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  1. - And the extortionists are back. Last tuesday I received another blackmail email with a similar threat. "Pay me USD 950 or an embarrasing video will be put out on the internet". But this threat is meaningless because I have covered my camera in my laptop with a sticker. I still have the email. The email was supposedly sent by myself to myself. But how can I blackmail myself ? Is it possible to somehow find out the email adress from which the email was sent ? I assume that the email itself somehow would / should contain a return email adress from which the email was sent. Aren't hackers able to re-enable that device driver (assuming they are really that smart) ?
  2. @DeathSong Download & run Tweaking's windows Repair . It can fix A LOT OF problems in Windows. Download & install the program. Disable your antivirus program and run the program. Follow the instructions provided by the program.
  3. @nukecad No, the amount of memory occupied/used by SPECCY is NOT ~ 9 MB but it's ~ 9 GB !!!! That's about 55% of the 16 GB of memory. The problem here is the difference between how people in England (& the US) and continental Europe write down their numbers. In England + the US people write down "8,954.4" whereas people in continental Europe write "8.954,4". In the US & England people use a "Decimal Point" but in continental Europe people use a "Decimal Comma". And Spain (at I assume "DeathSong" lives in Spain) is in continental Europe. @DeathSong I assume that 12% is the amount of CPU that is being used ? The high amount of memory used in combination with high CPU means that there is conflict between SPECCY and some other program. Open Windows' Resource Monitor (Memory tab) and the run SPECCY to see how the different parts of the memory behave. Or run the program RAMMAP to see if there is any odd behaviour going on. (Did you turn off the pagefile ?).
  4. (I wasn't able to edit my previous reply. So, I post my edited answer here). - My opinion is that one should defrag one's SSD. But do it only every say 3 or 6 months or when the amount of free space on a SSD is lower than say 10%. That means that with a SSD you must turn off standard Windows defragmentation schedule and manually put a defragmention program (e.g. Defraggler) to work. - The following article describes / explains how data is being written to /read from a SSD. Then having lots & lots of fragments on one's SSD will slow down the reading from & writing to a SSD. https://pureinfotech.com/why-solid-state-drive-ssd-performance-slows-down/ Although even a heavily fragmented SSD is still faster than a defragmented HD. - On top of that, Windows itself has a number of tricks up its sleeve that will hide the slowness of a SSD or HD.
  5. - My opinion is that one should defrag one's SSD. But do it only every say 3 or 6 months or when the amount of free space on a SSD is lower than say 80% or say 90%. The following article describes / explains how data is being written to /read from a SSD. Then having lots & lots of fragments on one's SSD will slow down the reading from & writing to a SSD. https://pureinfotech.com/why-solid-state-drive-ssd-performance-slows-down/ Although even a heavily fragmented SSD is still faster than a defragmented HD.
  6. @andavari - Did you fully un-install (remove the files) or just all references to the program ? Because I know that some programs are still using the IE (11) "rendering engine". And "Outlook Express Classic" is one of them. MS Autoroute & MS Works / Office are 2 other programs from the past (about the year 2002) I still use on a (fairly) regular basis and still need parts of IE. (I do hope these will continue to work on future operating systems). - One of the articles above say that Edge has/will have a "IE Mode". That would assume that after june 2022 any new version of Windows (10 or 11) won't come with IE 11 or (perhaps) will completely remove IE 11. According to my experience such "modes" are never fully like the "original thing". It was always some sort of "half baked" substitute that never has the full functionality of the old program (code). Well, we'll have to wait and see. - Is there any news about the "rendering engine" of Edge ? I read a few years ago that the "engine" still was "under development" and that some developers "wouldn't touch it", were still relying on the IE rendering engine. Google-ling didn't help to find anything definitive / usefull. The fact that MS is now announcing the retirement of IE would suggets that the rendering engine of Edge is fully developed, (fairly) free of bugs and ready to be used.
  7. I still am using IE 11. But I noticed that more and more websites are not working that well or not all anymore when I try to visit those websites with IE 11. So, gradually I am using more and more e.g. MS Edge & Chrome. This a REAL pity because there were some nice programs that worked well in combination with IE, were specially designed to work with IE (11). And I still have to find some good replacements for some programs that work well/in a similar way with e.g. Chrome or Edge. With some Google-ing I found the following interesting articles: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-365-blog/microsoft-365-apps-say-farewell-to-internet-explorer-11-and/ba-p/1591666 https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2021/05/19/the-future-of-internet-explorer-on-windows-10-is-in-microsoft-edge/ https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/faq/internet-explorer-microsoft-edge https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle/faq/extended-security-updates https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/internet-explorer-11-desktop-app-retirement-faq/ba-p/2366549 From what I read in these links: 1)) IE (11) will be finally retired, even for (all ?? / some ??) versions of Windows 10 on june 15, 2022. 2)) Other applications (e.g. MS 365, MS Teams) will, bit by bit, no longer (flawlessly) work with IE 11. This has already started with MS Teams. 3)) "Extended Security Updates" (ESUs) for IE (for Windows 7 only) will stop in the year 2023.
