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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – why are you running Windows 7? #2305145
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      #1 reason: it works, and works well, and all my essential software runs perfectly on Win7.

      #2 reason: I hate the cartoon-like interface of Win10, I think it is a resource hog, and since I’ve never suffered any on-line attack on my unit, I see no reason to upgrade.

      #3 reason: Win10 runs like a pig. We recently bought an Acer Laptop for my wife, it has Win10, 6Gb RAM, an Intel5 processor and it runs so slowly it is difficult to use. I am a retired computer consultant and I know a slow computer when I see on. I ‘downgraded’ the Acer to Win7Pro and it runs 300% faster, despite warnings from I’m not sure where that the hardware wasn’t qualified for Win7. My wife is very happy at how her laptop runs now.

      #4 reason: Microsoft is a marketing company, not a technology company. Win10 is just another excuse for them to milk more money out of you by having to upgrade software that otherwise ran fine on Win7. They can do without my money.

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      in reply to: PDF Reader for Windows 7 Ultimate #2301994
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      PDF Creator is an excellent program for creating PDF files from any program that can print. It acts as a printer. The same is true for BullZip PDF printer. You just print your whatever and send it to either of the printers installed by these two programs and out comes your PDF, which can be edited by any competent PDF editor, including ADOBE Reader.

      in reply to: PDF Reader for Windows 7 Ultimate #2295634
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      Another good PDF creator is Bullzip PDF printer. It will create a PDF file from any program you can print from….it installs like a printer.

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      in reply to: Who’s Still Using Win 7? #2294576
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      I use Win7Pro, have been since perhaps 2014, I have it on a spare HP unit I keep for experiments.  I recently downgraded my wife’s Acer Laptop E15 from the very sluggish Win 10 it came with, back to Win7Pro and the improvement in performance is staggering, even though that hardware supposedly doesn’t support Win7…there were several error messages to this effect as I downloaded all the upgrades and patches since my original CD was released.  I put a halt to the upgrades, the error messages are gone and the laptop seems to run correctly and  way better than before and my wife can actually do work on it now.

      As for me, I’m not a fan of cloud computing at all.  I like to be able to install the program on my unit from a CD/DVD or even a downloaded zip file. I like the data to live on my unit.  I know how to make regular backups.  And a big plus: Win7 runs some of the legacy programs that I depend on, like Quicken, for example.  I also have an older but perfectly serviceable version of MS Office on all units and it doesn’t need internet to work, data is stored locally and I fail to see the advantages of moving to Win10, considering the hit to performance and the never-ending expense.  While I have occasionally and inadvertently downloaded some c*** program that took a while to strip out, I’ve never had a hacker break into my net (we use a router and firewall), all units have either Avast or Kaspersky AntiVirus protection, as well as Windows Defender, and we scan frequently with CCLeaner, MalwareBytes and Sophos VirusRemoval, and so far, no one has been hacked or crippled. We also recognize well-known scam styles and obvious fishing attempts….don’t need special software to spot many of those.

      I had my own computer consultancy in San Francisco for almost 25 years, and one of the things I’d frequently tell clients is “don’t upgrade yourself into oblivion.” And that’s the direction I smelled starting in Windows 8 and going forward.  You don’t ‘own’ your software, you rent it continuously….never get done paying. All your data is stored at some place that you have no idea where it is or how well it is protected, and your data nevertheless could get swiped from within by some disgruntled employee.  Or if your internet is down that day, no data, go back to bed.  Nope, not for me. It may make sense sales-wise, but from an engineering standpoint, which is where I stand, it makes no sense.

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      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1387130
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      Thanks, RG for your good suggestions. My next move was going to be doing exactly what you said: put the drive in another computer and try that, but as I mentioned above, a little persistence finally paid off. Thanks again.

      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1387129
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      Thank you to everyone who posted here. I’m glad to say I think I finally got rid of “cdn.oggifinogi.com” and persistence was the key, as well as Safe Mode. It took several attempts to delete the entire folder, which had some 3+Gb of junk files in it, several freeze-ups and ccleaner ultimately to empty the recycle bin, and right now the unit is in the middle of a boot-time dskchk to make sure the file system is in good order after all those crashes and deletions. I did try “file assassin” by Avast, but that also just froze up in the middle of the process…in the end it was plain old windows explorer that deleted everything. Now I’d really like to know where in hell this came from. Any ideas out there?

      Thanks again to all posters for your input.

      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1387008
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      Admin, I appreciate your help here. I loaded up Sysinternals ProcMon and could find no references to the mysterious directories, and nothing in the registry editor either. I looked in SERVICES and there was nothing with a reference to this stuff either. There’s no reference to this in HijackThis, and no a/v program has spotted this. I don’t know how you define ‘resisting efforts’ but I’d say that trying to delete a non-system directory and having that result in a freeze-up is pretty resistant, wouldn’t you agree? Do you have any other suggestions for where to research this? I’ve sent an email to cdn.oggifinogi.com but have not received any reply yet.

