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Hit with VERY BAD spyware today and irony involved

Question: Hit with VERY BAD spyware today and irony involved

I never run antivirus at home...I run antivirus at work.

My work computer is the one that got hit today and I have no idea how. I did not go to any websites other than Microsoft to get another Win7 key. Every thing was fine this morning until I stepped away for 20 minutes. I come back and my computer is FUBARED.

Go to, do a search. Every time I click on link that starts with "", I get redirected to something like, I forgot the full address.

If I try to run Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, the apps start and then crash immediately. Likewise, I can not go to either website, I get forwarded to some fake anti spyware software site.

Absolutely nothing in my running services, hosts file was untampered, nothing in startup...I couldn't find what the deal was at all.

Searches for people with my problem came up with nothing useful that would help me resolve the issue. So, I had to back up my files and reinstall Windows(installed Win7 this time).

What baffles me is how I got this and that there is little to no information on people experiencing the same issues. My computer was 100% up to date, antivirus was up to date, and I had not gone to any website different than normal, hell I wasn't even at my computer(which was locked when im afk).

BTW: I'm using the most up to date version of Firefox, I thought it was impervious

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Preferred Solution: Hit with VERY BAD spyware today and irony involved

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Answer: Hit with VERY BAD spyware today and irony involved

MrFace said:

Go to, do a search. Every time I click on link that starts with "", I get redirected to something like, I forgot the full address.Click to expand...

Had the same issue at work to. Apparnetly its a driver that redirects most search engines to the go subdomain. Go to your device manager, show hidden devices, and check under Non-Plug and Play Drivers for any driver that has a .sys on the end. Think it starts with Q or V. Disable, not uninstall, the driver. Once its disabled, restart, then uninstall it.

Once its gone, try installing Malwarebyte's Anti-Spyware in safe mode. Try running it in safe mode too. Most of the rogue files that it removes that come with this driver are in the System32 directory.

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Question: A Little Irony

Some vulnerabilities have been reported in Apple iPhone, which can be exploited by malicious people

Answer:A Little Irony

whoa that sucks i almost bought one and then i woke up and remembered i couldnt afford it...(dang)

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is out as of today. I prepaid for it, and even bought a 20in WS LCD to replace my POS 19in 25ms LCD for the game.

Late last night, my PC died. Thats right, dead. I walked into the room to find it stuck on a stop error. So I rebooted. Stop error again. So I booted to Safe Mode. Stop error. I booted to a WinPE CD. Stop error. I ran memtest from a CD. A few hours later, I had accumulated a good oh...5 million some odd errors.

So I shut off the PC, and removed a stick of Ram. Turn the machine on and what do I see?

BIOS Checksum Bad. Starting Recovery...

So I put in the Asus CD, and it automatically reflashes the BIOS. Reboot. Same problem.

So I try the other ram stick. Not even a video response. Same in all slots. I tried other ram. Once again, nothing but the fans fired up.

So here I sit today, pondering just how cool Oblivion is, knowing I can't play it for at least two weeks while my RMAs(for the mb and ram) are being processed.

I hate computers.

Answer:Here is Irony For Ya

Adrynalyne said:

I hate computers.Click to expand...

Yeah but you really love games!

Boy this really sucks! So I assume you are still in warantee period?

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just got it

Answer:spyware blaster updated today

nothing on mines.!

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spyware blaster update today for version 4

Answer:spyware blaster update today

Good morning jolorna, and thank you.

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spyware blaster update out there today...

Answer:spyware blaster update out there today

Non here.

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spyware blaster update today

Answer:spyware blaster update today


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Starting at 1 PM CDT on NPR's Science Friday the subject (first hour I believe) is on Spyware and what you can do about it.

Sounds like it would be good for the experts to contribute to and the rest of us to learn from.

Answer:SpyWare subject on NPR Sci Friday today!

Dang, they keep having technical difficulties and I can't hear the show

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Answer:had avg and spyware blaster update today

Spyware was updated on the 23rd. AVG on the 24th. Think your a couple of days behind us frankie but thanks for the reminder. ;o)

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Question: Microsoft Irony

i was looking through Microsoft's clipart through Word when i was looking for a simple desktop computer picture, and look at what i found:

and this is the company who got pissed because its employees were using iPods....

Answer:Microsoft Irony

someone is going to get fired for that.

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Hi everyone,I've just downloaded hijackthis and was wondering if anyone could help me. It's my first time on a site like this and I'm not sure what to do. I'm copying a log of hijackthis scan. I'd love some help...Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 19:31:47, on 07/07/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\agrsmsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgwdsvc.exeC:\Program Files\Microsoft Small Business\Business Contact Manager\BcmSqlStartupSvc.exeC:\Program Files\IVT Corporation\BlueSoleil\BTNtService.exeC:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exeC:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\Iaantmon.exeC:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exeC:\Program Files\Comm... Read more

Answer:Ron Tool Offers for today spyware infection

Hello Erose,Sorry about the delay. If you still need help, please post a new HijackThis log to make sure nothing has changed, and I'll be happy to look at it for you.Thanks,tea

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ZoneAlarm's Anti-Spyware Is Free Today

If you are running around the internet without protection, and I know some of you are, you can get a limited version of ZoneAlarm's anti-spyware package. You get a year of updates and a spyware detection and removal too, spy site blocking and the ZoneAlarm firewall.

The security experts behind ZoneAlarm urge you to always patch your operating systems and browsers whenever an update is available. More importantly, take extra precautions to protect your PC for those times when a patch may not be available. That's why we are offering you ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware for FREE today, Patch Tuesday, only. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to protect your PC and stay safe online!

Answer:ZoneAlarm's Anti-Spyware Is Free Today!!

Ill prob never use it but i still downloaded it, thanx

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Free Spyware...published today

still in the beta stages..but sounds good

Answer:FREE Anti-spyware from microsoft..just out today

I have a spare computer at work here..... I'm SOOOOOOO gonna test this tomorrow!

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ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware Free for Today Only (Until 8pm EST!)​

Check Point Software Technologies, the company that makes the popular ZoneAlarm suite of security products, is giving away its ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware product today. Your first and last name as well as your email address are required (in order to send the .exe application install file and the ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware License Key).

The software includes the firewall and free anti-spyware updates for a year.

Check Point says the offer is good until 8 p.m. ET today. The promotion began Tuesday in what was supposed to be a 24-hour offer, but the company says it's extending the offer through 8PM EST today to "due to overwhelmed servers."

Very Important Note: I'm not 100% sure but looks like this software only works on Windows 2000 and Windows XP, and not Windows Vista.

If you're interested, check out the offer here. Please Note: The page may be slow to load due to the fact that the Check Point servers are swamped. Therefore you may need try reload a few times

Good Luck!

Answer:ZoneAlarm Anti-Spyware Free for Today Only (Until 8pm EST!)

Thanks to test....:major

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small spyware blaster update today, don't forget to immunize after

Answer:small spyware blaster update today

Thank you jolorna

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Hi, in Settings, from here... Custom colour...I see... wait for it... you'll like this..promise..

Laptop, same display settings as 1703 and earlier...
Do you see that? I suppose it will vary with display and settings.

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Hi, in Settings, from here... Custom colour...I see... wait for it... you'll like this..promise..

Laptop, same display settings as 1703 and earlier...
Do you see that? I suppose it will vary with display and settings.

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OS: Vista home basic (have tried twice to download Service Pack 1 and both times it has gone through the whole rigmarole and then FAILED. Ugh.). Chrome browser.

I moved out of NYC to the boondocks. So, I am on dialup at home, and borrow WiFi at McDonald's & wherever else I can get it.

Was on WiFi last week and spending too much time "Resolving Host." Everything started with the long "resolving host" wait times.

Checked Chrome Extensions and found that three misspelled versions of something similar to "download keeper" had inserted extensions onto my Chrome (looking like "DoWnLoAd keeepEUR" or something like that, three different variations--since deleted). Also, an IP had been inserted in my hosts file, also immediately deleted.

Deleting those weird Extensions and cleaning up the Hosts file helped, but not entirely. So I read about disabling IPv6, and inserted FFFFFFFF into the appropriate place in the registry, which did not speed up my connection at all: still "resolving host" problems and unusually slow (now on dialup this week, and yes, dialup is slow, but, not like this).

So, yesterday connected to WiFi at the local library to go through the malware removal process recommended by majorgeeks (did it once before on this PC in 2010, and on a previous machine in 2006), and a few things were found yesterday--but I had to re-create my dial-up connection today after booting up the PC again--and ... Read more

Answer:Irony: was better B4 I removed malware (LOL?)

I saved the logs; I will go dig them up if they would help?Click to expand...

Yes please! Without those, I'm about as much use to you as an ashtray on a motorbike.

