• WSeikelein



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    • in reply to: PC refuses to upgrade to newer version #2395708

      I know I am late to the party but please hear me out.

      With all the energy and time you invested in your problem it might have been more time economical to bite the bullet and do a full re-install from a newly downloaded current Windows version. For this you’ll need an empty 8GB flash drive (USB stick), plugged into your computer.

      Naturally you need a complete backup of all your data before you even start on this.

      Go to the MS Windows download page at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10, scroll down to header Create Windows 10 installation media and click the big button Download Tool Now.Follow the prompts and you’ll end up with a bootable USB drive based installer for the Windows version you had chosen.

      I have done that many times in situations similar to yours and it has worked every time.

      I put that out here to eventually help others that may run into similar situations around the “upgrades” to Windows 11 or whatever.

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    • in reply to: The first Google search result often leads to a virus #2395700

      You are totally correct.

      The keyword here is “…they strip away most of…”.

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    • in reply to: A VPN dissenter speaks out #2386073

      I know I’m a bit late to the discussion – but what the heck.

      Many, many years ago when discussion(s) like these first appeared I looked at VPNs.

      What struck me back then – and this aspect of “privacy” I have not seen mentioned here – and still strikes me is that I remember clearly that ALL US of A based companies back then said that “naturally” they would disclose all their log files and all the data of any customer to “the US authorities” if that would be requested of them.

      Back then for me was VERY clear that I would never entrust anything to
      a: Companies based in the US
      b: A company from a third country with office(s) in the US
      c: A company with ANY kind of logging

      Back then I did not find any company fitting these points.

      AFAIK that situation has not changed. If it has changed in any way please correct me.

      IMHO the only safe location for critical information is ON ME, WITH ME and stored on a medium that only I have access to.

    • in reply to: Opal: I’m building a new PC #2381478

      Mr. Will,
      Yes, I love Linus Sebastian as well and I have learned lots from him.
      Your article simply is THE BEST about home made computers I have ever read!
      And I am “in computers” only since 1964!
      Thanks a lot for your “voice of reason”.

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    • in reply to: AUTORUNS – what to do with results #2323219

      get around to installing Windows 10 (version 1909 is on a USB stick and ready to go)


      By the end of 2020 PLEASE do not install your 1909 version! You will get ENDless updates right away!

      It is is so easy to go to Microsoft’s Windows 10 version October 2020 update page. There look for “Create Windows 10 installation media” and do as described there to create an up-to-date USB drive to upgrade to or install Windows 10 version 20H2.

    • in reply to: Warning! Malicious Browser Extensions #2322593

      Well then abandon Windows

      I wish I could. I love my Linux Lite system. That was the distro I settled on when I was looking for something easy to transition to coming from Windows. Remember what my customers said about themselves?

      But the vast majority of my customers “naturally” run Windows, so I must have it and “know” it. How else could I help them?

      And despite my advanced years the additional income is highly appreciated by my wife and me.

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    • in reply to: Warning! Malicious Browser Extensions #2321493

      Firefox YES,
      Everything else NO.
      Many hundreds of customers over the years, by far most of them “computer illiterate” (in their own words). Every single one of them gets installed Firefox with
      “uBlock origin”, ‘WOT – Web Of Trust” and “Facebook Disconnect”.

      AND: If a web sire does not work well with/in Firefox I tell my customers to NOT USE THIS WEB SITE instead of using Chrome or any of the other browsers.
      Works 99.99% of the time.

      I don’t recall anymore when and how I learned that Google can’t keep their extensions store clean – plus I don’t want to feed the by now probably biggest information gathering machine.

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    • in reply to: Windows Defender – yes or no? #2297838


      Been there, done it. But done it only for a day or two.

      Then I created a non-admin account that ever since I name GRANDKIDS. I have that on all our computers, no admin rights and ONLY Firefox with “uBlock Origin”, WOT and sice it came out “Facebook Container”. The price my wife and I have to pay is not telling them our passwords and logging off before we get up from any of our computers. Never had a problem with this setup; common sense and discipline do it, for me/us at least.

      Definitely NOT Google Chrome for the g-kids, whatever they say.

      If I interpret the 941 in your handle correctly I am 539 :-))


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    • in reply to: Windows Defender – yes or no? #2297757

      I come a bit late to the discussion but here I go:

      Over the last 15 years, 10 of them as the “computer guru” on a monthly call-in talk show on a local radio station, I have assembled over 10,000 customers.

      Yes, in Wind XP times it was reasonable if not necessary to use third party AV programs and for times there were some IMHO quite usable free programs around.  But their makers all too soon learned to monetize their software and overly burdened the programs with too much added functionality. They did it to the point that systems like those from Avast and AVG became major workloads for normal, below average configured cheap home computers. These cheap computers were about 90% of the machines out in actual households!

      I have seen more than a few computers that began to “run normally”again after removing all but one of the installed “free” AV programs.

      I was lucky to mostly have avoided Vista but since Windows 7 I have recommended to RUN ONLY MS Security Essentials and eventually use Malwarebytes occasionally run manually. The same stayed true for MS Defender on Win 8 and 10.

      Please be aware that the vast majority of my customers called themselves computer illiterate – and they were/are.

      With a little coaxing and very few explanations nearly all of them have over many years managed to keep their computers “mean, lean and clean” without needing to upgrade for more CPU power just to cater to a bloated third party AV system.

      My vote clearly goes to MS Defender plus eventually an occasional manually run scan with Malwarebytes Free. If you apply a bit of common sense while surfing the web and while reading emails you’ll be fine with Defender and Malwarebytes.

      Although the sad truth is that common sense ain’t that common; or is it?  ‘-)

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    • in reply to: Plus member but only “regular” content #2274634

      Just to be complete:
      Here is a screen shot of the email I got. It clearly states “Free Edition” and behaves accordingly.

      On the web site things are okay now, hurrah!



    • in reply to: Plus member but only “regular” content #2274621

      Good morning!

      Something has changed. I pulled up the newsletter and voila, I can access the Plus content; HURRAH!

      And I can see the Master Patch list; hurrah, hurrah!

      Thank you all who wrecked their brains!

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    • I know I am late but THANKS johnf.

      I have tried several Linux distros and Linux Lite turned out to be the easiest for simple, not computer minded users.

    • in reply to: Recommendations for remote control software #1591384

      But not the free version: http://www.aeroadmin.com/en/license_comparison.html

      Bruce, thanks but I’d at least need the Pro version which is not free.

    • in reply to: Recommendations for remote control software #1591383

      You might take a look at Mikogo
      … and portable versions…
      … [Teamviewer’s] vague or shifting corporate policies I couldn’t trust…

      Thank you; I definitely will look at Mikogo, what you say is intriguing.

      And Teamviewer’s policies and an unexpected and back then not forseeable change in their pricing caught me and turned me away for good.

    • in reply to: Recommendations for remote control software #1591382

      … use UltraVNC …
      … it’s Microsoft’s Remote Desktop …

      Bender, thank you.
      Sadly there are several reasons why I can’t consider either of your suggestions.
      Any virtual network is too much trouble to set up ahead of time and could presumably be abused by a third party.
      MS Remote Desktop can not be allowed an any of my customers machines, they all are noobs and too many have fallen for remote support support scams that used it for their purposes.

      But thanks anyway.

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