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About Luxman

  • Birthday 01/01/2015

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  1. My Vista drive was removed from my machine over a year ago. The reason is very simple; no more browser support. The web browser is the point of entry of all things malicious and the most important software suite on any machine, from a security perspective.
  2. The situation appears critical. It's simple for all of us to do and it costs us nothing. WHITE LIST MSFN - DISABLE ANY ADBLOCKING ON WHATEVER ADD-ON YOU ARE USING DO IT NOW!
  3. Not really, as you can see my response was presumptuous. I have countless stories of similar problem solving avenues I've taken. Just another lesson learned in life. Hopefully you've got it all working again
  4. Huh? All you had to do was uninstall the update. You could have also then used system restore.
  5. I used XP for about 3 years on a SSD with no trim functionality. It had no effect on performance, whatsoever. Further to that, I installed Vista on the very same SSD (Intel; on which it still resides) and after installing close to 2GB of update files I ran trim via the Intel SSD toolbox program. Take a guess how long it took for the trim command to finish 'cleaning' the drive? Answer: about 1 (one) second.
  6. The patch was released in March - so if you have kb4012598 then you're fine. EDIT: XP patch also available here. It is also available from this page along with the Vista, etc., patches as well.
  7. That's great info, thanks. Unfortunately (or not), it appears the program itself is the cause of a problematic desktop windows gui shell issue (if that's the correct terminology) that only appears once the OS goes into screen saver mode, and I've had to subsequently uninstall it. I wonder perhaps if this is the reason the dev abandoned it years ago.
  8. Well, this is a first. I installed a program called NetSpeedMonitor today. The program is listed in Control Panel\Programs\Programs and Features. The program is running fine, however, the program process isn't listed in task manager. I have also run Process Explorer and same result; invisible! I'm perplexed. Any comments? Thanks.
  9. That's not good at all. As a strange side note to that, something happened today...I booted up my Vista drive (haven't done that in a while) to run a program I only keep on Vista, and decided to update Firefox (I had v46). I ran the internal updater and I could only get to as current as v47.1. I tried the updater multiple times but no luck getting a prompt for v49.1. I didn't attempt to download and run the full 49.1 installer, though, so I can't say for certain there is an issue regarding Vista/Mozilla. EDIT: Vista/XP support ending for Firefox http://www.ghacks.net/2016/09/27/firefox-53-no-support-for-windows-xp-or-vista/
  10. Ok, I'm going to chime in now, and give you the advice I wish someone had given me many, many years ago when I was in the same boat as you. In general, here it is; Purchase an Intel SSD, whichever one you like, it doesn't matter. You will own a super-fast drive that you can install 7 to. What this will accomplish is that you will be able to test and learn how to install 7 without any interference from your other drive (that I assume you are running Vista from). There is of course a process to this, but it doesn't include any of the gibberish that I've been reading in this thread, it's nice and as simple as it can be. What I'd suggest you do is spend a few days collating information on installing an OS from scratch. YouTube will have some good videos, and also some not-so-good ones. The one safety factor I will tell you is this; when (and if) you attempt this my (strong) advice to you is to disconnect the (or all) other drives on your machine - unplug the sata cables to the drive(s) after you have shut down Windows. You will also need to learn (if you don't already know) how to change the boot order in the BIOS. That is my brief but safe advice to you, some of which I posted early in this thread.
  11. Ok. Well, you're doing the right thing by trying to acquire as much information as you think is necessary to complete your objective. Here's what I would suggest you do: buy another drive (ssd), hook it up in your system (I assume you are using a desktop). Format the drive and install your desired OS. This will allow you test and learn how to install drivers, etc., free of worry of borking your existing setup. However, although this is a simple process to most/all of the people in these forums, to someone with no knowledge/experience it will seem complicated (because it is, if you don't know what you're doing). I wouldn't be so concerned about, ahem, "security programs", as the best security resides between your ears. One thing to keep in mind is don't believe everything you read about so-called 'security'. Most of what you read on the internet is mostly hyperbole that emanates from corporations that sell this, ahem, garbage. If you read these very forums you will notice there is no shortage of concern about Windows security updates, while at the same time people are using, at this very moment, old OS's such as Windows2000 & Windows98 which haven't had "security updates" for years. Again, "security" is about not being a victim of social engineering, which is how malware is distributed. /rant

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