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Today I picked up something that showed up in my taskbar. It had the appearance of some sort of Virus Scanner, it was called Virus Protect Pro. It was obviously some sort of malware. I used Malware Bytes Anti Malware and it is now gone upon restart. But I am still having problems with my computer. I edit video on my laptop using Avid Media Composer, since this happened AVID consistantly crashes. I was able to get AVID to run after reinstalling qucktime and adjusting some settings relating to Direct X. Its obvious this thing made some changes to my operating system. I am posting my HI jack this log. If anyone sees anything out of the ordinary your help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:04:17 PM, on 6/2/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16827)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\Schedule2\schedul2.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
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Hi,shortly after startup a box pops up & appears to be finding losts of viruses, the title of the box is "Vista Anti-Spyware - Unregistered Version"Windows Security Center also comes up & claims the firewall is off. Attempting to turn it back on causes another "Vista Anti-Spyware" window to pop up inviting you to purchase the full version.Also form time to time popup messages appear in the system tray with warning messages.The system has been protected up till now with Virgin Media Security which does not seem to have noticed this attack.Thanks for reading..DDS (Ver_11-03-05.01) - NTFSx86 Run by ROB at 19:32:25.72 on 08/05/2011Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16421 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_20Microsoft? Windows Vista? Home Premium 6.0.6002.2.1252.44.1033.18.2037.512 [GMT 1:00].AV: Virgin Media Security Anti-Virus *Enabled/Updated* {A61154FD-4365-E00F-9A33-13A09AD54B56}SP: Virgin Media Security Anti-Spyware *Enabled/Updated* {1D70B519-655F-EF81-A083-28D2E15201EB}SP: Windows Defender *Enabled/Updated* {D68DDC3A-831F-4fae-9E44-DA132C1ACF46}FW: Virgin Media Security Firewall *Enabled* {9E2AD5D8-090A-E157-B16C-BA9564060C2D}.============== Running Processes ===============.C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k rpcssC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k secsvcsC:\Program Files\T... Read more

Answer:Vista Anti-Spyware infection - started today

Hello and welcome to Bleeping ComputerWe apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up. Please note that your topic was not intentionally overlooked. Our mission is to help everyone in need, but sometimes it takes just a little longer to get to every request for help. No one is ignored here.Please take note:If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you letting us know. If you are unable to create a log because your computer cannot start up successfully please provide detailed information about your installed Windows Operating System including the Version, Edition and if it is a 32bit or a 64bit system.
If you are unsure about any of these characteristics just post what you can and we will guide you.Please tell us if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.If you are unable to perform the steps we have recommended please try one more time and if unsuccessful alert us of such and we will design an alternate means of obtaining the necessary information.If you have not done so, include a clear description of the problems you're having, along with any steps you may have performed so far.Upon completing the steps below another staff member will review your topic an do their best to resolve your issues.If you have already posted a DDS log, please do so again, as your situation may have changed.Use the 'Add Reply'... Read more

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I just FINALLY got DSL and have been spending time getting security in place and firewalls set up etc. Updated Norton, ran SPYBOT, defragged, etc etc and then if you can believe it got caught by stormer, thinking it was legitimate.

Just after I ran it I then installed spy sweeper, which found a lot of stuff, except this.

I got worried when apps began slowing down. I then decided to check up on stormer and found to my dismay that it is a horror show.

I then decided to try and back up some important stuff on a CD and couldn't get EZ CD Creator to run. I then tried WMP. It is getting an error internal app error, and I just updated it yesterday! Looks like anything that uses resources won't run.

I have been spending hours trying to find the solutions and get rid of it before I have to reboot for some reason and lose my internet connections and who knows what else.

Did the usual Remove Programs and of course nothing. Ran Clean Sweep, but saw nothing relating to stormer. I'd like to kill these people!

So I found this site and ran HJT

here is my log: HELP!

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 12:50:30 AM, on 1/10/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
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Answer:Solved: AAAAGH I got caught by SPYWARE STORMER TODAY

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They seem to have posted me an utterly dead PSU. The "Tagan i-xeye 420W" or similar name. I forget. Anyway, it's very dead. No fans. No LEDs. Just my favourite Simon & Garfunkel: The Sounds of Silence. Help?

Answer:The glory of Tagan (irony intended)

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It's not really a problem, but here goes anyway.

I've spent the past couple days here trying to help people with various problems. Turns out, most of those problems were power-related. PS quits, or symptoms of a bad PS, or ways to diagnose. You name it, it usually circled around power supplies.

About 8PM tonight (EST) my power supply quit on me.

After about a half hour solid of laughing at the irony of the situation, I found out the 3.3v supply lines were deceased, but the 5v and 12v were fine.

I have an old AT-style chassis that's loaded with drive bays, and no PS. And somewhere in my garage, I have a dusty old PCI backplane board from an older Dell machine. (I saved it because I had noticed that the expansion slots were wired straight-through without interruption, making it usable for expanding expansion. heh)

I'm gonna use that board, the old chassis, and this defunct power supply unit to build a massive expansion chassis and drive housing system.

Now that I think of it, there is a teensy little problem there. How do you turn on an ATX power supply in one chassis by throwing the power switch on the main computer? Any gizmo tinkerers out there have any ideas on this?

Answer:Solved: Oh! The irony! LOL (power problem)

You can jump start an ATX powersupply by shorting a pair of the wires in the 20pin plug, there are guides on the web on how to do this, Google for "jump start atx powersupply".

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Hello in There All,
What is about to be described is a grotesque irony; please bear with me.
The system is WinXP Pro SP3 build 2600-install disc is WinXP Pro SP1 version 2002.
Was simply setting up network connection thru network connections/wizard; prompted to reboot for changes to take effect, rebooted, and unholy Beelzebub, the system arbitrarily and independently created a boot password screen with my username and a password from another world, unbeknownst to and not initiated by me. Good Grief! Well, attempted 3rd party utilities (0PHCrack, OFFLINE NT Password/Registry)to no avail. At password screen, it will not recognize CTRL+ALT+DEL(2).There is no hidden administrator selection. Can access DOS thru install disc repair feature, but it does not support CMD (not in 'help' list). Cannot even enter Safe Mode because the password screen is there first. Was suggested I try Ubuntu, Mint, (not familiar with, and have not yet tried them). Grotesque insult to ironic injury, nobody will help me because TSL rules expressly forbid password breach assistance (and I do understand the malevolent potential), but this IS my distressed conundrum. The system did NOT ask, advise, nor inform me of what it did until it was done. Now Bill's boondoggle is my nightmare; locked out of my own machine, clueless. What in the universe is one to do? If there is a Mighty Tech somewhere with the solution, there is nothing I would not do to express my supreme gratitude. 9 1 1 to the Tech World. Ple... Read more

Answer:WinXP Locked Out Boot Password Grotesque Irony

Hi,does the password prompt look like this:If so it is a password for encryption of your registry hive.regardsmyrti

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After watching my laptop update for nearly 20 minutes, sitting at 100% I had to force the power off and reboot the system. Now it is re-running through the update process. The supposed auto updates are to make the OS safer, but I think forcefully shutting off the power to use your PC mid update is more likely to cause problems to your OS install than any supposed security hole. The long load times force many users to force the system off mid update due to the updater choosing its own schedule, which tends to be in the most inconvenient times. I merely wanted to use the SD card on my laptop, a 30 second task. Not wait 20+ minutes for an unexpected update that would hang at 100%.

I can imagine for the typical user who needs to use their PC in a hurry or turn off their PC in a hurry as they have to leave/conserve batter life forcefully powering off their OS will cause more instability in the long run.

My options are to buy Win 10 Pro for my laptop and likely reinstall the OS, which I do not care to do. Or buy an SD card reader for my desktop. I think the SD card reader will be cheaper/more handy.

Considering most laptops don't come with Win 10 Pro, it makes going Apple a much more real possibility for me laptop wise in the future. It is not like I can customize or built my laptop anyways. I can only imagine the typical laptop user being even more frustrated than I am due to the extremely inconvenient updater with a low reliability rate.

My short rant is over.
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Here?s a lovely bit of irony for you: Adblock Plus, which is by far the most popular add-on for Firefox and Chrome, is actually increasing the amount of memory used by your web browser, rather than decreasing it. Furthermore, ABP also increases the amount of time (and CPU cycles) required to render a website. Instead of making web surfing more responsive, ABP actually makes your surfing experience slower.

This might seem counterintuitive at first ? after all, ABP blocks all of those annoying animated Flash ads from loading, and so it should save you from unnecessary memory and CPU hits. Unfortunately, the actual situation is a lot more complex than that. Basically, ABP has grown too big for its own good, and just the very process of running ABP in your web browser consumes more memory and CPU cycles than it saves.
How Adblock Plus works

To begin with, according to Mozilla developer Nicholas Nethercote, there is a 60-70MB memory hit having Adblock Plus run in the background on Firefox. The main problem, though, is the process by which ABP actually blocks ads. Basically, ABP inserts a massive CSS stylesheet ? occupying around 4MB of RAM ? into every single webpage that you visit, stripping out the ads. This wouldn?t be a problem if we were still in the ?90s or early ?00s, but nowadays it is very common for a webpage to have lots of iframes, which are separate, individual webpages that are loaded and embedded within the page you?re currently looking at. The m... Read more

Answer:Iframe irony: Adblock Plus is probably the reason Firefox and Chrome are such memory hogs

Adgauard is a nice alternative,light on memory and resources....................

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Just a quick thanks to everone involved with the "READ ME" file on malware removal, and everyone involved with the forum.

This is the first time i have used this site, and i found all the intructions easy to follow and delicatley non-patronising.

It would appear that my invasion of trojans have been exposed for the greek myths that they are with your guidance. [touch wood!....(no pun intended)]

Many thanks again, you have saved my bacon.


Answer:many thanks to all involved...

Welcome to Major Geeks!

You're welcome. We are happy to hear that it help you out.

If you ran all of the steps, you really need to do the below now.

Now we need to cleanup some items from running ComboFix.

Copy the bold text below to notepad. Save it as fixme.reg to your desktop. Be sure the "Save as" type is set to "all files" Once you have saved it double click it and allow it to merge with the registry.



"HideStartupScripts"=-Click to expand...

Make sure that you tell me if you receive a success message about adding the above
to the registry. If you do not get a success message, it definitely did not work.

If you are not having any other malware problems, it is time to do our final steps:
You can uninstall SUPERAntiSpyware now.
We recommed you keep Malwarebytes Anti-Malware as a scanner. It uses no resources except a little disk space until you run a scan.
If we had ... Read more

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Need some more advice. I just switched from XP Pro to Windows 7. XP was the only OS I'd ever known. I was working on my PC on both of my monitors - adding another monitor was maybe the best decision I ever made in regards to my computer - can't imagine just having one now.
Anyway - I saw in my task bar that there was a red circle with a line through it.....never saw that with XP. I clicked on it & there were 2 messages, I could handle the 1st. The 2nd said:
Set up backup....under that it said....Your files are not being backed up.....under this there was.....Turn off messages about Windows Backup
And off to the right of all that there is a box that has like a shield of armor with the words, Set up backup which I can click on & then I'm assuming they are going to tell me how to back-up some/all of my files. Never did this b4. I guess its so if your computer crashes - you'll still have them. OK - my questions are in the title.
P.S. - I've noticed when I want to change to a new paragraph & click enter - it double spaces the break for some reason.
Also - I've noticed that when I have a word that has a wiggly red line under it - I'll see why - but some times it's hard when I highlight just what is over the red line & right click - it won't bring up the ignore choice, but the dialog box with less choices. But if I try it a couple more times - I'll get it to work

Answer:Should I do this or not & how involved is it?

