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Life and Times of the War Bunker CPU. [Jun. 18th, 2004|02:30 am]
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It is amazing how fast your computer runs after a clean-up.

Some internet programs you can easily recognize, especially when you gain an extra toolbar in your internet browser, or you see the pop-ups "You have been infected with (name your) spyware . . ."

The best thing to do, I find, is clean your internet cache. You can also get rid of the cookies. I use an array of programs to be redundant in my efforts. You never know when Norton might pick up something that Lavasoft does not.

Some of the things you contract, you do not see, however . . . until you notice a program folder, or you wonder why in the hell your browser is working so slow. This is also after you've done the array of sweeps and deletes.

Well, I still have no idea what 'Viewpoint Manager' did, but it's gone. Also, I finally realized that I never use the MSN messenger, and I rid myself of that, too.

'Twas a productive evening of ridding myself of this and that in the CPU system.

CPUs are a lot like people . . . they get sick, and you have to keep them healthy.


Wide-World of Electronic Info Note:

Yahoo! users know this already, but if you don't have a great free email account, Yahoo! just upped their max inbox on free accounts . . . tenfold.

It jumped from 10 MB storage to 100 MB.

Also, the maximum file size you can send is now increased in similar proportion.

You can send 10 MB maximum . . . perfect for those ridiculously-large 1000 dpi .jpg images, .mp3 files, or whatever.

[User Picture]From: fruitpunch76
2004-06-18 05:29 am (UTC)
Did you also rid yourself of your crankiness?
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-18 08:16 am (UTC)
Yeah, I did.

I think I just didn't want to talk.

It's hard to speak, for me, on a phone . . . if at that moment, I really have little to say. :D
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-18 08:19 am (UTC)
I should also mention . . .

Sometimes, programs like Norton will pick up activity from programs that are not intrusive.

The best way to avoid getting rid of a program that is reading as a 'false positive' is to look at what your security program picked up . . .
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[User Picture]From: longlivepeach
2004-06-18 03:59 pm (UTC)
have you tried using mozilla?
i find it's much, much better than netscape ever was, and beats internet explorer righteously.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-18 07:33 pm (UTC)
My internet history is one of extreme habit.

Back in the college days, I toiled away with Pentium helter-skelter rigs on a private university T1 connection (circa 1996).

Get this: There were 486's on the network back then. Bwahahaha!

The CPUs were standard with Nutscrape . . . I usually used Lycos search engine back then, with AltaVista.

Well, it's fun to re-live history for a few seconds.

I'm such a creature of habit. No, I don't use a Win 3.x network with 486's and Netscape, hahaha.

Actually, if Mozilla beats the pants off IE, that sounds pretty good.

What would be even better is if Mozilla was zero dollars.
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[User Picture]From: longlivepeach
2004-06-18 10:08 pm (UTC)
mozilla is free, yeah. it started when netscape went under and gave away their source code. two different projects started at that point -- a new netscape browser, and a mozilla browser. the mozilla browser is open source, and it's a few years old now, so it's really quite stable. and it has every feature you probably need. it's also skinnable, if you're into that.


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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-18 10:50 pm (UTC)
Oh man, now you're tempting me.

I'll have to investigate the Mozilla, of which I've known of it for quite some time.

I do like the idea of open-source, and with regard to the esteemed opinion of superiority, I may have to give it a try with XP in order to see how Microsoft and Mozilla get along . . .
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-20 07:33 am (UTC)
I have no idea what G-Mail is.

I just spent another long night of ridding myself of some intrusion with a trojan . . . it compromised windows media player with a wmplayer.exe.js addition to the folder.

That one actually was much easier than I made it out to be. I could have just deleted the .js . . . but instead, I uninstalled and wiped the player, and I re-downloaded it from microsoft to re-install, after I went through all sorts of sweeping and deleting yet again . . .

Still, I love computers. It sure beats tinkering with automobiles.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2004-06-21 06:49 am (UTC)
I'm clumsy in my information gathering.

When I'm researching something, I'll click on it . . .

One thing that keeps getting me is the lyrics search.

There are some lyrics websites which operate with trojan horse infection. I've been nailed like this a handful of times now. I think I'll start going to look for the official band website, since most bands now have some sort of website, complete with lyrical information.

Whenever I get attacked, I really have nothing that cannot be found everywhere. It is of no special value at the moment.
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