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  1. Logging doesn't exist, it would have to be implemented somehow by them either internally using an generic .log perhaps or something more nifty by placing it into Windows Event Viewer.
  2. Drives can fail or just have some hiccup that causes issues. One of them being if/when Windows states for instance a USB 3.0 drive can run faster if connected to a USB 3.0 port, such as Windows had issues detecting the USB version and in that particular instance it's best to Safely Remove the drive and plug it back in again, if failing to do that and any writing to the drive is done (even a very small sized file) it can cause corruption and missing files on the drive. I had just that happen earlier this year on a backup USB hard disk however I also have two more backup USB SSD drives containing the exact same connects. So in short: Your critical external USB backup drive itself needs a complete backup copy of it preferably on at least two or more external USB drive(s) and preferably a different brand/make/model in case a particular drive has some issue such as firmware bugs, etc.
  3. While it's already been mentioned that Win11 is in Beta when I've seen it go missing on two occassions before on supported version of Windows it was as simple as disabling it, restarting the computer, and then re-enabling it again (which may also need a system restart). You can enable/disable it by opening CCleaner and going into (note that you may have to right-click CCleaner and Run As Administrator if it doesn't restore it to the Recycle Bin): Options > Settings
  4. To answer this specific question to prevent most of the "trackers", ads, and even some malware get a free ad blocker for your web browser(s). The one I use is uBlock Origin. uBlock Origin for Firefox: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/ uBlock Origin for Google Chrome and Chromium: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm uBlock Origin for Microsoft Edge Chromium: In the Windows Start Menu visit the Microsoft Store and search for it.
  5. If it's Edge Chromium there's ways to do it, you'll have to search the web as it details removing it usually via PowerShell. Which you could then reinstall it to see if it will then work correct.
  6. If it's a pre-built computer from a manufacturer and if McAfee was pre-installed then uninstalled on the machine perhaps that could be why it's detecting it.
  7. I've looked at tons of reviews of those and for the money (don't get the base model) it's very compelling for the AIO desktop version. Although for me at 24 inches it's too small, at a minimum 27 or 28 inches it would've been at a sweet spot size-wise and more enticing, but I suppose they'll eventually remedy that. The Mac Mini is also rather enticing! Win11 does look like they played a little copycat of Mac OS and some Linux distros. They've been known to plagiarize other peoples work "making it their own", but it's glaringly obvious to those in the know.
  8. Just to annoy people using Win10 Home, but moreover to get analytics I'd suspect. I really don't see the importance of having an MS Acccount at all, even though they push it but they've never given one compelling reason to have one from what I've encountered - although probably at one point sooner than later it will be a cloud-based OS entirely. With it not required for Win10 Pro users that possibly bought a license they may deem them a paying customer if someone did a paid upgrade and it's probably best to not piss off someone willing to pay for the OS.
  9. It's a stupid decision on their part with global shortages still going on, and they probably know that.
  10. We'll have to see how long they insist. I'm not in any hurry to upgrade as there will undoubtedly as always be bugs. I don't feel like doing a clean install just to bypass having an MS Account which I've never had, never want, and will never create just to get Win11. As stubborn as they are some of us users are equally stubborn. I just wonder how many will be switching to Linux, even though our computers are compatible.
  11. It's been known for years that Google is datamining, so this new admission isn't shocking to me at all.
  12. The System Volume Information folders I've found in my brief tinkering can only be messed around using for instance some Linux distros which I found out when removing a China antivirus program from a computer that for who knows what reason stores data in the System Volume Information folders which I was able to delete manually. As for CCleaner's handling of the restore points my only guess is that it might have something to do with having administrator priveleges -- but it really shouldn't have that ability if you're for example using Win10 to delete restore points on separate Win8.1 system. It all sounds like a recipe for disaster if you're relying upon CCleaner to "manage" restore points. One thing to consider is to also get into the habit of making disk image backups because restore points are known for not always working.
  13. Like allot of antivirus vendors they do have their own official tool that removes it rather well, it's called Malwarebytes Cleanup Utility.
  14. Sometimes (not always) those types of utility programs have an undo feature and for obvious reasons since they could create and issue. So if you still have it installed see if it contains an undo feature so that you can more easily reinstate the startup of your program.
  15. It's in the community winapp2.ini file. If that's all you need from winapp2.ini then only copy the "[Microsoft Teams *]" cleaner from it.
  16. I think programs stealing focus is a Windows "feature", well not really a liked thing. And even if you or someone was running Windows 10 it can and will steal focus at times.
  17. It helps to also configure CCleaner with your preferred Cookies To Keep so that it doesn't delete those, see here how to do that: https://www.ccleaner.com/docs/ccleaner/ccleaner-settings/choosing-which-cookies-to-keep
  18. Here's the Recuva usage guide: https://www.ccleaner.com/docs/recuva/using-recuva If that AVG program only deleted the startup routine of the program you're wishing to restore (and not the actual program itself) you may be able to re-enable it using: * Older Windows OSes: MSConfig by going to: Start > Run > Type In: msconfig > Go into the Startup tab * Windows 10: Open Task Manager and go into the Startup tab.
  19. You could see if it's available on the official HP website: https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers
  20. If you have a smart phone, tablet, etc., you can still use that page at the bottom to use the Contact button. Or if you have other means of getting online you can email their support directly using the following email address: support@ccleaner.com
  21. Follow the link in this post by one of the admins: https://community.ccleaner.com/topic/60733-i-have-a-problem-what-to-do-next/
  22. CrystalDiskInfo as you've already posted seems to be on top of things by gradually adding more drives, and is frequently updated and is often the most recommended or go to for drive information since it's simple, easy, small, and a keeper. Another that isn't just focused primarily on drives alone would be HWiNFO or HWiNFO Portable which is also frequently updated.
  23. NVMe will have a newer revision coming out possible in the next few months so Speccy will be even further outdated. But there's other tools freely available online.
  24. Probably the only thing you can do now is backup all of your personal files onto an external disk like a USB 3.0 external hard disk or SSD (preferably two backups just to be safe), and then factory reset the machine. With my experience of dealing with Dell that's probably what they'd have you do since a third party non-Dell OEM program attempted to update the drivers and who knows what else it has broken. Going by what I've seen on my mother's 2014 Dell laptop (ancient at this point) it still receives updates from Dell, so they're rather good at keeping things up-to-date without having to resort to a third party program while they still support a particular model of computer.
  25. I personally thing the general rule is don't do yourself using third party defrag software, and instead just let Windows decide - with that in mind I wonder how commercial defrag vendors are still surviving. I can't remember if it was a post on this forum or elsewhere where I read that at some point a file can/will become so fragmented that Windows has no other choice but to defragment it so that it doesn't cause issues. I've personally only ran into fragmentation causing issues on a handful of occasions on old WinXP with an HDD where ClamWin Portable couldn't be used because the daily.cvd ("daily.cld") file had so many fragments in the thousands, that actually required third party defrag software to deal with since Windows Defrag couldn't deal with it at all. Even with an all SSD system I do perform a files only defrag on such things like the ClamWin Portable database because of prior issues.
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