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Forte Lambardi

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  1. Here's what I use: Avast! Anti-Virus - Main Defense against Viruses. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Secondary Protection. Run this about every 2 weeks or so. Superantispyware - Main Anti-spyware solution I use. It's very dependable and finds things that Malwarebytes might miss (along with Avast). Spybot Search and Destroy - Secondary. I usually just update the database for protection against spyware. I scan it too ab out the same time as SAS Comodo Firewall - Just the firewall, I don't use the other features. Works fine. Have not had virus issues since I was about 18 or so. Bi-weekly maintenance takes care of that (I am overdue for that now as we speak lol).
  2. Easiest thing would be to reload the system as Hazel has already suggested. If you don't have the Recovery Disks/Recovery Partition on the system, you can do it the long way: Delete the user account and create a new one. Use CCleaner to remove unnecessary files and Programs. 1. Create a new account first, log into that new account and delete the old account. You can find information on how to manage accounts on this Microsoft Support Page. 2. Once you do that, run CCleaner from the new account (or get it installed if you don't see it). You can remove programs using the Tools options and "Uninstall" Button. The list of programs to your right. Uninstall the ones you know about. If you don't know what it is, leave it alone. But this is really roundabout (and flawed in that you need to know what programs to uninstall). Only do this if you have no choice.
  3. It's quite possible that McAfee might be the cause of your increasingly longer scans. I have seen odd problems caused by McAfee (such as slow perfomrance due to expired our out of date anti-virus program itself). Also, after scanning dozens of computers with Super Anti-Spyware I found the following affects it's speed too: 1. If real-time protection is running in the background while you're doing a scan with SuperAntispyware). 2. How much stuff you have on your machine. More stuff = slower times. 3. The state of the hard drive. I've seen things like Norton 360 and co. with it's "Idle Time Scans" kick in while it's going making the scan take longer than it needs to be. I do know that McAfee can start scanning (but it generally tells you that before it does). My suggestion, probably the easiest thing to do is do a scan in Safe Mode (to get here press F8 key before the Windows Logo comes up). At least this way you can verify if there is a process/processes running on the computer in normal boot that might be causing the problem. I do know that McAfee does run in Safe mode, but not sure to what extent it runs.
  4. The same thing happened to me: I was a kid and I had not had my eyes checked in like 8 to 10 years.
  5. The only problem I see if that Firefox acts odd when downloading certain kinds of files. Like I tried to download an EXE file and it downloaded, but the download did not...download right.
  6. Nice one. Does this update actually include any new updates, or does this just include new patches and updates from previous updates?
  7. Not quite what I was looking for, but it's one of the good alternatives for Windows Volume Control.
  8. I heard with Windows Vista you have a volume control that control volumes of different things. If you are playing a game you can turn the volume down for that game only using Vista's volume control settings (without lowering the master volume). So, I was wondering does anyone know about a program that does the same thing for Window XP? Thanks for a response.
  9. I run a 256 MB of RAM PC so you can imagine how badly FF would impact my own system . The odd thing is I never noticed how much of a memory hog it could be until people started saying it was.
  10. "Thought I'd mention, as I think hotdog means, that you can read a CD with one drive, and copy and burn at the same time to your other drive." I see... I probably could do that, but I wouldn't because it's nearly pointless (to me) to do so.
  11. I would guess that turning on your modem's firewall would protect the modem itself. If you aren't sure, maybe you should call up your ISP and ask them about it. From what I understand, if you have two or more firewalls turned on it they can conflict one another and cause problems. Based on this, you should probably either use Windows Firewall or the Modem's firewall (although there's no guarantee the modem's firewall will protect your PC) not both at the same time.
  12. I don't use both CD drives at the same time. Only one drive can read and burn while the other one just reads. Indeed, a good cd will help. Andavari gave good advance when it came to what kind of CD I should avoid.
