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Looking closer at the System Advisor, we can determine whether or not the Internet connection can be automatically optimized. This is done with BoostSpeed through a manual or automatic setting in the Auslogics Internet Optimizer. Auslogics Registry Defrag will let you know that you can reduce registry access time and increase overall system performance by running this tool. This is a very delicate task that most freeware applications will not take on. Defragmenting the registry involves significant risk if there is a failure and that is why Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 comes with a Rescue Center, which can literally allow you to backup the changes that have been made within the program. The program will even automatically create these restore points before adjusting your system for perfect fine tuning.

If the Disk and Registry Maintenance options weren't enough, Auslogics BoostSpeed 5 comes with in-depth ways to determine and modify your System Status and Privacy. If that weren't enough, the System Tweaks area allows you to optimize your Windows services around how you use your computer. This can be so useful in a work environment, as most system services continue running unabated, even when they will never be used!

Control over startup items and installed software has never been easier. Needless duplicate files found on a system can be deleted and disks can be explored to discover what is eating up all of that storage space. The System tweaks area is where Auslogics BoostSpeed really shines. It contains management options for the User Interface, Start Menu, Taskbar, Windows Explorer, System Security, Startup and Shutdown, System, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, and numerous additional Software Tweaks.

"Hi, I’m Jessica Dolcourt from CNET Download and this is a first look at Auslogics BoostSpeed. This is a top rated program that attempts to defrag, tweak, and otherwise optimize the computer where its most likely to get bogged down. Looking at the clean launch interface, you might never guess that there are 18 tools bundled into one app. The main pane is dominated by shortcuts for testing the health of the system. One Button Checkup will scan for issues and attempt to fix them. For instance, Disk Cleaner’s job is to find and remove junk files. With most scans you run, you’ll have the opportunity to take a closer look at the files, and to back them up before you change anything. Since the goal of the program is to optimize performance, BoostSpeed often frames problems in terms of how much space you would free if you deleted the loose files. On the left, the system tools are organized by activity: Computer, Cleanup, Optimization, Privacy, Settings, and so on. When you click the task category, you’ll see the available tools and a brief description of what they do. Clicking the tools launches it in a separate window, so that you can return to this main interface at any time. Most tools are easy to work their way around, and most changes can be undone in Auslogics Rescue Center, which you can get to from individual tool interfaces or from the settings on the BoostSpeed panel interface. In the Rescue Center, you’ll see a list of the changes you’ve made. You’ll be able to see full details for each entry and view archive backups as well. Which system files BoostSpeed will back up, and which it will leave alone, are things you can specify in the program settings, under the tab that says Rescue Center. We’re fans of Auslogics BoostSpeed for its comprehensive system maintenance and nicely packaged interface. Some of the app’s component parts are offered as stand-alone freeware products, such as the Disk Defrag…" - Courtesy CNET Review of Auslogics BoostSpeed

Under User Interface:
Disable AeroMake menu bars and window frames opaque instead of translucentDo not animate windows when minimizing and maximizingSlow the window animations when holding Shift keyDisable 3D Window SwitchingAdd context menu to activate Flip 3DTurn off Aero PeekTurn off Aero SnapTurn off Aero Shake
Under Visual Effects:
Hide window contents while draggingDo not drop shadows under icons on the desktopDo not use translucent selection rectangleShow Windows version in the desktop bottom right cornerSelect how you want the arrows displayed on shortcuts
Under Animation:
Do not allow window animationDo not use smooth scrolling for list boxesDo not animate drop-down listsSelect tooltip animation types
Menu:
Do not use menu fading animation effectsHide shadows under menusHide underlined letters for keybaord navigation until ALT is pressedMenu animation effects optionsDelay before displaying submenus (in milliseconds!)Full font smoothing optionsExtended ClearType and Standard font smoothing options
Start Menu:
Hide "Log Off" from the Start MenuHide the "Run itemHide "Set Program Access And Defaults" ("Default Programs" in Vista)Hide the "Help and Support" itemHide the "All Programs" menuHide "Administrative Tools"Hide the list of frequently used programsHide the list of pinned programsHide the "See more results" link
Under Folder options determine whether to hide individual items, show them as a link, or show them as a menu easily

Effects:
Do not highlight recently installed programsDo not show partially installed programs in grayDo not sort the "All Programs" menu by nameDisable the context menu and drag itemsDisable the "Start" button tooltipExpand menu when you hover the mouse pointer over an itemEnable small icons in the Start menu
Taskbar:
Show notification areaDo not display tooltips in the notification areaDo not hide unused icons in the notification areaDo not display the network activity icon in the notification areaDo not display the sound settings icon in the notification areaDo not display the battery icon in the notifications areaAuto-hide taskbarDo not slide taskbar buttonsAllow moving or rearranging taskbar itemsGroup similar buttons: Do not group, Group when full, Always group and hide tagsButtons: Configure advanced settings for taskbar application buttons
Explorer:
Show hidden filesShow file extensionsuse Windows classic foldersDisplay checkboxes to help select multiple filesAlways show the menu bar in Windows ExplorerDisable file and folder pop-up descriptionsDisplay folder size in the folder tooltip
Thumbnails:
Disable thumbnail cache creationDo not display thumbnails in network foldersThumbnail quality - 0-100%Thumbnail size in pixelsShow address bar folder path autocompleteShow address bar folder path autosuggestShow address bar maximized as a drop-down listInclude variable "PATH" into search pathDisable automatic replacement of a blackslash to a forward slash
Context Menu:
Show "Open Command Prompt"Show "Send To"Show "Copy to Folder..."Show "Move to Folder..."Show "Run as administrator"Show "Take ownership"Show "Search..."
Options:
Restore open Explorer windows when you restartDisable CD burning functions in Windows ExplorerRun Desktop and Explorer tasks as seperate processesRun each Explorer window as a seperate processAutomatically restart the shell if a shell error occursDisable the option to search the Internet when you open a file with unknown extension
Explorer items:
Display encrypted and compressed files and folders in a different colorDrive letter is displayed after disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk labelDrive letter is displayed before disk label for network driveDrive letter is not displayed!
Autoplay:

Disable autorun for:
Removable drives (Floppy, flash-drive, etc)Non-removable drives (hard disk, etc)Optical disk drives (CD, DVD, etc)Temporary memory disk (RAM-disk)Network drivesUnknown drive types
Command Prompt:
Enable advanced modeEnable delayed expansion of environmental variablesEnable quick editingFile names autocomplete hotkeyFolder names autocomplete hotkey
System Security:
Disable User Acount ControlSet all UAC options including advanced options only found in registry
Privacy Policy:
Wipe page file on computer shutdownClear the "Recent documents" list on logoffDo not create the "Recent Documents" listDo not store your logon password on the diskDisable hidden sharesDisable user trackingEnable encrypt/decrypt options in ExplorerDisable Faster User Switching
For anonymous users:
Access is allowed with the default settingsTransfer of accounts and SAM names is prohibitedAccess is denied if permits are not specified
Windows Defender:
Disable Windows DefenderDisable heuristic scanningDisable archive scansDisable removable media scansDisable e-mail scansDisable real-time protectionDisable real-time protection promptsDisable downloads checkupDisable executable files checkupDisable definition updates through alternate download locationsCheck for new signatures before scheduled scansDo not log unknown detectionsDo not log known good detections
Startup and Shutdown:
Disable Windows startup soundDisable parsing AUTOEXEC.BATDisplay information about previous logons during user logonDisable Ctrl-Alt-Del before logonRun logon scripts simultaneouslyOptimize system files placement on the diskSpecify time to wait before running Check Disk (chkdsK) in seconds
Event Logging:
Do not log any eventsLog standard events onlyLog all startup and shutdown events
Legal Notice:
Write any legal notice you want during startup of Microsoft Windows
Automatic login:
Use autologin and set credentials, including username, password, and domain
System:

OEM Info:

Configure Windows OEM attributes, such as the manufacturer's logo and support information that appears in the System Properties window.

This includes:
ManufacturerModelSupport URLWorking HoursPhone120x120 pixel logo
Application Start:
Disable "Program Compatibility Assistant"Disable "Program Compatibility Wizard"Disable running 16-bit applicationsRun 16-bit programs as a separate processAdd checkbox "Run in seperate memory space" for 16-bit applications
Error Handling:
Disable sound when errors occurAutomatic restart in case of a critical errorSend error reportsShow error notification in windowDon't save reports on your computerDon't send additional information in a reportDon't write error information into system log
If an error occurs:
Ask user consent to send a reportAutomatically include only basic information in the reportAutomatically include all but personal data in the reportAutomatically include all data in the report
Internet Explorer:

Interface:
Disable visual-styled controls in Internet Explorer pagesDisable page transitionsDisable Clear Type fontsDisable smooth scrollingDisable autoamtic updatesAlways show menusDo not show extended error messagesDo not show the welcome text for new opened tabsDo not show warning messages when closing tabsDo not send bug reports via the InternetAlways ask before downloading filesPlace the menu above the address bar
Behavior:
Let Internet Explorer decide how pop-ups should openAlways open pop-ups in a new windowAlways open pop-ups in a new tab
Specify how Internet Explorer displays a web page when it's launched from another program:
Opens in a new windowOpens in a new tab in the current windowOpens in the current tab or window
Connections
Speed up web browsing in IE by using more concurrent Internet connectionsIncludes anywhere from 1-20 connections (Default is 4)
Options:
Default file download directoryHome PageCaption string that is displayed after the page title
Microsoft Office:
Do not track document editing timeBlock updates from the Office Update SiteDisable Customer Experience Improvement programDisable error reportingDisable logging Microsoft Office activityDisable Office DiagnosticsDisable clipboard dialog boxPrevent Office Help from resizing the application window
Microsoft Word:
Do not check spelling as you typeDo not check grammar as you typeDo not use background printingDo not auto-save background printingDo not auto-save documents in the backgroundDo not use translucent selectionDo not check if MS Word is the default HTML editor
Microsoft Excel:
Show Formula bar in Full ViewCache spreadsheetsCache PivotTable reportsUndo steps: Set from 0 to 100
Software tweaks (The ones we can see so far)

Skype:
Disable file transferDisable loading language filesDisable publishing Skype status on the WebDisable Skype Public APIDisable checking for updatesDisable listening for TCP connectionsDisable UDP communications
Windows Media Player
Disable auto-updatesDisable automatic codec downloadsDisable Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM)Disable video smoothingDisable CD and DVD Media information retrievalDisable music file media information retrievalDisable media file sharingDisable script handling in media filesHide the "Privacy" tab in the settingsHide the "Security" tab in the settingsHide the "Network" tab in the settings
Adobe Reader:
Disable splash screenDisplay PDF in the browser windowDisable Purchase Acrobat item in the menu
Firefox:
Disable link prefetchingDo not reduce memory when minimizedDo not download favorite icons (favicons)Disable blinking elementsForce frames to be reesizableUse old style for opening tabsShow all images / Block all images / Load images from the requird site only and block images from othersClose Tab Button full range of optionsHow long Firefox waits for the web page data before it displays the page (From 0 to 1 sec)
System Information includes everything:
OverviewGeneralHardwareCPUMotherbaordMemory ModulesVideoStorageIO DevicesInput DevicesModemsNetwork AdaptersResourcesProblem DevicesOperating SystemProgramsNetworkApplication ErrorsDevice ManagerMemory UsagePerformance
Tasks show Applications, processes, services, and locked files. You can unlock locked files, change the status of services, end processes, and modify application data.

Auslogics Disk Explorer will show what folders are taking up the most space and allow you to delete empty folders on your system.

File Recovery allows you to undelete files.