Yes you should backup your files, but you should consider a better solution than the one built into Windows 7. Software like Acronis, Macrium, Nova, Ghost etc, are the top of the line, however there are also some free titles which are decent, just be sure to choose something that is easy to use, and be sure to buy a decent external drive where to store your backups.

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Question: What is involved?

I have never upgraded a graphics card before, so I would like someone to post a detailed description of what is needed to perform an upgrade successfully. Right now my desktop has a nVIDIA 6150 SE nForce 430 installed with only 128 mbs of memory which is wholly unacceptable. I know it's probably not as easy as installing RAM, so that is why I am asking. I am assuming it's a bit more complicated than just taking out the old card and putting the new one in.

I would also like to know if my power supply would even support an upgrade. I would like to change from the 6150 SE to the 8600 GT (512 mb) that they have for sale at the base exchange for $69.

Answer:What is involved?

Hi KingOfChaos,

It's not too difficult to do. Remember you wanted detailed.

1. Shutdown and unplug the computer.
2. Plug the 8600 GT card into a PCI-E (PCI Express) slot on your motherboard.
3. Put the computer back together, and plug the monitor into one of the new card's connector.
4. Boot into the BIOS and disable the integrated graphics by selecting the PCI-E card to use instead.
NOTE: Sometimes you will need to have the monitor connected to the old video connector first, then disable the integrated graphics in BIOS, shutdown, switch to the new connector, then restart. If you happen to have two monitors, then just have one plugged into each to make it easier.

5. Then just install the lastest video driver for the 8600 GT at:

You should be ok on the power supply. It only requires a 300 W one. You can see all of the specifications and requirements for these type of cards here:

XFX GeForce 8600 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR3, PCI Express, SLI Ready, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, Video Card PVT84JYDF3 at

Hope this helps you,

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I want to say thank you on behalf of all the people (myself included) who rely or have relied on your help. I know this can be a thankless job and you volunteer to do it as I understand. So, know that someone out here notices the amount of work you do and says "thank you".

Answer:Thank you to everyone involved!

Thank you for the kind words.

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I have a field for data a appoinment is for in an access table and i need to apply validation to allow entry of todays dat or anydate after today.
I have tryed stuff like ">=Now()" or ">Now() and =Now()" but nothing works please help
also can anybody help with my other problem about No changes to certain field in a table or form

Answer:Solved: Access Date Today or after today

If this is the same field as the first post then you will be stuck with the default value of Now() or Date().
If it is a different field then in the validation property use >=Date().
Date() is used when you do not need to store the "Time" as well as the date, Now() stores the Date and the Time.

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I was wondering if there is a contract you must sighn to get Road Runner, anyone know about it????

Answer:Is there a contract involved????

Not that I know off.

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I have had AOL dialup for years. It has never been a problem as I don't make much use of the internet. However, recently I have had some problems with losing the connection and, as BB seems to be going down in price, I have thought about changing.

Answer:Broadband - what is involved?

OK, I would have to move away from AOL as we don't have a BT line. NTL seem to offer a good Deal, but I wonder what the snags are? I saw a TV program last night about BB, and the prices quoted for NTL were about twice what NTL quote with their TV/Phone accounts, which is digital television/telephone/BB for 30.00 a month. Does that sound too good to be true?I understand you need a new modem, but I hear all sorts of stories about delays whilst the phone line is "checked and registered", whatever that means. I also understand that once you are signed up it is very difficult to change BB suppliers.Can anyone give me the sequence of events and warn of any potential problems and/or pitfalls to avoid, please?

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My PC has slowed down a lot this week. I have checked with MalwareBytes' Anti Malware, Ad Aware and Avira AntiVirus and all seems well.This evening I decided to try the HiJack This programme and realise from my limited knowledge that all is not well. I also received the following message:"For some reason your system denied write access to the Hosts file. If any highjacked domains are in this file Highjack This may not be able to fix this. "1. I need help, please, with the Hosts problem. It is quite new to me.2. I would appreciate it if someone checked my Highjack This file. I know there certain procedures I need to follow before I post it. My thanks in anticipation. In the past I have always had first-class help/advice from the experts at Bleeping Computer. Windows 7Internet Explorer 8Avira Anti-VirusMalwareBytes' Anti-MalwareAd-AwareZone Alarm WinPatrol============== Running Processes ===============C:\Windows\system32\wininit.exeC:\Windows\system32\lsm.exeC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k DcomLaunchC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k RPCSSC:\Windows\system32\atiesrxx.exeC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\System32\svchost.exe -k LocalSystemNetworkRestrictedC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcsC:\Windows\system32\svchost.exe -k LocalServiceC:\Windows\system32\atieclx... Read more

Answer:Is there a VIRUS involved, please?

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you... Read more

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Question: involved boot up

Hi All,

When I boot up I see:

1 Dell logo
2 Start up Menu ( normal is highlighted, I must click this.)
3 Windows logo
4 Start up menu once more (normal is highlighted, but It automatically moves to the next screen after a few seconds)
5 Windows Logo
6 Finally the desk top appears.

I am using win98

I know it is not a major league problem, but it is so annoying.

Answer:involved boot up

i would first check the msconfig.

start > run > type msconfig hit enter > advanced button and uncheck "startup menu"

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The more I read about Win 8 the more I'm thinking about going with Win 7 on my desktop.
I would hate to lose my Win 8 'investment' as I might want to use it at some future point in time. I bought the Win 8 dvd and installed it on a newly built desktop. I don't use that particular computer very much at all and haven't installed much of anything on it yet so starting fresh isn't a real hassle
I suppose an ideal scenario would be to have a dual boot 7 and 8...but I'm reading that you can't install Win 7 onto a computer with Win 8 already installed. (Maybe there are workarounds?) I have tons of space left on the 1T hard drive.
If I can't figure out how to add the 7 onto the 8 as a dual boot could I do a clean sweep of the HD and install Win 7 first and then add Win 8 as a dual boot? I've never purchased an OS separately before so I'm not sure if there would be a license or an activation issue when I would (re)install the Win 8 again onto a computer already having Win 7.
I really don't know much about dual-booting a computer but it certainly sounds like a cool thing to have. Especially with Win 8 being so iffy for many of it's users, like me. Is it a pain to use or upkeep dual booters once it's done?
Also. If I end up installing only Win 7 on it will my Win 8 DVD be useable again at some future time? If it can be used later with no problems I could probably get by with just the Win 7 on the computer. 8 doesn't seem to offer me much that I can't l... Read more

Answer:What's involved with replacing Win 8 with Win 7?

Yeah, as far as i know you would have to uninstall 8 then install 7 then install 8. Could be workarounds, but i dont know them.
You shouldnt run into issues installing 7 first then 8 as a dual boot, at worst you might run into an irritating little part of windows claiming your 8 key is already in use. This typically is fixed within one automated phone call activation. I ran into this specifically last time i had to reformat my HDD, only a minor issue.
It is pretty easy to use a system with a secondary OS, going with 7 as the main OS and 8 as a secondary basically means that unless you tell your computer to, its still going to boot into 7. Typically during startup you press a key (varies from BIOs to BIOs.) to open a menu to let you select where to boot from. Ive personally got my system set up with a vista drive and a secondary drive with ubuntu. The only special upkeep is waiting for ubuntu to finish updating when i want to use it given that i typically dont use it often (And subsequently it develops a backlog of updates)
It should be usable, however, it can vary a bit.
Basically, normal copies of windows are linked to you. Stays with you. But if you got a system builder version then that means its linked to the computer itself. Not really meant for personal use so much as it is for people who build computers and sell them. This causes issues if you want to upgrade the motherboard in that you cant without obtaining another copy. Regardless, your copy of ... Read more

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I need instructions on how to upload pictures from my camera to my desk top HP Pavilion computer.     

Answer:Is there a fee involved with your help? What is expected of...

Hi, What is your computer and what is your camera (brand and model). You don't have to pay anything Regards.

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Frequently, not always, my up-to-date copy of Google Chrome fails to load Google Search. Particularly if I use the search/address bar, but even if I enter Other google sites load. In fact, when this happens, I just use the search web box in Gmail. Other sites have no problem loading and the computer is running fine. Other browsers (ie, firefox) never have a problem loading google.

Any ideas why this is happening? I ran through the malware removal guide months ago, but I'm going to do it again. I searched the boards and google and didn't find anything about this specific and weird problem.


Answer:Oh the irony - Google Chrome won't load Google Search

The only time I have ever had a problem getting the Chrome browser to load (both via address bar and bookmark) is when I'm on the Fedora Linux box. I just chalk it up to another one of the bajillion things that doesn't work right in Lamux. You get what you pay for. Were you, too, running Linux when you had this problem?

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I have this game... and i have the most tempremental router in the world.

I have a belkin wireless G router. Model Number F5D7632-4

Basically I can play a game called Dawn of war fine, the problem arises when i try to host... one of the guys on a forum made an application which tests the ports to see if they are open or shut. Before it was telling me i had only 1 port open. Now it is telling me this...

(App can be found here

Sending udp packet from 6112 to 6112
Received from / to 6112 "udp pass"
udp port 6500 Receive timed out
udp port 27900 Receive timed out
udp port 27901 Receive timed out
udp port 29910 Receive timed out
Received from / to 6667 "tcp pass"
Received from / to 28910 "tcp pass"
Received from / to 29900 "tcp pass"
Received from / to 29901 "tcp pass"
Received from / to 29920 "tcp pass"Click to expand...

I'm in the DMZ so why are the UDP ports timing out?

Also how dangerous is it to have a computer in my DMZ, i don't use it much and it has a firewall. Is just the equivilent of surfing the web on a standard modem or is it a bit more hazardous than that.

Any help on my UDP problem or information on the dangers of DMZ would be greatly appriecated.

Answer:DMZ and the risk involved to computers in it?

It's the same as having the computer connected directly to a plain modem. If you have a firewall, it could also be blocking the game ports.

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NAV 2K5 beta


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i noticed this in my Google Chrome cookies folder :

# HTTP Cookie File
# This is a generated file! Do not edit.
# To delete cookies, use the Cookie Manager. TRUE / FALSE 2082758400

( i deleted the rest )

Why are netscape making my cookies in 2009...i do not use AOL or netscape



Answer:Cookies...why are netscape involved ?

