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Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

Question: Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

Dropbox + Sugarsync - running both at the same time - good idea or bad idea?
Will they both be thrashing my machine and eating up lots of CPU like a hungry monster?


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Preferred Solution: Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

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Answer: Running Sugarsync + Dropbox at the same time - good idea or bad idea?

You can be specific about what each actually synchronizes so I don't see that as a CPU issue. However if using both over the Internet with one of the more substantial data plans to sync, I would wonder which gets priority or how well they share the upload bandwidth. Wouldn't be so good if one was always grabbing it to sync in the off-load times and the other just kept waiting and waiting for its turn.

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I've been using Webroot Anti-virus with Spy Sweeper but am looking to change as viruses have recently crippled my computer.

I am interested in using Avast and malwarebytes. Can they both be used for real time protection or would they conflict with each other (and/or take up too much resources)? I am looking at getting the paid version of malwearebytes for real time protection.

Would running only one of these programs as real time protection sufficiently protect my computer from virusues, malware and spyware or would using only one leave me vulnerable?

Thanks for any insight here.

Answer:Is it a good idea to run Avast and malwarebytes (real time protection) at the same time?

I see you have an open log topic here: finish up there with m0le before making any changes to your system not called for by m0le.But to answer your question, I highly recommend Avast. As for MBAM, I use the free version for on demand scans. Read this:The full version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware includes the ability to schedule updates and provides a real-time malware protection module that stops malicious processes before they can infect your computer. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs. Keep in mind that Malwarebytes does not act as a real-time protection scanner for every file like an anti-virus program so it is intended to be a supplement, not a substitute. Those who purchase the full version receive a license key via email which includes a lifetime of free upgrades and support. For corporate and business customers, annual licenses are required.Also:Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for anot... Read more

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I have a couple of applications on my pc that will receive no further updates (including security). I may/may not use these programs again.

In order to avoid any security threats, I was wondering if I should put a # or remove_this in front of the exe files in order to stop the programs starting (the exe files will not be found).


Answer:Is This a Good Idea, or A Waste of Time

anon_private said:

I have a couple of applications on my pc that will receive no further updates (including security). I may/may not use these programs again.

In order to avoid any security threats, I was wondering if I should put a # or remove_this in front of the exe files in order to stop the programs starting (the exe files will not be found).

ThanksClick to expand...

Your best bet would be to completely uninstall those programs. I see in your signature you're still running Firefox 26. It's currently at ver. 28 final and they're working on ver. 29.

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I have an Acer laptop that is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit and it is about four years old. Over time, it has become slower and slower. I have seen references on these forums several times to software called Ccleaner. I looked it up online and saw that the company who distributes and sells it saying that it is a great program, that it has won many awards and endorsements, and that it really can speed up a system by eliminating junk programs and "cleaning out the registry". I was leaning toward trying it until I read the "registry" part. I've always heard it said that programs that modify the registry should be avoided because they can cause more harm than good and can even cause a system to crash or be unstable. For those who have used it or investigated it, would you recommend that I try to download and run Ccleaner on my laptop?
Thanks in advance.

Answer:Is running Ccleaner a good idea?

It's safe.  You don't have to run the registry cleaner if you don't want to.  It will also offer to make a backup of registry keys that it intends to delete.

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Yesterday, I re-installed windows 8.1 on my computer, and have since re-installed most of what I use regularly. This morning, shortly before I was set to head out, I decided to have windows update download and install all the important updates for me. It downloaded them, and seemed to be installing fine. When it prompted me to restart, I let it.
That's when things sort of went sideways. At the Blue shut-down screen, it gave me the normal "Working on updates" with a percentage complete. After a bit, my computer restarted and returned to same blue screen with same message, and then a message "Windows could not complete updates, undoing changes".
All of this took a considerable amount of time, and I was anxious to leave, but I waited anyhow. After a while of "undoing changes", my computer rebooted again and didn't make it past the splash screen for my Bios. There was a message of "checking system" or "verifying hardware" (I can't remember exactly what it said) and a percentage, that was at 0% and apparently not changing. I waited I would say about 10 minutes for it to change to at least 1%, but it just stayed at 0%.
So, in short, I think I need to do a repair install, or maybe system restore (which I had turned on, but I don't know if I have any restore points or not.) Can anybody guess as to what happened, what the best course to fix it is, and how to avoid this happening next time my PC updates?
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Answer:Updating windows seemed like a good idea at the time...

It's a bit of a stab in the dark from me but you 're-installed most of what I use regularly' before updating Windows updates. Could one of those programs have caused a problem?
A refresh might solve the problem but of course it also removes programs.

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to check if there is any damaged files and repair them ?
will it messing with drivers ?

Answer:does it a good idea to run sfc scannow from time to time ?

It does no harm running the sfc command, but unless you have a known problem I wouldn't bother as a routine thing.

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to check if there is any damaged files and repair them ?
will it messing with drivers ?

Answer:does it a good idea to run sfc scannow from time to time ?

It does no harm running the sfc command, but unless you have a known problem I wouldn't bother as a routine thing.

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I'm working on building a new network inside an office of about 150 clients. The server administrator has setup their server to be the DNS server for the building. It's running Server 2008 right now with plans to upgrade to 2012 shortly. My question is:

1. Is it a good idea to do this? It seems to me that this should be handled by the router in the event that the server goes down. It also seems like it would be a hassle to have to manually configure each machine for this in the network settings.

2. Are there advantages or good reasons to "roll your own" DNS server when there are so many good ones out there to chose from? Is there maybe a performance benefit or a special function of Active Directory that needs this to work?

I have a suspicion that our server admin isn't that gifted with networking principles and may be causing more trouble than its worth.

Answer:It it a good idea for a windows server to be running DNS services?

Active Directory uses DNS right to the core. It's dependent on it.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with using a Windows DNS server. If you are worried about DNS lookups when the server is down, push a secondary external server in your DHCP leases.

You shouldn't be manually configuring IP settings on workstations. Do everything via DHCP including printer. Use static DHCP leases if you need a "static IP" on endpoint devices like workstations and phones.

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I'm having problems with Windows Live Messenger. Half the time it won't send Offline Messages and sometimes now even online ones bounce.

My system is spyware and virus free, I have the latest version installed and I've tried all the obvious fixes?uninstalling and reinstalling, rebooting etc. Nothing seems to solve it and various tech forums I have posted in haven't been any help at all.

I don't want to go back to the old style of MSN Messenger, if you do that the sounds don't work in it. It's a known problem and there is a fix but it's a hassle and if it doesn't work I may have messed up my system (nice one MSN!!!).

So it's down to this?.MSN tech support have said they can look into my account and see if anything is wrong. But that means taking my account offline, changing my password and then sending me a new one to a different e mail address. Lots of potential for making a complete mess out of it there and for me to lose my main e mail address, my contacts?the lot and permanently.

Has anyone ever done this with MSN? Did it work? In short, is it a good idea? Offline messaging I could live without but I just want the basics to work. I am not really confident of MSN's ability not to lock me out of my account permanently though. What if their e mail to my back up address saying "Here is your new password" goes astray?

Any advice guys?

Answer:Good idea? Bad Idea?

I have never used Windows Live Messenger so I am unsure of all its' capabilities, but if you can't solve your problem, to your satisfaction, you might try Trillian.

Instant Messenger type programs.
Can be used for multiple Messenger type programs. Bazza

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I have determined to learn something about spam and spammers. My ISP catches quite a bit of it and Norton Catches a lot, but some still finds its way to the inbox. I have been moving quite a bit of it into a separate folder, without opening it. I intend to examine the headers, using file/properties, and record the originating ISP. In some cases I will also look at the content, using properties.

My incoming e-mail is scanned by Norton for viruses, but nothing is 100 per cent foolproof.

Am I being stupid and should I just delete all the spam, or am I being reasonably prudent?

Answer:Good idea? Bad idea?

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Every time I am forced to restart my PC using the "Restart" case button because of some lock up, I always run "chkdsk C: /F", followed by a restart to start the process, and then boot into Windows and run System File Check.