Speed Up Internet includes:
Automatic tuningAuto HeuristicsDefault TTLGlobal Max TCP WindowMax MTUTCP Window SizeMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Simultaneous HTTP ConnectionsFirefox Max ConnectionsFirefix Max Connections Per Server
TCP/IP
1323 OptsACK FrequencyARP Cache LifeARP Cache Min Reference LifeARP Cache SizeAuto HeuristicsAuto TuningCongestion ControlDefault TTLDel ACK TicksDisable Task OffloadECN CapabilityEnable PMTU BH DetectEnable PMTU DiscoveryFin Wait DelayGlobal Max TCP Window SizeInitial RTTIPv6 over IPv4Keep Alive InternalKeep Alive TimeMax Connect RetriesMax Data RetransmissionsMax Dup ACKsMax MTUNum ConnectionsReceive-side ScalingSACK EnabledTCP Window SizeSYN Attack ProtectTimed Wait DelayUse RFC1122 Urgent Pointer
Winsock:
Default Receive WindowDefault Send WindowLarge Buffer SizeMedium Buffer SizeNon Blocking Send Special bufferingSmall Buffer SizeTransmit Worker
Workstation:
Request Buffer SizeUse Raw ReadUse Raw WriteUse Write Raw Data
Dns Cache:
Adapter Timeout TimeHash Table Bucket SizeHash Table SizeMax Entry TTL LimitMax SOA Entry TTL LimitNegative SOA TimeNegative TimeNet Failure Time
Internet Explorer:
DNS Cache EnabledDNS Cache TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax Connections Per 1_0 ServerMax Connections Per ServerReceive TimeoutServer Info TimeoutSocket Receive Buffer LengthSocket Send Buffer LengthTCP Autotuning
Firefox:
Disable IPv6DNS Cache EntriesDNS Cache ExpirationHTTP Connect TimeoutKeepAlive TimeoutMax ConnectionsMax Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ServerMax Persistent Connections Per ProxyPipeliningPipelining Max RequestsPrefetch NextProxy PipeliningUse KeepAliveUsing Proxy KeepAlive
(Auto-optimization is based on Over 1Mbps / 1Mbps or lower (default that Windows assumes) / or 128kbps or lower)

The built-in System Advisor determines (THESE ARE JUST SOME):
Can the Internet connection be optimized?Is the registry fragmented?Can Windows shutdown be sped up?Can incorrect drivers be updated? (It updates them in Auslogics Device Manager)
Quick Tasks allow you to:
Erase browser historyErase Windows historyCleanupt emporary filesOptimize memory
Privacy allows you to shred files and wippe entire disks.

Let's check that one again:
Disk MaintenanceFree Up SpaceRemove DuplicatesExplore diskDisk cleanupDisk defragmentDisk repairSoftware ControlSystem TweaksService OptimizationDisaster RecoveryFile RecoveryRescue CenterRegistry MaintenanceRegistry RepairRegistry DefragmentSystem StatusSystem InformationSystem TasksSystem ServicesLocked FilesComputer PrivacyErase Computer HistoryShred FilesWipe disksSpeed Up InternetInternet OptimizationMemory Optimization
It is quite probable that Auslogics BoostSpeed is the best program on the market for system repair and optimization EVER. Even if you don't know how to use the options listed above, that is why this program is great. It really DOES it for you. It really does repair your registry, with money behind it that went into big time research and development.

Their previous freeware products have been used regularly by IT professionals, but this product includes absolutely everything. There is nothing missing in this program, and updates are absolutely frequent. It is the one application I would recommend to every member of Windows7Forums.com without hesitation. Even if you do not know what these settings mean, this program will optimize and repair your system without any doubt. Today, there are so many programs that "claim" to do this and do that. When we saw Auslogics offering a commercial solution I had to start offering it on my website after I saw what it could do. I had to make a video about it. I had to find a way to provide a discount to members.

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I am trying to do updates for Widows defender and I am getting the following error. Windows defender cannot do updates error: 0x8024402c. I checked the settings in Control Panel-> Security Center-> Windows Updates and all the options are grayed outc I cannot choose anything.

Any help much appreciated




Hey Everyone, new member here!

I've been reading this forum for years, but never had the need to ask a question myself until now... I'm hoping anyone can help me figure out what the heck is

wrong with my computer... I simply CANNOT use Microsoft Update! This has been the case for about a year I think, and I have never found a solution to it

and I have tried everything I read online and nothing will fix it....

Details:
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
- Sony Vaio VPCF127FX (3 years old)
- Bitdefender Total Security 2013
- Disabled windows firewall/anti-virus/defender
Problems:
- When trying to 'check for updates', I always get this error:
And error occured while checking for new updates for your computer. Error(s) Found: Code 80073712
- Cannot Install Internet Explorer 9!!

Things I've tried:
- My computer cannot run/execute SFC utility in prompt. It always gives this error:
Windows Resource Protection could not perform the requested operation.
- I've tried Microsoft Fix it and it finds no problems
- I've tried the latest 'System Update and Readiness Tool'
- I'm confident it has nothing to do with bitdefender. Even so, I've disabled it and removed it to see if it was an issue and this problem is the same.

- Checking Windows Event Logs Gives This information:
Version=1
EventType=WindowsUpdateFailure
EventTime=130086362343763871
Consent=1
UploadTime=130086362344075871
ReportIdentifier=b749991f-94ce-11e2-8a62-544249158cdf
Response.BucketId=720737087
Response.BucketTable=5
Response.type=4
Sig[0].Name=ClientVersion
Sig[0].Value=7.4.7600.226
Sig[1].Name=Win32HResult
Sig[1].Value=80073712
Sig[2].Name=UpdateId
Sig[2].Value=61CA813A-7585-442E-A66B-B0D15CE6BDC0
Sig[3].Name=Scenario
Sig[3].Value=Scan
Sig[4].Name=SourceId
Sig[4].Value=101
Sig[5].Name=Environment
Sig[5].Value=Unmanaged
DynamicSig[1].Name=OS Version
DynamicSig[1].Value=6.1.7600.2.0.0.768.3
DynamicSig[2].Name=Locale ID
DynamicSig[2].Value=1033
State[0].Key=Transport.DoneStage1
State[0].Value=1
FriendlyEventName=Windows Update installation problem
ConsentKey=WindowsUpdateFailure
AppName=Host Process for Windows Services
AppPath=C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe
ReportDescription=A Windows update did not install properly. Sending the following information to Microsoft can help improve the software.

If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please help!!!!




Ok so i just did a update from windows vista to windows 7 and everything went fine untill i logged in....When i loged in the first thing that pops up is a windows explorer has stopped responding and the desktop is black nothing even gets a chance to load. This happens on any account and anytime i log in.... i can get task manager up and i ran defender to make sure there was no viruses and its clean. Im really anowayed and this is the message i keep getting:

Windows explorer has stopped working
windows can check online for a solution to the problem.

-->Check online for a solution and close the program
-->close program

Problem details:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: Explorer.EXE
Application Version: 6.1.7100.0
Application Timestamp: 49ee974f
Fault Module Name: kernel32.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.1.7100.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 49eeaac7
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 0000000000003892
OS Version: 6.1.7100.2.0.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: d8fd
Additional Information 2: d8fd8161e9ac0930383dc216f4c34d70
Additional Information 3: a87e
Additional Information 4: a87eb7be9617da7857e04259db193484
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If someone could help that would be great! its windows 7 the rc.




I only got my very first computer last year in April 2011. So my only experience of using a computer at home has been with Windows 7. Before that I was going to Internet cafes to use the computer. And of course there they had Windows XP. But using a computer in an Internet cafe is very different from using it at home. As you do not have to manage any settings like you have to with your own computer. I have 3 Windows 7 netbooks,all HP Mini 210,with Windows 7 Starter, and the two others are Windows 7 Professionall. Which I upgraded,from Windows 7 Starter using Windows Anytime Upgrade.

But I wanted to try Windows XP,because I am a great fan of Windows.And based on my experience with Windows 7,it is very user friendly. So a week ago I went and bought a brand new Windows XP 1GB netbook from a department store. I was very lucky to get this netbook ,because in England they are no longer making Windows XP or Windows Vista computers and laptops. They are all being replaced with Windows 7. So you cannot buy Windows XP or Windows Vista laptops in most shops now. But I was lucky because the Windows XP netbook I bought was the last one they had in the store. And they told me that they are not getting any more in stock.

The netbook is an Acer Aspire one Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3 operating system. I would have liked to have got an HP netbook as I am used to using that. But because all of the computers now are being made with Windows 7 only,the Acer was the only Windows XP laptop that they has in the shop. And I looked in other shops and stores, and I could not find Windows XP anywhere. So I bought the Acer Windows XP netbook.

Most people would probably just install Windows XP over their Windows 7. And I have read online that there is a way to do this. But I have limited experience with computers. So I would not have a clue how to do this. And also you must have a valid and activated copy of Windows XP. Which I don't thing you can download or get now from the Microsoft website.As I read that they are ending support for both Windows XP and Windows Vista,in a few years time. So I did the easiest thing and just bought a Windows XP laptop. But is it as good or user friendly as Windows 7 is? Read on-

The edition of Windows XP I have on my netbook is Windows XP Home Edition service pack 3. Which I think is equivalent to our Windows 7 Home Premium.The first thing I noticed was that Windows XP booted up faster than Windows 7. And then of course I had to set up my account on Windows. And I was very happy to find that I did not have to have a password. Windows XP only requires you to set up a computer name-for example- Andrea. But on Windows XP like on Windows 7, you DO NOT have to have a password if you do not want one. Which is great as I hate having to log in with a password and enter it every time I do some thing on my own computer. Also on Windows XP you are set up as an Administrator by default,just like Windows 7.

Then of course I had to remove all of that branded and unwanted Acer software. I found that on Windows XP programs uninstall a lot faster than what they do on Windows 7. And I also found downloading software from the Internet to be a lot faster on Windows XP than on Windows 7.In fact Windows XP is a lot faster than Windows 7,to my surprise .

Then there are other questions that I and other Windows 7 users may be asking. On Windows 7,I have uninstalled the Internet Explorer browser,and I would like to do the same thing on Windows XP. I tested this out to and the answer is-YES,you can uninstall IE on Windows XP by deleting the IE file in programs on C/drive.And I did this with the help of a tool called Unlocker. And I found that removing Internet Explorer on Windows XP did not effect Windows at all. I was also able to remove Outlook Express,an email client which I and most people cannot use, as well. And Windows was not effected by this either. I found that I was still able to get and install updates on Windows XP without IE.

On Windows XP you have two choices of installing updates-

1-You can go directly onto the Windows Update website in a web browser. But the disadvantage of this is that you cannot do this on Firefox or Google Chrome. You can only install updates from the website in Internet Explorer or on another Internet Explorer engine based browser,such as Green browser or Avant browser.So although I did not have IE,I was able to install updates from the website in Advanced browser and Deepnet Explorer.Which are the Trident(IE engine based) browsers I use instead of Internet Explorer. So if you want to install updates directly from the website on Windows XP, but do not want to use Internet Explorer. You can use Avant browser,Advanced browser or another IE engine based browser instead of IE.But this will only work with Trident engine browsers only,not with Firefox,chrome or Web Kit based browsers.

2-You can also install updates directly from control panel without going onto a web browser just like you do in Windows 7. I choose this method because I think it is safer than going onto a web browser. You can also choose to turn off automatic updating and install only the updates that you want,when you want to. Just like you do on Windows 7 and I found that updates took a lot less time to install than on Windows 7. On Windows 7,if you have 50 updates it can take up to 30 minutes to install. But on Windows XP it takes just 10 minutes or less.So installing updates is faster on Windows XP.

Then there is the security issue. And it is true that based on what I have read, Windows XP is not as secure as Windows 7. And there is a higher risk of computer viruses and malware on Windows XP than what there is on Windows 7.But having said that, on Windows 7, I do not have any anti-virus programs on my computer. Because I don't believe in those. And so I do not have an anti-virus program on Windows XP either. And I do not intend to install any in the future on Windows XP.

But what I do have on Windows XP is Windows Defender. Windows Defender is bundled with both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. And Windows Defender can scan and check for spyware,and remove any it finds. But it is not an anti-virus program so although it scans and removes malware,it does not impose security settings or block programs, the way an anti-virus program does. Which is why I never use an anti-virus program. But PLEASE NOTE-Windows Defender is not included in Windows XP. But you can download and install it from the Microsoft website. Which is what I did. And I find that the Windows XP version of Windows Defender has additional settings that the Windows 7 version does not have. For example there is an option to set Windows Defender to keep a record of any new software you install,an option not included in the Windows 7 version. The Malicious Software removal Tool-MRT is also included on Windows XP like it is on Windows 7.

There was also a control panel but settings are not as clearly visible as they are on Windows 7. Windows XP also has Windows search and it found most files but not all. So I had to open some files myself and search inside of them. Where as the Windows 7 search finds everything.

Windows XP had no trouble finding my wireless network,which I was able to connect to. But there was no option to set it to a home or public network,like there is on Windows 7. Although I was able to enable the Windows XP version of Network Discovery and see my other Windows 7 computer on my Windows XP computer. Just like you can see your other computers on your network in Windows 7.

