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  1. Hi, I am using Win XP/SP2 With IE7, AVG 7.5, Spybot, and sometimes Windows Defender. All have latest updates. No Virus/Spyware is found, but AVG reports a "Change" in the MBR Boot Sector after IE7 or Windows updates. 1. Why does Microsoft change the MBR Boot Sector? 2. Is there a program that will back up the MBR and restore it? 3. Should I worry about the change? Thanks for the help.
  2. Hello all, I am working on a Toshiba laptop that came with Windows Vista, The user prefers to use their legally purchased version of Windows XP/SP2. Per a phone call to Toshiba, they will not support the change to XP. Going to their site and looking at the specific model number, reveals no drivers for XP. Using the XP control panel reveals the expected "?" for items not recognized by XP for this new model laptop. I have tried "System Information for Windows" version 1.69 available from: http://www.gtopala.com/ This is an excellent program but it only reveals hardware information already recognized by Windows. It does not show the unrecognized "?" hardware (Ethernet LAN port, Wireless LAN, Modem, Sound/Audio). I have tried Microsoft's "System Internals" with no success. I have searched several driver sites with the Toshiba model number (P105-S6147) with little success. I did find DriverPacks.net Forum where they indicated I could create a new slipstreamed XP/SP2 installation CD. I can do this as a last resort to try to see IF that will resolve the issue. XP is already installed and I only need the 4 drivers mentioned above. I have searched the Internet with no success yet. Is there a free utility/program that will identify the hardware manufacturer and model number in a PC where Windows can not identify it? Thank you for any ideas, Steve
  3. Would it be possible to add a status line near the CCleaner Version showing that a winapp2.ini file is being utilized. Maybe even the date of the file, but at least a status upon startup showing that a winapp2.ini file is being used. I know that TwistedMetal has the applications tab showing winapp2.ini entries with a *, but a front title status would be nice. Great product!!! Thank you for your time.
  4. I know CCleaner only cleans registry entries, but wondered if anyone is using "Portable Firefox" I was using Firefox on an old backup PC. It would slow down over time using a larger percentage of the CPU. I had to uninstall and reinstall every two or three weeks. I was using CCleaner v1.4.520 with the "winapp2.ini" to clean the PC but over time it still got worse. I am now trying "Portable Firefox Just curious if anyone has experienced the slowdown over time or if anyone is using "Portable Firefox" and what they think about it. I found only one old "Portable Firefox" link on a search. I am trying to learn what to clean in the portable version. Maybe I should have posted this in "Software" but it involves CCleaner initially. I am not saying CCleaner is causing a problem. This forum is loaded with intelligent users with unbiased opinions, so I am utilizing this resource as well as Firefox and Portable Apps forums. Thanks
  5. I can't use my left hand for a while, therefore I needed another method. (I tried using my right hand and nose to do Alt-Ctrl-Del with no success) I like the 'Process Explorer' suggestion. It has great features.
  6. knotwurthy

    AVG Free

    I wonder if the difference in the directories has to do with the date of installation. Meaning a different version of the AVG installer was used. The newest installer is 7.5.463. I, however, installed my version back on 10/29/06 and have done online updates ever since then to get to the current version. I have no idea what version of installer I used back then. Might be worth asking the AVG forum. I still don't understand the file size difference between your system and mine and others. Thanks for the responses on the software. I had to remove AVG Anti-Spyware because it drastically slowed the PC down when online. Using 'Process Explorer' revealed AVG Anti-Spyware was using a large amount of CPU percentage. I'll check on 'SuperAntiSpyware'.
  7. I have a PC running XP that was installed from the XP SP1 original CD that I bought. I then upgraded to SP2 when it came out. SP2 creates a "ServicepPackFiles" directpry. 1. Is anyone running XP SP2 that has the SP2 built in? (You didn't have to upgrade to SP2). 2. If so, do you have a "ServicepPackFiles" directpry? 3. Is it safe to delete that directory? Thanks
  8. knotwurthy

