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24-10-2017, 04:50 PM
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(17-10-2017 08:42 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  First time I ran Malwarebytes it found quite a few Adware and threats and removed them, the computer immediately ran faster.

Maybe if you work on it more then it could compete in the Olympics.

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05-11-2017, 01:42 PM (This post was last modified: 05-11-2017 04:46 PM by Free.)
RE: Free Tech Support
Free Computer Tip #1:

From time to time I (and hopefully others) will post something relative to computer maintenance.

Today I will be speaking about another free product that can fix numerous technical issues with the Windows software. It is one thing to get rid of the various types of malicious software from your computer, but it's another thing to repair the damage that some of this malicious software leaves behind.

Again, I will give step-by-step instructions.

Windows Repair

Windows Repair is a tool that inspects and attempts repairs on over 40 different critical Windows components. It repairs such things as WiFi connection issues, file association errors, Windows Permissions, Windows security, and a host of other issues relative to the performance of your Windows device.

Step-By-Step:

1. Click the "Windows Repair" link above, and when the page comes up, click the link displayed below the word "Tweaking.com - Windows Repair v4.0.9 Released." (Note: The "v4.0.9" is the current release build at the time of this post, but it can change to a newer version at any time.)

2. As the web page changes, scroll down as click the Download link which has the word "Direct Download" listed to the right.

3. Choose either download or run. If you choose download, locate where the files was downloaded, and then double-click to launch it.

4. Once you have double-clicked the file, Windows will give you the typical warning that you are about to execute a program, so just agree to execute it. On the next screen just keep clicking "Next" and the program will install. Then click "Finish."

5. The program should automatically start, and if not, it places an icon on your main Desktop screen, so click that and launch the program.

6. Click "Agree" on the next screen, and then as the screen changes, click "Jump To Repairs."

7. On the next screen click "Open repairs" and the screen will change again, and on that screen click "Start Repairs."


That's it. It will now go about its business of fixing all the problems it finds, and it should finish within 30 minutes. When it has finished, it will want to restart the computer, so let it do that, and when it reboots you are finished.

Happy computing!

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05-11-2017, 06:54 PM
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Um....

Save a starving IT guy....

PAY for tech support. Please.

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05-11-2017, 06:57 PM
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(05-11-2017 01:42 PM)Free Wrote:  
Free Computer Tip #1:

From time to time I (and hopefully others) will post something relative to computer maintenance.

Today I will be speaking about another free product that can fix numerous technical issues with the Windows software. It is one thing to get rid of the various types of malicious software from your computer, but it's another thing to repair the damage that some of this malicious software leaves behind.

Again, I will give step-by-step instructions.

Windows Repair

Windows Repair is a tool that inspects and attempts repairs on over 40 different critical Windows components. It repairs such things as WiFi connection issues, file association errors, Windows Permissions, Windows security, and a host of other issues relative to the performance of your Windows device.

Step-By-Step:

1. Click the "Windows Repair" link above, and when the page comes up, click the link displayed below the word "Tweaking.com - Windows Repair v4.0.9 Released." (Note: The "v4.0.9" is the current release build at the time of this post, but it can change to a newer version at any time.)

2. As the web page changes, scroll down as click the Download link which has the word "Direct Download" listed to the right.

3. Choose either download or run. If you choose download, locate where the files was downloaded, and then double-click to launch it.

4. Once you have double-clicked the file, Windows will give you the typical warning that you are about to execute a program, so just agree to execute it. On the next screen just keep clicking "Next" and the program will install. Then click "Finish."

5. The program should automatically start, and if not, it places an icon on your main Desktop screen, so click that and launch the program.

6. Click "Agree" on the next screen, and then as the screen changes, click "Jump To Repairs."

7. On the next screen click "Open repairs" and the screen will change again, and on that screen click "Start Repairs."


That's it. It will now go about its business of fixing all the problems it finds, and it should finish within 30 minutes. When it has finished, it will want to restart the computer, so let it do that, and when it reboots you are finished.

Happy computing!

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Step 3 Enjoy said Pizza and your newfound freedom from Bill's expensive as fuck stalkerish company....


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05-11-2017, 07:01 PM
RE: Free Tech Support
(16-10-2017 07:15 PM)Free Wrote:  This is a tech support thread designed to help our users who may be having problems accessing the forum due to computer problems.

About 2.5 years ago I started a thread offering tech support to fellow members who are having problems with their computers. That thread is now outdated as there have been several changes with Microsoft Windows, as well as new threats (file-less infections etc) have surfaced.