There is also the option to turn of some of the Windows programs in Windows XP.This can be found in under"add or remove Windows components."But this does not remove the programs,it just turns them off or disables them. And is the equivalent to Windows 7's" turn Windows features on or off." You can also turn off disable Outlook Express and IE6 by just un ticking the box here. But I found that on Windows XP it does not turn off the features completly like it does in Windows 7. That is it disabled some of the programs, but not all. For example,Outlook Express still popped up on my webpage,when I clicked on a email link. Even though I had unticked that box to turn it off. So from my experience it does disable IE6 and other Windows features and they do not appear in the start menu. But enables them if they are needed. Unlike on Windows 7,where the programs stay turned off, until you tick that box to turn them on again. You can also enable Windows features again in Windows XP by ticking the box.

I find Windows XP to be faster than Windows 7,and it installs and uninstalls programs faster than Windows 7. It also starts up and shuts down quicker than Windows 7. And another thing is that I tested out the restore to factory condition setting and I found that on Windows XP. My computer was restored to factory condition, that is a reinstall of Windows in -wait for it- 20 minutes. But on Windows 7 a factory restore takes from 2 to 4 hours to complete! What a difference!

Overall,Windows XP, despite being an older version of Windows is user friendly,unlike Linux which is not. It is faster than Windows 7 although Windows 7 is fast too . Windows XP takes up less space on your hard drive so you can store double the amount of programs on a netbook.But Windows 7 takes up more space. And there are a lot more default Windows programs on Windows XP than on windows 7.But then you have plenty of space.You can install and run all of the programs that you run on Windows 7 on windows XP. In fact most of the web browsers and media players we use on Windows 7 are older programs. Made for Windows XP but they run on Windows 7.

The disadvantages of Windows XP are that it has got Internet Explorer 6 and Outlook Express. But then we have also got several clones of Outlook Express on Windows 7 too. Another disadvantage is that the control panel settings are not as clearly listed as in Windows 7.But you can still find settings. Also there is no option to set your network to a home network,which would be a lot safer. There is just a general network setting only. On Windows 7 you set your network to either a home,office,or public network and Windows Firewall applies the settings. So you are more secure. But not on Windows XP,where there is just one setting,although they do have Windows Firewall. That you can turn on or off just like you can on Windows 7. But there is no Windows Defender on Windows XP,which is some thing that they should have included in this edition of Windows. And although you can install Windows Defender yourself,some people new to computers may not know about this. IE6 is also not very secure for browsing and not a very good browser anyway. But it is bundled with Windows XP,but then so is IE8 with Windows 7. But you can use other web browsers.

And some of the other software is out of date,such as MSN Windows Messenger 4.7 but you could uninstall it as I did or upgrade it. The version of Windows Media Player on Windows XP is,Windows Media Player 9, but it is working well. So I have decided to leave that and after I tested out the factory restore setting,I got IE6 back. But this time I am going to leave that and just use another web browser,Safefox or Google Chrome instead.

But I have found Windows XP to be user friendly and very fast and as good as Windows 7 but different of course. A lot of people install Windows XP on Virtual Box on Windows 7 but I do not know how to use that. And now days it is very difficult in England to find a Windows XP computer in the shops. But if you are lucky to find one like I did. Why install Windows XP on virtual machine,when you can have the real thing?

So now I have got my Windows 7 netbooks and my Windows XP netbook. And windows XP is a very rich and fully functional operating system,just like Windows 7 is. In fact windows XP is like Windows 7 just an earlier version of it. So if you do have Windows XP on your computer,you can still use it. As well as your Windows 7 computer. Andrea Borman.




My ZoneAlarm subscription expires in about 30 days time and, having become dissatisfied with it recently, I wish to make a change.

The combination of Win7, MS Essentials and the W7 firewall seems to have met with almost universal approval from Fred Langa and a recent thread on this forum, but what about Vista and XP?

The Vista firewall (Windows Defender??) when combined with MSE seems to be adequate for most people, so that is the laptop taken care of.

But what do with my desktop running XP SP3? Im in need of a decent firewall that doesnt bring the PC to a virtual halt for up to 10 minutes every time it checks for updates. I would switch ZA to manual updates if only I could rely on remembering to update regularly.

Also, there are a couple of doubts about SME itself. I saw a comment that it slows down XP considerably, written by someone with double my 500 MB RAM. Worse still, Fred said it takes 24 hours to do a full scan of his PC admittedly it was a huge hard drive, 10 times the size of mine, but there is no way it could be anything like full. Being unable to use the PC for one day a week gets a big NO.

All suggestions gratefully received.




Hi Folks:
Nice to see you all again. It's been a long time between visits. This is a warning regarding the subject update. I thought I had unchecked this box while I was installing the Windows Defender updates, but too late I saw it downloading. It totally eliminated my E drive! Fortunately Restore got everything back. What makes it even worse is the fact that I NEVER use Media Center and I'd like to get rid of it completely.
I do have a question relative to these updates: for the past 4-5 days the update icon has been parked on my task bar while I check Woody's Defcon screen and it keeps popping up nag messages. Since I don't ever intend to install this thing is there anyway I can just eliminate it from the Windows update list?
Regards to one and all.
Powell




At the end of the approximately last three updates of Windows Defender (WD) I have got a pop up (program alert) from ZoneAlarm (ZA) telling me that Windows Installer (WI) wants to connect to Internet.

Normally, since this is all trusted applications, I would have allowed access for WI, but I have not done that so far. The WD update seems to work correct.

So my questions are: has anyone seen this (maybe not if you have given WI access before)? I think this started, for me, with signature update from 1.14.1288.5 to 1.14.1315.1. Search engine has been the same through the last updates. Does anyone know why this is changed and if WI needs this access?

Actually I am sure it started with signature 1.14.1315.1, as I did check against Event Viewer and ZA log files. In my case I updated to version 1.14.1315.1 2006-03-14 and have done two updates since.

- Windows Installer 3.1 v2, nothing odd here, installed ver. 3.1 via 893803v2 some 8-9 months ago.
- Manual updates of WD.




I was getting blue screen of death mostly when leaving my comp on to download games overnight. Was also getting corrupted files here and there so i decided to get a new hard drive. Installed and first night BSoD. Have included file with all the info. Help would be much appreciated!!! Attached Files Dumpinfo.zip (774.0 KB, 9 views) Share Share this post on Digg Del.icio.us Technorati Twitter
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Join Date Mar 2010 Posts 1,333 Re: Getting BSoD Only 113 Windows Updates installed. Most systems have 130 to 140 or more. Please visit Windows Update and get ALL available updates (it may take several trips to get them all).

We've seen a number of BSOD issues with SSD's. Here's the information that I've compiled so far:
There's not a whole bunch available to test SSD's. The "easiest" test is to remove the SSD, install a platter-based hard drive, install Windows and test for stability that way.

Here's some suggestions:
- Update the SSD's firmware to the latest available version (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
- Update the motherboard controllers drivers to the latest available version from the controller manufacturer (NOT the mobo manufacturer unless you can't find any on the controller manufacturer's website)
- Slow the memory (RAM) down to the next slower speed (I've only seen one person who claimed that this worked for them).
- Use any manufacturer's utilities that you may have. If you don't have any, then try this free one (I haven't used it myself): Crystal Dew World
- Update chipset and storage controller drivers to the latest available from the manufacturer of the device (not the manufacturer of the motherboard). Be sure to update ALL controllers on the motherboard!
....NOTE: Recently (Nov 2011) we had BSOD issues with the Marvell 91xx controller and an SSD. You may have to switch controllers also.
- Replace the SSD with a platter based hard drive and see if that stops the BSOD's. If it does, then it's likely that there's a problem with the SSD OR an incompatibility with your system.
It's my opinion that SSD's aren't reliable enough (with current hardware) to be used on a system that needs to work reliably. Until I see reliability I will not recommend, nor will I use, SSD's for critical applications.
06 Dec 2011 - This post tends to confirm issues with certain SSD chipsets and certain controllers - [SOLVED] cant find the cause of BSOD F4 - Tech Support Forum
29 May 2012 - The frequency of BSOD's with SSD's seems to have been decreasing over the last several months. It may be approaching time to re-evaluate my stand on their suitability for use in production systems.
10 Nov 2012 - I'm seeing an upswing in SSD errors - but most appear due to older storage controller drivers. I strongly suggest NOT using storage controller drivers that don't date from 2012 (if none are available, don't connect an SSD to that controller)
05 Jan 2013 - very interesting post about difficulties with the Marvell controllers even when not connected to the SSD drives: https://www.eightforums.com/bsod-cra...tml#post169956 Lot's of Norton drivers in the memory dump, please try this to rule out Norton:
Anti-Virus Removal:
Please do the following:
- download a free anti-virus for testing purposes: Free AntiVirus If using Windows 8, enable Windows Defender and the Windows Firewall instead.
- un-install the Norton from your system (you can reinstall it, if so desired, when we're done troubleshooting)
- remove any remnants of Norton using this free tool: http://us.norton.com/support/kb/web_...080710133834EN
- IMMEDIATELY install and update the free anti-virus (if using Win8, enable Windows Defender), then check to ensure that the Windows Firewall is turned on.
- perform a full system scan to ensure that no malware has snuck onto your system while the anti-virus was malfunctioning.
- check to see if this fixes the BSOD's
NOTE: NEVER run more than 1 anti-virus, firewall, Internet Security/Security Center application at the same time. Death Adder driver dates from 2007 - these are known to cause BSOD's on Windows systems. Please visit the Razer website and download a fresh copy of the latest Win7 compatible driver for your Death Adder.

Please uninstall the Western Digital software. The 2008 drivers (which you have) are known to cause BSOD's on some Win7 systems.

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

Must be updated or removed:
dadder.sys Thu Aug 2 05:33:03 2007 (46B1A4CF)
DeathAdder Mouse driver
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=dadder.sys

Must be removed:
wdcsam64.sys Wed Apr 16 04:39:08 2008 (4805BB2C)
Western Digital SCSI Arcitecture Model (SAM) WDM driver[br]2008 driver version has known BSOD issues in Win7
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=wdcsam64.sys

Must be removed. Can reinstall (if needed) once the system is stabilized:
AiCharger.sys Wed Oct 20 08:00:33 2010 (4CBED9E1)
Asus Charger Driver [br] Likely BSOD cause - haven't seen recently (15Jan2013)
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=AiCharger.sys