  8. Is the current version of SPECCY already capable of detecting .NET Framework version 5 ? Now Microsoft is already announcing .NET Framework version 6. https://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/net-6-is-almost-ready-for-prime-time.439147/#post-3020873 Time for a new version of SPECCY ?
  9. I must re-write my previous reply. It should be: "Yes, but in Windows Explorer & SPECCY the carets point to the right or down. But here the carets point up or down (but not to the right). A small but important difference. - Agree. There is no law about what should be used but I find the current situation not "intuitive".
  10. - Yes, but in Windows Explorer & SPECCY the carets point to the right or up. But here the carets point up or down (but not to the right). A small but important difference.
  11. See the picture attached. (the picture & story in the previous post wasn't too clear) The red & blue arrows point each to a(n) (inverse) "caret" (are these characters called "carets" ????). I think the "carets" should be swapped. The carets (blue arrow) should be an "inverse caret" and the inverse carets (red arrows) should be a (normal) caret.
  12. Driver Update: 1) I like v5.82 better than v5.83. In v5.82 there are always "Upward arrows" (what is the proper name for this character ?) to the left of the name of the newly proposed driver. Whereas in v5.83 this "upward arrow" is missing when the user opens this pane/screen for the first time. Only after clicking next to the name of the new driver those "upward arrow" shows up. I think these "arrows" should always be shown. Bug in the program code ? Back to the program code of v5.82 ? 2) When "Driver Update" proposes a driver update then there is an "upward arrow" next to the name of the driver. See the picture for an example. Clicking on that "arrow" expands the list downwards and provides the user with one or more new drivers. Then a "downward arrow" shows up. Clicking on that arrow makes the new updates go away. I think it should precisley the oppposite: the "upward arrows" should be replaced by the "downward arrows" in the program code. And the "downward arrows" should be replaced by "upward arrows" in the program code. So, just swap these "arrows". That will take away the confusion. Then - in this screen - the program code is more intuitive. 3) CCleaner is able to pull up new drivers for one system. Is there a way to download the installation files of these new (proposed) drivers to one's system ? Where does CCleaner get those drivers from ? (I would love to have those new drivers stored on my HD / SSD just in case I must re-install my Windows Operating System).
  13. Willy2

    Windows 11 ?

    - I was very close to buying a brand new laptop with Windows 10. But when a TPM chip is required for Windows 11 then I am not in a hurry anymore to move to Windows 10 anytime soon. I simply will have to see what the future brings.
  14. @ nergal I just did a "clean" re-install of CC again and noticed that there is no "Winapp2.ini" anymore in the CC folder.
  15. @ACP - Your screenshots don't give a clear answer about what to do next. - Above I gave a few suggestions about how you can determine what part of/box in CC is causing that icon to disappear. - Based on what I see in your screenshots I would 1) re-install Teams 2) install Tweaking's Registry Backup (it allows the user to make a backup/copy of the reigistry) 3) run the CC registry cleaner. Did the icon disappear ? 4) you can use Registry Backup (see above) to restore the registry to that previous state.
  16. @ACP - CC also installs a file called "winapp2.ini". Based on the info in that file CC will show the user a number of boxes for program A, B, C etc. If that file doesn't contain info about program D then CC won't show a box for program D. In your case, the standard "Winapp2.ini" file doesn't contain info for "Teams" and then CC doesn't show a box called "Microsoft Teams". - On my system I have used the program "voldemort" (not supported by the good folks of CC, use it at your own risk. although I have experieneced no adverse effects) and that program gives the user of CC a lot of info for more programs (e.g. Teams) and - depending on what you have installed on your system - more boxes in CC.
  17. - Ah, I have used the program CCenhancer. Then Winapp2.ini will contain that set of lines. I overlooked that.