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Hi all,This is my first post here First of all I want to give thanks for everyone who takes the time to help everyone who comes here with computer problems, I guarantee that we all appreciate the help.My computer problem is as follows:I was surfing the net and a pop up came up saying that I was possibly infected with trojans and virus's and whatnot. Naturally I knew it was fake considering the window popped up in the old windows 98 graphics style, and all my other windows had the XP style. I clicked no and wnet on about my business.The following day my antivirus (AVG by the way) popped up and ran its scheduled scan and found a massive amount of virus's and couple of trojans.It successfully removed them all and after restarting, I thought the problem had gone away. Wrong! Now when I use google all of my link will redirect me to some blank site that says:Welcome to the MIVA DLL. Please enjoy your stay.Initialization errors: 0and another one that is a questionnaire from something called Lawyerhub and bunch of others.I'm running Windows XP under the new SP pack. If I can think of anything else that might be of help, I'll be sure to post it.Oops, almost forgot to post my HJT log. Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 7:06:52 PM, on 7/14/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\... Read more

Answer:First post, possible rootkit involved

Hi all,

I've been infected with some sort of malware that keeps redirecting google links to MIVA DLL site. Also when I start up my computer, my AVG antivirus firewall will switch over to "allow all" even though I've programed it to not do so. A scan of my computer shows that I don't have any virus's. Below is my copy of my DDS report.

Any help would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
DDS (Ver_09-06-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Compaq_Administrator at 3:38:31.73 on Sat 07/18/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_14
Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.1534.664 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Internet Security *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\Identity Protection\agent\Bin\AVGIDSAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\TortoiseSVN\bin\TSVNCache.exe
C:\Program Files\HP\HP Software Update\HPwuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\Maxtor\OneTouch Status\maxmenumgr.exe
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Can you please help me, I have "lost" my data from pc after using NewSID. I tried to change sid and then after 40 min of display message "changing new sid" I restarted computer. After reboot I got an little surprise, All my files are gone, some programs loaded from programfiles. Then I saw that there are two users in the user folder, before, was only one called "mis" (no password) and now there is this second user"mis.mis-PC" from here I can access program files, documents (empty), desktop (empty) but I cannot use most of the operations that use "user account control" so I cannot access user "mis" because popup asks me to enter password to gain control, but there is no field to enter password and the "OK" button is grey (nonclickable). When I want to switch user there are: "mis" and "other user" icons. Same problems are found using any of them...
Can you please help I have data of my work form 6 months ago, ( I know backup , backup...) and losing of that data would be disastrous for my work 500.000$ value ( I know: backup , backup...), but please if you could help me with this, it?ll save my life. Thank you.

Answer:NewSID disaster 500.000$ involved.

Oh I know that feeling all too well.

If you cant find the files anyware on the PC I would try a data recover product like Undelete - Reliable File Recovery

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I just have formatted the SSD, because I had some problems. And now I have the same problems as before formatting, now even worser. But the problems have appeared 3 days after formatting..

Dropbox just don't run. And when i shut down the computer it doesn't shut down, it stays in the point when all the desktop has disappeared and seem closing. But it stays without shutting down.
All of this happened occasionally before, but now it happens every time I log into the computer. By the way, I have an Acer Aspire with Win 7 on it.

And also now I can't install the firewall. And I can't uninstall it, neither, and neither the antivirus. Neither dropbox.
I just wanted to move to Kaspersky but Kaspersky doesn't install neither.

Any suggestions? Thank you bros. Sorry if you don't understand anything, I will answer as soon as possible.


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Several weeks back, my brother, who is astonishingly naive about computers, got taken in by some malware on his computer. A screen came up which told him his computer had been compromised and advised him to call a specific number for help. *He actually called the number*. He fell hook, line and and sinker for the entire scam, which involved him paying $350 for a five year security maintenance package. A few weeks later, they called him and said his computer was infected again and it was their fault and they were going to refund his money; they claimed to have refunded 10 times the amount they owed him and wanted him to pay back the surplus, which he proceeded to do, via iTunes gift cards. I could hear his phone conversations with the scammers and knew something was up but he was sure that everything was fine; he even believed that he was going to get several hundreds dollars bonus for all his time and trouble in helping them rectify "their mistake". (I told you he was naive.) Anyway, long story short, I finally persuaded him he was being swindled and got him to stop giving them gift cards; he ended up losing a good bit of money. We reported the incident to the police but were advised it was unlikely they would be able to do anything; they haven't called back since the officer was here to take the report.

We spoke to the bank and got his password changed for his online banking - I think they had installed a keylogger on his computer and obtained his password and me... Read more

Answer:Professional cleaning: what's involved?

You should report this to the FBI not regular police.

Anything important on the drive? Boot off a linux live CD, plug in an external drive and start backing up files.

As for your current installation, I?d probably just reformat the drive and reinstall. If you?re paranoid, you could zero the drive with DBAN or another offline destructive data erasure program and then format/install.

DBAN will not work on SSDs.

Alternatively, you could boot off Windows installation media and use diskpart to wipe the drive:

If you?re super paranoid, buy/install a new Hard drive and then reinstall Windows on that.

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My PC is quite old 7yrs, But my monitor is quite new, can I just buy the base unit and if so do they come with operating systems.
Can I transfer photos and emails onto new system any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Change my PC tower what is involved

"can I just buy the base unit"
Yes. I usually buy separate base units and monitors at different times. The base unit generally comes with a mouse and keyboard.
"and if so do they come with operating systems."
Generally they will come with Windows, but some some suppliers will provide low cost base units that don't include the operating system. Check the 'specs' to see if the OS is included.

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My old computer was an AthlonXP 2400+ with an ASUS motherboard and various cards. I tried to upgrade the CPU and it was never quite successful and reinstalling the old CPU was never stable enough to re-use, so I upgraded instead and mothballed the old machine.Maplin are selling an AthlonXP 3200+ Mobo\CPU for a reasonable(ish) price and I fancied having a go at installing it and seeing if I can make use of my old cards and drive, but this isn't really my field and I'd appreciate some advice about what's involved. Ideally I wanted to retain the old XPSP3 OS and make it as minimal an upgrade as possible, just as long as it's working.The new Mobo is an ECS GS7610 - the old one an Asus A7N8X - so I'm concerned about Mobo drivers. Obviously, I'll need to boot with and install new drivers. Should this be done with a new drive and\or a new windows install or can I get away with it in some other way? What other issues will I face?If there's a website you can point me to that describes all the issues and the general process, I'd appreciate it.

Answer:What's involved to upgrade Mobo\CPU?

hi there first off .what price are you buying the chip for this is quite a old cpu ... as things have moved on a lot from then ..all so you might stuggle to find upgrades later for the installation you will need to wipe the harddrive clean...if your planning to install windows ,,the diffrence between your old cpu and your new one will be minimal

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Massive ID Theft Ring Uncovered

Officials at Sunbelt Software, a Clearwater, Florida-based vendor of anti-spyware tools, say the company stumbled upon a massive ID theft ring that is using a well-known spyware program to break into and systematically steal confidential information from an unknown number of computers worldwide.

Full story here:,aid,122149,00.asp

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I am not able to do the involved filtering of an ado recordset, as described below. I have tried several approaches but no success. Here's the scenario... 1. Using vbscript and asp 2. Databse = MS SQL (2008) 3. Table (care_Need_Entries) contains multiple rows of (varchar) columns: care_Need_Last_Name, care_Need_Date, and care_Need_Type (among other cols.). 4. Each care_Need_Last_Name can have one or more occurrences with care_Need_Type = "INITIAL" and/or "FOLLOWUP" along with having a unique varchar date (care_Need_Date = "i.e, 10/14/2012&quot. 5. There must exist one "INITIAL" care_Need_Type for each care_Need_Last_Name. 6. There can exist none, one, or multiple "FOLLOWUP" care_Need_Type(s) for each care_Need_Last_Name. 7. An ADO Recordset has been opened and sorted based on "care_Need_Last_Name, care_Need_Date". 8. From this recordset, I need to filter (keep) only 'the most recent date' row for each care_Need_Last_Name, whether it be just the "INITIAL" or the last "FOLLOWUP" care_Need_Type. 9. From the resultant filter in #7 I then will geneate a report (not a part of this issue). Example db data... care_Need_Type care_Need_Last_Name care_Need_Date INITIAL Jones 5/12/2012 INITIAL Bell 6/14/2012 FOLLOWUP Bell 6/15/2012 INITIAL SPARKS 6/16/2012 FOLLOWUP Bell 6/16/2012 FOLLOWUP Jones 5/17/2012 INITIAL Reese 6/20/2012 The resu... Read more

Answer:Involved ADO Recordset filtering?

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So, my ASUS Transformer t100 with Windows 8.1 (32-bit) keeps getting BSOD with the message, IRQL not less or equal...
This keeps happening to me randomly, usually always when I'm in the middle of something important, such as an essay or similar project as such...
I don't know much but all I can tell is that, the NT kernel & system is involved somehow...
Please help..

Also, I put my .dmp files if those helps...

Attachment 57171

Answer:Please help, BSOD, , NT kernel & system involved

Hi, t850terminator, I'm terribly sorry you had to wait so long. There are not that many of us analysts here.
A lot of things are booting up with your system. Please disable some items. Get all available Windows Updates.
Update ATK : ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download ATK Package and enable driver verifier according to these instructions: Driver Verifier - BSOD related - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7 & Vista - Sysnative Forums
When your system crashes again, post a new dump file.

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I have been having problems recently with my system freezing randomly almost and I finally linked these freezes to Internet Explorer. So I decided to run SB S&D and while running it and checking for problems I got a virus scan message that viruses had been detected and deleted. I researched them a little bit and ran AdAware as well and then ran safe mode and deleted a folder that contained some of these. I think I fixed them but I need someone to check my hjt log and confirm this.
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:59:05 AM, on 11/3/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 6.0\PhotoshopElementsFileAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\vstskmgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\New Boundary\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYS
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exe
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I have a Windows XP/ Win 10 dual boot system, and I've also just moved to a replacement motherboard.