Analysis:
The following is for informational purposes only.
Code: **************************Sun Feb 10 12:14:12.231 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** Loading Dump File [C:UsersOwnerSysnativeBSODApps21013-5647-01.dmp] Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64 Built by: 7601.17944.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333 System Uptime:0 days 17:34:19.027 Probably caused by :memory_corruption ( nt!MiDeleteAddressesInWorkingSet+11b ) BugCheck 50, {fffff683fbfffd98, 0, fffff80002ea99d7, 2} BugCheck Info: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (50) Arguments: Arg1: fffff683fbfffd98, memory referenced. Arg2: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation. Arg3: fffff80002ea99d7, If non-zero, the instruction address which referenced the bad memory address. Arg4: 0000000000000002, (reserved) BUGCHECK_STR: 0x50 DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN7_DRIVER_FAULT PROCESS_NAME: svchost.exe FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x50_nt!MiDeleteAddressesInWorkingSet+11b CPUID: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz" MaxSpeed: 3400 CurrentSpeed: 3417 BIOS Version 0908 BIOS Release Date 11/16/2012 Manufacturer System manufacturer Product Name System Product Name `` **************************Sat Feb 9 09:16:47.659 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** Loading Dump File [C:UsersOwnerSysnativeBSODApps20913-5522-01.dmp] Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64 Built by: 7601.17944.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333 System Uptime:0 days 10:28:47.455 Probably caused by :memory_corruption ( nt!MiUpdateWsle+122 ) BugCheck 50, {fffff680040ab1f0, 0, fffff80002ef72d2, 2} BugCheck Info: PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (50) Arguments: Arg1: fffff680040ab1f0, memory referenced. Arg2: 0000000000000000, value 0 = read operation, 1 = write operation. Arg3: fffff80002ef72d2, If non-zero, the instruction address which referenced the bad memory address. Arg4: 0000000000000002, (reserved) BUGCHECK_STR: 0x50 DEFAULT_BUCKET_ID: WIN7_DRIVER_FAULT PROCESS_NAME: Steam.exe FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x50_nt!MiUpdateWsle+122 CPUID: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz" MaxSpeed: 3400 CurrentSpeed: 3417 BIOS Version 0403 BIOS Release Date 05/07/2012 Manufacturer System manufacturer Product Name System Product Name `` **************************Fri Feb 8 12:01:24.887 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** Loading Dump File [C:UsersOwnerSysnativeBSODApps20813-8190-01.dmp] Windows 7 Kernel Version 7601 (Service Pack 1) MP (4 procs) Free x64 Built by: 7601.17944.amd64fre.win7sp1_gdr.120830-0333 System Uptime:0 days 17:02:46.104 Probably caused by :ntkrnlmp.exe ( nt! ?? ::FNODOBFM::`string'+35054 ) BugCheck 1A, {41790, fffffa800615d7a0, ffff, 0} BugCheck Info: MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (1a) Arguments: Arg1: 0000000000041790, A page table page has been corrupted. On a 64 bit OS, parameter 2 contains the address of the PFN for the corrupted page table page. On a 32 bit OS, parameter 2 contains a pointer to the number of used PTEs, and parameter 3 contains the number of used PTEs. Arg2: fffffa800615d7a0 Arg3: 000000000000ffff Arg4: 0000000000000000 BUGCHECK_STR: 0x1a_41790 PROCESS_NAME: Steam.exe FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x1a_41790_nt!_??_::FNODOBFM::_string_+35054 CPUID: "Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz" MaxSpeed: 3400 CurrentSpeed: 3410 BIOS Version 0403 BIOS Release Date 05/07/2012 Manufacturer System manufacturer Product Name System Product Name `` 3rd Party Drivers:
The following is for information purposes only.
Any drivers in red should be updated or removed from your system. And should have been discussed in the body of my post.
Code: **************************Sun Feb 10 12:14:12.231 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** dadder.sys Thu Aug 2 05:33:03 2007 (46B1A4CF) wdcsam64.sys Wed Apr 16 04:39:08 2008 (4805BB2C) intelppm.sys Mon Jul 13 19:19:25 2009 (4A5BC0FD) EuGdiDrv.sys Tue Sep 15 03:13:53 2009 (4AAF3EB1) amdxata.sys Fri Mar 19 12:18:18 2010 (4BA3A3CA) AsUpIO.sys Mon Aug 2 22:47:59 2010 (4C57835F) ICCWDT.sys Wed Aug 18 04:27:45 2010 (4C6B9981) AsIO.sys Mon Aug 23 21:53:02 2010 (4C7325FE) AiCharger.sys Wed Oct 20 08:00:33 2010 (4CBED9E1) ndisrd.sys Fri Aug 12 06:14:50 2011 (4E44FD1A) ASUSFILTER.sys Tue Sep 20 11:46:33 2011 (4E78B559) asmtxhci.sys Wed Nov 2 23:00:22 2011 (4EB203C6) asmthub3.sys Wed Nov 2 23:00:32 2011 (4EB203D0) iaStor.sys Tue Nov 29 22:39:19 2011 (4ED5A567) RTKVHD64.sys Tue Dec 13 05:24:54 2011 (4EE727F6) iusb3hub.sys Fri Jan 27 04:35:25 2012 (4F226FDD) iusb3xhc.sys Fri Jan 27 04:35:28 2012 (4F226FE0) iusb3hcs.sys Fri Jan 27 04:37:23 2012 (4F227053) Rt64win7.sys Fri Feb 3 08:00:02 2012 (4F2BDA52) GEARAspiWDM.sys Thu May 3 15:56:17 2012 (4FA2E2E1) HECIx64.sys Mon Jul 2 18:14:58 2012 (4FF21D62) AtihdW76.sys Tue Nov 6 16:41:51 2012 (5099841F) atikmpag.sys Wed Dec 19 14:32:55 2012 (50D21667) atikmdag.sys Wed Dec 19 15:38:55 2012 (50D225DF) `` **************************Sat Feb 9 09:16:47.659 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** IDSVia64.sys Thu May 12 10:19:05 2011 (4DCBEC59) BHDrvx64.sys Thu May 12 17:05:27 2011 (4DCC4B97) SYMDS64.SYS Mon May 16 18:15:03 2011 (4DD1A1E7) SYMNETS.SYS Sat Nov 12 16:11:53 2011 (4EBEE119) Ironx64.SYS Mon Nov 14 21:00:53 2011 (4EC1C7D5) SYMEVENT64x86.SYS Tue Nov 22 13:30:48 2011 (4ECBEA58) SYMEFA64.SYS Fri May 18 21:29:56 2012 (4FB6F794) ccSetx64.sys Wed Jun 6 23:00:55 2012 (4FD01967) SRTSPX64.SYS Mon Jul 2 14:20:37 2012 (4FF1E675) `` **************************Fri Feb 8 12:01:24.887 2013 (UTC - 5:00)************************** SYMNETS.SYS Tue May 3 21:10:14 2011 (4DC0A776) SYMEVENT64x86.SYS Wed May 4 23:16:30 2011 (4DC2168E) Ironx64.SYS Fri May 13 20:08:04 2011 (4DCDC7E4) SYMEFA64.SYS Mon May 16 20:33:48 2011 (4DD1C26C) SRTSPX64.SYS Fri May 20 21:49:23 2011 (4DD71A23) http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=dadder.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=wdcsam64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=intelppm.sys
EuGdiDrv.sys - this driver hasn't been added to the DRT as of this run. Please search Google/Bing for the driver if additional information is needed.
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=amdxata.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=AsUpIO.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=ICCWDT.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=AsIO.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=AiCharger.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=ndisrd.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=ASUSFILTER.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=asmtxhci.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=asmthub3.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=iaStor.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=RTKVHD64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=iusb3hub.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=iusb3xhc.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=iusb3hcs.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=Rt64win7.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=GEARAspiWDM.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=HECIx64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=AtihdW76.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=atikmpag.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=atikmdag.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=IDSVia64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=BHDrvx64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMDS64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMNETS.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=Ironx64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMEVENT64x86.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMEFA64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=ccSetx64.sys
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SRTSPX64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMNETS.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMEVENT64x86.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=Ironx64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SYMEFA64.SYS
http://www.carrona.org/drivers/driver.php?id=SRTSPX64.SYS




http://news.softpedia.com/news/114-W...s-130245.shtml
This year alone they will be responsible for infecting in excess of 25 million computers worldwide, but they could come close to compromising as much as 30 million machines. At the root of this epidemic lay simple social engineering tactics designed, through various methods, to convince victims to pay for peace of mind. Responsible for the actual infections are pieces of malicious code that the software industry refers to under a variety of monikers, including rogue antivirus, fake antivirus, scareware, etc.
Microsoft has put together a list containing no less than 114 AV rogues which are detected by the company’s antivirus products, including Microsoft Security Essentials, Forefront Client Security, etc. It is important to note that the list contains only the official label provided by the software giant. Each of the items featured below come in a variety of packages and under a plethora of brands, which actually makes the number of fake antivirus in the wild much larger.

Users that have doubts related to a security solution that is being aggressively advertised to them should first check to make sure that the offering is indeed genuine. Microsoft, but also additional members of the security industry, constantly update information on threats posed to end users, including rogue antivirus, and publish it on websites that are available to the public. These details are available to the public, and are essentially no more than a search away, at any given time.

“On page 100 of our Security Intelligence Report volume 7, we observed that rogues remained a significant threat even though they trended down to 13.4 million infected computers in 1H09 from 16.8 million in 2H08. (Internet Explorer 8 SmartScreen Filter, a browser-based security feature, contributed to part of the decline),” revealed Scott Wu, from MMPC.

Modus Operandi

“Rogue security software—software that displays false or misleading alerts about infections or vulnerabilities on the victim’s computer and offers to fix the supposed problems for a price—has become one of the most common methods that attackers use to swindle money from victims. These are programs that masquerade as legitimate security programs offering protection from malware, spyware, and other threats, but actually use social engineering to obtain money from victims, and offer poor or nonexistent protection,” the Redmond company reveals in SIRv7.

Fake antivirus will take it upon itself to run a scan of computers belonging to unsuspecting users. Of course that the scan itself and the results offered are both fake. Rogue AV doesn’t actually analyze machines, nor is it capable of detecting any malware, or to remove it. It’s all smoke and mirrors, a show put on to trick users into thinking that their computers is infected with malicious code.

“Rogue security software programs typically mimic the general look and feel of legitimate security software, claiming to detect a large number of nonexistent threats and urging the user to “activate” the software to remove them. Some families emulate the appearance of the Windows Security Center or unlawfully use trademarks and icons to misrepresent themselves. Rogue security software spreads through familiar malware distribution mechanisms, like spam and exploits, and through customized tactics, like a fake Webbased security scanner. After installation, some rogue security software families take other actions to evade detection or to frighten the user into paying,” Microsoft explains.

Once installed on a Windows PC, fake antivirus programs will attempt to scare the user into believing that various infections were detected. Rogue security solutions are designed to look very similar to genuine AV products, often copying at least elements of the graphical user interface, if not the whole UI, as well as using brands and labels mimicking, or even plagiarizing valid security offerings.

And integral part of the social engineering tactics deployed is to convince the user that the rogue AV is a genuine security solution, when in fact, much to the contrary, it is only masquerading as such. The fake AV will bombard users with alerts, and annoying, repetitive, incessant notifications, reporting inexistent infections.

At the same time, the rogue AV advertises the possibility of removing the fake infections, provided that users buy the software. Once a license is acquired, the fake AV ceases from delivering fake reports, creating the illusion that whatever malware had compromised the computer, was removed. Obviously, in this scenario, the users have been scammed into paying for protection against an inexistent threat.

“Though fooling users into paying for worthless software remains the primary goal of most rogue security software, several recently released families have begun to branch out and exhibit behaviors common to other threats, such as downloading additional malware to a victim’s computer. Win32/Winwebsec has been observed to download Win32/Koobface— which itself sometimes displays pop-up advertisements for rogue security software. Win32/InternetAntivirus, which was added to the MSRT in June 2009, downloads the password stealer Win32/Chadem,” the company added.

Protection

“As we have done in the past, we again encourage our readers to run a complete, up to date AV product such as Microsoft Security Essentials to protect their computers from these rogues, especially if located in English speaking countries - the regions where these rogues appear most active (as highlighted in the SIR). MSRT is a baseline tool we provide for the ecosystem to remove prevalent threats such as high profile rogues. With Security Essentials, on the other hand, you get the benefit of the complete AV signature set from the MMPC and you get the essential protection features an AV solution needs – real time, kernel mode detection, scheduled scan, complicated cleaning functionalities to address the em114 Windows “antivirus” to avoid at all costs

1. Win32/FakeXPA – Aliases: Win-Trojan/Downloader.56320.M (AhnLab), Win32/Adware.XPAntivirus (ESET), not-a-virusownloader.Win32XpAntivirus.b (Kaspersky), FakeAlert-AB.dldr (McAfee), W32/DLoader.FKAI (Norman), Mal/Generic-A (Sophos), XPAntivirus (Sunbelt Software), Downloader.MisleadApp (Symantec), XP Antivirus (other), Antivirus 2009 (other), Antivirus 2010 (other), Antivirus 360 (other), Total Security (other), AntivirusBEST (other), GreenAV (other), Alpha Antivirus, other), AlphaAV (other), Cyber Security (other), Cyber Protection Center (other), Nortel (other), Eco AntiVirus (other), MaCatte (other), Antivirus (other), Antivir (other), Personal Security (other).

2. Trojan:Win32/FakePowav– Aliases: Win Antivirus 2008 (other), SpyShredder (other), WinXProtector (other), Rapid Antivirus (other), Security 2009 (other), Power Antivirus 2009 (other), WinXDefender (other), SpyProtector (other), SpyGuarder (other), MSAntiMalware (other).

3. Program:Win32/MalwareBurn

4. Program:Win32/UnSpyPc

5. Program:Win32/DriveCleaner – Aliases: DriveCleaner (McAfee), W32/WinFixer.NU (Norman), DriveCleaner (Sunbelt Software), DriveCleaner (Symantec), Freeloa.8F4CBEAA (Trend Micro).

6. Trojan:Win32/DocrorTrojan

7. Program:Win32/Winfixer – Aliases: DriveCleaner (McAfee), W32/WinFixer.NU (Norman), DriveCleaner (Sunbelt Software), DriveCleaner (Symantec), Freeloa.8F4CBEAA (Trend Micro), Win32/Adware.WinFixer (ESET), not-a-virusownloader.Win32.WinFixer.o (Kaspersky), WinFixer (McAfee), Adware_Winfixer (Trend Micro), Program:Win32/DriveCleaner (other), Program:Win32/SecureExpertCleaner (other).

