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  1. Yayyy! It worked. Thanks again for your help! sonsie
  2. Hazelnut, thank you so much! I'm way over my head with this - all I know is that I need it to play a game. LOL That makes sense - I vaguely remember hearing or reading to be careful of java, but that was a number of years ago. Andavari, Thank you for this. I've been putting this off for several months, partly because I didn't know if Sun could be trusted. I'll keep my fingers crossed and give the download a try. sonsie
  3. I know so little about this that I don't even know how to formulate the question. I go to a site and try to download some little game. I get a popup saying something about java - I guess I don't have it. Went to microsoft to see if I could get it. no, they don't make it anymore. I can get it at java.com and it's made by Sun Didn't Sun have kind of a rep for making stuff with lots of spyware 2-3 years ago? I remember browsing forums and seeing that name a lot in conjunction with problems. It looks like I'm stuck with Sun - but I don't know what I'm supposed to get help please? sonsie
  4. Well duhhh. I'd see a folder I wanted to open, and immediately go to the right to the blue arrow and click on it. I have no idea why, but it never occurred to me to click on the folder itself - maybe because we didn't with 6.0. Thank you, appreciate you stopping by to answer. sonsie
  5. I just installed IE 7.0 and when I try to open my favorites, it tells me 'opening 25 will take a long time' How do I get around this? I'm lost without them. sonsie (crap...is there a page refresh or is it gone?)
  6. Screw it. Thanks for trying to help, Dj. But my limit for attachments on this site is 236 and I don't know of any way to shrink the screenshots. I've tried a few things, but everything makes them bigger. They're both over 350. If it happens again - which it will eventually - I'll save the screenshots as png. sonsie
  7. Hope this works sonsie <sigh> why is everything so difficult These were originally 370kb so I shrunk them. I thought you could click on them and enlarge, but I can't. Have no idea what to do sonsie
  8. I'm impressed. Been there, done that, then left. Drink fluids! I can see you must be a bit frazzled. I'm still wondering about how to get the password. LOL sonsie
  9. It's Legacy Family Tree, Version 6.0. Yeah, I checked junk right away, and double checked just now. As far as email addys, they printed it in red a couple of times on the dl page, and under 'help' for problems downloading, they clearly said as soon as I click on the product, an email is automatically sent. Hopefully they'd tell us if they had a prob with certain addys. sonsie btw...how are yas, Andavari? 8)
  10. Hi DJ Internet Explorer 6.0 and my home page is MSN.com I have a picture of both errors I can put here - the squares and the symbols. This is probably really stupid, but I didn't know what if any info could be gotten out of what looks, to me anyway, like a mess, so I was hesitant to post it until I asked you. Is it ok to post them? and would they be helpful? Or do you know what I mean without seeing? sonsie
  11. Hi, I wanted to download some free software, and it gave me 2 choices: 1. Install from the Web is fast and small. It will download a small setup program and that program will then check your computer and will download only those files that are needed. (Click Install from Web, then select Run or Open in the download security box to install.) OR 2. Full Setup is a single file that contains all files used by Legacy. This file is about 25.4 MB and will take longer to download. Some users may like the full setup even though it's larger. It can be copied to a CD or ZipDrive and be used to install Legacy on computers that do not have Internet access. (Click Download Full Setup, then select the Save File option and enter the location to save to.) I chose the first, but because it really goes against my grain to 'run' or 'open', I told it to save and am hoping it doesn't matter. Issue 1. The problem is the site said it would send me a password, and I would be asked to enter it sometime during the download process. But I never got the password. It's being sent to my email so I don't understand why. The site FAQs said if I have that problem that if I have spam-blocking software, to add their addy to the program's approved list. As far as I know, I don't have spam-blocking software, or would AdAware qualify? I don't have anything email-specific anyway. I have ewido, AVGfree, Win Defender, AdAware, Kerio firewall, and a router firewall. Issue 2. Also, I have confidence that the site is safe, but again, it goes against my grain to add an addy to any approved site list, unless *I* think of it. Makes me a bit paranoid if a website tells me that in order to get this or use that that I have to approve them. Issue 3. IF you guys say everything looks cool and to approve them if I want the software, how do I do that? I understand the concept, but don't know which software might be blocking since I very rarely have this problem. In the past I've simply chosen to skip the software, but I want this progam. sonsie