Therefore, this thread will include a new guide on how to do a cleanup of your computer and get rid of various malware infections. Also, you can ask any questions you like and I will attempt to answer them as quickly as possible.

Without further adieu, below you will find a guide with links to the tools you should use, as well as an explanation on how to use them.

Tools & Technique:

Step 1. Ccleaner

Ccleaner is a tool that safely removes internet junk files, temp files, and Recycle Bin files from your computer. It is what is known as a "cache cleaner" program. Not only does it clean out all the rubbish, but it can recover a significant amount of hard drive space.

Simply click the link, scroll down a bit, and click the Download button under the "Free" column. Depending on your browser, you can either choose to save the file you are downloading, or run it. If you save it, you will still need to double-click it to install the program.

As you are installing it, keep your eye open for any extra software it recommends that you install, and uncheck the boxes so that you don't install any other software along with it.

After it has been installed, you will find a Ccleaner link on your Desktop screen. Unless the program has already automatically started, you can double-click the shortcut link on your desktop.

The rest is very straight forward. Simply click the button to analyze your computer, and when it has finished, click the Run Cleaner button. That's it. When it finishes, simply close the program.

Step 2. AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner is an adware cleaning program. It is very simple to use. Simply download and save it on your computer, then find it and click it up on your screen. You may get a Windows advisory asking you if you want to allow the app to make changes, so just click yes. After that, click the Agree button, and you are all set.

Simply click the scan button and it will do a quick scan for malware/adware etc. When it's done scanning it will pop up a text file with details of what it found. Close that file, and then click the Clean button. It will remove what it found, and then ask to reboot your computer. Go ahead and reboot. After your computer starts up again, it will show you that text file again, and you can just close it and move on to the next step.

Step 3. Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

The Junkware Removal Tool does much of the same thing as the previous tool, but uses a different approach in an effort to detect those really malicious and stubborn malware files. After you click the link above, simply click the Download button on the Malwarebytes website, and save the file to your computer.

After you have downloaded the file, find it, but this time right-click the file, and choose to left-click on "Run as Administrator." This will give the tool "elevated rights" to go into parts of your computer where malicious files like to hide.

The first thing you will notice is that it looks old-style, dos type, but it's really just running in a Command Prompt window. It will ask you to click any key to continue, so just do that it and will begin scanning. It should only take a couple minutes, but keep your eye on it as sometimes it fails to create a Restore point and will ask you to click any key again to continue.

When it's done, it will have automatically removed all the malware it finds, and pop up a text file for you to read. You can read it if you want, and then simply close it and move on to the final step.

Step 4. Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a program that has now been around for several years and is, in my professional opinion, the best security program on the planet. It is far superior to any anti-virus program for the simple reason that it considers all threats as being harmful (and I agree wholeheartedly), and not just viruses. It finds adware, spyware, malware, hijackers, rootkits, file-less infections and a host of other harmful threats too numerous to mention.

The link above takes you to their website where you can download the free version. You can choose to buy the program and get "real-time protection" if you like, as it is certainly worth the money. But for now, we will use the Free version.

Again, click the "Free Download" button on their website, and download the file as usual, find it, and double-click to install. When it's done installing, just click Finish and the program will automatically start. It may take a few seconds to pop up on your screen as it likes to check for updates first.

It will pop up a small window that says Welcome to your 14 Free trial. Just click the "X" on that window and continue. Now, the next few things are very important to ensure you get a real deep scan, so I will list how to set it up for a deep scan below.

1. Click the Scan button on the left side of the program's screen.
2. Click the middle column for "Custom Scam"
3. Below the Custom scan column, click "Configure Scan."
4. Check the box for "Scan for rootkits" and also check the box for "C:"
5. Click "Scan Now."

Let it roll. You can use your computer while it is scanning, and depending on how fast your computer is, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Be patient and just let it do it's thing.

When it is finished, just click to remove all the things it found. It may want to reboot your PC, so do that.

That should be it. Your PC should now be totally clean and running with increased performance.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to post them.

Happy computing, everyone!

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CC Cleaner is not needed almost everything that program does is covered by most of the other tools you listed. Registry cleaners are not required can at times break things and the concept that they help your computer run faster/better is a myth best dispelled by understanding how your system addresses the registry (but since few do the myth persists), also their servers have been compromised. They got in once they'll likely get in again. Not sure you really wanna be trusting them right now.