Is doing that after reach improper/forced restart a good idea or just OCD? I simply do not want SSD errors or file system errors that may have occurred due to forced restart.

Answer:Running "chkdsk C: /F" and System File Check after forced restart - good idea or OCD?

I'd say these days it's a little on the OCD side, but that's not always a bad thing. Then again I rarely have to do a force restart via the power button and if that's happening a lot it might be a bigger issue. If it isn't often then I say you're fine doing what you're doing. Windows is far more resilient than ever before and if you're on the real paranoid side I'd recommend weekly clones on a separate hard drive at the very least to ease the burden.

It's breathtaking how much relief you get once you are forced to use a backup and know it'll actually work. Takes away a lot of these little stresses.

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Hi I would like to ask if I could use the power adapter from idea U460 to idea U310 touch? Thanks

Answer:Using the power adapter from idea u460 to idea u310 touch

hi abeltran,
Welcome to the Lenovo Forums.
Just to verify, do you have these AC adapter specs:
IdeaPad U310 Touch AC Adapter
Ideapad U460 AC Adapter
If both adapter have DC19V, 3.42A then you should be okay.
More info in this article.

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Dropbox: 2B free
Google Drive: 5GB free
Sugarsync: 5GB free
Skydrive: 7GB free

Total: 19GB
This is all the space I need
But... is this asking for trouble?
Will my PC ground to a halt with these programs eating up CPU and memory power?

Bad idea? Just stick to one?
I read that Google Drive takes up loads usage compared to say Dropbox

Looking for opinions


Answer:Dropbox + Google Drive + Sugarsync + SkyDrive

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Question: Got a Good Idea?

Hi , I'm trying to find an auto installer for CD ROm project I'm building on the mini CD (185 mb). Does anyone know of an installer, reasonably priced, that, when you place the CD rom and self installs without prompts and the user ends up with an icon (shortcut) on the their desktop that they can right click to unistall, but runs that small 185 mb file off of their hard drive .
Please email me at [email protected] if you have info on that and thanks for your time


Answer:Got a Good Idea?

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Question: good idea??


Is it a good idea to have a setting in the "Power Options" of the control panel to turn off hard disks and the monitor. If so what is a good setting


Answer:good idea??

desktop? laptop?

For the monitor, i would say yes.

For the Hard Drive, i would say no. It's much easier on a hard drive to keep spinning rather than to start/stop constantly. Windows is constantly indexing files, checking for updates, running diagnostics etc so it's likely that your disk won't shut down anyway from constantly being accessed. It's quite normal.

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Whenever I want to find a site for somebody and their keywords pick up nothing in a search engine I often try another technique. Trying to guess what the domain will be. For example I was searching for the website for KATE FEAST MANAGEMENT and I tried KATEFEASTMANAGEMENT KATEFEAST and KATE-FEAST and even though this didn't work this time this does work for me most of the time.

Is it possible to make some kind of script that will automatically try out different domains and illiminate the dead links and select working links and present them to you? E.g. if you typed in KATE FEAST MANAGEMENT it would automatically try all those options an alternative to web searching. Can anyone suggest a method of doing this or how I could go about making this script with cgi or php perhaps?

Thanks for any replies!

Answer:Good Idea, Possible?

Check out google's programming tools and API.

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click hereIs this a good idea? All thoughts would be good!Regards,Bally

Answer:Is this a good idea?

Is it like bigfix?

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I'm new to win10 and wonder whether to launch VPN. Is it a good idea or not?

Answer:VPM or no VPN is it a good idea

I am not sure why you want a VPN. My grand daughter is in China for 3 months, where Google, Facebook, Skype are stopped by the Great Firewall, she has a VPN in use, bought for 3 months, which enables the use of the above. I think the free VPN's are of limited use. If you are a normal UK user, I would not bother.(I assume you are discussing A Virtual Private Network?)

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I found this site the other day and have been considering the advice, but I want to make sure it is safe first, and I feel comfortable asking advice from this site.

Especially the deleting the dll cache, because that is a full folder. I don't think I'll delete the restore folder, either.

Some expanded info on what these folders actually do would be of great help.

Thanks fellas!!

Answer:Is any of this a good idea?

I wouldn't. Reasons are your not gonna gain that much space, and its all system stuff. If your hruting for space so bad that 200 meg is a different, then your probably in need of a new hd or more storage space. I do recommend running crap cleaner as it will safely delete many temp files and such.

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Question: What a good idea

I found this while ploughing through the mail and thought I might just make a couple of them up, in case.

How to Use An Antivirus Boot Disc or USB Drive to Ensure Your Computer is Clean

Answer:What a good idea

Is it really a good idea??

It sounds good, but...

A Rescue CD is normally based on the Linux operating system kernel. A Linux OS can mount an
NTFS partition, however loading the Windows Registry is another story. In this day and age, accessing the Registry is necessary when doing a scan for malware.

The Antivirus included on the Rescue CD scans the file system, but not the Registry.
Many types of malware use the Registry in order to launch. Both the malicious file and the malicious Registry entry need to go. However, the Rescue CD only detects and deletes the file. This action has serious consequences depending on the Registry location of a malicious entry.

An example is the ZeroAccess rootkit which hijacks the Windows value in the HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\SubSystems key. If a scanner deletes the file associated with this key, without adjusting the Windows Registry value data, the computer will no longer boot.

Another issue to be aware of when scanning with a Rescue CD is that it can delete any file, including those that are critical Windows system files. Normally there is a Windows mechanism that attempts to prevent the deletion of such files. This will not happen using a Rescue CD. If a system file is infected, it needs to be identified and replaced. Deletion may lead to an unbootable system.

On the other side of the coin, a Rescue CD has its uses. If its scanner detects an infected file, investigate what it detected, and if y... Read more

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Hey I'm currently a computer science major but also looking to expand into networking so i can keep my options broad. I'm currently reading the cisco books for my CCNA, but i my question has to do with practice. So far i know how to run cables(capping and setting up cable cable boxes) and have done professional work with this. But i was wondering if it would be worth making my next computer a server so i can work with software/Hardware networking. When i ask that, do you think its worth the experience or is it better to try and pick it up during training(job)? And if i do this what kind of stuff do you guys work with software/hardware wise? - thank you

Answer:Is this a good idea

any practice is always good. if you have the opportunity to mess around with stuff, do it. also, what you install depends more on what you are looking to do. In my job, I work mostly with actual networking equipment (switches, routers, vpns, firewalls, proxies, etc), while some people who work in the SMB market seem to do more with things like AD and the like.

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I have a 20gb HDD fitted to my system and have just fitted another 20gb HDD as a slave. Will the computer automatically write to the slave if the master is full. If not, is there a way around it?

Answer:Second HDD - Good Idea?

No it will not automatically write to the second drive. However, a second drive IS a good idea. What you need to do is move all your data onto it and direct your programs (word etc) to save their files to a folder you create on the scond drive (which must have jumpers set to "slave" position.Two reasons for this: 1. It keeps all your data in one easy to back up place. 2. If you have a serious windows problem and need to reformat and reinstall, you can do so safely as you will only be reformatting C: and not D: where your data is.

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Question: Good or Bad idea?

Is it wise to run one system off of 2 seperate power supplies? Both of theses are pretty old power supplies...

Answer:Good or Bad idea?

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Question: Good idea?


8-SpeedUp WindowsXP deleting a key

Open Regedit
Goto HKEY LOCAL MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/Current Version/Explorer/RemoteComputer/NameSpace

delete the key named {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}.

Restart your computer.


When you close an application, Windows keep dll used in memory and it sadly slow down your computer...This tips consists in forcing the operating system to get rid of them when the DLL is not any more used.

Go in the registry base of windows ( Start , Execute , RegEdit )

Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SOFTWARE / Microsoft / Windows / CurrentVersion / Explorer

Make a new Dword valor named AlwaysUnloadDll clicking with the right button in the right section , then choose the command New and Dword Valor.