  18. - The lines in Winapp2.ini for "Microsoft Teams" (see below) need to be improved/updated. The line "DetectFile= .......... " targets the wrong file/folder and then there won't be a box called "Microsoft Teams" in CC. - When I look at the lines below then I am confused. The line "DetectFile= .......... " and "Filekey" #12 through 18 point to subfolders under "%localappdata%" . But filekeys #1 through 11 point to %appdata%. My personal opinion is that filekey #1 through 11 should point to "%loacalappdata%. But I don't use "Teams" and can't check the lines below. [Microsoft Teams *] LangSecRef=3021 DetectFile=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams FileKey1=%AppData%\Microsoft Teams\Logs|*.* FileKey2=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams|*.log;logs.txt;old_logs_*.txt;watchdog.txt FileKey3=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\*Cache|*.*|RECURSE FileKey4=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\blob_storage|*.*|RECURSE FileKey5=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\databases|*.*|RECURSE FileKey6=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\IndexedDB|*.*|RECURSE FileKey7=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\Local Storage|*.*|RECURSE FileKey8=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\media-stack|*.bak;*.blog;*.etl FileKey9=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\Service Worker\CacheStorage|*.*|REMOVESELF FileKey10=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\skylib|*.blog;*.data-shm;*.data-wal FileKey11=%AppData%\Microsoft\Teams\tmp|*.*|RECURSE FileKey12=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams|*.log FileKey13=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams*Addin|*-logs.txt FileKey14=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams\current|*.log FileKey15=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams\current\resources\tmp|*.*|REMOVESELF FileKey16=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams\packaqes\squirreltemp|*.* FileKey17=%LocalAppData%\Microsoft\Teams\previous|*.*|REMOVESELF FileKey18=%LocalAppData%\SquirrelTemp|*.log See also the discussion in this thread:
  19. - if there is not a "Microsoft Teams" box then we can rule out that the icon is deleted by cleaning the "Teams" user data. It seems that "Teams" places that icon in a MS Office related folder. But which folder ? - It seems that CC is not able to find the folder where data of "Microsoft Teams" is located. User data for "Microsoft Teams" is supposed to be located (according to winapp2.ini) in the folders "c:\users\ ............. \Microsoft\Teams\". Can you find that combination of those 2 subfolders on your system ? Or something that's only slightly different ? It should be in "c:\users\...... ". If so, what is the full path ? - Post a screenshot of all the MS Office boxes that show up in your copy of CC. The box for "Teams" should be a box called "Microsoft Teams" and not "MS Teams". - Untick all boxes and only run the registry cleaner. Does that icon disappear (again) ? - Unselect the registry cleaner. Now tick only one "MS Office" box and run CC again. And do this for each "MS Office" box. Which "MS office" box makes the icon disappear ? If that doesn't give a clue the perhaps you must do the same procedure for the "Microsoft ..... "boxes ?
  20. Answering a few questions would already help a lot: - What version of CCleaner (CC) did you use ? Did this happen in previous versions of CC as well ? - What version of Outlook & Teams do you use ? - Would re-installing / repair installing Teams help to bring that icon back ? - Does that icon disappear when you tick the "Teams" box in CC or does the icon disappear when you tick (one of) the Office box(as) in CC ?
  21. Or perhaps CCleaner can be made to remember the size of the "System volume Information" folder before and after removing one or more SRPs. And then display the difference (= amount of freed up diskspace).
  22. CCleaner can be used to delete one or more System Restore Points (SRP). I think the program can provide more details on how much memory these System Restore Points are occupying on a SSD or HD. I assume it's very difficult to determine what the size of each SRP is. So, then the program code could follow a different method that would nonetheless provide more information to the user. 1) Display all the SRPs that were found. 2) Read the size of the folder "System Volume Information" (= total amount of all disk space occupied by all SRPs) where all the SRPs are stored. And display the size of that folder in KB / MB / GB (whatever applies) under /above the list with these SRPs (what ever you like best) and display the % of total occupied disk space. 3) After the user has deleted one or more SRPs repeat step 2)
  23. - There are users who have complained that for Defraggler (& Recuva & Speccy) there weren't any new updates issued for a while. I am also one of those users who would love to see a new version of Defraggler with all the bugs/"Weak spots" fixed. - I understand that some programs of CCleaner have (top) priority when it comes to issueing new (updated) versions. Like CCleaner. And that's quite understandable because programs like MS Edge, Google Chrome, Firefox and MS Onedrive are updated on a regular basis (say every 3 or 4 weeks). And that could mean that the program code of CCleaner also needs to be updated with top priority. - But then programs like Speccy, Recuva & Defraggler don't receive too much attention when it comes to updating the programs. (Yes, I know that right now the developers of CCleaner are planning for new updates for 2 of these programs) That's why I would suggest / propose the following update policy for these 3 programs: 1) Collect all the suggestions & bug reports for these 3 programs. 2) If there is a need to issue an "Emergency update" then do so. E.g. when Microsoft issues a version of its "NET Framework" then SPECCY should be updated ASAP. 3) Dedicate one week each year to Defraggler, Speccy & Recuva. E.g a week per year for each program. Take all the reported bugs & suggestions and fix those bugs/implement the code changes for those 3 programs in those "dedicated weeks". If there are no bugs to be fixed in one program then that week can be used for something else.
  24. - It reminds me somewhat of what happened with a person called Al Capone. He was a notorious gangster in Chicago. They were never able to properly nail him. But they found a way to indict & convict him. He didn't pay his taxes. LOL.
  25. - Just let Defraggler search for "$MFT" and - presto - it will find the $MFT. To be precise DF found 2 $MFT related files on my laptop. One was "$MFT" which was in 2 fragments (size: ~ 660 MB) and the other was "$MFTmir" (size: 4 kb) in the 1st block in DF on my C: drive. I assume that $MFTmir is the file that is written/created when the user formats a drive and contains information that points to one or more fragments of the $MFT itself. I think $MFTmir is even more "sensitive" than $MFT. If $MFTmir isn't there then the entire filing system "falls apart".
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