The Win 10 handled the different motherboard in it's stride (except for activaton issue, but that's another story)

The Windows XP *seems* like it is OK, but I'm getting some occasional crashes in the avast anti-virus and Firefox,
reinstalling them has not corrected the problem.

Because of this I was considering an XP repair install. If I do this it will more than likely restore it's own boot
loader, so I will not be able boot to Windows 10. I have copy of the bootable build 1607, but I have not found if it
is possible to find a recovery environment from the DVD

I know that pressing F8 in the normal startup can get you there; it accesses c:\recovery and I it runs from there.
Not sure if this is any use to me when the Windows 10 loader has been over written.

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. How is it supposed to work?

Answer:what's involved in the Win 10 boot loader repair ?

If it were me, I would install Macrium Reflect Free. Make a Macrium Rescue DVD, CD or USB flash drive. Make sure you can boot the computer into the Macrium Reflect Free rescue environment. Then back up the EFI System or System Reserved partition(s) onto a USB flash drive or other external storage location/device..

Do the Windows XP repair installation. Reboot the computer into the Macrium Reflect Rescue and restore the EFI system or System Reserved partition(s). If that doesn't work, Macrium Reflect rescue also contains a utility under the restore menu to fix Windows startup problems - that should fix things too.

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Sent here after this: suspect a hidden piece of malware protecting SKYNET & UAC hidden files from things like Malwarebytes AMStill getting v slow internet and worried about effects of the RootkitsHave already cleared some signs and killed an MS Antivirus infection that came at the same time.DDS (Ver_09-07-30.01) - NTFSx86 Run by Owner at 17:02:30.73 on 24/08/2009Internet Explorer: 7.0.5730.11 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_05Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.2047.1457 [GMT 1:00]AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89A4C224-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89A7CDDC-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89909DDC-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89A49904-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89A8A2AC-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89550AE4-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {89A71DDC-FFA4-00CC-0D24-347CA8A3377C}AV: Avira AntiVir PersonalEdition Classic *O... Read more

Answer:SKYNET & UAC involved after TDSS infection

Hello cedarsave,We will run ComboFix. You should NOT use Combofix unless you have been instructed to do so by a Malware Removal Expert. It is intended by its creator to be used under the guidance and supervision of an Malware Removal Expert, not for private use. Using this tool incorrectly could lead to disastrous problems with your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. Please read Combofix's Disclaimer. Further, ComboFix logs are not permitted outside the HijackThis forums and then only when requested by a HJT Team member. You need to disable your Avira AntiVir Antivirus before running ComboFix, as it will prevent it from running. To disable Avira Antivirus:??Please navigate to the system tray on the bottom right hand corner and look for an open white umbrella on red background (looks to this: )right click it-> untick the option AntiVir Guard enable.You should now see a closed, white umbrella on a red background (looks to this: )You succesfully disabled the AntiVir Guard.Note: If you already have a copy of ComboFix on your system it is essential that you delete it before downloading this copy. Please visit this webpage for instructions for downloading and running ComboFix: To work properly, you must install ComboFix on the Desktop.. Post the log from ComboFix in your next reply,A caution - ComboFix may reset a number of Internet Explorer's settings, including making IE the defaul... Read more

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If I am not mistaken, mshta.exe is involved in my internet explorer being hijacked. It starts up and loads over and over again until it hits an error then stops. The error is object required from file:///C:/WINDOWS/system32/xmmjyccavhyt.hta do you want to running scripts on this page. When i disable mshta.exe then this behavior stops. Here is my log:

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 7:44:31 PM, on 1/24/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\WLKeeper.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Creative Labs Shared\Service\CreativeLicensing.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\RegSrvc.exe
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Answer:Solved: IE hijacked and mshta.exe may be involved

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My office just "upgraded" to XP. We already had XP, but they ordered the new systems and then could not figure out how to run Win7 on them with our in house software.
My old system was the same version of XP, we could change the background, no issues.
Now, they removed the ability to change the background and I have never understood the threat involved.
Does anyone know what the potential security threat is? I have always been curious about this one and could never figure it out.

Answer:What is the threat involved with changing the background?

I've never heard of it as a security threat. Most times I see a background enforced is due to policy. Some employers don't like giving their employees the ability to put scantily clad models or other questionable materials on their desktop. Other reasons included forcing a specific background so employees knew they were using a specific type of system.

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I installed 10 on my 2 in 1 today and when updating I only saw one cumulative update along with my other various bits, specifically KB3081438. Does the cumulative update include the bits involved in the earlier updates, meaning whenever you install you only get the latest version? Or am i missing some updates? Help me put my mind at ease please.

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after picking up my new computer yesterday, it seemed perfectly ok i had loaded my adobe reader, office xp, printer, the kids sims games etc. before i went to bed, after browsing the postings and reading a post about using your puter in its spare time to help SETI (search for inteligent life)analyse data collected from radio telescopes, i downloaded it and went to bed, and left it running when i got up at about 8am it was still working fine, when i returned anhour later it had crashed, so i reset puter and started it again, after about 1/2 hour it did it again so deciding it was probably [email protected] causing the crash i uninstaled it. this seemed to make a bit of difference but it then kept freezing, so i went to microsoft updates to download the service pack4 (downloaded sp1 this morning) but it kept stopping after a few mins tried several times, eventualy after pressing the install button nothing happens, then puter started turning itself off, so i thought ill reinstall windows but now it wont even start up it goes to the first screen then stops, if you press delete to enter set up it says, opening setup but nothing happens please help. win2000 with office xp

Answer:computers dead are aliens involved? help

Have you tried a restore?

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Please forgive me if this is a daft question, but - looks like broadband is moving nearer to my home. I've looked at the BT web site and you can get the basic package for 19.99 a month (I'm not into downloading videos or music so think that this will suit). However as with dial up will I have to have a separate ISP (am currently with Lineone) and be charged by them as well, or do I go with BT and will the ISP cost be included in the 19.99 a month.Looking forward to your advice.

Answer:Costs involved obtaining broadband

You would need to cancel Lineone and sign-up to BT. This will mean that your e-mail address will change but you should still have access to your old e-mails.Go for it - a different world!

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Hello! My name is Chris and I need help. I recently discovered a ton of viruses on my computer and, upon becoming fed-up with them, I decided to do a 100% system erase. However, I decided to restore my computer to factory settings instead. This didn't, however, erase most of the viruses. This is where I need help. A while back, I needed to install a new hard drive into my computer and I got a few discs to go with it. This completely got rid of the viruses I originally had and basically made my computer 100% brand new. I can't figure out how to get the discs to work again. These are the discs I have:

System Recovery DVD
Windows 7 Recovery Media for Windows 7 Products
Service Pack 1

^ I have all 3 of the discs needed with that same title.

Application and Driver Recovery DVD

^ I have the only required disc for this.

Now there's really no need to tell me to backup my information, because I really don't have information to backup. I restored my computer to factory settings and the viruses are still there. I'd just like to know how to get started in completely erasing my computer and reinstalling everything just the way I did when I put in a new hard drive. Please help me ASAP because I'm a full-time college student and this is the only computer I have. Thank you for taking the time to read this! c:

Answer:Need Help Wiping Computer (Discs Involved)

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I use multiple programs when working on my computer (I work on my home pc). I happen to have an extra monitor and am considering going dual screen in an attempt to make that work easier. What is involved in hooking this up and making it work correctly? There is only one monitor port on the back so I assume there must be an adapter or spliter of some type involved.

I have windows XP home edition and from what I think I am reading it supports dualview and I think I understand how to set that part of it up, I'm just not getting the actual hard wiring I guess.

At some point I will be adding a second PC with a KVM? switch if that makes a difference. Work will be providing my pc so I wont have to use my personal one anymore for work purposes but I don't want two keyboards etc. I do understand that part.

Does anyone work like this. Like? Dislike?



Answer:What is involved hooking up dual monitor?

I love using dual monitors, makes working on webpages and whatnot so much more easier. Anyway, all you need is two monitors and a video card that supports dual monitor feature, which pretty much every video card on the market has this features now-a-days. Depending on whether or not you're a gamer or work with 3D will dictate what card we'd recommend. The KMV switch can be added easily to a dual monitor setup, as that doesn't really have much effect but I don't think you'll have access to both monitors with both computers unless the KMV supports that which I haven't seen any that do.

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? Windows 7
? x64
? Has always been Windows 7
? Installed it myself, hard drives were blank
? I'd say roughly 3 years, though most of the hardware has been replaced since then
? Not sure how long it's been, possibly a year since my last reformat

? Intel Xeon E3 1230 V2
? GeForce GTX 670
? MSI Z77A-G43
? CoolMax CU-700B

Desktop Computer

To begin with, I'm only attaching the Sysnative BSOD zip because the computer actually crashed while the PERFMON program was running. I checked BlueScreenViewer and it looks like it was the same driver that made it crash, dxgkrnl.sys. This seems to only happen when I'm playing games, and hardly ever when I'm just using my computer for other things. I'll attempt to get the other zip, but for now this is what I have.

Any suggestions? I'll more than likely reformat in case it's a driver issue, (I have yet to do the DriverVerifier) but I first wanted to check in with you guys. Any suggestions here?

I'll try to run PERFMON after I check out the DriverVerifier, and if I can get it to work I'll post that zip. Otherwise, not sure how I could get it to you guys.

I'm currently in super slam time at work, so I'll be checking this periodically and provide any information I can. I'd appreciate all the help, I just wanna be able to come home and unwind with some games.

Answer:Windows 7 Crashes, dxgkrnl.sys seems involved

Here's the PERFMON zip, couldn't edit the original post

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Is there any risk that a Barton 2500+ processor will fry if the computer is on for like 5 hours? -> using a processor cooling fan with heatsink

Answer:Heat risk involved in AMD Athlon XP?

None really, as long as the heatsink/fan doesn't fall off while in operation (which can occur if not secure, and not all motherboards' overheating protection features are actually effective), and as long as it doesn't near or exceed the maximum operating temperature (85C).

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I have just purchase a Sony Vaio lap top Windows XP pro. All was going well and I have AVG and firewall installed.

Today the lap top failed to start and gave the following message:

Isass.exe unable to locate component- the application has failed to start becuase SAM.dll was not found. re-installing the application may solve this problem.

