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  1. Well within the past week CCleaner did delete my Opera bookmarks for some unknown reason which really was no problem since I already had them backed up. It only happened on the one occassion and I've been using CCleaner since the end of 2004. Please note: I couldn't duplicate the problem, so maybe it was just a one-off error, don't really know.
  2. Well the $50 laptop incident can be summed up in one little nasty word: Greed
  3. Another one bites the dust to a corporate gorilla!
  4. Andavari


    From what I understand he only wants a shortcut when clicked will open or close the CD drive. The only problem is I've never known of such a way of doing that without the usage of software, I'm thinking it would also mean an ASPI driver/layer would have to be pre-installed. I don't know if it could be done with a JavaScript file (.js) or Visual Basic file (.vbs).
  5. RegSeeker is somewhat "safe" so long as someone knows what not to delete and what to put into the exclude.ini file. If anyone wants to see my exclude.ini file I'll post it but only if requested to do so.
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    Registry Compacter

    I prefer and use RegCompact.NET (thanks to Tarun for mentioning it) only because it displays the before and after results before actually compacting the registry, therefore if it will only reduce the registry by 100 to 200 KB I don't perform the compacting hence it would be a waste of time and within a day or so it'd grow that amount again. The first time I used NTREGOPT my registry was reduced 5 MB from what I remember, or maybe slightly more, I do however remember my system performing as if it were brand new. That was my experience even though I constantly keep my registry clean using several registry cleaners. Both NTREGOPT and RegCompact.NET create backups, however neither of them have a restore function built in to automatically undo the compacting, which is the reason I make a known good registry backup using ERUNT before compacting. One thing I'll repeat myself on is that not long ago on my first usage of NTREGOPT it fixed my optical USB mouse issue that was acting very sluggish for a very long time, NTREGOPT literally saved me $50 or more dollars since there wasn't anything wrong with my mouse.
  7. Seems to be the theme these days. "Next week parents fight over moldy bread, and stale wine."
  8. @ oli use a search engine to locate an older freeware version.
  9. Possibly copy protected or a new form of copy protection. But then again commercial DVD's are copy protected anyway.
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    Registry Compacter

    Why on Earth should MrG include a registry compacter in CCleaner when there are already two good freeware ones available, those being NTREGOPT and RegCompact.NET. I think it'd be an easier solution to just recommend one or the other, or both of them.
  11. Although insurance with the proper amount and type of coverage would replace the stolen property, and repair the damage there's still a premium to pay which is an unexpected bill when there are already tons of other bills to pay. Yup. It's the old saying "can't have crap" (self censored) without someone else stealing it or destroying it, which is one of the reasons I've never bought a brand new car.
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    RIAA Hacked

    I don't even feel one ounce of sorrow for them!
  13. Your friend hit the nail on the head. In actuality not having Flash installed means you wouldn't be able to view flash enabled content.
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    Help needed!

    Leave "system.dat" and "user.dat" alone they're the system registry for Win98SE.
  15. Yesterday evening CNN (the channel) had a rather long dicussion about it, and even showed how it was effecting their computers.
  16. Every antivirus product I've ever tested can detect the EICAR antivirus test virus. You should be more impressed or depressed with how NAV deals with real viruses that can harm your system. NAV may be the best for you, however many people on this forum avoid it like the plague, myself included.
  17. I only wish they would have agreed on one DVD format instead of +/- which is the reason why I'm planning on getting a new DVD writter drive that supports the burning of both + and - versus just being stuck with + which is my current situation.
  18. From my experience Sygate Personal Firewall is just as buggy as ZoneAlarm. However Sygate does have one of the best logs available in a free firewall, and the ability to create twenty of your own customized rules is an added bonus that I deeply miss after switching to ZoneAlarm.
  19. There aren't too many programs with registry cleaners as powerful as the one Jouni has in JV16 PowerTools. The registry cleaner in CCleaner is among the safest if not the safest one I've ever used which makes it fool proof. The problem with powerful registry cleaners is the ability to cause severe problems such as having to reinstall programs, or worse making Windows unbootable.
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    Gas Prices

    They last time I fueled up my car with gas at BP (British Petroleum) from what I can remember it was around $2.40 USD for high octane premium unleaded (which my car must use) give or take a few cents, and costed me about $22.00 to go from a 1/4 tank to a full tank. Since I have a fuel efficient 4 cylinder motor in my car I don't have to visit the gas station that often, which is also helped by not taking any unnecessary joy rides.
  21. I really don't know if those products would be the cause or not. It's difficult to say if it's their fault or some on-going hardware issue that Dell has. ---- When the problem resurfaced on my system after about one year after applying the BIOS update I ran the Windows File Checker which scans all protected system files and replaces incorrect versions with correct Microsoft versions. To use the Windows File Checker 1. Click Start->Run->Type in: sfc.exe /scannow 2. It won't give you any info after it finishes, therefore after it finishes restart your computer. There may be a brief moment during startup where a light blue screen appears which means it's replacing incorrect versions of system files with the correct Microsoft versions. Now rather this will break an installed software product or not I don't know! ---- I also tried this on my system, I'm uncertain if it actually fixed anything though. Update for Windows XP (KB887742) This update addresses an issue that could cause your system to stop responding if certain firewall or antivirus programs are installed: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/887742
  22. The not properly shutting down problem is a known problem with Dell PC's running WinXP and has been since at least 2003. You can look for a flash BIOS update on the Dell website http://support.dell.com which did solve about 99% of my shutdown issues with my Dell PC. Note, from time to time even after a BIOS update it still may not shutdown properly, and may be caused by certain software, etc.
  23. To help narrow it down it'd be very useful if you can supply information such as: - OS version - A list of the antivirus scanner, and utility programs you had the problem with
  24. Nice to see some valid info, according to the 10 O'clock news where I live they stated it affected Win95 and above. People with some security knowledge should already know about closing port 445 since it has previously been susceptible to security threats.
  25. Well I'm getting ripped off by my ISP InterLink which charges $19.95 per month for a freakin' dial-up. The only reason I still use it is because I don't have to install some crappy half-ass software just to connect to the web.
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