 7 (I've only seen one completely incompatible program...most that have trouble can be used in Compatibility Mode).
How is win7 compared to winxp as far as programs it's running stability and security updates? I've seriously been considering researching macs. I've only known a few mac users but they don't cuss like us windows users. The ones who used it for business purposes seemed to be able to spend their time on their business rather than trying to get their computers to work. I'd have to learn a whole new language, as it were, and they are sooo expensive.
I haven't had any major issues. Much more stable than Vista. Security...eh...it's probably the most secure Microsoft OS right now simply because the market share is so low compared to XP and Vista. But yeah, the security features work great. And UAC isn't as much of a pain as it was in Vista (if you've ever used it). Coupled with a good AV, firewall, and the occasional Malwarebytes' scan...you're good to go.
Macs are the most reliable computers you can buy. They are made to strict specifications for maximum usability. But you do have to pay a heavy price tag...and like you said, they are very different from PC's. Mainly the GUI (graphical user interface). Navigating through a Mac is hard for me (I've only used one once). Some of the keyboard shortcuts are the same, but I don't know all the ins and outs of OS X. It's a bit of a learning curve, but doable.
If macs are really reliable it'd be worth it, tho. I really need a reliable computer and I need it 6 years ago. Then I could just play w/ my pc's when I had time. If win 7 is consistent and reliable on different hardware configurations [esp. the one I pick] and and word 7 works on win 7 then I need to upgrade now and get the hardware that will let it do its stuff.
Like I said, if you want pure reliability (at a high cost), then go for a Mac. But if you stay with a PC (you've got plenty of excellent options...make a new topic here if you want to discuss new PC's further), Windows 7 is where it's at. Yes, all Office programs run like a champ. Pretty much everything does. Yes, you can still be plagued by the common PC problems...malware, driver issues, etc...but hey, you know exactly where to come for help, don't ya? If you know what you're doing and ask for help when you don't, things tend to work out pretty well.
Today my cpu monitor has stayed at 100% on the Sony and when I checked taskmanager firefox has been at 95-99%. Doing anything has been really slow. I did another Procexp.txt [Procexp2.txt] while taskmanager was showing firefox at 96% and Procexp2.txt shows firefox at 96.04.
One question I was going to post in the Are You Infected is - I had spywareblaster set my IE homepage so that it can't be changed. I'm pretty sure that's a registry setting it changes. Now Malwareblaster scans are reporting Hijack.Homepage and holding the registry entry in quarantine. [Can it do that?] No infected files have been reported - just registry entries. I figured Malwarebytes is reporting spywareblaster's setting. The value for Homepage at that registry entry is 1.
Malwarebytes also reports and quarantines the registry entry for FirewallDisableNotify [value = 1] as Disabled.SecurityCenter. This is a win2k machine w/ no security center or windows firewall, so I figured that was the problem. Altho Trend Micro Housecall & comodo firewall require winxp, I didn't think malwarebytes did.
Yes, registry entries can be malicious. You might want to go ahead and post a new topic in AII to be sure. If nothing comes up, they'll send you on your way. And if it turns out you are infected, they'll get you cleaned up.
Anyway I don't think I'm infected, but I could be wrong. Both entries are now listed in the Ignore List.
Edited by keyboardNinja, 04 April 2010 - 11:43 PM.
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