I cannot get into the lap top programmes at all - this is the only sign that is shown

I would be really grateful for some advice

many thanks

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Abraham John-32 involved, ?I am a bodybuilder, I am using a Testro T3 for long. It improves my power to the ultimate level. I can spend 2 hours daily with multiple classes. It also influenced my sex-life. I can maintain amazing hardons. It might be of attention for the erection problems as well as for your whole whole human body fitness.?
How to get Testro T3?

Testro T3 can be requested on the world wide web at the official web website. It is available with high quality program. The analyze is available for 14 periods. You have to pay the distribution costs of $3.86 only. You can return the complement in14 periods if you do not find out it effective for you. Else you have to pay the $89.84 for the complement after 14 periods.

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Sony Batteries Involved in Another Recall

Sony and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced another voluntary recall of 100k notebook batteries made by Sony. Say what you want, but I think if your batteries keep getting recalled, maybe you should quit making them altogether before someone gets killed.

Affected models include: HP Pavilion dv1000, dv8000, and zd8000, Compaq Presario v2000 and v2400, and HP Compaq nc6110, nc6120, nc6140, nc6220, nc6230, nx4800, nx4820, nx6110, nx6120, nx9600; Toshiba Satellite A70/A75, P30/P5, M30X/M35X, and M50/M55; and Dell Latitude 110L, Inspiron 1100, 1150, 5100, 5150, and 5160.

Answer:Sony Batteries Involved in Another Recall

HOLY COW! I have a zd8000!

Does this mean i get a new [email protected]?!?!

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My laptop running xp is infected with vundo and maybe other things. I'm not sure. I've gotten some bad processes like prunnet.exe and had things trying to install on their own. I have norton internet security but it seems to have an issue with scanning sometimes. That may be unrelated. The symptoms seem to be gone after doing the steps you listed but Malwarebytes didn't restart when it asked me to. I had to manually restart which I'm not sure is the right way to do it. Here are the logs requested:SUPERAntiSpyware Scan Loghttp://www.superantispyware.comGenerated 12/21/2008 at 04:11 PMApplication Version : 4.23.1006Core Rules Database Version : 3661Trace Rules Database Version: 1641Scan type       : Complete ScanTotal Scan Time : 00:38:25Memory items scanned      : 453Memory threats detected   : 2Registry items scanned    : 4660Registry threats detected : 9File items scanned        : 59134File threats detected     : 2Trojan.Vundo-Variant/Packed-GEN   C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\KHFDVSJB.DLL   C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\KHFDVSJB.DLL   C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\LJJBTUVM.DLL   C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\LJJBTUVM.DLL   Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\Notify\khfDvSJBUnclassified.Unknown Origin   HKLM\Software\Classes\CLSID\{6D794CB4-C7CD-4c6f-BFDC-9B77AFBDC02C}   HKCR\CLSID\{6D... Read more

Answer:Malware problem vundo involved

Download ComboFix by sUBs from one of the below links.  Be sure to save it to the Desktop. any open web browsers (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc) before starting ComboFix.Temporarily disable your anti-virus, and any anti-spyware real-time protection before performing a scan. Click this link to see a list of security programs that should be disabled and how to disable them.Double-click combofix.exe and follow the prompts.When finished, ComboFix will produce a log for you.Post the ComboFix log and a new HijackThis log in your next reply.NOTE: Do not mouseclick ComboFix's window while it is running. That may cause it to stall.Remember to re-enable your anti-virus and anti-spyware protection when ComboFix is complete.

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Yesterday I left my computer open in Firefox and left the room for a minute. When I came back I was getting repeated system beeps and when I looked it seemed as if my mouse was moving on its own. I have used Skype one time since installing it a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was odd that Skype was among my most used programs yet I rarely use it.Anyways, when I got back my mouse kept on moving by itself so I disabled my wireless connection. The erratic mouse movements stopped. I then turned the wireless network back on, and the erratic movements started up again. So I turned off my internet, checked what processes were running, and saw that Skype was running as well as using a good portion of my memory. Another weird thing I think I should add is that the mouse seemed to go to the desktop and open a sort of hidden file. All of the mouse movements were way to fast for me to even keep up, but if I was hijacked the controller seemed to definitely have a purpose.I have since then uninstalled Skype and everything related, as well as disabling my webcam, but I am not sure if I was attacked and if I was if I have removed the threat.Here is my HJT log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 8:03:15 PM, on 3/1/2010Platform: Unknown Windows (WinNT 6.01.3504)MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\Program Files (x86)\Norton Internet Security\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files (x86) ... Read more

Answer:Believe my computer was Hijacked (Skype Involved)

Hi,Welcome to Bleeping Computer. My name is m0le and I will be helping you with your log.Please subscribe to this topic, if you haven't already. You can subscribe by clicking the Options box to the right of your topic title and selecting Track This Topic.Please avoid installing/uninstalling or updating any programs and attempting any unsupervised fixes or scans. This can make helping you impossible.Please reply to this post so I know you are there.The forum is busy and we need to have replies as soon as possible. If I haven't had a reply after 3 days I will bump the topic and if you do not reply by the following day after that then I will close the topic.Once I receive a reply then I will return with your first instructions.Thanks

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When I log on, a pop up comes up that says "Windows cannot find 'C:\Windows\system32\pmnlj.exe' make sure it is typed correctly. To search for programs click start and press the search button." Then I click ok and another pop up comes up that says "Could not load or run 'C:\Windows\system32\pmnlj.exe' specified in registry. Make sure file exists on your computer or remove the reference to it in the registry. Now i have looked at some information regarding pmnlj.exe and all i've found is that it's a virus that causes lots of popups but I dont have any issues with pop ups and never have. These pop ups came up say 3 months back but I never noticed an issue with my computer so i never addressed the issue. My computer runs fine and everything I'm just annoyed with these popups at the beginning when i turn my computer on. I ran prevx 3.0 and found nothing wrong or corrupted. Didnt have any bad files in my last mcafee scan. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Loading issue with Pmnlj.exe involved

Its not unusual to receive such an error after using specialized fix tools.A "Cannot find...", "Could not run...", "Error loading... or "specific module could not be found" message is usually related to malware that was set to run at startup but has been deleted. Windows is trying to load this file but cannot locate it since the file was mostly likely removed during an anti-virus or anti-malware scan. However, an associated orphaned registry entry remains and is telling Windows to load the file when you boot up. Since the file no longer exists, Windows will display an error message. You need to remove this registry entry so Windows stops searching for the file when it loads. To resolve this, download Autoruns, search for the related entry and then delete it.Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there. (click here if you're not sure how to do this.)Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.Right-click on the entry and choose delete.Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.

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Hello, I have referred to a few other threads here in an attempt to rid my computer of this problem, however the virus has been very tenacious, resisting several different malware removal programs.Symptoms:System popups notifying me that my computer is infected; upon clicking them, IE windows appears trying to sell me software to correct it.Google/Yahoo searches are hijacked and results send me to sites other than what I searched for.Program listed in the title (mrofinu72.exe) continually appears and will not go away even when ended; I suspect it is either the main culprit or one of the major playersTask Manager is deactivatedDesktop image gets reset to one saying my system in infected with a link to software sales page as beforeI have run SmitFraudFix, but this has only been partially successful in fixing the problem; given a few minutes or a reboot the popups and all other symptoms reappear. Other programs that have not been successful at removing it (at least by using system scans) are: Spybot, Malwarebytes, AVG Anti-Spyware, CC Cleaner.Below are log files from DSS. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68Run by Daniel Chmielewski on 2008-04-06 20:06:17Computer is in Normal Mode.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------Failed to create restore point; System Restore is disabled (service is not running).-- Las... Read more

Answer:Malware Infection Mrofinu72 Involved, Please Help

Hi,* Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here or HereDouble Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply along with a fresh HijackThis log.Extra Note:If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediatly.

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So I've been gaming for years on standard and pathetic PC's. Then I started custom building for the best gaming quality, but after one of my last PC's dieing of unfortunate cause, I stick myself with a semi-good gaming PC when it was made. But that's not the point. I was recently looking at Falcon Gaming PCs, and if you don't know them, they are known for having Gaming Rigs that God could not even think of manufacturing. However not only are the PC's godlike, but the prices match up exactly to their high-end quality. So I want to know from a few suggestions, whats the best PC <$9000 USD (less than $9000 USD). Just a little note I need the PC to also come with a Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, and 500GB of memory both internal and external. I've done the work myself but I don't trust my feelings well enough to make a decision.

Answer:Looking for an Extreme Gaming PC (Catch Involved)

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Hope I can get help with this. Can someone say if logs are clean of any malware or unnecessary software?
IE also sometimes does not respond then IE restarts.
boot takes more then 5 minutes, system although has a lot of memory and harddisk is very large.
boot is in selective startup, I tried to do a normal startup but some services don't get enabled (like google update serice, google udpate software,  cyberlink, intel content protection capability licencing., wireless pan dhcp server (??) .... nvidia update server deamon,  sony pc companion , turbo boost technology monitor 2.6 . How can I solve this that these services are not anymore vissible in ms config?
Scanresultaten van Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x64) Versie:23-08-2015
Gestart door Lieve (Beheerder) op BRILLIANT (23-08-2015 23:20:30)
Gestart vanaf C:\Users\Lieve\Desktop
Geladen Profielen: Lieve (Beschikbare Profielen: UpdatusUser & Lieve & Administrator)
Platform: Windows 8.1 (X64) Taal: Nederlands (Nederland)
Internet Explorer Versie 11 (Standaardbrowser: IE)
Boot Modus: Normal
Handleiding voor Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processen (gefilterd) =================
(Als een item is opgenomen in de fixlist, het proces zal worden gesloten. Het bestand zal niet worden verplaatst.)
(NVIDIA Corporation... Read more

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Hey all,

I've been searching around for answers to this one but can't seem to find what would create these symptoms:

I tried to download a photo from a stock photo site through their download link, which I've done hundreds of times.

It downloaded almost all the way then Firefox hung. After ending task and retrying a few times, it kept doing it. So I cleared my temp files, etc and refreshed Firefox. Same issue. Firefox itself works just fine, but it will hang if I download. It actually DOES download the file, but it hangs before it says its finished.