Allocate to this chain the value 1
Restart your computer to save the changes.

9-Access fastly to HTTP servers

This tip consist in configuring the Registry to open more connection per server.
Open Regedit

GoTo HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Internet Settings

In the right pannel , Make or Modify these Dwords valors :

MaxConnectionsPerServer : 4 (by default 2)
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server : 8 (by default 4)

Restart Your Computer

I was told this works, but is this a good idea?

Answer:Good idea?

i dont see why not.

but i wouldnt do it.

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I already have Eset Nod32 Antivirus 4 and Malwarebytes installed on the computer. Is it worth installing HitmanPro as well, or is one on demand scanner enough?

Thanks all

Answer:Is this a good idea?

Hitman Pro Should not cause any problems with Eset,Having Hitman Pro is not harm I have it as a free scanner,

Its quick uses cloud has Good detection(False Positives to) no need for updates too!

Its handy tool ,I think you should keep it!

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Question: Not a good Idea?

I have a friends computer that was clearly infected with a virus and does not have any antivirus or antispyware software installed. (First bad idea)
I could barely turn the computer on more or less run any applications. Before (2nd bad idea) joining this site, I ran Malwarebyte Anti-Malware and ComboFix and these appear to have cleaned up most (if not all) of the virus activity. The computer seems to be functioning normally so it doesn't seem like I broke anything. My question now is that the ComboFix log contains "Reg Load Points" entries that I am not sure if I need to do anything with. The keys listed still exist in the registry. I understand that asking for help here should have been my first step (3rd bad idea). Can you help with what I should do next to verify that this computer is clean? I will install Antivirus and Antispyware after it is clean. Right now I have it isolated on it's own network/internet connection.

Answer:Not a good Idea?

Combofix is an extremely powerful tool which should only be used when instructed to do so by someone who has been properly trained. ComboFix is intended by its creator to be "used under the guidance and supervision of an expert", NOT for private use. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again.I will ask a moderator to move this topic to the Am I Infected forum where it can be properly addressed.

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Ok so i bot a vista machine yea!!! I hate vista so much i am about ready to through my laptop out the window see i searched on google Windows Xp and i got this site i'm not sure if it is a scam or here

Answer:Is this a good idea?

my guess is that this is a rip off copy with one of the stolen cd keys.

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Question: Good Idea?

I have ZoneAlarm Pro right now on my computer, its a firewall program. Is it neccesary to have it when I already have a ADSL Firewall Wireless router?

Answer:Good Idea?

The firewall router should be able to import the settings from Zone Alarm Pro . Then you would have no reason to leave it running on your computer if you did not want to.
In reality, the NAT of a basic router is enough security for the average user at this time; especially if you have the built in windows firewall active. Although I personally do like the added security of having a full software firewall so that I can check my firewall logs and so that I can be warned not only of incomming but of outgoing traffic.

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I'm pretty new to networking. I have two desktop pc's and a laptop pc. I decided to set up a small wireless network so I bought myself a linksys wireless broadband router. While goin through the set up I kept running into this MAC address thing and was wondering what exactly it was and if it would be a good idea to set it up.

Any info is appreciated.


Answer:What is MAC addressing and is it a good idea?

Every ethernet network device has a unique MAC (Media Access Control) address. It is 12 bytes long and expressed in hex. The first 6 characters are the manufacturer ID, and the last 6 characters is the host ID. No 2 devices are ever supposed to have the same MAC address.

What you are coming across is the ability to filter based on the MAC address. When you turn it on only the wireless cards with the MAC addresses you specify will be able to associate with your access point. You should turn it on if you only want your own devices connecting. If you frequently have new devices on your wireless, then you would have to add the MAC's every time which can be a pain.

It helps with security but it does not protect against someone who really wants to get in. It is fairly easy to sniff the MAC's of your wireless devices and then clone them.

Brian Taylor

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Hello! (First post here)

My roommate has a Linksys BEFW11s4 v.4 router. I moved into this townhouse a few months ago and I recently found a problem that is most likely associated with the router.

I use Trillian for instant messenging. However, the latest versions of AIM, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN Messenger ("gateway offline") do not work. I can not access my new e-mail account from Outlook/Thunderbird ("connection refused") or connect to internet to update programs like Adobe Photoshop, Acrobat, et cetera ("unable to connect to servers" I believe). I use Firefox and it runs fine. The latest version of Avant browser can not connect to the internet.

Every time I open a file online to be used by Windows Media Player and Real Player, the router disconnects.

I disabled my Windows firewall.

I do not have an anti-virus software running (shame on me, I know).

I spent a while on the phone with Sharp (maker of my laptop) and Linksys. None their support assistants helped. The support assistant from Linksys made me forward (or open?) ports that are blocked by the NAT firewall. That did not work.

So ...

I ordered a new router (Zyxel P-330W).

Would a new one solve the problems I am having (not having the ability to use many programs that require internet connection)?


Answer:New Router - Good Idea?

have you tried to use that serivce without the router in -place
I have not had issues with msn services with linksys
not that model ??
and my adobe updates fine again not that model
it should not be blocking http port

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Just picked up the October issue of "PC Advisor"
It has a Windows XP Service Pack 2 free disc attached, in your opinion, would this be a better proposition to use this, than the lengthy d/load for my narrowband connection.
To me, it seems ideal, in the mag there is a lot ot info about the disc, & it's installation.
I know you guys will tell me if you think that there are any snags, the disc is in an official M/Soft, blue sleeve, I wouldn't think that this well known mag would use anyting but genuine software items.

Wary, as ever,

Answer:Is mag's SP2 disc a good idea?

Hiya Maurice. Yes it`s ok mate it will be genuine Microsoft have released it to loads of publications. I think it`s a better idea to have it on disc and it should be much quicker to install. I got mine from Microsoft`s web site free of charge took about ten days to arrive. Regards Howard:grinthumb

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I'm dual booting in Xp so it shouldn't be a problem...

But will there be anything that would be a problem?

On this machine, I'm not really using much... Just Nod32 for virus protection, a-squared for trojan protection, windows defender, um...

G5 (Would there be issues with logitech software?), audigy 2 zs, p5nd2 sli (upgraded to newest bios, the one that supports everything)...

7600 gt, about to upgrade to a 8600...

And a linksys usb adapter...

It's my pentium d system...

Would it work in vista 64 bit?

Would it run slower then 32 bit? Would the ram work more? I have 2 gigs of ram...

Answer:Good idea to go 64 bit Vista?

Didn't you already start a thread asking pretty much this same exact question?

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hey, is 384mb ram a good idea? I'm planning on fitting 256 into a motherbaord with space left - kg7-raid - and I already have 128mb. The ram type is identicle CRUCIAL stuff, so what do you think? - I'm running XP prof

Answer:384mb ram a good idea?

hey, is 384mb ram a good idea? I'm planning on fitting 256 into a motherbaord with space left - kg7-raid - and I already have 128mb. The ram type is identicle CRUCIAL stuff, so what do you think? - I'm running XP profClick to expand...

No problem whatsoever!
This board can support up to 2gb of ram.
XP loves more memory.....go as high as you like.

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Hi Lenovo! I've been using a T420 laptop and I've a idea about the trackpoint. I think you should replace it with a touch trackpad similar with the trackpad on Blackberry's phone. I think it will control the pointer faster and easier than current trackpoint, and you and also intergate single/double tap/press action with it too. I hope you will consider this idea and hope it will appear soon on a thinkpad product

Answer:[A good idea for Thinkpad]

I hope they leave my beloved TrackPoint alone. I like it just the way it is. If you want it to move faster, you can adjust the sensitivity. Some models do allow you to use it to tap-to-click, but I have no idea why you'd want to enable that.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 & Multi-media remote w/ Keyboard (N5902) do have optical TrackPoints. I've never used it on the TPT2, but I think it works out well for the format of the remote. 