  12. hmmm...if it's about number and sequence of letters, then I'm guessing my quirk isn't related. Now and then when I open my homepage I get either those squares like you describe, or I get tons of symbols. I exit, wait 1 or 2 seconds, try again, and it's usually ok. sonsie
  13. yessss..that's what I was referring to. I guess my terminology leaves something to be desired. So after I uninstalled MSAnti, the .exe file should have still been on my computer. For some reason it wasn't - all that was left of MSAnti were my logs. I went to the MS site to dl it, saw Defender, and decided to give it a try. My dissatisfaction with Defender was what prompted me to post. I'm sorry this turned out to be a much longer and more involved question than I intended. I try to be real clear, but that doesn't help if I'm not using the right words. Communication is a difficult art - and we're all speaking english! Is it any wonder there are arguements and divorces and wars? Thanks Andavari and DJ for your help and patience. sonsie
  14. No, not what I was asking. My original question was: And then I gave this example: So my question is, why are some programs deleted when I uninstall them, and others aren't. I wanted to reinstall MSAnti so I opened that folder in Program Files. I only mentioned the logs to emphasize that they were all that was left in the MSAnti folder - there were lots of files and a couple of folders before I uninstalled - applications, app extensions, etc, but it was gone after the uninstall. Oh, and thank you for the explanation about files that you gave. I didn't know any of that, and it's good to hear about the built-in safety feature that prevents data loss. sonsie
  15. Okaayyy...now I get it. Thanks. ok, bear with me a minute cuz this is probably really obvious to most people - I have programs like Webshots, Nero, CCleaner, etc in a folder labeled 'Downloads'. I can install them, use them, then decide to uninstall them. After I uninstall them, they're still in my folder and I can install them again at a future date. Due to a minor prob with MSAnti, I decided to un- and reinstall it. I went ahead and uninstalled it, but when I looked in the 'Program Files' folder, all that was left were logs. So now I'm confused - why are some things deleted during uninstall and others aren't? sonsie
  16. hmmm...they're both antispyware, so it seems like they're the same animal, just different colors, so to speak. Based on the help manual for Defender, they do exactly the same jobs - Real-time spyware protection, Microsoft SpyNet community, Spyware scanning. I'm way behind in computer savvy so maybe I'm missing something, but I don't get what you wrote at all. They're both Microsoft, both relatively new, and both beta versions - what leads you to believe MS Anti won't have continued support or be up to date? Unless they developed Defender to replace MS Anti MS Anti was around for a while, then you'd see people talking in a forum here and there about this Defender that would be coming out. When it became available, people were announcing that "Defender's out!". I dunno my logic said that if the same company is producing 2 products that do the same thing, the second one must be an improvement. LOL That's what I get for trying to reason like a programmer. I didn't really switch on purpose, but I think I'll switch back to MS Anti. btw, if I uninstall a program using the Add/Remove Programs function, shouldn't the program still be on my computer? In the same folder in Program Files? sonsie
  17. Hi, The other day I installed Defender and uninstalled MS Antispyware. Now I'm thinking about reversing that. Is Defender supposed to be a fancier version of MS Antispyware or what? I'm just not sure why they've created a program that does what another program they had already created already does. There are several advanced tools that Defender doesn't even have that I liked. Am I missing an obvious point?? sonsie
  18. I used Fix-It Utilities 3.0, which used to be by Ontrack, but according to a recent google search, V-COM now owns Fix-It, and the only version I see is Professional 6, which is $50. When I moved in with someone, he put some stuff on my computer that he thought I needed and that was one of the programs, so I don't know how much mine cost a few yrs ago. I love it tho. Never have probs with it and it has a disk fixer, cleaner, verifier, defrag, snapshot, system saver, and undeleter, as well as 5 registry functions, including a defrag, 4 system diagnostics functions, 6 system protection functions like 'crashproof' which stops frequent crashes, and lifeline which allows you to access files if NT won't start, and 4 crisis center functions. I don't use half of those, mostly the disk and diagnostics functions. I'm not very up on what's available and don't bother looking since I have one I like. I just checked my PCNovice magazine (great magazine for the computerly challenged!) and they recommend CCleaner (cool!), Registry Mechanic, and Registry Medic. I messed up my computer once when futzing with the registry and left it alone for a long time. The other day was the first time I did anything other than what CCleaner does, and although it was only minor annoyances (like the pane) it was still messed up. I'm beginning to think there's really no way to clean or fix it unless one has experience and knows what they're doing with confidence. I'm one of those who likes their computer really neat and tidy and it bugs me that there's a whole section with junk in it that I can't risk touching. LOL Tease! sonsie