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05-11-2017, 07:12 PM
RE: Free Tech Support
(05-11-2017 07:01 PM)JesseB Wrote:  
(16-10-2017 07:15 PM)Free Wrote:  This is a tech support thread designed to help our users who may be having problems accessing the forum due to computer problems.

About 2.5 years ago I started a thread offering tech support to fellow members who are having problems with their computers. That thread is now outdated as there have been several changes with Microsoft Windows, as well as new threats (file-less infections etc) have surfaced.

Therefore, this thread will include a new guide on how to do a cleanup of your computer and get rid of various malware infections. Also, you can ask any questions you like and I will attempt to answer them as quickly as possible.

Without further adieu, below you will find a guide with links to the tools you should use, as well as an explanation on how to use them.

Tools & Technique:

Step 1. Ccleaner

Ccleaner is a tool that safely removes internet junk files, temp files, and Recycle Bin files from your computer. It is what is known as a "cache cleaner" program. Not only does it clean out all the rubbish, but it can recover a significant amount of hard drive space.

Simply click the link, scroll down a bit, and click the Download button under the "Free" column. Depending on your browser, you can either choose to save the file you are downloading, or run it. If you save it, you will still need to double-click it to install the program.

As you are installing it, keep your eye open for any extra software it recommends that you install, and uncheck the boxes so that you don't install any other software along with it.

After it has been installed, you will find a Ccleaner link on your Desktop screen. Unless the program has already automatically started, you can double-click the shortcut link on your desktop.

The rest is very straight forward. Simply click the button to analyze your computer, and when it has finished, click the Run Cleaner button. That's it. When it finishes, simply close the program.

Step 2. AdwCleaner

AdwCleaner is an adware cleaning program. It is very simple to use. Simply download and save it on your computer, then find it and click it up on your screen. You may get a Windows advisory asking you if you want to allow the app to make changes, so just click yes. After that, click the Agree button, and you are all set.

Simply click the scan button and it will do a quick scan for malware/adware etc. When it's done scanning it will pop up a text file with details of what it found. Close that file, and then click the Clean button. It will remove what it found, and then ask to reboot your computer. Go ahead and reboot. After your computer starts up again, it will show you that text file again, and you can just close it and move on to the next step.

Step 3. Junkware Removal Tool (JRT)

The Junkware Removal Tool does much of the same thing as the previous tool, but uses a different approach in an effort to detect those really malicious and stubborn malware files. After you click the link above, simply click the Download button on the Malwarebytes website, and save the file to your computer.

After you have downloaded the file, find it, but this time right-click the file, and choose to left-click on "Run as Administrator." This will give the tool "elevated rights" to go into parts of your computer where malicious files like to hide.

The first thing you will notice is that it looks old-style, dos type, but it's really just running in a Command Prompt window. It will ask you to click any key to continue, so just do that it and will begin scanning. It should only take a couple minutes, but keep your eye on it as sometimes it fails to create a Restore point and will ask you to click any key again to continue.

When it's done, it will have automatically removed all the malware it finds, and pop up a text file for you to read. You can read it if you want, and then simply close it and move on to the final step.

Step 4. Malwarebytes

Malwarebytes is a program that has now been around for several years and is, in my professional opinion, the best security program on the planet. It is far superior to any anti-virus program for the simple reason that it considers all threats as being harmful (and I agree wholeheartedly), and not just viruses. It finds adware, spyware, malware, hijackers, rootkits, file-less infections and a host of other harmful threats too numerous to mention.

The link above takes you to their website where you can download the free version. You can choose to buy the program and get "real-time protection" if you like, as it is certainly worth the money. But for now, we will use the Free version.

Again, click the "Free Download" button on their website, and download the file as usual, find it, and double-click to install. When it's done installing, just click Finish and the program will automatically start. It may take a few seconds to pop up on your screen as it likes to check for updates first.

It will pop up a small window that says Welcome to your 14 Free trial. Just click the "X" on that window and continue. Now, the next few things are very important to ensure you get a real deep scan, so I will list how to set it up for a deep scan below.

1. Click the Scan button on the left side of the program's screen.
2. Click the middle column for "Custom Scam"
3. Below the Custom scan column, click "Configure Scan."
4. Check the box for "Scan for rootkits" and also check the box for "C:"
5. Click "Scan Now."

Let it roll. You can use your computer while it is scanning, and depending on how fast your computer is, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. Be patient and just let it do it's thing.

When it is finished, just click to remove all the things it found. It may want to reboot your PC, so do that.