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I am upgrading my videocards soon (i sold my 7950GX2's in august 07, and ive had a 8400GS since). I am wondering if the HD3870x2 would be a good idea - I like the DX10.1 and its 450$ price and the ability to have crossfire and multiple going at the same time. HOWEVER, Like i said, I had 7950GX2's and got burned on that (terrible terrible support). So Im looking for advice - would the HD3870x2 be a good idea? should i wait for the R700? should i ignore dx10.1 and go with nvidia? Thanks!

Edit: forgot to say that i have multiple monitors, and i just found out that Crossfire X can power multiple monitors which is a big plus for me. Thanks again!

Answer:HD3870x2, good idea?

Yes, it's a very good idea...especially for the price.

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Hey gang,

It's come to my attention that my Seagate has gone ker-plunk. I'm not completely sure what is wrong with it. I ran Hitachi's Drive Fitness test on it and the test ran into a hiccup.

Let me backup. This all started when I was rebooting my computer because it was in the process of crashing (music was skipping/playing the same .5 second clip for a few seconds). Not that this happens all the time, but normally, a reboot fixes the problem. While the computer was booting up I ended up running into a chkdsk (I think that's how it was spelled) screen. It, as far as I know (scrolled by kind of fast), only looked at my storage drive. It did a couple of things with a few files on there and then booted up like normal. So I wasn't worried. This morning I wake up to a BSOD saying that XP was shut down in order to protect it from yadda yadda. So I run the DFT on my raid 0 array and they come up clean but the Seagate storage drive did not pass the DFT.

Alright, so if I unplug the bad HDD and boot, the system boots just fine. With the bad HDD connected the system boots but takes about ten minutes and the hdd cannot be found. So, a friend suggested that I rewrite the MBR of the bad HDD and go from there. Is this logical/smart or stupid/ignorant? If it does seem like a halfway decent idea, I'd like to make sure I know how to rewrite the MBR.

1) unplug raid array (as to not rewrite that MBR)
2) boot from xp disc
3) repair mode

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Answer:Rewriting MBR Good Idea?

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Hi I was considering buying an Eaton 9PX UPS for running my virtualised servers is this a good idea?
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I have an OLD Fujitsu HDD (MPD3084 AT) 8G that I would like to use as a file storage/backup for my Dell DIM 3000 XP SP2 computer.

I'm planning on reformatting my HD and would like to save money by just moving/saving the important stuff. My Dell has an 80G HD and I've used 37G of it.

Is this a:
a) good idea
b) wasting time
c) are you nuts

Help / suggestions are always welcomed. Thanx in advance

Answer:Slave HDD- Is this a good idea...?

Backups are always a good idea. Might be quite slow moving the files to an age-old drive, and it might fail pretty soon, but hopefully they won't both fail at the same time Just keep a copy of the files on both drives.

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I've genuine win 8 installed on my machine with activation. i've received reccomendation from MS to upgrade it to 8.1 for free. The prob is that once i've already tried it before, and when i did the upgrade and tried to go on win store and plan to make a purchase of some software, it asked me for the key. Then i went back to my system and checked the activation status, it shown up with the message "activate windows". I had no rating anymore.
Can anybody come up with some good help and better suggestion?

Answer:Is it good idea to upgrade win 8 to 8.1?

Hello Rein, and welcome to Eight Forums.

When you update via the Store, it'll now update you to the newer Windows 8.1 Update released on April 8th 2014 instead of just Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
If you have your product key written down before doing the update, then you should be able to activate online or by phone afterwards if it does this again.

Hope this helps,

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hi guys,

is the use of third party DNS server such as google / open DNS a good idea?

i have read articles for and against...and posts got quite heated

the info was a bit old though 2012/13 etc

whats your guys take...and also explain if its different for different parts of the world
(one user said you shouldnt use in US,and in Europe you should) etc etc

looking forward to this...

Answer:Third party DNS a good idea?

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I recently installed a new SSD. I?ve been reading a lot about how having many programs installed on the SSD will decrease its life time. So I?m thinking about reconfiguring the set up. I?m not sure if I should change to mounting the drive to a HD or creating junctions is better?
I presently have all the data storage pics, music, documents stored on the HD. Is that good enough?
What would you do?
I attached a few screen shots of my installed programs which ones should I move?
Why don?t the ones on top show the folder their installed to?

Thanks all

Answer:Reconfigure my Rig? Is it a good idea?

Hello Gerry,

Personally, I wouldn't worry about it. There is no great risk to having programs, pictures, documents, or whatever installed to your SSD. Whoever told you that was making it up, or was taking something so small and irrelevent and blowing it out of proportion. The problem comes when you start doing SSD testing, you can begin to wear it out with constant benchmarking.

But as SSDs are expensive, I would take all my music and put it on an HDD along with programs that I do not need to open instantaneously. I would leave the OS, OS files, and system files all on the SSD. Some people try to move the paging files and other stuff, but I wouldn't recommend it (especially not the Paging files), so long as you have enough room.

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while i was at work, my mind really wanders while im at work

anyways, you know those fridges in convenience stores that have the glass panel on the front (for pop and such)?

well, take one of those, remove all the insides and build a computer inside of it!!!

your computer wouldn't freeze since the fridge meant for pop and other canned drinks and is thus at a little higher temps than regular mini fridges..but still cold!!

maybe for air intake some fan holes could be drilled in the front where the glass is and some holes in the top could be drilled for exhaust

or has this already been done? if it has, can someone post me a link?? cause i really want to try this...

Answer:i just thought of a good idea!!!

I have read about this on some forums in the past, and they all pretty much say it won't work. I am not a HVAC person, but I think it has to do with the computer constantly generating heat as opposed to a can of Coke, that absorbs the cold.

Let me look for links... This one says a minifridge won't work. Not sure about a larger one, but you could always try it!


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Since it was just announced, I basically jumped at the idea of being able to get it, but I don't know very much about NEXT, although I hear it's like T-Mobile's Jump. After using the 521 on PCS, I think it's time for an upgrade, would getting this on NEXT be a good idea? If anyone could specify the different between 182 (or 18, not sure if it was a typo in the article) and 12, that'd be swell.

Answer:Lumia 830 on AT&T Next-good idea to get it on NEXT?

I use att next. Basically if you do the 18 month next plan the installment you pay is lower. On the flipside, you have to wait 18 months before you can trade in for a new phone.
On the 12, you may slightly more. But you upgrade earlier at 12 months.

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I decided to read more about open dns after I read Evertons article “Does open dns really speed up web pages” on his great website connected internet. He was trying to find out why a dns service that was using servers in the United States would be faster than the dns service offered by his own internet service provider. The connection to the latter is of course faster than the connection to the open dns servers - so, why would it be faster or even more reliable ?

This was partially answered in the comments by John Roberts (according to the Open DNS website the VP of Product Development) who confirmed that the connection itself naturally takes longer (in milliseconds) but that the open dns servers were optimized to make up for it. This would of course only be an advantage if the servers of the ISP would not be that optimized. The open dns team soon opens a new server location in London which should speed up things for European users. (not saying that they are slow at the moment, they will just be some milliseconds faster with the server in London). You see what I mean if you traceroute a server in the United States and Europe.

But it is not speed that I would like to talk about. Speed is important but not everything. Open Dns offers two features that your normal ISP does not offer. First, it has a automatic phishing detection routine which warns if you attempt to visit a website that was marked as a phishing website. They do rely on more than one source for up to date ... Read more

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Sorry, not sure if this is the right place to post this question but seems as good as anywhere. My screens saver randomly picks photos from the thousands on my computer. When a particular photo comes up is there a way to have ity stop and identify where that particular photo is located? I have many photos that come up that I would like to use or forward to friends but I don't know where i can find it among all the folders I have. I am sure XP will not do it but is there a commercial screen saver that has this feature? seems like too good of an idea that someone has not done this already. Thanks for any help.

Answer:Too good of an idea not to exist already.

