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seremina

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  • Birthday 02/13/1979

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    Canada
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    Prayer, Adoration, study, some games.

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  • System Specifications:
    2.9 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 80 Gig HD, XP Home, Wubi Ubuntu, onboard video, sound, network, USB 2.0, CDW/DVD. Avast, Spyware Guard, Spybot S&D, Threatfire, Drivermax, FireFox browser, Opera browser, Pidgin, low-vision accessibility aids.
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  1. heres a quick check disk run dont open or run any programs until its done it will be a few minutes long from start menu click on run type in chkdsk press ok a command prompt will open chkdsk will be running allow it to run it might or will show list of errors if any I ran that one to start. When I got back to the computer, I realised the check vanished. So I would guess there were no errors. Otherwise, I think it would've stayed up. Does this mean that there would be no point to doing a full chkdsk? Meanwhile, I have been working through my programs to find any I don't use and those that have fallen out of use that I wouldn't use again. Oh... I also have another question. I haven't done the Microsoft defragger yet, but what if it tells me that it can't defrag some parts? Are all defraggers always like that, or do better ones not have that issue?
  2. There's two problems with running a Pitstop test... 1. It refuses to work with Firefox, even with their IE Tab extension. I should not have to open IE for anything and IE is always slow. I still have IE6 and have not updated it since. I don't want any rude surprises by upgrading IE just to use it for PC Pitstop scans. (that's truly the only reason it'd be used!) 2. PC Pitstop won't show a complete listing of programs. It'll ALWAYS fail to take into account all my portable programs that I use. I wish all programs came in portable format; its a lot easier to handle programs without the need to install them and they can be easily moved from drive to drive without killing data and without worrying of forgetting to backup anything and worrying about finding a free image software, etc. Most of my space is taken up by programs that have no portable version. I almost feel like buckling down and starting my cleaning, shoving what I want to keep onto my 4 GB emergency USB drive, take notes (which will be hard to read to boot) of what non-portable software I want to keep and will have to reinstall, wipe the drive, reinstall WinXP, Wubi Ubuntu, and move everything and reinstall everything. My biggest concern is that what I want to keep may exceed 4 GB. Just typing this tired my brain out. *yawn* So you can see why this is a challenge for me and I'd rather avoid it. I don't like being scared that this drive may be dying. I hope it can be saved without sacrificing anything I want to keep. Does anybody else experience that the longer they've known computers, the more they forget info about them and become so rusty that computers are a chore? (yet a necessary item for me, oy.) Okay. I'll do the chkdsk overnight, and I'll paste in the results for you.
  3. I did not use the cleaners that were recommended. What needs cleaning is what programs and ebooks I want to store and which ones I want to toss, etc, so that's different from needing a cleaner that cleans up accumulated junk. This hard drive is only 80GB and the D partition is only 6 GB. I tried to use the 6GB for storage ONLY but it ended up being inadequate. Heh. So you can imagine what happened. Spillover! I did grab the Malware Scanner because virus scans just aren't coming up with ANYTHING. So it'd seem my system is healthy. But that doesn't explain the rdbss.sys thing. So here's the results. I DID let it clean them because I'm alarmed there'd be anything BAD in the registry. I'm security-anal, so this is a shock for me. Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.40 Database version: 2614 Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 8/12/2009 4:19:11 PM mbam-log-2009-08-12 (16-19-10).txt Scan type: Full Scan (C:\|D:\|) Objects scanned: 221720 Time elapsed: 1 hour(s), 56 minute(s), 35 second(s) Memory Processes Infected: 0 Memory Modules Infected: 0 Registry Keys Infected: 3 Registry Values Infected: 0 Registry Data Items Infected: 0 Folders Infected: 0 Files Infected: 0 Memory Processes Infected: (No malicious items detected) Memory Modules Infected: (No malicious items detected) Registry Keys Infected: HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\nimo (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Interface\{ecd99db2-abfa-46ae-a7ee-16d0ddb78258} (Trojan.BHO) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{7fbb2d91-9964-4196-bac5-d5e751762ec3} (Trojan.FakeAlert) -> Quarantined and deleted successfully. Registry Values Infected: (No malicious items detected) Registry Data Items Infected: (No malicious items detected) Folders Infected: (No malicious items detected) Files Infected: (No malicious items detected) How resource-intensive is the chkdsk? Would I be able to multi-task while that runs? I may end up doing it during my sleep, as you recommended. I already know that Microsoft's defrag doesn't allow multi-tasking like my typical defragger does. So that's another nightful.
  4. I have been occasionally getting this problem. I have no idea what's causing it and the info I'm being told by WinXP isn't helpful. It seems to happen after leaving the computer running for a few days at a time. I'll be happily surfing/working, and suddenly a slowdown will occur. Just when I think something had to update itself, there's a halt and it tells me drive D is dying or there's a network disconnection. That makes no sense to me, because drive D is just a partition. Whether there's a halt or not, there's a blue screen. It always says that a device had stuff to do before it choked up and the device always mentioned is rdbss.sys; I googled this but the information I found just wasn't helpful. I don't know what's wrong. I've never had an rdbss.sys error before, so I don't have any previous experience to fall back on for this one. I defragmented C and D, hoping that would fix the issue. It didn't. I'm already aware that both drives are almost full and I have a lot of cleaning to do on both, which is hard on me because I hardly have time to do the cleaning bit. Any ideas?