  19. Interesting - I typed in the AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972 thingy into google. Yesterday I searched for info about it using different search terms so got different results. Anyway, I didn't bother looking for long, but I found forums discussing this same number (CLSID number, I guess?) back in 2002 and 2005. Someone suggested that it may be a beta. But apparently it's harmless. I found one post that described exactly what I've experienced with it suddenly becoming an 'unknown'. Lots of responses to that post with similar problems. sonsie
  20. Well, the scanning service stopped in the middle of my upload, and rather than waiting, I remembered another similar service mentioned here: http://virusscan.jotti.org/ My file was clean, as I kind of thought it would be. Kind of weird though - in the report it said "OK (Note: this file has been scanned before. Therefore, this file's scan results will not be stored in the database)" I'm not sure what that means. I know I've never scanned anything on that site. Thanks again, Humpty. Now I know of 2 of those scanning sites. Don't fall off your bike and break your Dumpty! vrrooom vrrroooom sonsie
  21. Hi Humpty! I couldn't get the utility to work (LOL) but I figure if I'd pursued it with your help it would have. All I got was a little popup window with a header reading "Remove common tasks from desktop". There's a place to type info and above that it says "The value below is incorrect, repairs are needed." and below it are two buttons - "repair" and "exit". There's also "File" and "Help", one leads to exit and the other is 'about'. I ended up restoring all of the registry items I'd deleted, so now I once again have a bunch of crap in my registry, but the pane/pain is gone. Thank you, though - I'd bet someone else will use it someday. Ok krit - I gotta know your sucky solution. Look up each and every registry key to see which one was the one you needed? Wipe Windows and reload? sonsie
  22. sonsie


    Hi Art2, I see this is your first post - welcome! Yeah, CCleaner is great, I love it! It does in seconds what used to take me 10 mins and about 15 different steps to do - and more thoroughly, too. I don't know about the defragger - would be nice, eh? Can't hurt to ask. sonsie
  23. Microsoft antispyware has a function called 'advanced tools', and an option there is 'system explorer'. Under that, you can view BHOs, downloaded activeX's, etc. The whole time I've been running the antispyware, there have been 3 items under 'shell execute hooks' and they've all had the star beside them which means they're known and are ok. Suddenly, one of them has the exclamation mark, which means it's an unknown. It doesn't say anything dangerous-sounding in the details, and the publisher is Microsoft. I searched in different places for it for a couple of hours - google, microsoft, here, castlecops - but couldn't really find anything definitive. I'm pretty sure it's not bad, but am wondering why it suddenly doesn't have a star next to it. I clicked the link to send it to spynet for evaluation, but don't even know how they notify me, if they do. Does anyone know anything about this? experienced it? Here's the info: URL Exec Hook This is an unknown Shell Execute Hook. Name: Microsoft Windows Shell Common Dll Description: Windows Shell Common Dll Publisher: Microsoft Corporation File path: C:\WINDOWS\system32\shell32.dll File version: 6.0.2900.2869 Technical Details: CLSID: {AEB6717E-7E19-11d0-97EE-00C04FD91972} Original file name: SHELL32.DLL (oh, and this happened a couple of days before I cleaned and defragged the registry) sonsie
  24. LMAO! whew, so it's not just me. I've been keeping a window of some sort open at all times just so I don't have to look at it. I don't know why but it's irritating as hell! As to why it appeared, I ran my Fix-It Utilities registry fixer, cleaner, and defragger, and when I rebooted, it was there. I'm 99.975% positive I didn't delete anything significant - just stuff that used to lead to old jpg's, things like that that I know I created. Fix-It assigns color codes to all of the results it comes up with: red is don't mess with this one unless you have experience with registry; yellow is beware, this might be significant; and white is go ahead and delete this. I save the logs of everything I delete too. Sounds like I may have deleted something to do with my profile/preferences. pickypickypicky Hopefully someone will know how to get rid of it and will reply - if not, I'll have to add back some items to the registry. sonsie
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