The screen saver uses one particular folder of pictures, of your choosing, to use for it's slide show. It does not pick pictures from all over your C: drive. (ex) C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\My Pictures. You can also create a folder and just put the pictures you want to be the slide show and have your screen saver use that folder instead.
If you know the name of the picture, or the date it was uploaded or taken, you can do a search for it using that criteria. Or you can just go to My Pictures and look around.

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I have been thinking of some really good idea of programs and i've never programmed any applications before...

First, is it as hard as it seems?

Second, what would be the best program to use for beginners

Third, Where can i find tutorials about it


Answer:New to programming but have really good idea!

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I just bought a new PC. It was a pre-build machine. It came with two disk drives using Raid 1, making it look like one disk drive. I bought 4 years PC support for help with problems. I am told that if one disk drive goes down, that the PC keeps running, the data is still good on the other drive, the manufacturer will send me a new drive to replace the one that went bad, and they will talk me through replacing the bad drive. I have an external drive to do backups with. Someone I listen to on the radio does not recommend Raid 1 because of its complexity. I can disable Raid 1, but worry that I am making a mess out of something that is working. I Raid 1 a good idea? Is my approach ok? What else might I consider?

Answer:Is Raid 1 a good idea?

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Now you can get Windows 10 on a $139 Lumia phone but at the same price you are getting L925! is it a good idea to buy a L925?

Answer:is it a good idea to buy a Lumia 925 now?

Depends what you need. Is that price for brand new phone? If not, it's too much.
If you want great camera, great estetics and not-so-big phone with ok battery, and no on-screen buttons then go for it.
If you want bigger screen, better battery life and newer phone, 640 you can grab. It may be even cheaper depending on where you are.
If you want AMOLED as in 925, compact phone, simmilar low light capabilities buth without OIS, but with better battery life and better selfie camera, 735 it is. I have it and it's great device.
If you want bigger, 830 and 640xl are there, with 830 as maybe closest to 925 as we can get now.
All of these are great phones, I would love 925 but it's battery life isn't enough for me.

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i've got an old CPU that crashed a while back and i want to take the 64M RAM from it and put in my new CPU for a total of 128M RAM. could fry my system if the old chip is incompatible?

Answer:transplanting RAM...good idea or not?

what type of system is the one you want to put the RAM into (more specifically, what motherboard) and what were the specs of the old system?

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I currently have a

MSI Neo2-f mb
AMD Athlon 64 3000+
160GB Seagate Hdd
1.44MB Fdd
LG 16x DVD Burner
LG 52X CD-r drive
ATI Radeon 9600 Sapphire Edition
Conexant V.92 56K Modem

I want to upgrade my board to a Neo4, and my ram to 2gb and my vc to a nvidia geforce 6800GS not to mention a dual core 4400+ but i want to know if the upgradfe are worth the price. Any input is appreciated. thanks

Answer:I want to upgrade, is it a good idea?

I think the X850XT is the same price as the 6800GS but has 16 pixel pipelines and 256-bit memory so it's kinda better.

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I have recently downloaded Avast 4.1 free edition. I have been using AVG for quite some time, but some features in Avast appealed to me. I still have AVG running. I have two concerns:
1) Can I run AVG and Avast simultaneously without creating problems for myself, and
2) After scanning with Avast, it says that I have no infections, but the results of the last scan show 65 files that 'cannot be scanned' because they are 'password protected'... not by me, as far as I am aware. What are these files and what I am supposed to do with this list of files? (I would like to have included a sample of this list, but don't know how.)

Answer:AVG and Avast: A good idea??

You cannot have two anti virus programs running at the same time More is not better in this case They will conflict and cause a lot of problems for you .

2. Problem two---- Update and use AVG to scan and see if it duplicates the list . Shut Down Avast first

You can always get a second opinion by doing an online Panda Active Scan as well .

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Hi guys I really want to get into a decent game and I have been reading up on Wikipedia with regard to second life: any of you play it or have you seen anybody play it? This games looks really exciting to me  

Answer:Is having a Second Life a good idea?

If you want to play a game like that but better i would recommend World of Warcraft, but it's your choice.

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i want a gaming pc

Answer:im getting a pc and i have no idea whats good

The usual rules apply as with anything you buy. The more expensive the machine the better it is. Intel's i5 chips are good and maybe the i7 is over the top possibly. Have a browse on Chillblast site for starters. Overclockers is another good site. Both have telephone numbers that can help with your queries. Just remember that if you have a budget to stick to then if you're tempted to go over a bit just don't go overboard. Good hunting.

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Alls i know is that iv done some research on a 'windows - no disk' problem that lead me to hijackthis that lead me here. much help would be appreciated.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 6:24:22 AM, on 10/8/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16512)

Running processes:
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVCOMSER\LVComSer.exe
I:\Program Files\Eset\nod32krn.exe
I:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
I:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
I:\Program Files\ASUS\WLAN Card Utilities\Center.exe
I:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
I:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
I:\Program Files\PowerISO\PWRISOVM.EXE
I:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LComMgr\Communications_Helper.exe
I:\Program Files\Logitech\QuickCam\Quickcam.exe
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Answer:No idea whats good or bad....

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Userinit.exe - Application Error

If anybody even has a good idea I'd love to hear about it.

I've got a Toshiba Satellite 2400

After deleting virus files found, I tried to restart and now my computer comes past the sign in screens and then I get the following error

Userinit.exe - Application Error
The application failed to initialize properly (0xc0000005). Click on OK to terminate the application

When I click OK it terminates but I still get my desktop with no Icons, nothing

Ctrl-Alt-Del also gets me a application errror

Last known good configuration in the F8 menu does not work either.

Anybody know what I can do

Also I can't get a command prompt

Help Help anybody

Answer:Anybody got an idea!!! I need help big time

try here userinet.exe

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Just throwing around ideas for what to waste my money on with my tax return coming in a few months...

I'm betting a nice 37 inch LCD will be pretty cheap by then... at which point I wouldn't mind upgrading monitors.

If I could get a 37 inch 1080p LCD TV, would running it off of my 256bit 512mb 9600GT Via DVI through a converter to HDMI yield good results? Or would I get crisper quality out of a regular computer monitor?

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I've had the same email address for years and would like to keep it. It's a Yahoo email. I accidentally signed up for something a long time ago which is a 'no no'. I have 2 emails and usually have one for regular and one for spam but I messed up and now have spam coming to my regular email.
With Yahoo everything has been going into the spam folder just fine with the occasional one that ends up in the inbox, But I hate having spam constantly coming to that email because if I get an important email message that accidentally goes into spam I have to search and find it threw the 60+ spam emails I get daily.
I recently downloaded MailWasher and got the pro version on a free trial and I have been using the bounce back feature hoping that if I bounce back enough spam emails they will remove me from the list assuming my email address has been deleted. So far I've had it not even a week but I wanted to ask is using the bounce back feature a good idea? Does it really work? Or is there anything else I can do to remove my email from spam lists or make the spammers believe my email address has been deleted even though it hasn't.

I would really really really want to keep this email address so please don't reply with "delete your email and create a new one" because I really don't want to have to do that. I'll live with having spam than deleting the email address.

Answer:Bouncing Emails...Good idea?

No, it is not a good idea.
The return address is usually that of an innocent person. You may be sending back mail to someone that considers it spam.

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A really good feature for instant messaging programs came to my head, something I don't know if anyone has ever thought of before. So here are my questions.

1- How do I assure that it has never been done before?
2- How do I make money off of it if it is not something should be implemented with an entirely new IM client program?
(I don't plan on making a whole new version of AIM - it'ss best as a plugin of some sort.)

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What do you think of cloud storage? Good or bad idea? Thank you for this information in advance.

Answer:What do you think of cloud storage? Good or bad idea?

From my personal experience, I can tell you about dropbox. It is free and allows you to even find documents that you deleted in the past. It is stored in the cloud, and documents will not be lost due to hardware problems. I use it in conjuction with Karens Replicator with the back ups on my external drive.
The good think about cloud storage is that you do not have to worry about your hard drive going bad. You can also access, items like pictures etc, to show friends or even enemies when you are not at your computer.