That should be it. Your PC should now be totally clean and running with increased performance.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to post them.

Happy computing, everyone!

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PS: You may wish to add this thread to your Favorites list on your web browser so you can find it again in the event that it goes too deep down the list.

CC Cleaner is not needed almost everything that program does is covered by most of the other tools you listed. Registry cleaners are not required can at times break things and the concept that they help your computer run faster/better is a myth best dispelled by understanding how your system addresses the registry (but since few do the myth persists), also their servers have been compromised. They got in once they'll likely get in again. Not sure you really wanna be trusting them right now.

None of the other programs I listed empty the system caches.

That's what CCleaner does. It gets rid of the crap.

More about CCleaner here.

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05-11-2017, 07:20 PM (This post was last modified: 05-11-2017 07:37 PM by JesseB.)
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(17-10-2017 07:58 PM)Free Wrote:  
(17-10-2017 07:42 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Thanks!

Some of the things I have looked at show specs that are 802.11n. or 802.11ac...things like that and I don't know what those mean. Weeping

Generally the understanding is that the further down the alphabet scale the better the technology. In this case, the "n" for 802.11n is currently the most commonly used internet connectivity technology. However, the exception in this case, 802.11ac is superior as it is the 5Ghz, and it is quickly becoming common.

More on that Here and Here.

While this is true she is likely to hit the limitations of her ISP's network LONG before she hits the theoretical limits imposed by 802.11n 2.5G let alone 5G AC

I mean not unless she's got some badass fiber connection going on.... (if you do can I be your roommate Anji?)

People often think they "want the fastest possible" when most often what they are asking for is kinda irrelevant given their specific situation.

First of all any single download is going to be limited by the upload of the server you are connecting too, very few serves will allow their servers to be slammed by assholes like me eating up their entire bandwidth for a single download (and yes given a chance I can and will do this)

Then they are limited by the bandwidth of their ISP which is usually quite a bit higher in capacity than the upload of whatever random server they are connecting too at any given moment. So... not really a problem unless you got a house full of teenagers streaming HD movies 24/7 and a pipeline of 50 down or less... (the numbers vary, the math is easy though so if you give me the number of persons in the house and their general activities ect I can calculate how much bandwidth you actually likely need, too many people just buy the biggest they can when they only have 1 device.... yea... exactly)

From there we're far more likely to see impact and limitations of the hardware the person is using (aka person buys a 200 dollar laptop from walmart and then wonders why it runs so slow... there's your sign)

Finally wifi comes into play. Realistically again the biggest factor involved isn't one connection to one computer as long as you have reasonably new stuff all along your chain here you're simply unlikely to max out the capacity of any router (unless you're still on 802.11 B or G) so it then boils down to how many people are actually using your wifi at the same time and how bad the wifi congestion is in your area (when I lived in Austin I didn't connect any of my devices wireless except my phone because... good luck with 1000 people all using wifi for everything the most common question I got was stupid people wondering why the wifi was slow... um packet collision? an over saturated pipeline? You can think of the air as one giant cable in a way it has a limited amount of space to run signals and 1000 fucking people running 10,000 fucking wifi devices FAR exceeded that limit)

Your far better off investing in a powerful laptop or computer, and then ensuring that your networking equipment is up to date, that your cables are in good condition (they get pinched stretched ect easily and over time electronic hardware wears out simply due to the friction and heat ect caused by the electricity running through it)

I get gamers asking about how to reduce lag because their Internet is causing low frame rates... Um... fucking no..... Your frames per second have absolutely NOTHING to do with your fucking Internet connection. either invest in a decent computer, or learn how to build a rig right. Buying the latest video card is worthless if it's bottlenecked by the motherboard you are sticking it into (also heat places a big issue never forget to properly mitigate heat)


So @Free while your answer is correct.... I think maybe there's other places of greater importance to be investigated first. Just what I think anyway.


Edit^ Also no one can make your Internet run "faster" the speed of the Internet is limited by the medium(s) through which the signal is carried IE light for fiber radio waves for wireless electricity for standard cable ect, this is important because the thing people are usually talking about is Bandwidth and having more bandwidth available than you ever use isn't really helping stuff go faster. Like not at all.... If you don't have enough Bandwidth then yes a bigger pipeline would allow more data to transfer at once effectively making things appear as if they are going faster, but if you're not even using what you have then you're simply wasting money. IT folks have no more power to "speed up" the Internet than they have to make the earth orbit the moon from a technical perspective (unless your referring to more efficient routing protocols and hardware at the ISP's and well ISP's hate spending money) and the letters at the end of 802.11 refer to the parts of the code which um governs how the standards various pieces of equipment use to ensure compatible communication, earliest version I remember was B followed by G as tech improved things got faster so the short version is Free is correct as you go down the "speeds" improved.

