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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Hi stephen, Have you read this thread and tried to replicate the testing I did there?
  4. Have a good time everyone. To paraphrase mta- Drink lots, but eat as well.
  5. Didn't you have the same problem back in 2014? It was a winapp2 issue back then, so it's probably the same again.
  6. 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
  7. -- 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
  8. 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
  9. 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...)
  10. Just for info. My Windows 10, v1709 (FCU) lets me create folders directly in the OS drive- C:\ (Not that I would normally).
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Do we also get the naughty chair for not using a speel chucker?
  16. 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.
  17. For some reason you have to browse / upload your image twice before it shows and you can right click 'saveas'. Nice find Hazel.
  18. Is this text missing from (almost) all applications, browsers etc.? (I see your screenshot is the task manager without text). If so I had a similar problem after the original Creators Update back in April. The problem then was that a programme I ran (JRT) was terminating the "fontdrvhost" process and the system was unable to access linked fonts to display them, so everything that used linked fonts appeared blank. (Even notepad was blank). A shutdown and reboot solved the problem (by starting the process again). It could well be that by using the registry cleaner you have dele
  19. I was going to post about not being able to find it last week on the xmas avatar thread. I did find it in the end but it's not exactly intuitive, especially when you are used to seeing a clearly worded option in your profile or user settings. One of those cases of- if you can't find the old setting then look for some obscure new symbol and click on it to see what it does.
  20. I thought I posted this last night but it doesn't seem to have appeared. I used to have the same problem with ie history hanging for about 12-15 seconds. As I also never use ie I looked if there was anything else using the history, Right click it and analyse. (Some other Microsoft applications do use some of ie's storage locations). As the history was never being used I just unchecked it in CCleaner and have left it unchecked ever since. You can always do a right click manual analyse/clean at any time if you want to be sure that nothing else is storing stuff there.
  21. nukecad

    Festive avatars

    I've been having a look round and it seems that on many IPB (and other) forums there have been moans about the round avatars. Some love 'em, some hate 'em. It can be changed back to show square or rectangular avatars, but it's not as simple as a settings switch like it used to be in earlier versions of IPB. It appears that you now have to modify the skin CSS code from the default. Whether Admin would consider changing this is another question?
  22. Look at clearing 'saved form information' as well as saved passwords. Some sites save passwords in forms.
  23. nukecad

    Festive avatars

    Software changes and so real humans have to work out how to cope with these stupid machine limitations.
  24. nukecad

    Festive avatars

    The new forum clips avatars/profile pictures with a circular mask, which cuts off bits of all my favourite xmas ones. (The 'old' software had a rectangular mask). It even made a mess of my 'standard' avatar when I tried to put it back, and has cut the 'orbits' of the one I have put on for now. It doesn't seem to matter how much white space you have around the image, it still crops to the geometry in a rectangle and then masks that rectangle with a smaller circle. (Guess I'll have to edit my favourites in order to get them to display correctly, I see that mta has done it by puttin
  25. Yes thanks, (and thanks Admin). Even when I tried to push it by changing search pages straight away I only managed to trigger it the once.
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