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We are looking to get away from Exchange for a myriad of reasons, top of the list is that Exchange eats shit.

I'm tasked with doing research on this and finding a solution. Anyone have experience with Merak? I see it has a built in spam filter. Wondering if this is worth ditching my symantec spam filter over, or if I can run em in tandem?

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I have 4 gigs in a vista 64bit laptop. I did a memtest and got a bunch of errors so I'm sending the ram back to newegg and I'll be using the 2 x 512mb dimms that HP sent me when I bought the laptop. My question is, is whether or not it is a good idea to format my PC again when I get my 4 gigs again from newegg.

Answer:Good idea to format after new ram is installed?

i think that would be totally pointless, but i might be wrong (it happens sometimes)

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Hey all.. Is it a good idea to remove my Li-Ion battery from my HP Laptop and work my laptop on main powers..And then use plug the battery in at least once a day for 1-2 hours (when i move the laptop)..Because recently my old laptops battery went bad because of overheating problems so I had to buy a new one...? Is that a good idea or will the battery lose memory?

Answer:Good idea to remove battery?

Never heard of anyone doing that before as for the laptops as far as I knew ran off of the secondary circuit or at least used to. Primary circuit being the charging for the battery, then the secondary being the laptop drawing off of the battery that is powered through the primary.If your laptop does run without the battery attached it is VERY dangerous to your data on your hard drive. The slightest power disruption can crash your laptop without the battery acting as a reserve.I personally would just make a habit out of plugging in the laptop when using it and  outlet available, and unplugging it when not in use so the battery does not build memory and go bad on you.Also overheating of a battery is a good indication on that old laptop that the cells in that battery had had it and a new battery probably would have operated cooler. When batteries start to go back they resist taking a charge and generally produce heat by this resistance to take the full charge.

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Hi,Is there way just update all installed drivers to latest versions from Lenovo website as a pack, instead of one by one?

Answer:Update drivers - is it good idea?

Have you tried Thinkvantage System Update? All you have to do it's to check all the drivers you want to install and SU will take care for you.

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The situation: A reasonably new PC, clean and working properly. Several new programs are installed, including Firefox, Winamp, desktop publishing, photo manager, and security software (not the antivirus, standalone scanners.) Everything appears to be fine.
I log on to Windows Live OneCare to use their "Safety Scanner" to, as they say, check for PC health issues and optimize performance. Mind you, the site recommends users log on once a month for the full service scan. As you know, the scan includes the removal of what it refers to as invalid registry entries. "Oh boy," right? The registry. Except you'd like to believe the official Microsoft site won't screw up your programs.

What happened is, I allowed the safety scanner to do its thing, and for the most part the computer didn't appear to mind. However, at least one of the programs I installed before doing the scan has been crashing lately. Not every time I run it, but almost every other time. So far as I can tell, the other programs seem to be working.

What I need to know is this. After having installed all this software, is it in any way reasonable to use System Restore to put the computer back to its original restore point? Or possibly the most recent restore point before the scan? I could send it back to either one of these, but should I? What happens to programs that have been installed following the time any given restore point is set? Should I just forget the whole thing and move fo... Read more

Answer:Is System Restore a Good Idea?

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This PC didnt come with Windows XP on a disc, nor is part of the hard drive partitioned for it. So i may install Windows 98 on it after i format the hard drive. (i wont use this pc, its just for my sister to use and she only wants the internet)But my reliable friend said Windows 98 wouldnt work well with a 2GHz processor and that i'd get blue screen crashes once a week or so. Whats everyone else opinion on Win98 running on a 2GHz Pentium 4 with a 40GB HDD

Answer:Windows 98 and 2000MHz. A good idea or not?

I have never heard that there was an issue running 98 on such a machine. I know many people who are doing so on this and faster machines as they are happy with this O/S and do not want to upgarde.

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Have been told by a friend of mine that using even a free "vpn" does help in protecting you from a lot of online baddies? If this is so, can anyone reccomend a free vpn i could use please.

Answer:Is using a 'VPN' a good idea security wise?

Read  Virtual private network (VPN) Details and ideas from Wiki pages - Also see Open VPN When is VPN a Good Idea?A VPN connection is only necessary if the two hosts are communicating across an unsecured, public network and the information they are sharing should be protected.  If you have no need to protect the information flow or the network(s) in between them are under your control, there is probably no need for VPN. Edited to correct links -

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Im wondering if it is worth upgrading my processer to a Hexa core
I currently have - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8500

and was going to upgrade to - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

for video gaming and for a fast and reliable computer

Good idea or bad idea?

Answer:Upgrade from Duo to Hexa Good idea?

Originally Posted by naturalphenomen

Im wondering if it is worth upgrading my processer to a Hexa core
I currently have - Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 Wolfdale 3.16GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8500

and was going to upgrade to - AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Thuban 3.2GHz 6 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT90ZFBGRBOX

for video gaming and for a fast and reliable computer

Good idea or bad idea?

A 6 core upgrade will definitely make your computer run faster - you'll get almost 3 times more power (12GHz faster).

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hello, i have a question and it might came up in the past. but i am gonna post it any way. is it a good idea or do any good having two anti virus. say both avg and avast running but one is shut down all the time and only run when its updating or scanning. so what do you think

also is avast and avg free edition compatible with 64 bit vista?

thank you again

Answer:is it a good idea to run two anti virus

Hi kakkalo,

It is not a good idea to have 2 antivirus apps. as they can conflict. Their Resident protection tends to burrow deep into the registry.

A/V apps also usually have antispyware built-in , but it is fine to have separate antispyware app. as well.

Avast, AVG, AVIRA and Clamwin are popular choices.

Many of us use Avast Home free edition as it seems to offer more complete protection.

Download FREE antivirus software - avast! Home Edition

Free antivirus - Avira AntiVir

Download ClamWin Free Antivirus for Microsoft Windows

AVG Free - Download antivirus and antispyware software for Windows XP and Vista

Popular antispyware apps. include Spybot and Ad-Aware.

If you use Spybot for manual scans, you may wish to untick "Teatimer" during install - this is it's resident protection module, which is quite large.

I am using the new free Anniversary Edition of Ad-Aware, as it seems fast and light on resources.

Ad-Aware Free - Lavasoft

The home of Spybot-S&D!

If you suspect something has got past your normal protection , my suggested free on demand scanners are Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware. - Downloads
EDIT: The ones I am using all work fine on my 64 bit Vista.

Hope it helps


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Is it a good idea to click the option, "compress this drive to save disk space"? What are the pros and cons in doing this?

Answer:Is Compressing My Drive a Good Idea?

Hello Sileebo,

Pro = Saves HDD space.

Con = Will take longer to read data from drive.

Be sure not to compress the Windows or boot drive. Doing so will cause issues.

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Hello all, hopefully someone can advise me accordingly as to whether using an LCD TV is a good idea to double as a computer monitor. All comments most appreciated.
Thank you

Answer:LCD TV as a computer monitor, good idea or not

Generally, no.

But you need to look at the resolution, as TV's are ysually quite low res (compared to quite a lot larger screens).

That can make the PC use vey pixillated.

If it's high res, it would be fine though.

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I'm a new member of this community and need a little help.

About a week ago I got a virus are some spyware on my computer and foolishly downloaded and installed Stopzilla. I found out about mid-week that stopzilla itself malware and since have been battling it trying to remove it from my computer. I've gotten a good portion of it [I think] using Hijack this, AVG and my other anti-malware programs that I trust and had on my computer before the incident.
A number of is3 and SZ dll.s were deleted and I lost Internet connection for about a 15 to 16 hours and finally got it back up finding and deleting a certain is3 dll.
However, it seems that it was at a loss.
Half of the games that I played and ran very well [BF2 and Cod4] are now unplayable and I cannot access the Steam Network any longer. This is not videocard issue because games like Company of Heroes and World of Warcraft are running perfectly.
I'm running out of options and will be reinstalling XP somewhere in this or the coming week.A Stopzilla service is still running, only find one function with Hijack this that keeps coming back every time I delete it.

