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  1. 12 hours ago, nukecad said:

    From reselling work computers if you take the hard drive out and whack it with a lump hammer that (usually) makes it unrecoverable.

    That's why if anything like finances, tax documents, etc., that someone doesn't want anyone else to recover off a sold PC it's best to just replace the drive with a brand new unit, for example a 120-128GB budget SATA SSD for the OS drive (they go for $20 USD or less at the moment from good brand names like ADATA, Kingston, SP Silicon Power, TeamGroup, etc.,) for the OS and the PC will seem fast which can help sale it easier. A cheap 120-128GB budget SSD is at least half the price of a brand new 1TB HDD so let whoever buys the PC replace that drive with a capacity they want.

  2. Maybe RAM+Virtual Memory related, but it's only obvious if Windows gives a pop-up warning about it. I've seen a similar sounding behavior before on very rare occasions using other defrag software but not Defraggler though, and not in Windows 10. It was caused by doing a full scan with an antivirus while I also was using a too small custom pagefile size instead of letting the system manage it on its own. Sometimes simply shutting down the PC and then turning it on might fix it, especially if the PC hasn't been shut down or rebooted in a long time.

  3. If you have access to another computer that isn't a Windows 10 computer give it a try on that - that would be one way to determine if the Firewire drive still works and isn't just some Windows 10 compatibility issue.

  4. Use Custom Clean instead. Custom Clean works how older versions of CCleaner used to always work where you can configure exactly what you want done, however it will not look for any updates for other software.

  5. I've only seen them once (perhaps twice) download via Automatic Updates in Windows 10, all others are installed by software during setup that may need to install a specific version. Other than that if you want to keep them updated it's a manual download and then install. I personally don't manually update them.

  6. You'd probably have to use some clone of Firefox that another team develops to get what you want (as an example I use SRWare Iron instead of Google Chrome). Search engines are probably big money for web browsers.

  7. 1 hour ago, Winapp2.ini said:

    The Edit option is in the overflow menu on the upper right corner of posts now

    There's a time limit now to help stop spamming since they often come back and edit in their spam links.

  8. Would be interesting if you answered Nergal's question: is this new edge or legacy edge?

    Legacy version = Originally installed with Win10.
    New version (a Chrome/Chromium build) = Downloaded manually, or through the offer in the Start Menu/Tiles, or through Windows Updates.

    The legacy version that originally installed with Win10 needed a workaround in CCleaner in order to be properly cleaned. Supposedly newer versions of CCleaner will prompt to allow it to enable the workaround. Even with the workaround enabled sometimes the legacy version causes CCleaner to take a long time to clean it and it doesn't matter how much performance your system has it's a bit of a wait. But wait there's more since Internet Explorer is also installed on the system sometimes it takes a long time to also clean it. Edit: Should also state it doesn't matter if you use those browsers or not, even if you never open them the system is using them in the background.

  9. Currently secure connection on MVPS.org HOSTS File fails, it works in-secure at:


    That's possibly why it has also been failing to update in uBlock Origin for a day now.

  10. 18 hours ago, malonn said:

    CCleaner doesn't have to restart Explorer, so them fellers have figured something out.

    With Win10 I often see in Task Manager (near the bottom of the list) two instances of Explorer running and other times I don't. So maybe after I've just ran CCleaner it's closing one instance that isn't for what's seen on screen but is instead doing something else.

    Another tool, BleachBit when deleting thumbnail cache it uses TaskKill ("C:\Windows\System32\taskkill.exe"), and on XP it's obvious it's restarting Explorer, I haven't tried to have it delete thumbnail cache on Win10 yet though since it's built into Windows Disk Cleanup.

  11. SpeedOut

    License: Freeware
    Supports: Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista. Also works on Windows 10 v1909 without any issues.
    100% Portable: Doesn't create any additional files or any Window registry data.
    Website: https://sites.google.com/site/mbentefor/projecs-speedout
    Mirror Download: https://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Benchmarks/SpeedOut.shtml

    SpeedOut benchmarks the read+write speed of USB Flash Drives ("UFD") allowing you to quickly know what their performance is. Note: SpeedOut only works with USB Flash Drives, it will not benchmark your internal or external hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD).

    How To Use:
    1. Insert a USB Flash Drive you wish to benchmark.
    2. Start SpeedOut, it will automatically detect the USB Flash Drive.
    3. After the loading animation finishes click the Start button. The benchmark only takes a few seconds to complete.
    Tip: To save the results right-click in the SpeedOut title bar to Copy result to clipboard, or Save result to file.

    Unlike other disk benchmark tools that can take several minutes or hours to complete SpeedOut only takes a few seconds to complete its benchmark, therefore it isn't going to cause allot of wear to a USB Flash Drive. I will now solely use it to benchmark USB Flash Drives since it doesn't over-stress them like some other popular tools which can shorten their lifespan or kill them outright.

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