8. Trojan:Win32/FakeScanti – Aliases: Windows Antivirus Pro (other), Windows Police Pro (other), Win32/WindowsAntivirusPro.F (CA), FakeAlert-GA.dll (McAfee), Adware/WindowsAntivirusPro (Panda), Trojan.Fakeavalert (Symantec).

9. Program:Win32/Cleanator

10. Program:Win32/MalwareCrush

11. Program:Win32/PrivacyChampion

12. Program:Win32/SystemLiveProtect

13. Win32/Yektel

14. Trojan:Win32/FakeSmoke – Aliases: SystemCop (other), QuickHealCleaner (other), TrustWarrior (other); SaveArmor (other), SecureVeteran (other), SecuritySoldier (other), SafeFighter (other), TrustSoldier (other), TrustFighter (other), SoftCop (other), TRE AntiVirus (other), SoftBarrier (other), BlockKeeper (other), BlockScanner (other), BlockProtector (other), SystemFighter (other), SystemVeteran (other), SystemWarrior (other), AntiAID (other), Win32/WinBlueSoft.A (CA), Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.vtgpk (Kaspersky), WinBlueSoft (other), WiniBlueSoft (other), Winishield (other), SaveKeep (other), WiniFighter (other), TrustNinja (other), SaveDefense (other), BlockDefense (other), SaveSoldier (other), WiniShield (other), SafetyKeeper (other), SoftSafeness (other), SafeDefender (other), Trustcop (other), SecureWarrior (other), SecureFighter (other), SoftSoldier (other), SoftVeteran (other), SoftStronghold (other), ShieldSafeness (other).

15. Program:Win32/Spyguarder.A

16. Program:Win32/AntivirusGold

17. Program:Win32/SystemGuard2009

18. Program:Win32/WorldAntiSpy

19. Program:Win32/SpywareSecure – Aliases: W32/SpyAxe.AMI (Norman), SpywareSecure (Panda), SpywareSecure (Sunbelt Software), SpywareSecure (Symantec).

20. Program:Win32/IEDefender – Aliases: Win32/Burgspill.AD (CA), IEAntivirus (Symantec), Trojan.DR.FakeAlert.FJ (VirusBuster).

21. Program:Win32/MalWarrior

22. Program:Win32/Malwareprotector

23. Program:Win32/SpywareSoftStop

24. Program:Win32/AntiSpyZone

25. Program:Win32/Antivirus2008 – Aliases: Trojan.FakeAlert.RL (BitDefender), Win32/Adware.Antivirus2008 (ESET), not-a-virusownloader.Win32.FraudLoad.ar (Kaspersky), WinFixer (McAfee), W32/DLoader.HDZU (Norman), Troj/Dwnldr-HDG (Sophos), ADW_FAKEAV.O (Trend Micro), Program:Win32/VistaAntivirus2008.A (other), MS Antivirus (CA).

26. Trojan:Win32/PrivacyCenter – Aliases: Fake_AntiSpyware.BKN (AVG), Win32/FakeAV.ACR (CA), Win32/Adware.PrivacyComponents (ESET), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.PrivacyCenter (other), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.Agent.jn (Kaspersky), FakeAlert-CP (McAfee), Troj/PrvCnt-Gen (Sophos), SpywareGuard2008 (Symantec).

27. Program:Win32/SpyLocked

28. Program:Win32/Trojanguarder

29. Program:Win32/MyBetterPC

30. Program:Win32/NeoSpace

31. Win32/Winwebsec - Aliases: SystemSecurity2009 (other), System Security (other), Winweb Security (other), FakeAlert-WinwebSecurity.gen (McAfee), Mal/FakeAV-AK (Sophos), Troj/FakeVir-LB (Sophos), Adware/AntiSpywarePro2009 (Panda), Adware/UltimateCleaner (Panda), Adware/Xpantivirus2008 (Panda), Win32/Adware.SystemSecurity (ESET), Win32/Adware.WinWebSecurity (ESET), AntiVirus2008 (Symantec), SecurityRisk.Downldr (Symantec), W32/AntiVirus2008.AYO (Norman), Total Security (other), AntiSpyware Pro 2009 (other), FakeAlert-AntiSpywarePro (McAfee).

32. Trojan:Win32/FakeRemoc - Aliases: AntiMalwareSuite (other), VirusRemover2009 (other), PCAntiMalware (other), Total Virus Protection (other), SpywareRemover2009 (other), AntiMalwareGuard (other), Secure Expert Cleaner (other), Cleaner2009 Freeware (other), AVCare (other), AV Care (other).

33. Program:Win32/SpywareStormer

34. Program:Win32/SecurityiGuard

35. Program:Win32/DoctorCleaner

36. Program:Win32/UniGray

37. Win32/FakeSecSen – Aliases: Micro AV (other), MS Antivirus (other), Spyware Preventer (other), Vista Antivirus 2008 (other), Advanced Antivirus (other), System Antivirus (other), Ultimate Antivirus 2008 (other), Windows Antivirus 2008 (other), XPert Antivirus (other), Power Antivirus (other).

38. Program:Win32/VirusRemover – Aliases: Troj/FakeVir-DR (Sophos), VirusRemover2008 (Symantec), ADW_FAKEVIR (Trend Micro).

39. Program:Win32/Privacywarrior

40. Program:Win32/PrivacyProtector

41. Adware:Win32/SpyBlast

42. Trojan:Win32/FakeFreeAV

43. Win32/FakeRean - Aliases: XP AntiSpyware 2009 (other), XP Security Center (other), PC Antispyware 2010 (other), Home Antivirus 2010 (other), PC Security 2009 (other), ADW_WINREANIMA (Trend Micro), Win32/Adware.WinReanimator (ESET), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.Reanimator (Kaspersky), WinReanimator (Sunbelt Software), XP Police Antivirus (other), FakeAlert-XPPoliceAntivirus (McAfee), Adware/XPPolice (Panda), AntiSpyware XP 2009 (other), Antivirus Pro 2010 (other).

44. Program:Win32/Antivirus2009 – Aliases: Win32/Adware.XPAntivirus (ESET), FakeAlert-AB.gen (McAfee), MalwareWarrior (other), Antivirus2009 (other).

45. Program:Win32/AntiSpywareDeluxe – Aliases: Adware.Fakealert-134 (Clam AV), Win32/Adware.AntiSpywareDeluxe (ESET), FraudTool.Win32.AntiSpywareDeluxe.a (Kaspersky), AntispyDeluxe (Symantec), TROJ_RENOS.CP (Trend Micro).

46. Program:Win32/Searchanddestroy

47. Program:Win32/AlfaCleaner

48. Program:Win32/WebSpyShield

49. Win32/InternetAntivirus – Aliases: InternetAntivirus (Symantec), General Antivirus (other), Personal Antivirus (other), not-a-virus:FraudTool:Win32.GeneralAntivirus.b (Kaspersky), Mal/FakeAV-AC (Sophos), TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.gen!Z (other), Fraudtool.GeneralAntivirus.C (VirusBuster), Internet Antivirus Pro (other).

50. Trojan:Win32/Antivirusxp – Aliases: Antivirus XP 2008 (other), Win32/Adware.WinFixer (ESET), Generic FakeAlert.a (McAfee), W32/WinFixer.BTB (Norman), Troj/FakeAV-AB (Sophos), AntiVirus2008 (Symantec), Program:Win32/Antivirusxp (other).

51. Program:Win32/ErrorGuard

52. Program:Win32/SpyCrush

53. Trojan:Win32/Fakeav

54. Program:Win32/Spyaway

55. Trojan:Win32/WinSpywareProtect – Aliases: Win32/Adware.WinSpywareProtect (ESET), Trojan-Downloader.Win32.FraudLoad.aob (Kaspersky), WinSpywareProtect (Symantec), Program:Win32/WinSpywareProtect (other), Trojan.FakeAV.GP (BitDefender), Win32/Adware.MSAntispyware2009 (ESET), Packed.Win32.Katusha.a (Kaspersky), FaleAlert-BV (McAfee), Adware/MSAntiSpyware2009 (Panda), Fraudtool.MSAntispy2009.A (VirusBuster), MS Antispyware 2009 (other), AV Antispyware (other), Extra Antivirus (other).

56. Program:Win32/Fakerednefed – Aliases: WinDefender 2008 (other), Program:Win32/Defendwin (other), Program:Win32/Windefender (other).

57. Program:Win32/Antispyware2008

58. Program:Win32/EZCatch

59. Program:Win32/EvidenceEraser

60. Program:Win32/Vaccine2008

61. Win32/FakeSpypro – Aliases: FakeAlert-C.dr (McAfee), SpywareProtect2009 (Symantec), Troj/FakeAV-LS (Sophos), Win32/Adware.SpywareProtect2009 (ESET), .Win32.FraudPack.kho (Kaspersky), Spyware Protect 2009 (other), Antivirus System Pro (other), Security Central (other), Barracuda Antivirus (other).

62. Trojan:Win32/FakeCog – Aliases: Win32/Adware.CoreguardAntivirus (ESET), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.CoreGuard2009 (Kaspersky), FakeAlert-FQ (McAfee) , W32/Renos.FIP (Norman) , Mal/TDSSPack-L (Sophos), CoreGuardAntivirus2009 (Symantec), Fraudtool.CoreGuard2009.A (VirusBuster), CoreGuard Antivirus 2009 (other).

63. Program:Win32/AntiVirGear

64. Adware:Win32/VaccineProgram

65. Program:Win32/TrustCleaner

66. Program:Win32/SearchSpy

67. Program:Win32/AntiSpywareExpert – Aliases: Win32/Adware.AntiSpywareMaster (ESET), Generic.Win32.Malware.AntiSpywareExpert (other), WinFixer (McAfee), AVSystemCare (Symantec), AntiSpywareExpert (Trend Micro), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.AntiSpywareExpert.a (Kaspersky).

68. Program:Win32/VirusRanger – Aliases: VirusRescue (Symantec) .

69. Program:Win32/SpyDawn

70. Program:Win32/UltimateFixer

71. Program:Win32/WinHound

72. Program:Win32/Spyshield

73. Program:Win32/SpySheriff – Aliases: Win32.TrojanDownloader.IEDefender (Ad-Aware), MagicAntiSpy (Sunbelt Software), Adware.SpySheriff (Symantec), SpyShredder (Symantec), IEDefender (other), Malware Destructor (other), SpySheriff (other), SpyShredder (other).

74. Program:Win32/Antispycheck – Aliases: Win32/Adware.AntiSpyCheck (ESET), AntiSpyCheck (Symantec).

75. Program:Win32/SpywareIsolator – Aliases: not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.SpywareIsolator.ad (Kaspersky), SpywareIsolator (Symantec).

76. Program:Win32/SpyFalcon

77. Program:Win32/PrivacyRedeemer

78. Trojan:Java/VirusConst

79. Trojan:Win32/FakeVimes – Aliases: FakeAlert-CQ (McAfee), Extra Antivirus (other), Ultra Antivirus 2009 (other), Malware Catcher 2009 (other), Virus Melt (other), Windows PC Defender (other).

80. Program:Win32/PCSave – Aliases: Win-Trojan/Pcsave.339456 (AhnLab), PCSave (McAfee).

81. Program:Win32/PSGuard

82. Program:Win32/SpywareStrike

83. Program:Win32/Nothingvirus

84. Trojan:Win32/AVClean

85. Trojan:Win32/FakeIA.C - Aliases: Win32/FakeAlert.RW (CA), Dropped:Trojan.FakeAv.DS (BitDefender), FakeAlert-AB (McAfee), Trojan.Fakeavalert (Symantec), not-a-virus:FraudTool.Win32.Delf.d (Kaspersky).

86. Program:Win32/AntispyStorm

87. Program:Win32/Antivirustrojan

88. Program:Win32/XDef

89. Program:Win32/AntiSpywareSoldier

90. Program:Win32/AdsAlert

91. Program:Win32/AdvancedCleaner – Aliases: AdvancedCleaner (Symantec).

92. Program:Win32/FakePccleaner - Aliases: Program:Win32/Pccleaner (other), Win32/Adwrae.PCClean (ESET), Backdoor.Win32.UltimateDefender.hu (Kaspersky), PCClean (Symantec), Program:Win32/UltimateCleaner (other).