I'm wondering if DSRM could somehow restore my PC back to the way it was before this all happened.

Please tell me if this is a bad idea.

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I'm sure y'all think I post too much on here and the Windows 8 forums as well. But, y'all are the only people available to help me, it seems like.

Anyhow, my question is. Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO to a disk or USB, just in case my computer ever fails?

Answer:Is it a good idea to download the Windows 7 ISO?

Y`all ????

Y`all ????

Of course it`s a good idea, how will you ever re install windows

I have 16 iso files of different OS on this computer alone.

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I'm posting this here because I'm hoping to get better performance and maintenance.

Previously, I would use windows as it was ie. Everything saved in the library, the downloads, pictures, vids? etc.
My 97 GB C partition was for Windows, programs and the library. I had two other partitions; 314 GB D: Mass Storage, where I would throw everything else in (like videos that windows did not automatically put in the library) and a small 52 GB E, for Urgent storage (because I knew I would suddenly need extra storage so I kept this as a reserve- only to use when urgent. I am a bad computer user, I know).
So, in the new organization, I want to make things less on C. I will merge D and E and create one BIG partition where almost EVERYTHING will be placed, except Windows and Programs.
That means the library will literally have nothing but shortcuts based in the new BIG partition (let?s call it F). So the download folder in Library will be really empty, but it will be a shortcut to another folder called F:Library\downloads. In other words, everything will be based in F, except Windows and Programs.
That said, C will probably need a smaller partition, while F will demand more, since it is already almost full. I was thinking, maybe 70 GB will be enough for C? and add the extra 30 GB to F?
It looks like a good idea, but is it? Do you think I should go with it?


Answer:Is this be a good idea for my new Partition organization?

Not really. There's no real benefit to separating the core OS and programs because even if you do a refresh, as opposed to restore, you'll likely need to reinstall the programs anyway. Changes to the registry and what not will get wiped out, so what exactly are you gaining?

Sticking files generated by programs, like MS Word for example, on another partition is fine. There's no performance benefit, but it can make it easier to target a backup program. Of course you have to remember that if the HDD goes titsup it doesn't matter if you have things broken up into different partitions.

Then as for the emergency storage bit... That requires a level of discipline which would generally make it superfluous. I'm more or less the same way, so far be it from me to cast any kind of aspersions, but based on your admitted laxity on these types of issues the most likely scenario is that sooner or later your "emergency only" storage will become the final resting home of a bunch of miscellaneous things. Without a neutral third party to enforce these rules, like say an IT admin, you can always undo any restrictions you put on yourself. It then follows that if you had the discipline needed to not undo your own restrictions, you wouldn't need the restrictions in the first place. So it logically follows that while you may start off with the best of intentions, it won't end as you want.

If it were me, I'd have at most 2 partitions. One smaller partition for things like photos and docum... Read more

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Hey everyone. I just have a quick question about something I've been doing with fans in my case.

My case originally is intended to have three case fans: one 120mm front intake, one 120mm rear exhaust, and one 80mm side-panel intake.

However, I got creative and added two more fans. One of them is on the hard drive racks. The other is on the empty expansion slots of the case. They are mounted with cable ties which I also used for tidying the cables inside the case.

I just want to know if this is safe, and if it would be detrimental in any way.

I for one think that it is pretty creative, and would like to keep them oriented in that fashion. I have seen no problems thus far with doing this, but I would just like to hear your opinions.

Images are attached:

Look at the bottom left corner. The fan is mounted at the unused rear expansion slots of my case. It takes advantage of that extra space and possibly helps the exhaust of the air from the graphics card fan. It will come out if I use the PCI slot to upgrade to a sound card.

Look at the bottom right corner for the 80mm fan. This one is mounted on the empty hard drive racks, and will need to come out if I add another hard drive.

Please excuse the crappy quality of the photos, but you get the picture.

Creating extra fan mounts...would this be a good idea or bad idea?

Answer:Custom fan-mounts good idea?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with what you have done, I have done the same thing myself on a few occasions.
The good thing about using cable ties as opposed to screws is that they will fix almost anywhere and will not vibrate loose.

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Right now i have a

AMD XP2700+
Gigabyte GA7N400 Pro2 MOBO
1GB dual DDR
MSI FX5600 256mb VIVO
80 Samsung HDD
Audigy 2 24bit Sound Card
Thermaltake XaserV Damier V5000A Tower

and i was wondering if it is a good idea to jump to the MSI FX5900 XT 128MB card. I want more power. and that card isnt too much money. Will i see a difference in peformance. Like in Doom 3, FarCry, for example? Also, some people say that the XTs in NVIDIA are a down step although in Radeon, XT is a good thing. Any answers would be great. Thanks


Answer:Is going to a MSI FX5900ST 128mb a good idea?

man i feel dumb, in the title, i mean FX5900XT with an X


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Hi. I have a computer (hard drive and monitor) that I am proud to say is almost 10 years old and still works really well. I only had 1 major hijacking issue (the infamous about.blank) and was able to fix it thanks to this support forum! My question is would doing all the steps before using Hijack This be a good preventive tool to use? Or is it not necessary unless you are having issues? I already use automatic updates to my Windows XP, Yahoo Anti Spy, Search and Destroy, Spyware Blaster, Ad Aware, Scotty for virus monitoring and AVG to do weekly scans. With all these tools updated and used frequently is it still a good idea to do more thorough scans such as Hijack This?

Answer:Spyware Prevention - is it a good idea?

this is what i can add regarding HJT
If your anti spyware has failed to defeat a particularly insidious intruder, this program could be your last hope. it really needs only the assistance in MALWARE section
cause i never heard that this program failed its purpose

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Hi everyone,

I have a Dell Latitude D620 with Win XP, and want to beef up its RAM.
Mainly due to the fact that the graphics card shares the RAM, and so with more RAM will come more graphics power (512mb instead of 128-256mb).

I am looking for:
2x 2gb SO-DIMM pc5300 533/667Mhz (200 pins)

But i was wondering if I used pc6400 800Mhz RAM, which i can find cheaper, if there would be backwards compatibility and it would simply run at the lower speed? Or if this would cause problems....

A friend of mine a while ago told me that doing something like this should work, and might even improve latency timings, as you are effectively underclocking. Although he might have been talking about CPU's....

Also, out of interest, would anyone recommend A-Data RAM?

Answer:Using faster RAM than needed.... Good idea?

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I found a S1 Yoga for 350 here in the UK, its in excellent condition and meets all the criteria I need for portable laptop. However, the issue is that there's no warranty. Its a Lenovo Thinkpad, so I'm sure quality is always exceptional however, saying that should I risk it?.

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why"""raptor^^^^^^^    interesting as to the reason and this theory--------------------------------------------------------------------does it ruin your system?-----------------------------------------------------------------------does cure your problems?----------------------------------------------------------------------does it do nothing but cause problems?========================================or does raptor no more than he is telling us..............soap------- mssoappc... poll next on this

Answer:Overwriting Windows isn't a very good idea.

I actually overwrite Windows once and I agree, it's not a good thing.Feel better now, Merlin? Hurry up and you may catch up with my amount of posts. You all seem to have a problem with that. Maybe I'll ask the adminsitrator to reset it so you won't feel threatened.. Or whatever the darn *censored* it is you people are, sjeesh.

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Hi...ive been posting here alot lately considering im having lots of problems...and now especially with my video card

at the moment i have a PCI slot fan two slots away from my Sapphire Radeon X800 pro this a good idea?? my gpu gets to around 55-60 degrees C while playing games...and idles at about 44 C...lately ive been having alot of FPS trouble and im not sure if it's overheating or the other possible problems (in my other posts) anyway ive heard that if the video card has a fan and heatsink on it a PCI slot fan isnt a good is quite close but definitely not right against the video card...there's about 1 1/2 inches in between the cooler and the video card...i can move the fan one slot down still...should i try that??