So on restarting the computer my Skype shows up as basically a white screen. It does log into it (I can see that I have one message) but that's it. I just get the plain white screen. Skype will then hang if I try to close it, forcing an end task.

Opening up ITunes is the same: If I go to the store I get an empty white screen. The program itself seems to work fine in that I can see my locally stored music, play it, etc, but the store is a blank screen.

No error messages or anything.

Some sort if IE browser issue? I don't know enough about it to really get in and dig.

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Downloading Hangs Firefox, Other Programs involved


I tried the in place repair as listed in this thread:

Cortana and Search buttons not working

It has worked!

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I have been experiencing several BSODs. Usually while playing a game but it has been doing so more often lately. I've had AMD and Intel drivers before but I have removed the AMD drivers completely. Was told possibly bad graphics card, which has been replaced. I'm still receiving the BSODs and now with the new card my games are randomly going blank.

Answer:BSOD randomly but frequent. Usually a game involved but not always.

Hello BlazedPenguin, I will see if I can help.

First, if you have any of the Gigabyte Utilities installed, please uninstall all of them. They are known causes of BSODs.

I looked at the last 5 dumps you have had. They all are the same.

Use !analyze -v to get detailed debugging information.
BugCheck 3B, {c000001d, fffff80003283032, fffff880098be0b0, 0}
Probably caused by : memory_corruption
Followup: memory_corruption
Also, please explain what you mean by AMD and Intel drivers at the same time.

Please Run Memtest86+

Please download from this site only in the middle of the page are the Download links, you can download the or the Auto USB Flash Drive

Extract the Zip file. If you chose the ISO image, burn it to a CD using Windows Disk Image Burner or any Image burner you may have. If you downloaded the Auto USB installer, extract it, insert your USB 2.0 Flash Drive and take note of the drive letter. Run the installer, select the Flash Drive Letter, check the format box and press next. It will install memtest86+ to a flash drive. You can use either V4.20 or V5.01. Boot from your selected media. If you use V5.01 it will tell you to press certain buttons at the start, please press no buttons. The test will begin on it's own and continue to run until you stop it. It needs to run for 8 complete passes all at the same time, or until you receive an error. If you receive an error, ... Read more

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How does windows starts up and the various configurations involved in the process?
I'm referring to windows xp professional.

Answer:How windows startsup and the various configurations involved in the process

Not sure what you are attempting to get at.Booting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Windows NT Boot & Startup Process - Wikipedia - Louis

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I'm wondering if anyone knows how to successfully transfer a win 10 license to a newly built custom pc?

Let me explain my situation:

I have an old desktop that I built and upgraded some parts over the years that initially had win XP on it. I don't remember if it was OEM or retail, may have been OEM. (When I checked recently using some method or software, it said I had a retail copy of win 8.1 pro or win 10 pro). Then I think around 2013, I bought Win 8 pro upgrade for a big discount provided by Microsoft themselves. Ended up updating to 8.1 pro later on. Then recently I finally upgraded my old pc to win 10 pro 64-bit from 8.1 32-bit. Everything went well as far as upgrading on my old pc.

Now recently I built a new pc and have been wanting to transfer the windows license from my old pc to my new one. I tried deactivating my license on my old pc and then entering the license on my new pc for activation, but it said the license was currently being used on another pc or something like that.

I then tried calling MS tech support and they tried some things with me, but didn't a work, got the same issue so they escalated the issue to another Dept. They called me back and I didn't have time for them to help me with them connecting remotely to my pc and I didn't want them to anyway. The tech support rep did tell me to try installing win 8 on my new pc and then upgrading to win 10. I tried installing win 8 pro and after installing the activation didn't want work. It said the... Read more

Answer:How do I transfer win 10 license to new computer? Upgrades involved

Assuming your 8.1 pro is retail status as you think, you would need to reinstall 8.1 pro on new pc and use telephone activation to transfer it.

Problem here is you have a pro upgrade key not a full install key, and afaik, you cannot reinstall 8.1 pro on new pc and use 8.1 pro key to activate it, or use telephone activation (worth a try though). So I cannot see way of transferring 8.1 key.

However, you have a digital licence on old pc as you have upgraded to 10 pro, and if you update to Redstone in August 2nd, yiuy may be able to sort your problem.

This has the ability to transfer digital licence to a new mobo but it is not 100% confirmed it will work for a total new pc (I have tested it works between vms but not between two pcs), but it does look like it will work.

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I'm struggeling with an annoying BSOD in conjunction with an USB3 extension card.
My PC is a little bit older ASUS P6T SE, with no USB3 build on board.
Hence I installed a USB3 extension card with Fresco chipset and almost instantly after installing the the drivers I got a BSOD.
Those BSODs kept coming mostly after standby, but sometime while working the system crashed without showing an BSOD.

So I thougt this would be a bad driver and updated it.
Same result, would say even worse.

Googeling Fresco and BSOD, I got loads of results and therefore I dumped the card and bought a VIA USB3 extension card.

What should I say, same results.

I can definitly isolate the problem to USB3 as the system runs perfectly without it.

After googleing for weeks now and trying everything I could think of, I'm asking for support.
I attached the dump and system information and would appreciate any help.


PS: Sometime I read, that problems occured, when having an SSD installed. I got a Samsung SSD 840

Answer:BSOD USB3 extension Card (maybe SSD involved)

BugCheck 9F, {3, fffffa800d8e21c0, fffff800048fd518, fffffa800d4976f0}

Unable to load image AiCharger.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for AiCharger.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for AiCharger.sys
Probably caused by : AiCharger.sys

Followup: MachineOwner

0: kd> lmvm AiCharger
start end module name
fffff880`01118000 fffff880`01119e80 AiCharger T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: AiCharger.sys
Image path: AiCharger.sys
Image name: AiCharger.sys
Timestamp: Wed May 05 09:37:36 2010 (4BE12E50)
CheckSum: 00004C40
ImageSize: 00001E80
Translations: 0000.04b0 0000.04e4 0409.04b0 0409.04e4
See if you can find a driver update, or disable in bios see if you get anymore BSOD: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. -Support- Drivers and Download

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hello there, i have a semi old ASUS server (never got much use but did work great when it was used) that has a PCI RAID controller (Promise Fasttrak TX2000) and two swap bays for the two swap drives (Promise Super Swap 1000 using two identical Maxtor HD's). To make a long story short..sorta.... I cant get the Motherboard BIOS to see the drives and boot from them after i install my OS (windows 2000 and tried XP). And right after the MB BIOS doesnt see them, the RAID controller kicks in, scans for IDE drives and sees them and shows the disk array just fine....including the size of the two drives combined. (The disk array is setup for striping with the RAID controller, and it shows that the array is funtional, and i have tried with deleting the array and creating new one etc.) The only way i can boot the computer is if i have the OS installation disk in the CDROM. And once i get into windows, everything is fine in the device manager...the RAID controller is seen and functional, the drive is listed like it should be....i dont get it. I have zerod out the drives, formatted, part, installed the proper RAID driver in the beginning of the OS install (F6) many times now....i dun know

So, i am led to believe that its my MB BIOS. Since my raid controller and drives are working must be my MB BIOS, Right?...Im preety sure i got the latest MB BIOS and RAID controller BIOS too. This is all rather new to me dealing with RAID and BIOS stuff..... Another thing it might po... Read more

Answer:Drives not seen by BIOS / RAID controller involved

NOTE: I checked, both the Motherboard BIOS and the RAID controller BIOS is up to date. I still am no where. gonna try funking around with the MB BIOS some more...i dont get it...if if worked before...why wont it work now....

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this can be for your job or just a personal project

Answer:What was the biggest/most involved prgm/software u ever worked on?

Hmm... thats a good question. Probably either:

1. When I was like 11 I wanted a computer so bad I made several of those books where you read the options and then it tells you what page to go to depending on what option you choose. So basically that was my "program" although it was with paper lmao (remember I was in like 4th grade at the time). Well when I got MY (not my families) first computer the following year, i decided I would learn how to make real computer programs. I went to a community computer class with like my dad and about 10 other like 50 year old guys lol (seems I was the only one at my age or anywhere near that age to want to build computers). Well in the process of learning how to build computers the instructor showed us some basic msdos commands. He also handed out a disk which had this basic batch file on it that would show a menu to select which joke you wanted to see and you would enter a number and it would bring you to that joke. I thought this was amazing so i immediately got home, took out the disk and looked at how this person had made this batch file lol. Well after about a week of looking at this batch stuff I decided I wanted to put my old paper program stuff onto a real computer and make it come alive. Well this wasn't easy because the books were about 50 pages each. So converting those took me about 5 or 6 months, can't really remember.

2. The other thing that took me a while to make was my first website which a real ... Read more

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I know bios level issue sounds a bit over the top, but I have cleaned a drive and reinstalled win8.1 at least 5+ times with persistence of infection. attaching fsrt logs.
Your help is greatly appreciated; I'll provide whichever reports the machine currently lets me run.

Answer:Malware - not sure, wmi involved, quite possibly bios infection

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Thank you in advance for your help. If one (and only one, you know if you aren't) highly experienced agent can help me clear all issues by Friday midnight, I'll PayPal $10 to the account of your choice.
I've run Malwarebytes Custom (full), AdwCleaner, and JRT. I know there are serious issues remaining as ESET Online Scanner found 32 PUPs (possibly others) before the system spontaneously rebooted. (Argghh!)
Here is the result of FRST64.
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST.txt) (x64) Version: 25-02-2015
Ran by J. Michael Brown (administrator) on JMICHAELBROWN on 25-02-2015 08:28:45
Running from C:\Users\J. Michael Brown\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: J. Michael Brown & LogMeInRemoteUser (Available profiles: J. Michael Brown & LogMeInRemoteUser)
Platform: Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 (X64) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 11 (Default browser: Chrome)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(Microsoft Corporation) C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\MsMpEng.exe
(Apple Inc.) C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
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My B540 is now displaying the error message 1962... It is out of the one year warranty ! I have read many articles about this issue and it appears to be the link between the hard drive and motherboard. My question is, does anyone know the cost to repair this error ? Thanks in advance all...