93. Program:Win32/SpywareQuake

94. Program:Win32/WareOut – Aliases: WareOut (McAfee), W32/WareOut (Norman), WareOut (Sunbelt Software), SecurityRisk.Downldr (Symantec), Adware.Wareout (AVG).

95. Program:Win32/Kazaap

96. Program:Win32/SystemDefender

97. Trojan:Win32/FakeSpyguard – Aliases: Spyware Guard 2008 (other), Win32/Adware.SpywareGuard (ESET), FakeAlert-BM (McAfee), SpywareGuard2008 (Symantec), ADW_SPYWGUARD (Trend Micro), System Guard 2009 (other), Malware Defender 2009 (other).

98. Program:Win32/SpyHeal

99. Program:Win32/VirusBurst

100. Program:Win32/VirusRescue

101. Program:Win32/TitanShield

102. Program:Win32/Easyspywarecleaner

103. Trojan:Win32/Fakeinit – Aliases: Trojan.FakeAlert.AUW (BitDefender), Win32/FakeAV.ABR (CA), Fraudtool.XPAntivirus.BCVY (VirusBuster), Adware/AntivirusXPPro (Panda), AntiVirus2008 (Symantec), Advanced Virus Remover (other), Win32/AdvancedVirusRemover.G (CA).

104. Program:Win32/AntiVirusPro

105. Program:Win32/CodeClean

106. Trojan:Win32/Spybouncer

107. Program:Win32/MalwareWar

108. Program:Win32/VirusHeat

109. Adware:Win32/SpyAxe – Aliases: VirusHeat (other), ControVirus (other).

110. Program:Win32/Awola – Aliases: not-virus:Hoax.Win32.Avola.a (Kaspersky), Generic FakeAlert.b (McAfee), W32/Awola.A (Norman), Awola (Symantec), JOKE_AVOLA.D (Trend Micro).

111. Program:Win32/MyNetProtector

112. Program:Win32/FakeWSC

113. Program:Win32/DoctorAntivirus

114. Program:Win32/UltimateDefender – Aliases: Ultimate (McAfee), UltimateDefender (Symantec), ADW_ULTIMATED.ME (Trend Micro), Risktool.UltimateDefender.A.Gen (VirusBuster), Adware.UltimateX-15 (Clam AV), Win32/Adware.UltimateDefender (ESET).

ergent threats, etc.,” Wu stated.




So i play CA (Combat arms, a first person shooter) at around 30-50 frames per second.
sometimes with tweaks i can get to around 43-57 consistent frames per second.
I CAN PROVIDE MORE INFO IF YOU ASK.
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3 Incidents:THE MAIN TOPIC OF THIS PROBLEM
On three different computer i have had One moment of insane and godly frames per second around 300-400frames per second

-First time was on my macbook(Dual core 2.6ish GHz /Nvidia, 256 dedicated RAM/ 4GB RAM/)
I installed bootcamp and after a year or so of consistent lagging around 60 frames per second i was lagging in combat arms more , so i reinstalled my Nvidia graphics driver
After i reinstalled i was able to play CA On full graphics Anti-asling x8 anisotropy x8
overall settings high, and still run at around 200+ frames per second
On CA, fallout 3 new vegas, and some others.
As soon as i restarted my laptop it was back to same old laggy 50-60 frames per second.

-On a Metal laptop I had (for like 3 months before i discovered that buzzing feeling was the comp shocking me for those months)I was playing and randomly one night it started running at insane frames per second, i dont remember too much but it was fallout 3 on low then, full graphics.

And most recent on my current AMD quad core:
I was playing laggy games around 20-30 frames per second with lots of freezes.
I reinstalled my graphics drivers and instantly my games were running full graphics and the insane 200-300 frames per second.
Now currently I am running at 30-50 frames per second with rarely any freezes.

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MY current laptop: CA 25-55 frames per second
Gateway - Windows 7 home premium 64 BIT
AMD Quadcore 1.5Ghz A8-3500m
4GB RAM DDR3, I did have 6GB but i gave 2GB to my Brother, it only caused me to be at current lower -10 frames per second.
640GB HardDrive space
AMD 6620G, 512 dedicated ram.
1366 x 768 and my VGA Display 1360 x 768.

Macbook/bootcamp:CA 30-80 frames per second
Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
dual core 2.6ish GHz
256 dedicated RAM
6GB RAM
250HD space
Gamebooster report has more info

Programs & settings I use
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- I sometimes use Gamebooster which gives me +5-10fps
- I also have been trying recently the
windows media player booster program with no signs of fps gain.
- I have fully updated windows 7
- I just now reinstalled my graphics driver with no improvement.
- I reinstalled CA alot and do gain too around consistent 50-65 frames per second frames per second for like 3 days.
-I used overdrive for month and it hurt my comp
It did not boost me and it caused my games to jitter and screech, it also caused my laptop to have other erratic problems
(I even set it to run at just over 100% CPU and had same effects)
I run on the lowest graphics on CA and AMD AMD is set to no v-sync, no antiasling, no anisotropy no triple buffer, and such with 30-50 frames still.
- I have tried in lower resolution screens with only small 10 frames per second.
- I have defragged.

Ideas
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-On the macbook and this AMD quad core i had been playing for over 10 hours
one person told me it takes times for the comp to heat up and then it will run faster
(Problem is I play around 14 hours per day, and it does get faster but only up to around +10 frames and MUCH faster loading speeds)
If this is true, then how could i implement this and keep my comp in correct temperature.
(I have a fan and when i rarely have used it I think it slows my comp down)

-MY CPUs on this quad core never go above 25%
my GPU according to system monitor Gets maxed out during current CA gameplay
Maybe i can somehow get my comp to use my CPUs instead of my GPU?

-I heard the having 3D vision installed on the Nvidia computers sometimes lags people up so i made sure to disable featues like that when i reinstalled, but im not sure if i disabled anything, maybe you know of some feature i should disable.

I think it was prob some feature/setting not being installed with my drivers.
or some setting put in by windows the the AMD/Nvidia driver messed with.
(maybe reinstalling cleared a cache that lags me)

Why it cant be some things.
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-I was not running game booster or any program like that.
-I was not running on low graphics i was running on max, after i saw that i was running so fast on low graphics, in attempt to sea how much it could handle.
I had no overdrive.
-I did no hardware changes at all within at least 1-2 months of the 3 incidents.
(probably longer like 1 year)
-I have reinstalled my windows 7 comp and instantly installed CA and then played it with only consistent 50-60 frames.
-Its not CA because i have tried reinstalling and then not installing CA and still ran slow on fallout 3, and even Runescape.
-I have played on no page file, and on 7GB page file
-I have tried turning off themes, running gamebooster, defragging. and it is pretty smooth but still a measly 43-60 frames per second.
-I was playing On 1280 X 800 res during incident.
I defragment.
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Current game speeds
AMD
Skyrim 30-40frames per second
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None of the weak fixes are what im after im after those moments of pure..........insanity...
Where i had 300-400 frames per second.
but maybe a weak fix will be all i need to tide it over.

I got 10 headshots in a row easily on CA where 10 headshots in a row is as rare as winning lottery.

I dont want to post this and watch it get ignored like most forums.

I know its possible because it happened to me three times, and on this AMD laptop.

I dont think this is a gaming topic because its about graphics, not a specific game.

It also effected the rest of my system at least a little, that i could load games and such faster.

This is unrelated to this problem but im thinking about buying a 8GB RAM stick for my laptop i just want to know how much would that help. My teacher said that upgrading the ram will speed up my computer ALOT. (RAM is Cheap and yet expensive, I need a cheap 8GB high quality stick, newegg.com said $45 and at Freys instore it was like $25ish, but its like 100miles away now)

I have my CISCO IT essentials so i can easily handle windows tasks and i already have used MANY different tweaks of Regitry, and other system tweaks.

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Game Booster Diagnose Report v1.0
Version: 3.5.0.1526
Date: 2012/06/26 08:08:20

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01 - Operating System
----------------------------------

0101 - Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.120503-2030)
0102 - Language : English (Regional Setting: English)
0103 - BIOS : InsydeH2O Version CCB.03.61.13V1.04
0104 - Processor : AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics (4 CPUs), ~1.5GHz
0105 - Memory : 4096MB RAM
0106 - Available OS Memory : 3562MB RAM
0107 - Page File : 1603MB used, 5520MB available
0108 - Windows Dir : C:Windows
0109 - DirectX Version : DirectX 11
0110 - DX Setup Parameters : Not found
0111 - User DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0112 - System DPI Setting : 96 DPI (100 percent)
0113 - DWM DPI Scaling : Disabled
0114 - DxDiag Version : 6.01.7601.17514

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02 - Processor
----------------------------------

0201 - Caption : AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics x4 ~1500MHz
0202 - Current Clock Speed : 1500MHz
0203 - L1 Cache : 512.00 KB
0204 - L2 Cache : 4.00 MB

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03 - Video Adapter
----------------------------------

0301 - Card Name : AMD Radeon HD 6620G
0302 - Manufacturer : Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
0303 - Chip Type : ATI display adapter (0x9641)
0304 - DAC Type : Internal DAC(400MHz)
0305 - Device Key : EnumPCIVEN_1002&DEV_9641&SUBSYS_05991025&REV_00
0306 - Display Memory : 2022 MB
0307 - AdapterRAM : 512.00 MB
0308 - Current Mode : 1360 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
0309 - Monitor Name : Generic PnP Monitor
0310 - Driver Name : aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx64.dll,aticfx32,aticfx32,aticfx32,atiumd64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atidxx64.dll,atiumdag,atidxx32,atidxx32,atiumdva,atiumd6a.cap,atitmm64.dll
0311 - Driver Version : 8.17.0010.1124
0312 - Driver Language : English
0313 - DDI Version : 11
0314 - Driver Model : WDDM 1.1
0315 - Driver Beta : False
0316 - Driver Debug : False
0317 - Driver Date : 4/5/2012 19:20:04
0318 - Driver Size : 1067520
0319 - VDD : n/a
0320 - Mini VDD : n/a
0321 - Mini VDD Date : n/a
0322 - Mini VDD Size : 0
0323 - Device Identifier : {D7B71EE2-D501-11CF-F177-9325BEC2C535}
0324 - Vendor ID : 0x1002
0325 - Device ID : 0x9641
0326 - SubSys ID : 0x05991025
0327 - Revision ID : 0x0000
0328 - Driver Strong Name : oem25.inf:ATI.Mfg.NTamd64.6.1:ati2mtag_Sumo_Mobile:8.961.0.0civen_1002&dev_9641
0329 - Rank Of Driver : 00E62001
0330 - Video Accel : ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C
0331 - Deinterlace Caps : {6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(UYVY,UYVY) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,0x32315659) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{3C5323C1-6FB7-44F5-9081-056BF2EE449D}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{552C0DAD-CCBC-420B-83C8-74943CF9F1A6}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,2) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{6E8329FF-B642-418B-BCF0-BCB6591E255F}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_PixelAdaptive
{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(NV12,0x3231564e) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC2,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC3,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC4,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S340,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
{5A54A0C9-C7EC-4BD9-8EDE-F3C75DC4393B}: Format(In/Out)=(S342,UNKNOWN) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=
0332 - D3D9 Overlay : Not Supported
0333 - DXVA-HD : Not Supported
0334 - DDraw Status : Enabled
0335 - D3D Status : Enabled
0336 - AGP Status : Enabled
0337 - Notes : No problems found.

0338 - OpenGL : 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)

----------------------------------
04 - Memory
----------------------------------

0401 - Total Memory : 3.48 GB
0402 - Free Memory : 2.21 GB
0403 - Total Pagefile : 6.96 GB
0404 - Free Pagefile : 5.39 GB

0405 - Bank Label : BANK0
0406 - Speed : 1066 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 64 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 2.00 GB

0405 - Bank Label : BANK0
0406 - Speed : 1066 MHz
0407 - Total Width : 64 Bits
0408 - Capacity : 2.00 GB

----------------------------------
05 - Network
----------------------------------

0501 - Description : Broadcom NetLink (TM) Gigabit Ethernet
0502 - Driver Date : 5-10-2011
0503 - Driver Version : 14.8.0.5

----------------------------------
06 - Motherboard
----------------------------------

0601 - Model : SJV50-SB
0602 - Manufacturer : Gateway

----------------------------------
07 - Sound Device
----------------------------------

0701 - Description : Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
0702 - Default Sound Playback : True
0703 - Default Voice Playback : True
0704 - Hardware ID : HDAUDIOFUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0269&SUBSYS_10250599&REV_1001
0705 - Manufacturer ID : 1
0706 - Product ID : 100
0707 - Type : WDM
0708 - Driver Name : RTKVHD64.sys
0709 - Driver Version : 6.00.0001.6602
0710 - Driver attributes : Final Retail
0711 - Date and Size : 3/27/2012 17:03:36
0713 - Driver Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
0714 - Min/Max Sample Rate : 5374206, 5374206
0715 - Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs : 5374206, 5374206
0716 - Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs : 5374206, 5374206
0717 - HW Memory : 5374214
0718 - Voice Management : False
0719 - EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src : False, False
0720 - I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src : False, False
0721 - Notes : No problems found.

