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Electronic Problem Thread

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Can I take it you're advocating Microsoft essentials? Maybe I'll give it another shot.

I am but if you've had problems there's no point in me doing so directly. You need to feel comfortable, I'd just say that Norton and Kaspersky are the wrong way to go.

Consider ESET although I didn't get on with it the one time I tried it.
 

Sminky

Registered User
I am but if you've had problems there's no point in me doing so directly. You need to feel comfortable, I'd just say that Norton and Kaspersky are the wrong way to go.

Consider ESET although I didn't get on with it the one time I tried it.

The high RAM consumption is a bit of a worry with Norton, my Laptop is brand new and since installing Norton I've noticed a fluctuation in speeds processing programs. I need to flip a coin and decide whether to do away with it and kiss goodbye to 18 months worth of Norton cover for around the £40 I paid for it.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
The high RAM consumption is a bit of a worry with Norton, my Laptop is brand new and since installing Norton I've noticed a fluctuation in speeds processing programs. I need to flip a coin and decide whether to do away with it and kiss goodbye to 18 months worth of Norton cover for around the £40 I paid for it.

Try and sell it to some unsuspecting troglodyte.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Might be tricky. By the way, what in the name of sanity is wrong with the servers on here tonight? It's timed out five times in the last 15 minutes.

Must be high server load due to spam/number of users on. The ChatBox doesn't help either.
 

Gato

Cat O' War!!
Try and sell it to some unsuspecting troglodyte.

LOL. Good piece of advice there Sweey. Welcome back boss! ;)

I'm using MSE in all 4 PCs at home in combination with malwarebytes and superantispyware, and I'm yet to see a problem with them.

Sminky, there's no such thing as a perfect antivirus solution, but certainly Norton is not the best choice by miles.
Your browsing habits play a crucial role at how good an antivirus is.
 
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Sminky

Registered User
Sminky, there's no such thing as a perfect antivirus solution, but certainly Norton is not the best choice by miles.
Your browsing habits play a crucial role at how good an antivirus is.

It's a new laptop so there won't be any porn or torrent activity on it, that raped the performance of my last laptop.
 

Sminky

Registered User
Man alive, the problems I've had with Windows 7. I took back my HP G6 because the wifi adapter kept losing the connection. I exchanged it for a Toshiba and everything was working well, I installed MS essentials as opposed to Norton I then installed iTunes and Firefox. I didn't restart and browsed the net for an hour or so. Everything was working thing.

I restarted the Laptop. Then it all went to shit.

The internet became uber slow, I checked Firefox to see if the error laid with that and it stated it needed service pack 2 to function properly so I tried downloading that via windows update and that returned an error of "80072ee2".

I eventually fixed that by resetting the TCP/IP configuration and disabling the TCP auto-tuning via the command prompt.

Its better, not great ... I've read I can improve the situation by disabling the DHCP Broadcast flag but my static IP returns an 'invalid' IP address when I key it into the IPV6 properties.

I'm buggered if I know what to do.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Er what stated it needed Service Pack 2?

Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 hasn't been released yet and Firefox wouldn't mention one. That in itself would suggest you have a very serious problem.

Norton allowing something to reside on the computer because it didn't detect it prior to uninstallation? Is MSE actually working or is it suspended by a virus?

Why are you typing your address into IPv6 and not IPv4?
 

Sminky

Registered User
Er what stated it needed Service Pack 2?

Service Pack 2 for Windows 7 hasn't been released yet and Firefox wouldn't mention one. That in itself would suggest you have a very serious problem.

Norton allowing something to reside on the computer because it didn't detect it prior to uninstallation? Is MSE actually working or is it suspended by a virus?

Why are you typing your address into IPv6 and not IPv4?

On the 'troubleshoot' option but as you stated that must be a fuck up if its not been released.

Norton hasn't been on this laptop, this is a different one.

It goes into both, well according to the tech advice I read.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
An example of an IPv6 address is this:

2001:0db8:85a3:0000:0000:8a2e:0370:7334

Don't know about you but I'm never going to get used to it. Would stick with only IPv4 for now.

As for the laptop, will Malwarebytes Anti-Malware install? If so, run it and do a full scan. If it doesn't run after installation, your resident virus is blocking it - try renaming the program executable. If it runs and finds nothing, wipe everything and then start over, installing one program at a time and checking the internet speed each time until you notice slowdown.

When starting over, anti-virus should be the very first thing you install, then anti-malware and then your applications.
 

Sminky

Registered User
I can't get the correct static IP - or at least one it will accept - off my router so I've given up on that.

I installed both Malwarebytes and Superantispyware, both run ok. I also installed a 101 (!) windows updates last night.

Everything seems much much better now - touch wood. Fiddling in the command prompt seemed to do the trick, although I'm a bit ticked off with the amount of cobblers I've had to tolerate with Windows 7 x64, it seems the laptop factory settings are counter intuitive.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
I can't get the correct static IP - or at least one it will accept - off my router so I've given up on that.

I installed both Malwarebytes and Superantispyware, both run ok. I also installed a 101 (!) windows updates last night.

Everything seems much much better now - touch wood. Fiddling in the command prompt seemed to do the trick, although I'm a bit ticked off with the amount of cobblers I've had to tolerate with Windows 7 x64, it seems the laptop factory settings are counter intuitive.

Laptop manufacturers really don't help themselves, the end user or Microsoft with some of the stupid shit they do.

Still love my 7 x64. Hoping to skip 8 and its metro bullshit and go straight to 9.
 

Sminky

Registered User
What I can't understand is why the manufacturers or even the retailers do not provide more information. A casual user would have no idea that they would have to reset TCP/IP through the command prompt on windows 7 x64 or suffer intolerable wifi problems.

I got office 2010 as well for £69, except I could not believe the cheek of microsoft in removing the multiple computer installation. What a fooking rip off.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Office is their cash cow and piracy of it is rampant to the point of me barely knowing anyone who owned 2003 or 2007 legally (except companies).
 

Sminky

Registered User
I had 2007 legally. It was free with our Compaq when we bought it from Currys. Excel was not user friendly at all compared to 2003.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Excel was not user friendly at all compared to 2003.

That's why at work while all the idiots have 2007 installed over 2003, I got our out-sourced IT to let me sort my own computer out and keep Excel 2003 along with Office 2007 so I can use 2003 unless I need more than 65,535 rows or have so much data that it slows to a crawl.

I'm still nagging for Excel 2010 (no application memory/processor limitation) but to no avail.
 

Sminky

Registered User
Fortunately at work our operating software hasn't been tested beyond XP so all of our PC's are wiped with Gdisk. We're using 2003 software right across the board, in fact up until last year many computers were still running windows 98 apps.
 

Sweey

*RETIRED*
Fortunately at work our operating software hasn't been tested beyond XP so all of our PC's are wiped with Gdisk. We're using 2003 software right across the board, in fact up until last year many computers were still running windows 98 apps.

Dear lord.

Our out-sourcing company are soooo good (note the sarcasm) that one user has Windows 7 because they forgot to uninstall it and replace it with Windows XP. Would you believe it then wouldn't talk to one of the Macs and I had to fix the bloody problem because they couldn't?

Better yet, over 70% of the PCs in head office came with Windows 7 pre-installed and they've all been downgraded when it isn't even necessary. I despair at that, let alone the situation where you work.

Get with the bloody times!

Good thing I don't work for the NHS...
 
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