  13. Did your keyboard explode? I bet you were trying to make a thermonuclear bomb with it.
  14. Thank you guys for the info. I will stay away from Taiwanese CD-R/CD-RW, Andavari. I will try ashampoo and get back to you, Dennis. EDIT: Ashampoo was flawless. Thank you for suggesting this burn software. Again, everyone, thank you for your help. In response to Hotdoge I am not sure what you're asking. I think Andavari addressed the issue why the computer I was running would lock up: the burning software I was using sucked up more CPU. The CPU may have an impact on what I can burn, but I never had problems burning Data DVD's with this same RAM amount. "...256 MB ram 2 at same time may be over load,all so like info CPU... " Also, telling you I have two drives (at least I think) was irrelevant to the problem; the problem is that I was not able to burn. Also, the guy who put my computer together isn't a novice: he knows what he's doing. Having two disk drives will not overload the CPU so long as I am not trying to run them at the same time, nor is there any evidence to support that having two CD drives will cause an overload.
  15. I tried what you suggest, but it did not solve the burning problem. On the other hand, it solved another problem I've been having. I have CD drives: one that burns and the other that reads only. Your suggestion fixed the problem I was having with the reading CD drive: the drive would lock up my computer every time I tried to read a CD in that tray. I am starting to think that the burn software is at fault. I mean, I've been able to burn with Windows Media Player without a problem, but when I tried burning software (like BurnAware and CD Burner XP) it's like the program sucked up all system resources, and just sat there. I know burning music CD's can take a long time, but it shouldn't just sit there more than 5 minutes to burn a track that is like 2 minutes long.
  16. I've been getting by with 256 for the longest time without many problems. CPU: 1.60 Ghz. Yes, the system specs for my pc are low, but I did not have any problems burning music CD's in the past. I used Windows Media Player to burn my music, last night, and it worked properly.
  17. "...burn speed try 10x may be do a test..." I had it down to 4X and it did the same thing. I hardly do anything else whilst I was doing the burn: I ran on minimum and reduced all tasks that would be running or taking up CPU. I also do Spyware Scans reguarly, and I never have anything (except for the common cookies which I get rid of in a hurry). As for the burn software, I already checked for the newest versions, and I also checked for the newest firmware driver updates for my burner, and I had the latest updates. RAM: 256 - I expect slowness, but not to the point of just stopping. CPU: AMD Duron - I hear this type of CPU is lower than Pentium 4.
  18. Recently I am having difficulty burning Music CD's. I am using Memorex Music CD-R Cd's and I've only gotten one CD to complete and burn completely (with many wasted CD's). I've tried using CD Burner XP and BurnAware, but both seem to do the same thing. It's taking an insanely long amount of time to burn one track rather than burn the whole CD, or th burning process just sits there and does nothing. The odd thing is that I am able to burn Data DVD's without a problem, whatsoever. I've tried trying to update the driver Via Windows XP, but says there's nothing new. Also, The Driver Name is : nec dvd rw nd-3520a I've tried disabling the firewall, and all avast! services that I had running, but it seems to have no effect, either. Has anyone had this same problem, and did you fix this problem? Thanks in advance.
  19. Light-weight Nerd. you guys got better stuff than me.
  20. I remember having Disk-Defrag and it would never defrag my computer (even in safe mode). I had to switch to J.K. Defrag. For the times I had Auslogics working, it was pretty good.
  21. "At first, e-mails were written on rocks and thrown at neighbors. CC-ing a rock e-mail could be dangerous for an entire village." LOL.
  22. If their folks make enough money. My folks weren't particularly rich, but they got me alot of what I wanted. Sooner or later, I thought I could get whatever I wanted from them, and they proved that wrong by saying I am not allowed to get certain stuff. That's why I say a child might think the parent can get them whatever he or she wants because the parent will break down.
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  24. They seem kind of uncomfortable...are they? The design looks really slick. They look really good, and I thought about buying these kinds of headphones, but I got another pair of Sony Headphones instead. I went for it because of the style (since I prefer to wear headphones behind my head), and the sound quality is pretty good.
  25. I agree. I looked at the specs for the lower "level" versions of Vista, and they're outrageous. How do they expect to run that kind of software on low-end PC's? That's like asking you to build a high-powered rifle from a tube, a slingshot, and a rubber handle.
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