Answer:PCI Slot fan under X800 good idea??

I think it depends on to which direction the PCI slot fan blows air - to the card or away from it.

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Hi All,I've just got a new computer, my old computer uses Incredimail with no problems but I would like to use another email client on my new comp, is Hotmail a good option as a secondary Email client ?Many thanks,Baskerville

Answer:Email with Hotmail a good idea?

It's fine, are there any particular concerns you had over it?

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I was told by a gaming site I want to play on if I can not configure my router to let me in that I will have to disable my dhcp is this ok to do or can it hurt my pc?

Answer:Is it a good idea to disabling dhcp?

It depends on your setup.

It can't hurt your PC. You can always go back and change it if you encounter problems.

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Hello,I have Travelmate 6292 running under Ubuntu. The original battery is pretty much dead. Is this a good idea to keep the battery inside while laptop is operated (or in a sleep mode)?  Another question: is it Ok to keep laptop connected to the power supply without battery?  

Aspire XC-605; Iconia W4-820; Travelmate 6292

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Hi all,

I am considering overclocking my system but I am worried about damaging it. Just how safe is it, my pc is still under warranty so I'm really not sure whether or not to risk it. And is the performance gain worth the risk. I will appreciate all replies


Answer:Solved: Overclocking Good idea or not.

the Q. is what are you trying to achieve by overclocking?
i see your cpu is OK but your main holdback is your video card.
i think you may be better suited by looking at a video card upgrade

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A computer service engineer has posted the following. Are there any objective suggestion out there which can enlighten the uninformed? The advice I have had from the firm that built my PC is that I should wait untill the problems with win 10 are solved someting next year. Following the above routime might get rid of the nagging popup from Microsoft!

An article in the Trade Press over the weekend highlighted an issue whereby Microsoft are planning to automatically migrate Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs to Windows 10 via the automatic updates service. For customers who wish to enjoy Windows 10 this will not be a problem. However for customers wishing to remain on their current version of Windows some action will be required to prevent the migration. My own opinion on Windows 10 is that there is little benefit to most of my customers in migrating. Added to that Windows 10 still has some stability issues and a huge privacy issue because Microsoft have the right to retain personal information from your computer and use it for their purposes. This can only be prevented by a long winded settings change (over 13 windows!). My advice for the moment is not to update to Windows 10 unless you can see some material benefit to yourselves. Of all the customers who have so far migrated less than 25% have enjoyed a trouble-free migration. Others have suffered a long series of issues ranging from loss of emails, or loss of sound right up to loss of all ... Read more

Answer:Avoid updating to win 10 - a good idea?

It would be nice if the article provided proof that MS is currently planning to automatically update W7 and W8 to W10. Without such proof, the article is just click bait.

There are plenty of threads in this and other forums about how best to avoid installing W10.

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I have AVG, and for as long as I have had it, it has always been trusted and has always helped me detect and remove harmful software that other programs couldn't. Anyway, I know that it is a bad idea to have numerous or more than one antivirus program because they can actually cause more harm than good. But while downloading an Internet Boosting/Optimizing program, a program called SystemGuards was also included and installed upon notifying me. Anyway, after running through the program a little, I have noticed it is really useful as it offers some backups and cleanings that AVG does not. However, the problem is that it does NOT detect viruses or Trojans...only simple Spyware and Adware, and even when it does detect it, I cannot remove it since it is only a free basic version.

So I was thinking, am I able to have AVG running all the time on my PC and just make sure this other program never runs while AVG is on? I have disabled SG from running on Startup so AVG will be my primary protection program, however I think it will be a good idea to keep SG because of its handy file shredding, temp cleaning and backup options.

Good idea or not? Should I uninstall the other program?

Answer:Is it a good idea to have a second antivirus program?

as SG is not an antivirus app, it focuses on Adware and Spyware - you should not have any problem with running these at the same time

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Hi, i've helped a friend out by speeding up his laptop as best as i can (with lots of help from the brilliant helpers on here), i was just curious about whether using the 'repair' option on an XP CD i have would benefit this laptop at all? Am i right in thinking that if there are any Windows registry errors that this would fix them?Sorry for my naiveity!

Answer:Is using 'Repair' on XP/Vista CD a good idea?

No you only need to do a repair install if the machine will not boot.To replace missing or corrupt windows files use sfc /scannow press OKTo repair registry errors safely use the registry option in CCleaner (safest method) other registry cleaners can be too aggressive and give more problems than they solve

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My hard disk is 140 GB and devided to 5 local disks. Is this a good idea:

I want to install windows seven on C.
Windows XP on D.
Install all my extra softwares on E and nothing but E (is THIS a good idea?)
and leave the other two for me and my parents to put whatever we want in them.

I actually want to devide my hard disk to six. If its a good idea how much space should i give to each part and wont installing all the softwares on one local disk slow the computer?


Answer:Would this be a good idea (hard drive)?

You really can create however many partitions you want. I think putting your data onto a separate partition is a great idea...this way you can reinstall/reimage your C drive to recover an OS without losing any data.

The number of partitions only becomes a real problem when you have to make them so small that they aren't usable. For example, a 20GB C drive to run Windows 7 just won't cut it for long.

Having everything on one partition or 5 partitions on the same hard drive won't really impact performance. It's the same disk at the end of the day. Having things on separate physical hard drives however will increase performance.

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I saw a used one online that sells for like 160 ... Should i get it ? I know it is not getting The full Windows 10 update ... But The price is tempting for such a beautiful hardware... Or should I just pay a little more and get an iPad air 1 ( it has a waaaay better app collection ) ? Any advices? Anyone has the 2 tablets ? Can u tell wich is better ?

Answer:Lumia 2520 now ? Still a good idea ?

Help ? Anyone out there ?

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Hi there

I wonder if Ms reads these forums at all - it surely would be a good idea since on the whole people are fairly knowlegeable and do some quite rigorous testing.

I'm sure Ms would get better feedback from the Forums than going through NINE QUADRILLION replies via windows feedback or other sources.

If I were at Ms in Windows 10 development I would make it mandatory for the development teams to READ the Forums at least once a day and in some of the labs try and replicate what users have posted on the Forums. !!!!


Answer:Do you think Ms Reads these Forums -- would be a good idea

I believe they do selective monitoring,
How to share feedback on Windows 10 Technical Preview? - Microsoft Community
Technet forums - Windows 10 Technical Preview

And even then you would need to add a grain of salt to even these options that in the past it was really the vision of the department heads....

Would Microsoft be better served by reading/ monitoring forums probably so but it's allot to sift through

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Hey all. Im setting up the house network this week, and would like some opinions.

The network will be split, 1 part will be a simple work group, easy for the users, simple, nothing fanceyis needed,so its perfect
The second will be a domain network, Its maily for testing purposes, i wantt o experiment with them while im at college, and get some experiance early.

Im looking at from 5 - 8 computers between users computers, servers, and purpose machines.

The work group wont be a problem, a few machines running XP/2000, and possibly a windows 98 machine. but i dount that.
2 machines on the workgroup will have 2 installs of XP on them, one for the domain, and another for the work group, that way there wont be any conflict between the 2 configs, changes to one wont effect the other.

They will all be running off one Linksys BEFSR41 (I think!) router/switch, (will uplink to another switch if i need to) which will be connected to the internet, and handle DHCP for both networks. The only real issue i have is the with one machine. This machine will be running the internet, and connected to the WAN port of the Linksys. This is currently running windows 95!!!

Sadly the machine is just too old to go anywhere above 95.I know it snot the best choice! but is it a REALLY bad idea security wise?

give me feedback, if you wish i can draw up a diagram if it helps.

Thanks guys and gals

Answer:Network Advice. Is this a good idea?

I dunno, are you going to have sensative and important data on that Win 95 machine?. If I were you, crap Win 95 and at least put Win 98 SE. Much more stable and the hardware requirements are basically the same.

And what do you mean connecting the Win 95 machine via the wan port? Thats for plugging in DSL or cable modem, not a computer.

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