      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1386899
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      I already checked the startup programs-nothing there that looks suspicious or connected to the oggifinogi stuff. Also ran HijackThis on the unit and could find nothing out of order. Attempts to remove the offending directories usually crash the computer. There’s something in this unit and I can’t find it. If this isn’t malware, then why is it resisting all efforts to remove it? Those two things don’t add up. It’s not any part of the OS, there are a huge number of files with long, hex-style names that end in .sxx and they seem to replicate themselves. Attempts to delete them result in the deletion process halting with an error message that suchandsuch file cannot be deleted, althought many files preceeding it were ( I moved them to a pendrive and was able to reformat the pen drive to kill these) but more and more files seem to be generated within the rogue directory cdn.oggifinog.com The name itself is a bit of a joke and that also leads me to believe this is some new form of crapware.

      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1386819
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      So does anyone know how to get rid of this? It has dodged all efforts to remove this rogue directory and its contents. I have no idea what program it belongs to…it’s on my wife’s computer and she doesn’t make a habit out of downloading and installing things willy-nilly. She always asks me first. My guess is some rogue website she surfed to did this and I’m not real pleased that the Microsoft Security Essentials didn’t pickup on it when it entered, and Avast doesn’t give it any attention either.

      Thanks for your input.

      in reply to: What the hell is “cdn.oggifinogi.com” #1386660
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      Sorry for the double post…I didn’t know which forum was the more appropriate one. Anyhow, who is this cdn network, and why can’t this be removed? All of us here shop on Amazon from time to time, but only one computer has this mysterious folder which contains some 3+Gb of files with long, code-like names that end in .ssx and the directory “cdn.oggifinogi.com” is located inside another directory named “VPHUNGDJ” and none of this looks right. I checked the website you mentioned and they appear to be a venture capital outfit…what is this crap doing on our computer? I’d surely appreciate any solid advice from any reader here.

      in reply to: How long would one keep using XP pro SP3 ? #1386648
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      There an old saying in the computer biz: don’t upgrade yourself into oblivion. I still use XP on our home net, my traveling laptop (HPMini) and if you get SP3 and the needed system updates it will serve well for a long time. The only reasons to upgrade would be (a) you have some vitally necessary software that will not run under XP and/or (b) you need a new computer and you can’t buy one with XP any longer (and don’t feel like doing a ground-up install yourself…lots of work) and/or the new unit doesn’t come with XP drivers any longer, so you have to move up. Note DrWho’s post above on this topic.

      I was a consultant for 25 years and retired around the time VISTA emerged. I saw no need to learn a new OS, upgrade my applications software or devote any time to what would be essentially a non-revenue producing effort. My needs are pretty simple: Chrome does my browsing, Quicken does my finances, and Thunderbird does my email and internet faxing. Your mileage may vary, but it seems to me the biggest motivation in getting people to upgrade is that you can’t buy a new unit anywhere any longer with XP on it, and as I mentioned, a ground-up install is a challenge to one not so experienced.

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      Glad to hear you got it all together with a minimum of grief. My question to you: how does XP run with only 256Mb RAM? My experiences with XP indicate that operation is painfully slow until you get to about 2Gb RAM, and 4Gb is really the sweet spot. I didn’t think the 256Mb met the bare minimum for XP per Microsoft specs. With only 256Mb RAM, XP is going to make extensive use of your paging file, so I’d suggest you put the paging file on the larger partition, if you still have two, and defrag frequently to get the most performance you can with the limited resources available. To adjust the page file, rightclick on ‘my computer’ go to properties, advanced tab, performance settings, advanced tab again, and under ‘virtual memory’ you’ll find the controls for the paging file. Let windows manage the size, just put it in the larger partition. Reboot as necessary.

      in reply to: 1.8TB external drive goes down hard #1341602
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      Excellent article Fred. I wonder how many of us users realize how much Linux is around us in the various devices we use daily.

      in reply to: Cannot acquire network address #1317354
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      Have you checked to see that the router you can not connect to has MAC filtering enabled? That would prevent you from getting an IP address even if you have the security and password correct.

      in reply to: Firefox keeps crashing at startup #1316082
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      I think there are some loose screws in FF9…as soon as I installed it over my existing FF8 it started acting up, crashing, not starting, all sorts of undesirable crap, so I uninstalled it completely after saving my bookmarks, re-installed FF8 and have had no problems. As has often been said, there’s a lot of bleeding on the leading edge. I always used to tell my clients “Don’t upgrade yourself into oblivion.” I don’t know specifically what improvements v9 carries over v8, but 8 works fine for me.

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