  5. Great. And how do I do the same for a Hibernate button?
  6. Thank you for the replies, everyone. I also did some research on AVG 8, since you guys cleared up its still free. The research gave me reason to believe that AVG 8 is not worth it and will frustrate you to Kingdom Come and will be resource-hoggy. After a thorough comparison of what you wonderful people suggested, I have decided on Avast. It is practically an all-in-one. It handles viruses, spyware, rootkits, etc. I'm now in the process of uninstalling AVG's products and studying the tutorial posted for configuring Avast properly. Thank you so much, everyone.
  7. I just got AVG Free's notification that if I want my protection continued, I will have to upgrade to a non-free AVG 8.0 version. I know I was tired of AVG's reboot requirement with each update, but I wasn't asking them to dump their free protection! I'm worried now. So what do I do? Is there a resource-light free antivirus I can grab to replace it? Its likely I'll have to replace AVG's AntiSpyware too [free version] or can that be left alone? I'm sure others have gotten this scary notification too and they're worrying too.
  8. Okay. I did all that. I got the High Definition Audio driver updated. It went without a hitch. The only driver I'm not sure how to update, is the USB driver. It sometimes says its not a high-speed USB but I know it was before the drive was wiped. Do I fix this with a hub, or are there actually drivers for it? Also, AVG Anti-Spyware is now dimmed out permanently. Will it still protect me?
  9. Okay. I think I have it figured out. I really DID have Returnil on when I installed those. Turning off Returnil requires a little switch-flipping and a reboot; I didn't realise that until I read the handbook. I have that fixed. All I think that's left now that I used msconfig to kill Comodo's startups that shouldn't be there, is to get the drivers updated. I've been leaving that for last since I'm the least experienced in that. I'd also like to know how to balance USB usage. I'll probably put the mouse in the back, leave the external drive in the front, and the 2nd one in the front could be easily changed from one thing to another as I like. That leaves one left in the back. I would hope filling the USB ports [as long as its not two mice like I wound up doing before] wouldn't make the computer crash again. Does it help if you use a USB hub?
  10. I'll have to try the ZSoft Uninstaller. I can't go through the long process because it seems only one portion was left installed and the uninstaller is gone since it thinks it was a complete uninstallation. I'll also use Spybot or msconfig to get rid of any startup entries related to the Comodo stuff. I have another question that seems more like an additional issue that's popping up. I had Guild Wars and CGoban 3 installed on the computer, but it seems with each reboot...they vanish. Its like they were never installed. I made sure Returnil wasn't on and was hoping that was the problem. Any clues?
  11. Strangely enough, Firefox is downloading things again. I have no clue how it got fixed. Looks like I won't have to try that beta yet, after all. Though I got rid of all the Comodo products, it seems the Comodo Antivirus/Antispyware didn't completely uninstall. I looked in my Start Menu, I looked in my Control Panel's Add/Remove, but there's no way to complete the uninstallation. The uninstall isn't complete because after each boot up, when Windows is about done loading, it tells me it couldn't find Comodo Antivirus/Antispyware and the program will close. Its like the uninstallation didn't kill the startup entry or something. How do I get rid of this? BTW...the BCD booting-menu utility only works for Vista, not XP. How do I get it to work for XP? I had to chuck the install since it demands I have Vista on this system to get it to work. I'm relieved that uninstalling it didn't kill the bootup process. Whew. I'm so close to the end of the troubles, I can taste it!
  12. All right! The router is up and going. The Comodo Firewall has crashed out, so I'm using the XP firewall instead. I'm thinking of sticking with it instead of trying to choose a good software firewall. I'm thinking of adding Threatfire and Spybot [without Tea Timer]. I'm also thinking of replacing Comodo Anti-Malware with A2. Does this look good? And no, I still don't have Firefox fixed. But at least it doesn't have glitchups from just looking at and saving pictures, like Opera does. I'm thinking I might have to go with Firefox 3 after all. How do I save my bookmarks and other stuff so it'll go into Firefox 3?
  13. I went to Comodo to look at some settings and somehow, Comodo crashed and looks to be uninstalled! I'm discouraged already. I'm tired of this. Am I getting the same problems as before? I'll check the website. The last time this happened, supposedly, they had an update but it didn't automatically set up. If this keeps up, I say Comodo is a stringer. It keeps chasing me after a string of problems and I'm the poor cat that's bashed her head into the wall! Later: No new version for Comodo. I'm stumped. According to the thread I was led to, though, the problem is simply Firefox 2. Its been happening since Firefox 2.0.0.9, they said. They said this problem gets fixed if you replace the current FF with the FF 3 beta 2 and that its stable despite not being the final version of it yet. So...I might take the plunge...but I'm concerned about the bookmarking issue. Don't know what I'll do about Comodo. I'm sick of the problems I have with it. I might have to use 2.4 for a long time instead, or find some other firewall that might be just as good or better.
  14. I'm reading the thread. It gets more and more interesting with each page of it I read.
  15. saving menu Looks normal...until... malfunction It does this for all except pics. It'll easily handle pics. But everything else...nope. If I use left-click instead of "save as", it won't do anything at all. As for the article, I tried everything in that article. Nothing works to fix this.
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