----------------------------------
08 - Hard Disk
----------------------------------

0801 - Model : TOSHIBA MK6459GSXP ATA Device
0802 - Media Type : Fixed hard disk media
0803 - Size : 596.17 GB
0804 - Interface Type : Serial ATA
0805 - Driver Date : 6-21-2006
0806 - Driver Version : 6.1.7600.16385

0807 - Caption : C:
0808 - Capacity : 578.07 GB
0809 - Free Space : 256.63 GB
0810 - Drive Type : 3-Fixed
0811 - File System : NTFS

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09 - Process
----------------------------------

0901 - 000 Idle 0 0 0
0901 - 004 System 0 0 0
0901 - 114 smss.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1e4 csrss.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 22c wininit.exe 0 0 0 high
0901 - 270 services.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 280 lsass.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 288 lsm.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 320 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 370 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 3f4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1b8 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 1e8 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 418 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 4d4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 5d4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 648 dsiwmis.exe 0 0 0 normal C:Program Files (x86)Launch Manager
0901 - 684 ePowerSvc.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 6a4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 878 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - ab4 svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - c44 dllhost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - d4c svchost.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - ec4 spoolsv.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - f14 csrss.exe 2 170 78 normal
0901 - c88 winlogon.exe 2 6 0 high
0901 - f74 LMutilps32.exe 2 14 4 normal C:Program Files (x86)Launch Manager
0901 - a5c taskhost.exe 2 21 15 normal
0901 - 658 dwm.exe 2 19 2 high
0901 - 8e4 explorer.exe 2 341 239 normal
0901 - dbc RAVCpl64.exe 2 54 19 normal
0901 - d04 PresentationFontCache.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 9b4 taskhost.exe 2 14 4 normal
0901 - e98 atiesrxx.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 9dc atieclxx.exe 2 9 7 normal
0901 - c04 Fuel.Service.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - 824 MOM.exe 2 10 9 normal
0901 - 840 CCC.exe 2 73 61 normal
0901 - 568 firefox.exe 2 66 58 normal C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefox
0901 - 3d4 plugin-container.exe 2 33 38 normal C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefox
0901 - 9e8 GameBooster.exe 2 1597 95 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - 9a4 gbtray.exe 2 54 43 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - e60 FPSClient.exe 2 35 27 normal C:Program Files (x86)IObitGame Booster 3
0901 - 11c WmiPrvSE.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - e40 WmiPrvSE.exe 0 0 0 normal
0901 - d00 audiodg.exe 0 0 0

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10 - Service
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1001 - Application Experience - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - AMD External Events Utility - [C:Windowssystem32atiesrxx.exe]
1001 - Windows Audio Endpoint Builder - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Audio - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Base Filtering Engine - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork]
1001 - Background Intelligent Transfer Service - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Computer Browser - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Cryptographic Services - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - DHCP Client - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - DNS Client - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - Dritek WMI Service - [C:Program Files (x86)Launch Managerdsiwmis.exe]
1001 - Extensible Authentication Protocol - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - ePower Service - [C:Program FilesGatewayGateway Power ManagementePowerSvc.exe]
1001 - Windows Event Log - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - COM+ Event System - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Function Discovery Provider Host - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Function Discovery Resource Publication - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Windows Font Cache Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 3.0.0.0 - [C:WindowsMicrosoft.NetFramework64v3.0WPFPresentationFontCache.exe]
1001 - Human Interface Device Access - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - HomeGroup Listener - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - HomeGroup Provider - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - IP Helper - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetSvcs]
1001 - CNG Key Isolation - [C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe]
1001 - Server - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Workstation - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Firewall - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNoNetwork]
1001 - Network Connections - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Network List Service - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Network Location Awareness - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkService]
1001 - Network Store Interface Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalService]
1001 - Peer Networking Identity Manager - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - Peer Networking Grouping - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - Program Compatibility Assistant Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Plug and Play - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch]
1001 - Peer Name Resolution Protocol - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServicePeerNet]
1001 - IPsec Policy Agent - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k NetworkServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Power - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k DcomLaunch]
1001 - User Profile Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Security Accounts Manager - [C:Windowssystem32lsass.exe]
1001 - System Event Notification Service - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Shell Hardware Detection - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Print Spooler - [C:WindowsSystem32spoolsv.exe]
1001 - SSDP Discovery - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceAndNoImpersonation]
1001 - Superfetch - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Themes - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Distributed Link Tracking Client - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Desktop Window Manager Session Manager - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Defender - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k secsvcs]
1001 - Windows Management Instrumentation - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - WLAN AutoConfig - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Security Center - [C:WindowsSystem32svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestricted]
1001 - Windows Update - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k netsvcs]
1001 - Windows Driver Foundation - User-mode Driver Framework - [C:Windowssystem32svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestricted]
1001 - AMD FUEL Service - [C:Program FilesATI TechnologiesATI.ACEFuelFuel.Service.exe /launchService]

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11 - Windows Express
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1101 - System Score : 5.9
1102 - Memory Score : 5.9
1103 - CPU Score : 6.6
1104 - Graphics Score : 5.9
1105 - Gaming Score : 6.5
1106 - Disk Score : 5.9

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12 - Event Log
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1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:48:55 PM
1202 - Source : WinMgmt
1203 - Description : Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:30:04 PM
1202 - Source : Application Hang
1203 - Description : The program explorer.exe version 6.1.7601.17567 stopped interacting with Windows and was closed. To see if more information about the problem is available, check the problem history in the Action Center control panel.
Process ID: fd4
Start Time: 01cd53064db9af16
Termination Time: 0
Application Path: C:Windowsexplorer.exe
Report Id: 9b95fa7e-bf8a-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 12:53:55 AM
1202 - Source : Application Error
1203 - Description : Faulting application name: WLXPhotoGallery.exe, version: 15.4.3555.308, time stamp: 0x4f596a69
Faulting module name: atidxx32.dll, version: 8.17.10.342, time stamp: 0x4dddd162
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x0000e2a4
Faulting process id: 0x8e0
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd52f315cd647f
Faulting application path: C:Program Files (x86)Windows LivePhoto GalleryWLXPhotoGallery.exe
Faulting module path: C:Windowssystem32atidxx32.dll
Report Id: 592a60dc-bee6-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/25/2012 9:31:57 PM
1202 - Source : Application Error
1203 - Description : Faulting application name: Engine.exe, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x4fd800ca
Faulting module name: unknown, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x00000000
Exception code: 0xc00000fd
Fault offset: 0x73bee2d4
Faulting process id: 0xf08
Faulting application start time: 0x01cd52d449c626a7
Faulting application path: C:NexonCombat ArmsEngine.exe
Faulting module path: unknown
Report Id: 225568f9-beca-11e1-876f-b870f4b31d76

1201 - Time : 6/25/2012 12:44:43 PM
1202 - Source : WinMgmt
1203 - Description : Event filter with query "SELECT * FROM __InstanceModificationEvent WITHIN 60 WHERE TargetInstance ISA "Win32_Processor" AND TargetInstance.LoadPercentage > 99" could not be reactivated in namespace "//./root/CIMV2" because of error 0x80041003. Events cannot be delivered through this filter until the problem is corrected.

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 10:44:08 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The AMD External Events Utility service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:47:39 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Cyberlink RichVideo64 Service(CRVS) service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:47:36 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The PnkBstrA service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:35:21 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Volume Shadow Copy service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s).

1201 - Time : 6/26/2012 8:35:12 PM
1202 - Source : Service Control Manager
1203 - Description : The Windows Defender service terminated unexpectedly. It has done this 1 time(s). The following corrective action will be taken in 60000 milliseconds: Restart the service.

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End of file - 23098 Bytes




I bought a laptop on 3/11/11. It came with windows 7 premium. I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate about 1 week later. I activated windows no problem. At times during using the laptop, I had checked to verify Windows was legitimate. It always said YES!!
Last night I noticed I lost my Desktop setup. In the lower right hand corner it says"Windows7 Build 7601. This copy is not legitimate.
I filled out the form form for Counterfeit software. They want me to send the Product key sticker and The certificate of Authenticity along with DVD and Bill of sale. They said they may replace it if I was ripped off. Everything looks real from the markings on DVD, Product key and Certificate, along with packaging.
Why was I able to use This version of windows for 1 1/4 years with no problems? I updated defender and ran a scan. I noticed this after the download? I do not think it has anything to do with the situation.
Can someone give me the number to call Microsoft for activation. I looked online and can not locate it. It seems the only way is when you activate and have problems it will give you a number to call.
I appreciate any help. I need to use this Laptop with all my files , email accounts, etc.
Thank In Advance
Doug




Background: I'm running Windows 7, 64 bit, with IE9.

Symptom: Internet access works fine with everything, except any program that seems to be tied to Internet Explorer. Programs such as command line utilities (Powershell, etc.), other browsers (Chrome, etc.), FTP, Usenet reader, Tweetdeck, Dropbox, etc. all work properly. However, IE9, desktop gadgets and a couple of other programs cannot access the internet. It is like a component in IE9 (such as a driver file, a service, registry setting, or something else) is missing or mis-configured.

This all started one day when I had shut the computer down. When I restarted it, the network interface was not working at all--I could not even ping the router. I ended up having to go to Device Manager, delete the network card, have Device Manager detect it again, and reinstall it. Everything on the network came up properly but, at that point, IE and everything else tied to it (like gadgets) were no longer working.

Here is what I've done so far...

1. Looked at ipconfig /all and everything looks good.

2. HijackThis showed nothing that I did not recognize; it did complain about some common missing files, but it turns out that these entries are caused by using 64-bit Windows.

3. In addition to Windows Defender, I also run Avast antivirus. I ran a full scan in both programs and nothing bad turned up. I also downloaded a couple of others (Spybot S&D, Malwarebytes, etc.) and they did not find anything either. The only oddity is that in Avast, it complains that it cannot start the Web Shield protection, and I've even uninstalled and reinstalled Avast.

3A. I also disabled Avast, and also tried the computer with Avast uninstalled. No difference.

4. IE is not set to offline mode. (That's a common issue I've found. )

5. Ran the System File Checker--all files check out OK.

6. Looked at the Event Viewer immediately after trying to use IE, but no errors are thrown. (Unless I need to set Event Viewer to log additional events.)

7. I did a full reset of IE9, per Microsoft's instructions.

8. Just about all Windows updates have been applied, except for the past month or so that I've had this problem--I did not want to make things worse. (They are downloaded but NOT installed, in other words.)

9. I also reset Winsock using netsh winsock reset.

10. I disabled the Windows Firewall in case a corrupted entry was in the table; no luck. I do not run any other firewalls. The router has a firewall, but that has been in place for almost a year.

11. As for other things I've done, I have looked through the Local Security Policy, running services, etc., and don't really see anything out of the ordinary.

I did try this at one other Windows forum, but when I made one mention of checking registry settings, I got "talked down to". I am more of an advanced user, so I prefer to work via command line, policy settings, etc. rather than mess around with "for dummies" fixes like the other site was pushing me toward.

I have seen other complaints about this same problem, but have read through them all and none of the fixes applied, or some never were resolved.

It's a minor problem for me (I rarely use IE), but still, I'd like to have it working.

Thanks!




Hi, I've been trying to fix a windows 7 laptop for a couple of days now but nothing I do seems to make a difference. It's taking an average of 80 seconds to boot up (acording to event viewer).

So far I've removed 2 toolbars,
unticked most of the startup items in msconfig,
disabled search indexing, hp support assistant, and the lightscribe service,
disabled almost all of the graphics options (aero was already off),
updated windows, all available drivers, and the antivirus,
run a virus scan with windows defender and bullguard,
moved files from desktop to documents,
run ccleaner,
error checked and defragged all hard drives (used Auslogics defrag to move system files to the start of the drive).