    AVG Free

    Great points! ClamWin does crawl, maybe why they named it CLAM . I set up F-Prot on a bootable CD for an old PC that has to use FAT32 for an old VB6 application that is on it. It is used as a secondary scanner only. Do you know of any other Anti-Virus software that is Execable from a boot CD/DVD/ISB DRIVE, run prior to Windows boot? How do you like your newest choice of Anti-Virus software? What Anti-Spyware/s do you like? Thanks.
  9. Acronis True Image backup software. List $49.99 at Acronis site. A free "try-it" version is available @ http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/download/trueimage/ Acronis True Image 10 Home 15 days trial, available in 5 languages, just over 100mb. I bought version 9 at a local computer store that was closing it out for $29.99, they had version 10 for same price as the Acronis site, $49.99 . You might check the local stores or CompUSA web sites. In fact, you can download Version 10 from CompUSA FOR $36.99 @ http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...e_Image_10_Home OR buy it for $49.99 via shipment or instore pickup(SOLD OUT) @ http://www.compusa.com/products/product_in...4&pfp=feb25 "Acronis announced that The Geek Squad, an operation of Best Buy Co., will now include Acronis True Image and Acronis Disk Director Suite as part of its Repair Toolbox". It doesn't look like they sell it though. Circuit City doesn't list it. You might find a better price with a web search. Acronis was selling 9 at a good price but it is sold out, even though a link shows up on a web search. The Acronis forum is "Almost" as good as this one. This is the main forum that reroutes you to specific product forums: http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/support/forum/ For Acronis True Image: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=65 Dang I talk too much but I love this product. You can creat a boot disk to run the IMAGE backup/restore. A complete image backup can create a snapshot of your selected hard drive including all operating system updates, hotfixes etc., Anti Virus/Spyware updates. The image is restorable back to a messed up drive(better than restore points) or can be burned to a new drive. Can be directly backed up to CD's, or DVD size sequential files to a hard drive. I backup after every major change or new product install. The only feature I would like is direct burning to DVD's. Per the forum, that is comming in the next version. Read about ALL the features @ http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/ Enjoy
  10. knotwurthy

    AVG Free

    Andavari, I too try other virus products often. You might be interested in these: ClamWin is a good open-source supplemental Anti-Virus package for any primary Anti-Virus software packages that do real time scanning (AVG, Anti-Vir, Avast, Bit Defender, etc ). It has no real time protection and should not conflict with those Anti-Virus software packages that do real time scanning. It must be run manually. They update virus databases sometimes multiple times daily. http://www.filehippo.com/download_clamwin/ http://www.clamwin.com/ Also, Try F-Protect for DOS and create a bootable CD, with F-Protect on it, to allow scanning seperate from the Windows Operating System. The DOS version is FREE. They still provide updates reguarly. I create a bootable CD/RW every month or so. Just in case the PC starts acting weird. I believe F-Protect for DOS could be installed on a USB thumb drive that is made bootable and used on systems that allow USB booting. http://www.f-prot.com/products/home_use/dos/ http://www.f-prot.com/download/signaturefiles.html
  11. I've seen several pics from image shack. I tried that but it ddn't work, just went to a blank form and never sent me an email. Is there another way? Thanks, Steve
  12. knotwurthy

    AVG Free

    I have less than 8mb on this machine in folder ->All Users ->Application Data-> Grisoft -> avg7upd -> backup This is a backup of all the definition files. In fact I saw a post on another site that said if you back the following files from the program files dirextory, on a new install, copy them back into the program directory and you are suppost to be up to date with the date of these files. I haven't had a chance to try it. avi7.avg incavi.avm microavi.avg miniavi.avg upd_vers.cfg These files don't match the backup directory, the incavi.avm is the size hog, like JDPower said. It is one of the files listed when AVG does an update. You might try posting a question on AVG's forum. http://forum.grisoft.cz/freeforum/index.php Make sure you search for a similar question, read the FAQ's, and post in the proper area or "Big Al" will lecture you and remove your post. I made that mistake on a post. There are several 1kb history files in the history folder, dating back to the last time a clean install was done. They are not taking up much space, looks like they are for report reviewing. The oldest machine I have AVG on, dating back to 10/2006, is still only 8.1mb in the ->All Users ->Application Data-> Grisoft -> avg7upd -> backup directory. Might be worth a post over there. Good luck, lets us know what happens.
  13. knotwurthy

    Windows Vista

    Great Information. Here are some sites I found: http://www.windowssecrets.com/ Great free newsletter, XP and Vista. (also offers a paid version). http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/default.aspx The Windows Vista Team Blog is a collaboration among various employees of Microsoft's Windows division. http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/02/09/528963.aspx Protected Mode in Vista IE7 from Microsoft Developers Network. http://www.vista-files.org/ Freeware and Shareware http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technolog...-tutorials.html Some good info., some questionable info. Take care all.
  14. It's great to see discussion on this. Thanks for all of the other suggestions. I had to find an easier way to do it because my left arm and hand is in a cast for a while. I think I will play with starting Task Manager at Boot up, due to suggestions mentioned here. Would be interesting to see what processes are using the most CPU time during boot up. Thank you all for participating.This is a good forum! Steve
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