Answer:1962 error message and the cost involved ?

hi Williamrobinson,
Welcome to Lenovo Community FOrums!
First Make sure that the HDD / Hardrive is still detected by your Computer.
        Open BIOS by Pressing F1  when you power on the Computer. highlight System Summary and press Enter
   check the Value of the Sata Ports on the list it should Say Hard disk on one Sata port and some numbers

If Yes (Hard Disk Detected)
  First Try a manual Boot
Exit the BIOS and shut the system Down, Turn it back on and start hitting F12
    this should give you a list of boot Device Which includes your HDD Hit Enter on that and Check if it will boot.
If it still Failed.
You might try a system Recovery.
    On System OFF Turn the system back on and start hitting F2
       It should give you option to boot to Recovery (One Key Recovery) expect dataloss. 
It should Reformat the system to a factory state and should work as normal after that.
If you can Boot to the system Recovery.   Either Have the Harddrive Checked via Local Tech for issue or Get a new  Harddisk
You can also check the Steps Mentioned here
Solid Cruver

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I experienced very strange problem which I can't explain.
We have big LAN with mask /16.
There are over 1000 devices in LAN, but I describe it on example of 3 devices in that LAN with addresses: - exchange NLB- virtual addres pointing to 2 CA servers - draytek router
test workstation - any workstation from LAN. (fe.

Now tracing path from to NLB ( i got additional hop through draytek router.
router seem to be properly configured (WAN interface addressed, LAN addressed 192.168.x.x)
all above in one LAN with mask
and all packets from workstations to exchange NLB goes through

If i trun off draytek router all workstations go stright to NLB without additional hop.
If i power on draytek it comes as additional hop.

Please help! I dont have ideas how does it work

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Just curious - I have a separate box, no personal information on it but I was hoping to open it up to the interwebs to stream audio, make pictures available if I'm traveling, and stupid stuff like that.

Of course, these will be password protected but what risk am I running to the rest of the computers on my network by doing this?

The only relevant thread I could find is this:

and that's pretty old

Answer:Risks involved with running a webserver at home

Well there are always risks. But if you put yourself a good firewall in place like Astaro or Untangle I wouldn't worry tooooooo much. I'd just upload my images to an online image host and carry my music on an iPod though and save myself the trouble. Unless you require more then that.

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Pop ups seemed to start from playing games on facebook, shortly after every time I logged in pop ups for online websites happened. Mirc has also been popping up. It wasn't on the list of things that I should remove but I am happy to remove it as long as its not needed obviously, problem being I have no idea what it is.

Have taken all 5 steps and they all seemed to work.
The computer doesn't shut itself down (although it does sometimes close programs down for no apparent reason) but it just runs incredibly slowly. It can take 20 mins plus to get onto the internet for example.

At step 1 & 2 I removed 'viewpoint media player' and I also removed 4Od as I think it was linked to kontiki.

Thanks in advance for your help,


Deckard's System Scanner v20071014.68
Run by Joyce on 2008-01-20 10:07:04
Computer is in Normal Mode.

-- System Restore --------------------------------------------------------------

Successfully created a Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point.

-- Last 5 Restore Point(s) --
70: 2008-01-20 10:07:32 UTC - RP618 - Deckard's System Scanner Restore Point
69: 2008-01-19 22:16:31 UTC - RP617 - Removed 4oD.
68: 2008-01-19 11:57:01 UTC - RP616 - Removed Google Earth.
67: 2008-01-19 11:38:50 UTC - RP615 - Move file to quarantine: urqnomn.dll
66: 2008-01-19 11:25:14 UTC - RP614 - Configured iPod Updater 2004-08-06

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Answer:Constant pop ups. very slow computer. Mirc involved?

sorry it is mIRC not Mirc

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1. can malware like this:
survive repaving the harddisk with a new installation of the OS?
2. also what other malware are capable of such survival? example, by getting itself stored in the MBR, BIOS, modem-router firmware, and similar extraordinary possibilities.
3. how can one eradicate such malware completely? if yes, what are the steps to follow in chronological order, so as to delete EVERYTHING FULLY and reinstall the BIOS, OS, MBR, modem-router firmware, etc., and everything, IN DETAIL, so that there is no loophole by which any malware can survive the process (like a new pc); (in easy words please. coz i am no computer expert).

Answer:steps involved in repaving? can malware survive it?

This thread  (at this forum) may provide some information that you are asking about here.
I posted in post #7 in the thread.
I read that link you provided several months ago, interesting article.
From what I've read here and elsewhere, most malicious intrusions won't survive a format and OS reinstall.
However, I'd recommend going further than a format and reinstall since there are some types of malware that will survive a high-level ("quick") format of the HDD.
I read elsewhere in this forum where one member had been affected by a "Cryptolocker" variant.  He formatted and reinstalled Windows (7, if I recall), and reloaded all of his programs/apps, customized his Windows environments, etc.  When he tried to use his PC the next morning, the Cryptolocker ransom screen had reappeared on his PC.
He then deleted the partitions on the affected HDD, then reinstalled the OS.  From reading that member's posts, that appeared to remove the malicious content.
One can boot from one of the various HDD/partition tools on bootable media, such as "Gparted", "Partition Wizard", etc.  Then you can delete the partitions on the HDD before reinstalling the OS.
I like to use the "Diskpart" utility that's accescable either from the CMD prompt within Windows, or from a Windows System Repair Disc which has several menu options, one of which is accessing the CMD prompt.
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I am having an issue at my place of work with a laptop.
Background information:
We have an MPLS network between each office so we are on the same network. Each office has a Server 2003 Domain Controller that runs a DHCP server providing that office with IP addresses. So one office has a 10.10.10.x IP and another office may have a 10.10.20.x IP. We have static persistent routes setup on the domain controllers in each office to force anything going to the other 10.10.xx.xx office to go out the MPLS router address of 10.10.xx.1. Every office has a variety of Linksys WRT54G model routers all setup the same for SSID, wireless security and such and are just used as access points instead of routers.

My problem is that I sent a laptop from the 10.10.10.x network over to the 10.10.40.x network and am unable to ping said laptop. (Cannot ping from that offices Domain Controller or my machine) I cannot ping the netbios name or the IP address. I looked in the Windows DHCP server Address Leases and that laptop has a record and an IP. The logged in user is only a Domain User so they cannot run ipconfig /release or /renew or repair their wifi connection. The user is however able to connect to our terminal server in another office(the one I am trying to ping from) just fine.

I have done the following to try resolving this issue:
1. Reboot the machine
2. Disable/Re-Enable the wifi on this Dell laptop using FN+F2
3. Run ipconfig /flushdns then reboot

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A houseguest infected my computer with media pipe. (I know this because there is a mediapipe icon on the desktop.)

This morning I tried to start the computer, and it booted like normal. However, when it starts loading the startup programs, it hangs up, such that you cannot select any icons on the desktop, or run new programs, and if you put the cursor on the taskbar, it changes to the "busy" symbol (hourglass).

I was able to run taskmanager before the freeze (i.e., as soon as windows loads, but before the startup programs load), but closing out the non-essential running processes did not free up the computer.

The same problem occurs in safe mode, also.

I cannot run hijackthis because of the freezing, but I was able to make a list of running processes that are not part of normal operation:


Any helpful hints on how to get past the freeze-up so I can get rid of this thing would be appreciated!

Thank you.

Answer:Computer 'freezes' after booting, mediapipe involved

Get a Boot that can read ntfs

Delete these folders

C:\Program Files\MediaPipe
C:\Program Files\p2pnetworks
C:\Program Files\altpayV2

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Skype video combined with the way IE handles media can open a pc wide to attacks. No fix is yet available and security experts advise not to use Skype from public wifi and not to use the embed video to chat feature.

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Hi all,
This I am hoping is going to get picked up on by Lenovo staff who I hope will step in and assist.. but it also serves as a warning to anyone considering dealing with Lenovo UK sales/customer care.
When I ordered my W530 I was disappointed to find I could add no warranty upgrade as shown as available on other Thinkpads, however I (foolishly) proceeded with the order as I figured I would be able to just call & purchase the additional warranty I wanted.
Anyway a day maybe two after ordering I noticed suddenly the warranty options had been added to the configurator, so I mailed customer services to try & arrange having this added to my order specifically detailing the package I wanted & its cost.
I was informed after several days by customer service employee Emmet, that to just wait until the machine had arrived & then to call to arrange the warranty upgrade.
After the machine finally arrived (I had some issues with UPS) I called to arrange the upgrade to be informed I cannot add the upgrade after ordering & only at the time of ordering.. I was however offered other packages that did not offer what I wanted and also were at much increased cost.
Currently as it stands they are suggesting there is nothing they can do & I should just return the machine, & re-order with the warranty I desire... this seems absolutely crazy to me.
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Answer:W530 - UK Warranty Upgrade Issues > Lenovo please get involved

Sorry to read about your situation, but which warranty upgrade are you trying to purchase as you didn't mention it? 
Also it would be helpfull if you could post the systems Type Number, please DO NOT post the s/n.

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When it is plugged in and i press on button i get 3 beeps. Inspiron 15. Less than a year old.
Thank yoh

Answer:Help! On vacation laptop won't turn on water may be involved. Getting 3 beeps

Three beeps is a mainboard failure.  Unfortunately, if there's evidence of water damage, it'll be deemed accidental damage and the warranty won't cover the repair.
You'll need to contact Dell support - but if it's a sub-$700 system to begin with and it's considered accidental damage, the repair needed won't be cost-effective -- it'd be better to replace the system than repair it.

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FREEZING if left for 5+ min with no input (but any cursor movement or Sleep Mode prevents freeze)

Latest: ALL corrupted/missing files corrected by scannow + dism/restorehealth (re-check with scannow)

close dump file, etc. examination in BSOD so far provided no working solution
Verifier mainly shows that Huawei Mobile Partner (my only available Internet connection) instantly causes Blue Screen under stress. Cannot update 2012 firmware as there IS no update available

Reliability Monitor shows InstallAgentUserBroker failed so far 363 + 34 = 397 times now in last 2 days!

It would be VERY nice to find a workaround for this issue .....

Answer:v1703 crashes if left idle: InstallAgentUserBroker involved

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