None of this seems to have made any difference to the startup time, if anything it takes longer now than when I started. The performance diagnostic section of the event viewer shows that it's taking too long to boot, but doesn't show any programs consistently slowing it down, there are rarely programs that show up just once, but most boots there's nothing but a message showing the boot time. The specs of the computer are as follows:

windows 7 home premium
service pack 1
HP G72 Notebook PC
Rating 4.2
Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 CPU M330 @ 2.13Ghz 2.13 GHz
RAM 2.00 GB (1.86 GB usable)
64-bit

on startup, only these are ticked (sorry about the truncated names, I'm writing from a quick screenshot of the window)

Synaptics Po... (Pointer)
BullGuard
Easybits Rec... (Recovery)
HP Quick La... (Launch)
Java(TM) Pl... (Platform)
Bluetooth So...
HP Digital Im... (Imaging)

The only anomaly I could find is with the hard drive. There are 3 partitions, C, Recovery, and HP_Tools. C is the largest and only using about a quater of it's space. HP tools is small but again only a fraction of it is in use. Recovery though is about 12 GB and about 3 quaters full. Defragging with windows shows it to be 0% fragmented, but Auslogics Defrag shows it as 97% fragmented. Defragmentation takes only a second, after which it is still 97% fragmented. I don't know if this has anything to do with the bootup time.

Any ideas?




I am not sure this is the section for this question.

I am so tired of Norton Anti-Virus 2012. It runs my computer frequently, doing scans and checking Live Update. I set it so my most-used programs interrupt its scanning and set full scans to quarterly. It scans in the background all the time I am not using the most-used programs, making it run hot and never giving it a rest.

Seems to me Woody said Windows Defender is just as good. This would have been a while ago.

Can someone suggest an anti-virus program that will not be running every time I turn around, making the computer hot, the fan run all the time to cool it, and using up too much of the CPU resources? I do have a Targus fan mat under it, and if it weren't for that it probably would have killed the computer by now . This is an HP Pavilion dv 6000 series "entertainment PC" and I like it very much. It is a 2007 with Windows 7 Professional 32 bit.

Norton AV 2012 does the same thing on my new HP laptop, but I have far more memory in the new one, Windows Home 64 bit and the new laptop somehow also keeps itself cool. Still, I'd be glad to get rid of Norton's gigantic overly fancy 2012 AV. I liked their old simple 2003 flexible, very settable (for tasks it was to perform), 2003 version. I may be wrong but think I discovered that Live Update goes checking for new virus signatures about every 60 seconds instead of every 4 hours. Regardless, I found no setting that would change its checking schedule. Maybe I am very wrong on that but seems to me that's what I noticed before the HDD on my older laptop, which I used all the time, broke.

Thanks for any suggestions for a simple and effective antivirus program that I can set to the schedules *I* want.

Kelliann (PS if this is in the wrong section please let me know or move it for me... thanks)




After 6 months of happy coexistence between Vista and McAfee Security Centers I have had the following unnecessary warning from Vista Security Center pop up in the Notification Area every time I log on for the past two weeks:
Check your antispyware software security status. Windows Defender is turned off
1. Vista is fully updated with patches
2. McAfee Security center is fully updated and a scan by McAfee Virtual Technician found no problems
3. I have used all available settings of Vista Security Center to allay its fears but to no avail
4. The pop up automatically fades out when I use any application

I have raised the matter with McAfee Technical Support by email. Their first countermeasure was "uninstall Windows Defender". After I politely reminded them that this is impossible they came up with a double-barrelled countermeasure: (a) Deselect Windows Defender on the Startup Menu and reboot, and ( Change the Startup Type of Windows Defender in Services to Disabled and
reboot. I have reported to McAfee that these have made no difference, the message still pops up after log on. As yet McAfee has not replied.

I am using McAfee Security Center because it was preinstalled on my new Dell laptop with a bundled 15-month subscription.

A web search shows that I am not alone with this issue. Does anyone have any ideas?




Hi,
On my NIS 2007 I have a facility titled 'Security Inspector' which I run once in a while. The other day, following a run, it advised me that "The IP addresses in your Windows host file have been redirected". When I checked the help option it said "remove from the hosts file any line that maps a host name other than localhost to the IP address nnn.n.n.n" (where nnn equates to my IP address). I hadn't noted any problems with my computer but I told Security Inspector to 'fix' the problem which it duly did. It seems to have remained 'fixed' and I'm having no problems that I can tell.

My question is - did the redirection represent a security risk or was it something that just occured through something I might have changed at some time? I run Norton firewall and AV (NIS 2007), fully updated, have Windows defender running constantly and use Spybot S&D and Ad-Aware SE on a weekly basis.

Grateful for any/all comments
Thanks
Keith




Please accept my apologies for the length of post but trying to give all relevant info. I am working on the assumption that I have an infection hence posting here if in wrong place please move and let me know.

Desktop PC - Win 7 Prof SP1 (from clean install about 1 year ago) 64bit – 8GB Ram
Laptop Win 7 Prof (SP1 using downloaded SP1 file again about 9 -10 months ago) 32bit – 4GB Ram
Both have static IP addresses.
Windows FULLY upto date as are the browsers.
Virtual Ram handled by Windows (see further down post for reason for supplying this info.)

Security software on both PC’s:
Comodo firewall (free) – Avast AV (free) – Malwarebytes (paid version) – Win Patrol (paid version) – Spyware Blaster – CCLeaner (run at about 4 or 5 day intervals)

There is different software on each PC.
I have been running these programs for a couple of years without problems or conflicts.

Problem details:
This issue is the exact same on BOTH PC’s which are on a HOME Network with the usual shared folderspartitions.
I cannot access the following websites. When this issue started I have no idea because these are not sites I go to on a regular basis. I first discovered it about 1 week ago. There is NO warnings (404 etc other than eventually Time out) Both sites can be accessed on spare (NON-Networked) PC.

When I try to access my Amazon account (see link below – both typed in and using Favourites link) it does not open. I CAN access Amazons’ home page without problems.
It is only when I try to log-in that I have problems here. I have tried accessing both Amazon UK & Amazon US.
I can access
http://www.amazon.co.uk which then goes to
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/css/home.../ref=topnav_ya

The same happens when I try to sign-in to my Hotmail account, or virtually any (secure https:// and or normal http://) MS site[s]. In this instance the sign-in page just never gets there. There are not error message in either case. Microsoft.com and Microsoft UK with the same results.
Hotmail:
http://sn102w.snt102.mail.live.com/d...?wa=wsignin1.0

it then goes to https://login.live.com/login.srf?wa=...cxt=mai&snsc=1 and sits there going nowhere. [Blue circle keeps going round and round].

PING [microsoft.com] times out and fails. [IP addresses 65.55.58.201 & 65.55.57.27:]

I CAN access other HTTPS:// sites without problems (I am able to log into other [non-MS]) web mail etc. on both problem PC's) I also have no problems accessing any other http:// site[s]

Steps taken to try and resolve this:
Tried to access site at different times of the day.
Disabled ALL security programs [AV – Anti-Malware – Firewall etc.]
Ran full security scans in Windows and Safe Mode. (Also turned of malicious web site blocking in Malwarebytes to see if this could be at fault)
Ran BOOT scans with Avast.
Set Spybot to run as windows was loading.
Ran Kaspersky emergency boot disk (10)
Ran on-line security scans (Symantic)
Installed and ran SybotSD.
Started and updated Windows Defender and ran full scan.
Disabled GHOSTERY in all browsers.
Tried 4 different browsers (by default I have Opera + FF + IE [8]) downloaded and installed Chrome.
Also tried pinging (the above links) both of which failed.
Ran all browsers, WITH & WITHOUT add-ons.

NO toolbars installed and never has been other than the Avast program.
Re-set DNS cache.
Resetrepaired WINSOCK
Re-set MBR from with-in Acronis (but once again I do not know when this started so (if infected) this could also be infected. I also fixed MBR using Emergency Boot CD and entered
bootrec /fixmbr [enter]
bootrec /fixboot [enter]
Nothing found anywhere.
[I can access the above when I use an old PC (which IS NOT networked) I keep for emergencies and on my phone.]

I CAN doget windows updates (using Auto Check or clicking onto linkshortcut in the All Programs List and [repeat] I CAN ACCESS OTHER HTTPS:// SITES WITHOUT PROBLEMS

Re-inserted an Acronis image (which was 5 weeks old) with same results, but as I said I am not certain when this started so the image might well have been infected [if that is the cause] NO new software has been installed on both PC’s for a few months except for SpybotSD due to this issue.

I have tried all these "fixes" on both DT & LAptop but have decided to concentrate on getting the DT to work at the moment.

Turned off System Restore
Stopped VIRTUAL MemoryPaging File to see if something was lodged in there and came up against something I have never seen (or heard of) before. When I rebooted PC I got message saying windows had created a Temp Paging File. See attachment below for exact details. In 18 years of using PC’s I have never had this message when disabling virtual memory. This might be related or it could be a separate issue. When I cancel Paging file Windows SHOULD NOT create a temp one especially when I have 8GB Ram installed.

Virtual Memory message.jpg

It has been years since I have had to run Hi Jack This on either my own pc's or on the pc's I mantain for other folks and have forgotten exact procedure so please advise for this so that I can post log up. (also post as an attachment or just copy and paste?)

If solutionrepair cannot be found it will mean re-installing windows and programs (ouch)
All passwords have been changed and card details removed from Amazon.




For the past couple of months I've been trying to figure out why I can no longer connect to our laptop from our desktop. When I use Windows Explorer (in Vista Home Premium) to look at files on the laptop (which also runs the same version of Windows Vista) the laptop is listed in the directory tree. However, when I click on the laptop name I get a message box telling me that Windows cannot access the laptop. When I select the "Diagnose" button provided with that message box I subsequently get another message box informing me "An installed Layered Service Provider (LSP) is outdated. Remove the malfunctioning network component." However, when I check the Device Manager I find no indication of a malfunction.

I subsequently searched the WOPR forums for "Layered Service Provider" and came up with one thread started by sdckapr (post #404,700) that was somewhat on point except that it appeared to deal with a complete loss of ability to connect with the internet whereas my problem is desktop to laptop connectivity. I am able to connect to our desktop using the laptop and have had no problem connecting to the internet from either machine. The remedies suggested by the responses in the aforementioned thread, while over my head tech-wise, either did not sound appropriate to my situation or did not list Vista as a supported OS (as in the case of using the LSPfix utility).

Everything else on the computers is running just fine ("hot, straight, and normal" as they say on submarines), running Windows Vista Home Premium. These computers are almost 2 years old. The desktop & laptop are connected via a wireless NetGear router which has not given us any problem since installing it along with the computers. I use Eset NOD32 for anti-virus protection and it does a very good job of keeping itself updated. I just uninstalled Ad-Aware last night because they hacked me off with the upgrade I recently purchased from them. Prior to that I used Ad-Aware, along with their Ad-Watch program, and Windows Defender for mal-ware protection. Now, as of last night, I just have Windows Defender along with whatever mal-ware protection NOD32 may afford.

Any assistance or suggestions you care to lend will be welcome.




Several weeks ago I started to encounter a pop-up window that has since become a nuisance.

When I start IE6, the window will pop-up usually telling me that it is "Connecting to us.i1.yimg.com." The window contains normal items found in the standard sign-in window: "User name:, Password:, and a check-bos to Remember my password."

Since I have no desire to connect with us.i1.yimg.com, I click the X or the "Cancel" button; the box closes and returns. At times, I've had to cancel or use AltF4 35 or 40 times before the box finally stops asking to connect. Sometimes it takes only 2-or3 attempts to cancel it. As I navigate the web, it will appear at some URLs; at others, it will not appear. Sometimes the "connect to" URL will change. Haven't been able to determine a pattern though.

As long as the sign-in box is present, nothing loads from the web site. As soon as I successfully AltF4 or X it away, things work just fine.

I've un-installed and re-installed IE6 and all updates (but hesitate to do the same with WinXP Pro) and the pop-up is still there. I've done registry searches, looking for spyware stuff, but find nothing that I recognize as being associated with the window. I'm literally at wits end.

I use an OutPost firewall from Agnitum. I have the latest versions and updates for SpyBlocker, Ad-aware, SpywareGuard, Spybot-Search & Destroy, SpywareBlocker and PopUp Defender installed. This thing is like the Energizer Bunny ... just keeps popping-up. I can block everything imagineable execpt this persistent sign-in pop-up window. HELP!!!

My sincere thanks in advance for any assistance provided.


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