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  1. Have a look at this Microsoft KB article. I suspect that this might be your problem. Good luck!
  2. I experienced this problem a couple of weeks ago. I did everything I could think of to repair it, all with no success. In the end, I deleted IE then reinstalled it. That fixed the problem, including a couple of other niggling ones.
  3. Save your download to your preferred download location. When the download has completed, go to your download location and right click the file. Select properties. At the bottom of the resulting window, click unblock, then apply. Now try installing your download. Good Luck!
  4. It sounds like the crash report might have been added to your homepages. Click the little arrow beside the homepage symbol (house) and have a look at what homepages you have. If the crash report is there then remove it.
  5. In this case, it is a good thing that reg files are associated with Notepad. If you accidentally click a .reg file, it will open in Notepad for editing instead of being automatically merged into the registry. To install a .reg file, right click it and select merge from the menu. This behaviour can be a safety measure in case some rogue software tries to install a .reg file. The software won't be able to do so because of the new association and you'll get a visual clue that something is going on when Notepad suddenly pops up with a .reg file open. I don't know anything about WinPatrol but perhaps it did make the change for the reasons I mentioned.
  6. pavid

    Spam mail

    Never ever, ever, ever unsubscribe from suspected spam. This simply confirms to the spammer that your email address is valid. Next thing you know, your spam will get even worse as your email is passed around. Just delete the spam or look for a way to blacklist it in your spam blocker.
  7. pavid

    Full Stop

    If you're looking for a way to temporarily suspend processes while you are doing something, take a look at Sysinternal's Process Explorer. That is just one of the many things it can do when you need to work with processes.
  8. Don't click that link. It gave my security programs a heart attack but they recovered gracefully and kicked the sucker into next week for trying to download uninvited software. That is obviously your problem so you need to visit the mentioned forum to get rid of it. I'm using Norton Internet Security so I did some further investigation at Norton's website. The type of attack was labeled as "HTTP Misleading Application Detection". The risk is rated as high. The description of this attack is "This signature detects web pages displaying download prompts or fake scans to lure the user into downloading misleading applications". The recommended response is: The following instructions pertain to all current and recent Symantec antivirus products, including the Symantec AntiVirus and Norton AntiVirus product lines. 1. Disable System Restore (Windows Me/XP). 2. Update the virus definitions. 3. Run a full system scan. 4. Delete any values added to the registry. 5. Find and stop the service.
  9. pavid

    Registry backup

    Hi Alice, Windows is supposed to create a restore point automatically every 24 hours, but this does not always happen for some people (of which I am one). To make sure it is turned on go to Control Panel-> System -> System Restore tab. This will show if it is turned on and you can turn it off it you want. Do yourself a favour while you are there. By default 12% of your disk is allocated to restore points so gain a chunk of space by moving the slider so that 1% (the lowest you can go) or about 1 to 2 gig of the disk is allocated to restore points. This will give you enough space for 1 or 2 months worth of restore points, which is more than enough. ERUNT can make automatic restore points if you schedule it with the task scheduler. If you don't know how to do this, let me know and I'll post a step by step for you. Yes, the ERUNT installer does an automatic install. I don't remember if it make a desktop icon but I do know that it creates a Start Menu entry. Creating a desktop icon is very easy. Again, let me know if you need instructions.
  10. I use Startup Delayer and use it to control the order that programs start in by setting program delay times. I can even stop many programs from running at start up.
  11. You may also want to take a look at Format Factory.
  12. pavid


    Thanks Hazelnut, that's a great tip!!
  13. This may sound silly, especially since I use XP and not Vista but is your computer a 64 bit computer? I noticed you said you always try for Vista's 64 bit downloads but if you don't have a 64 bit computer I think you're going to get some weird results. Good luck!!
  14. Using Norton Internet Security I had no reports other than that everything was okay.
  15. Take a look at Windows Steady State. I looked at this yesterday and your problem was one of its "selling" points. It's free so you can give it a try in order to see if it does what you want.
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