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    • in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2264368
      LHiggins
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      Thanks – and yes, I would uninstall Norton and run the Norton Removal Tool first. I wouldn’t run two together.

      I just thought since I was probably going to pay for McAfee for the Win 10 laptop (it came pre-installed) and have the ability to use it on other computers with that subscription, I could uninstall Norton and use McAfee instead of a free AV.

      But if McAfee would overload my Win 7 computers’ resources, I guess I may be better off with something else.

      So, would something like BitDefender be a good alternative to McAfee for the Win 10 laptop as well? Or just go with Windows Security/Defender?

      Thanks again!

       

      in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2264347
      LHiggins
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      Hello!

      Before I go too far down this road, I have one additional question:

      I also have a new Win 10 Pro laptop that has a paid subscription to McAfee Live Safe. That could be put onto the Win 7 machines, but I think it would involve some removal of Norton to allow McAfee to run.

      My subscription to McAfee on the Win 10 laptop is up in July and I am probably going to renew it. My question – since I could also install this on both Win 7 machines, would that be a good alternative to a free program?

      I’ll be paying for it anyway, so would having it on all of the computers be something to consider?

      Thanks for any input on this idea.

      in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2263284
      LHiggins
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      Great – thanks so much! I’ll give it a try this week and post back if I run into any questions.

      Have a great Sunday!

      in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2263278
      LHiggins
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      Thanks everyone for the great info and leads!

      Another question – should I download – but not install – whichever free AV I decide to try before I uninstall Norton and run the Norton cleaner? Can that be done so that I have some protection while I am downloading and installing the new one?

      Thanks again for all of the input! Much appreciated!

      in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2263111
      LHiggins
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      Thanks for that info about AdWcleaner! It looks like a great option with nothing to install. I’ll definitely look into it along with most likely Bitdefender free.

      All of this is great – and a big help! Much appreciated everyone!

      in reply to: Some anti-virus suggestions for Win 7? #2263070
      LHiggins
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      Wow – you guys are all fast! Thanks so much for all of the great advice!! Looks like I have a little bit of research to do, but great that the free programs seem to work well and can be a good alternative for this situation. I really hate to spend the money on Norton, especially since I am rarely online with Win 7 anymore. Windows is so slow compared to Mint, and when I do boot back into it, I am always grumpy – LOL!

      If it were mine, I would uninstall the Norton. Then go to their website and download/run the Norton Removal Tool (NRT) to be sure you remove ALL of it. My experience with Norton, it probably wouldn’t hurt to run NRT several times.

      Do not ever install more than one AV product.

      Thanks to you both for that as well – good to know that I should/can uninstall Norton and not have any conflicts.

      What do you all think of the need for something like the free version of Malwarebytes alongside whichever free AV I decide to try? Or wouldn’t that be necessary.

      I do also run uBlock Origin on my FF browsers and keep them up to date as well!

      Thanks for all of the quick and great advice. I can see that I have some “work” to do in the next couple of days to get ready for the end of that subscription!

       

      in reply to: How to Check Video and Sound for Tele-Health Meeting #2257810
      LHiggins
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      Indeed! We will need to check where we are going to do this LOL!

      in reply to: How to Check Video and Sound for Tele-Health Meeting #2257809
      LHiggins
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      Or else you can use the Camera app to check the video, and Voice Recorder app to check the mic.

      Yes, I did try that as I said:

      Both seem to be working independently, but when I tried testing the video recording with the camera app, there was no sound.

      When the sound would not work with the video, I thought that something was wrong somewhere. I think I have since figured out how to adjust that, so we’ll see.

      in reply to: How to Check Video and Sound for Tele-Health Meeting #2257626
      LHiggins
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      Thanks. They use a service called Medent Mobile and have sent a link.I’ve looked at their conferencing materials online, but there is no option for a test call – just their own tutorials.

      I was really just wanting a little help being sure that the camera and microphone on my laptop are configured correctly and work as they should, regardless of what app they will use, since I’ve actually never used either before.

      Thanks again for the reply!

      in reply to: MS-DEFCON 3: Get the February patches installed #2174465
      LHiggins
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      Update on 1903 to 1909 upgrade on my Win 10 Pro laptop:

      All seems fine after the upgrade.

      Took about 30 minutes – restarted twice, and did seem to be slow downloading, but that is probably my connection. Now on build 18363.657 – and no other updates pending.

      Checked my settings – nothing seems changed – even Cortana and search settings off remained the same.

      Keeping fingers crossed that things are smooth from here on in, but way less stressful that I was anticipating! 🙂

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      in reply to: Will a RAM upgrade speed my computer? #2170656
      LHiggins
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      Timings look good to me and with only 48% used I would not be changing anything. How does it seem to perform in normal use?

      Glad it all looks OK! It seems fine – I haven”t noticed any issues so far, so I’m hoping it is all good!

      Thanks!

      in reply to: 0Patch Update Feb 2020 #2170431
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      They explain the reasoning behind how they constructed the test on their blog page, and why they are using IE to test it. It is a quick, one time thing.

      They also say to email them at support@0patch.com with question. They are very good at replying, so I’m sure they’ll be happy to answer any questions.

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      in reply to: Will a RAM upgrade speed my computer? #2170110
      LHiggins
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      Just wanted to give you all an update and say thanks again for all of your help and ideas regarding my RAM upgrade. I have successfully installed the second RAM stick and so far, things seem to be running smoothly.

      I did opt for just adding 4gb – as I think the total of 8gb will be enough. The RAM was recognized right away and the resource usage issue is greatly reduced.

      The other thing is that, as I recall, one of your open tabs is to your e-mail, and maybe something about those e-mails is taking up a lot of memory.

      Yes – after watching the usage with the new RAM, it does seem that Gmail is one of the culprits – if I leave the Gmail window open, the usage does go up.

      Overall though, right now, with 5 tabs open – none Gmail, the usage is about 48% – far better than that 80-90% I was having. In Mint, it is much less – around 20-25% most of the time.

      If the specs are exactly the same, then you shouldn’t have any problem with two different brands of memory. And yes, although more is always better, 8GB should be enough in your situation.

      I did also opt for a different brand of RAM – same specs. I did look into that one at eBay that MrJimPhelps suggested (thanks again for that!), but I was worried that they did not offer returns, so I found one on Amazon that did offer returns in case. I’m posting the specs for both below, in case anyone does see something that I’m missing.

      Otherwise – it all does seem to be a good improvement and affordable as well. Again, thanks to everyone who helped me in this process!

      Original RAM:

      CPU-Z1

      Original RAM timing:

      Slot-1-timing

      New RAM:

      Slot-2-New

      New RAM timing:

      Slot-2-timing

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      in reply to: Will a RAM upgrade speed my computer? #2153200
      LHiggins
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      Thanks! The RAM arrived in the mail, so I will give this all a try tomorrow.

      Just remember to discharge any static electricity on you before proceeding especially in a very dry environment.

      So – touching any other metal will do it?

      And where I’ll be doing this is a fairly high humidity area – so no worry about dry air creating static.

      Thanks again – will let you all know how it goes.

      in reply to: Will a RAM upgrade speed my computer? #2152873
      LHiggins
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      Thanks Paul! I’ll post back and let you know how it all goes!

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