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  1. I must have been having a deja-vue moment about battery fires :
  2. Thanks for the explanation of how the Chrome/Avast offers are delivered. (PS. Chrome can also be a pain to remove completely, just uninstalling it is not enough, uninstalling leaves numerous files, registry entries, registry changes, etc. behind). Good to see that you have been able to replicate a delay, even though from the description it does not seem to be the same delay that I am seeing. Hopefully the modification to the installer will prevent any delay in displaying an offer, whatever the cause. As a next step maybe the developers could consider not having the offer s
  3. Yes, it was originally a mixture of the Avast and Chrome offers where I first noticed that there seemed to be a 'long' delay. (ccsetup535.exe and later). All my testing to your instructions has been with ccsetup538.exe, updated version downloaded 14/12/2107, and has always given the Chrome offer. When I was doing my previous testing of different installer versions I was getting offered all 3 (Avast, Chrome, Google Toolbar) at different times. I was concentrating more on the installer version than the actual offer. As said with that testing there was a change following the hijack inci
  4. Tried with Malwarebytes Anti Exploit turned off, still got the 2.5 second delay. Speedtest.net results: Date 1/4/2018 12:50 GMT, Download 4.30 Mbps, Upload 3.09 Mbps, Latency 27 Ms, Server Distance ~50 mi Same laptop as above so all other info is the same. One thing I have noticed is that in all this testing the offer has always been for Chrome (not Avast or Google toolbar), not sure if that is relevant or not?
  5. Just to make clear that I am not running the full Malwarebytes3 in real time. I am running Malwarebytes Anti Exploit stand alone perpetual beta which is a different, though related, programme. It always used to be a seperate programme to Malwarebytes Antimalware, but the 2 programmes got merged with MB3. When I get time I'll disable it and run the installer test again.
  6. At one time (1990's, 2000's ?) it used to be Blackberrys for that kind of networking. Things move on. No doubt Android will be old news soon.
  7. I personally know of 3 people who have replaced their iPhones with Samsungs because they had seen how much faster Android was running on their friends phones. (I could sit next to my friend, do a search and have a webpage up on my Samsung while his iPhone was still searching for it). This was before this throttling issue came to light. Apple may have shot themselves in the foot with this one.
  8. I take the point about in-house beta testers and/or Piriform employees. The problem with in house testing (of anything, not just software) is that it rarely mimics real life conditions successfully. With software in-house testing is that is likely to be using up to date kit and OS, networked systems, with a decent reliable internet connection, tech savy testers, etc., etc. Not exactly home user conditions. If you want real end user testing then you have to have end users doing it on their old(er) kit, with variable broadband, and so on. I'm less sure about the point that this test
  9. C'mon guys and gals, especially the regulars here- 10- 15 minutes of your time to do Stephens test and give some feedback on this. If nothing else it will show/disprove that there is in fact an issue. And will also show whether the moans about unwanted installs may in fact currently be justified. I, for one, am less inclined to say someone getting an unwanted install should have been more careful when it may be a programming issue.
  10. As I started this thread then I'll go first. Restarted, made sure everything had settled down (checked all was quiet in Task Manager). Opened file explorer, let things settle down again. Launched ccsetup538.exe (revised version 14/12/2017). From install button showing to offfer showing (Chrome) was 2.5 seconds. (Stopwatch). Speedtest.net results: Date 12/22/2017 2:41 PM GMT, Download 2.31 Mbps, Upload 1.01 Mbps, Latency 27 Ms, Server Distance ~50 mi Windows 10 Home, v1709, build 16299.125, 64 bit. Intel Celeron CPU N2840 @2.16GHz (Overclocks to 2.58). 4 GB RAM. Wi
  11. Hi stephen, Have you read this thread and tried to replicate the testing I did there?
  12. Have a good time everyone. To paraphrase mta- Drink lots, but eat as well.
  13. Didn't you have the same problem back in 2014? It was a winapp2 issue back then, so it's probably the same again.
  14. Agreed, but it was my 'feeling' that the longer delay in displaying the bundle was a fairly recent (re)development. Which is why I did that testing with the installer versions I had to hand, to check if it wasreal or just a subjective impression. The result of that testing does seem to point to some change being made between v532 and v535. Whether that's due to changes after the malware incident, or a deliberate change by Avast/Piriform I'm not judging (yet). And there will always be those who just blithely click install without reading what offer is on their screen. But
  15. -- First to say that in general I have no problem with bundled software offerings. Bundled software is a way for developers to possibly make a bit of money to support their free products. Normally my reaction to 'installed xxxx without my permission' type threads is 'well be more careful'. But- I have noticed that the new Avast/Chrome offering with CCleaner now appears to be using a sneaky tactic, which in my opinion is not acceptable. The issue I have noticed is that the bundled offering in the CCleaner installer does not appear onscreen for a full 2 seconds after t
  16. It seems to offer different ones at different times. I've just been doing some testing of different installer versions (that will be another thread) and was offered Avast, Chrome, or Google toolbar at different times
  17. I agree 'burning hot' is not a good description to hear. Take it back to the retailer and insist on a replacement, maybe a different make/model. I say that because a quick search online finds plenty of problems with the screen on that particular acer model, and a few with hot running. eg. https://community.acer.com/en/discussion/379456/z1-621-problems (I've also seen a suggestion that it's realy a smaller tablet that has been given a big screen and some 'beefed up' components, which are not fully compatible with the rest. Not sure how true that is but...)
  18. Just for info. My Windows 10, v1709 (FCU) lets me create folders directly in the OS drive- C:\ (Not that I would normally).
  19. Thanks, I do understand the physical mechanism behind it, the question is more why Defender does this? Think of other malware scanning software, eg. MalwareBytes, etc. These also do relatively long scans and also make logfiles, but they save them in one place (or a few fragments) and not in hundreds of fragments all over the drive. The difference will be that they compile the logs in memory and write them out after the scan has finished, whereas Defender seems to be writing them all over the disc as it goes along. Maybe it's something to do with recovery- if the system
  20. Just wondering. Does anyone know why a Windows Defender scan leaves highly fragmented files behind? When I do a weekly analyse and file defrag it always finds a file called 'MpWppTracing-{date and reference in hex}.bin' with 600+ fragments. It's a tracing/diagnostic log created by Windows Defender, showing the location of all files scanned. But why is it always fragmented all over the place? It looks like it's putting one or more fragment in almost every block. (Presumably relevant to the files in that block?) I assume WD is designed to do this but does anyone know why?
  21. Software would not cause that. That looks like typical pressure / impact damage to an LCD screen. An LCD screen is made up of several thin layers of glass/crystals and it's easy to break or distort one of those layers through direct pressure. It might just be that where you have it positioned is twisting the casing, and so the screen, slightly. Try moving it (or sitting it on a cloth). If it is an all in one then some component inside may be overheating and distorting the screen locally. (If you are lucky it will disappear as the screen cools and contracts again). Bu
  22. I was looking for a good one from our towns Christmas fair last week. Here's a generic winter in Cumbria. (With some of Hazels relatives?) Most of Cumbria looks a lot like that at the moment.
  23. Do we also get the naughty chair for not using a speel chucker?
  24. 57.0.2 released. (G DATA bug fixed). https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/57.0.2/releasenotes/?utm_campaign=whatsnew&utm_medium=firefox-browser&utm_source=firefox-browser OOPs, trium already posted that.
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