My basic point Angi is those numbers really aren't likely to be that important to you, if you're having a specific problem feel free to ask Smile and if you're just curious in general hopefully the link shared and the description here will help shed some light on how these systems work.

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05-11-2017, 07:22 PM
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(05-11-2017 07:12 PM)Free Wrote:  
(05-11-2017 07:01 PM)JesseB Wrote:  CC Cleaner is not needed almost everything that program does is covered by most of the other tools you listed. Registry cleaners are not required can at times break things and the concept that they help your computer run faster/better is a myth best dispelled by understanding how your system addresses the registry (but since few do the myth persists), also their servers have been compromised. They got in once they'll likely get in again. Not sure you really wanna be trusting them right now.

None of the other programs I listed empty the system caches.

That's what CCleaner does. It gets rid of the crap.

More about CCleaner here.

Good point, I still don't personally trust CC cleaner at the moment however. Also... cleaning cashes can be done manually.... but I guess that's not very helpful to the average user

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05-11-2017, 07:38 PM
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(05-11-2017 07:22 PM)JesseB Wrote:  
(05-11-2017 07:12 PM)Free Wrote:  None of the other programs I listed empty the system caches.

That's what CCleaner does. It gets rid of the crap.

More about CCleaner here.

Good point, I still don't personally trust CC cleaner at the moment however. Also... cleaning cashes can be done manually.... but I guess that's not very helpful to the average user

You are correct, doing stuff with Windows manually is not for the average user. Most people are actually afraid to go poking around with things on their computer. They think they will just screw it up, and unfortunately, they often do.

The very reason I am a computer tech is because I was fearless of computers and would often screw them up. But the moment I figured out how to reinstall Windows back in the early 90s, I became absolutely fearless. My attitude was, "If I screw it up, I will just format and reinstall."

But i am old school still. Love using old commands and often trace IPs of hackers who try to break in to my network.

Trust me, more than just a few hackers were forced to reformat their computers after trying to screw with me. Most of them are script kiddies anyways, who know just enough to be dangerous to themselves, and most of them are infected with Trojans and have so many backdoors open it's hilarious.

I have had many good chats with these script kiddies ... opening a Notepad text on their screen and having a chat with them in Notepad.

I miss those good old days. Back in the 90s most hackers were honorable. These days, however, they are all scammers from either India, Russia, or China and I just wanna grab them by the throat and kick the ever lovin' shit outta them.

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05-11-2017, 07:42 PM
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(05-11-2017 07:38 PM)Free Wrote:  
(05-11-2017 07:22 PM)JesseB Wrote:  Good point, I still don't personally trust CC cleaner at the moment however. Also... cleaning cashes can be done manually.... but I guess that's not very helpful to the average user

You are correct, doing stuff with Windows manually is not for the average user. Most people are actually afraid to go poking around with things on their computer. They think they will just screw it up, and unfortunately, they often do.

The very reason I am a computer tech is because I was fearless of computers and would often screw them up. But the moment I figured out how to reinstall Windows back in the early 90s, I became absolutely fearless. My attitude was, "If I screw it up, I will just format and reinstall."

But i am old school still. Love using old commands and often trace IPs of hackers who try to break in to my network.

Trust me, more than just a few hackers were forced to reformat their computers after trying to screw with me. Most of them are script kiddies anyways, who know just enough to be dangerous to themselves, and most of them are infected with Trojans and have so many backdoors open it's hilarious.

I have had many good chats with these script kiddies ... opening a Notepad text on their screen and having a chat with them in Notepad.

I miss those good old days. Back in the 90s most hackers were honorable. These days, however, they are all scammers from either India, Russia, or China and I just wanna grab them by the throat and kick the ever lovin' shit outta them.

Hehe good times, yea that's kinda how I ended up in IT too... I remember my first lesson in static electricity after taking apart one of my dad's work computers without his knowledge. >.> I think I was like 5 at the time....

No one could stop me, it was just an obsession I never really recovered from. It didn't take long for me to develop habits that ensured I didn't break things even when I was exploring something completely new and had no real idea what I was doing yet... And eventually I even got to go to college for a short time Smile Wish I could go back to college tbh I liked it there

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