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    Well wavy and I have. ~~~~~~~~~~ :p

    Well wavy and I have. ~~~~~~~~~~ :p
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    Well - mea culpa also - I contributed to the...

    Well - mea culpa also - I contributed to the digression!!! :-(
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    This discussion is getting somewhat off topic....

    This discussion is getting somewhat off topic. The topic of this thread is "DNS reliability and performance", and not about browser redirects caused by malware toolbars or viruses.
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    I reread those posts again, and nothing in those...

    I reread those posts again, and nothing in those posts says that BrowserSafeguard was definitely the cause. The link says that this is software which prevents uninstalls. Other research suggests that...
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    I had a phone call from a friend who could not...

    I had a phone call from a friend who could not load google.

    I suspected that she was getting DNS servers from her router and that these DNS servers were polluted, and got her to change her PC...
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    The first link does not describe what the two...

    The first link does not describe what the two "netsh" commands do - it just provides the commands. But if you read this microsoft knowledgebase article you will see that "netsh int ip reset...
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    Could be - or could be a remote DNS server which...

    Could be - or could be a remote DNS server which has been compromised or could be something else entirely.

    And a redirected DNS is very different to an unreliable one - that is a completely...
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    This is a good call. Some malware does use the...

    This is a good call. Some malware does use the HOSTS file to redirect traffic to the wrong site, but it can only really be done to well known / high-traffic sites like google and bbc.co.uk because it...
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    I tried "ipconfig /flushdns" - I can't remember...

    I tried "ipconfig /flushdns" - I can't remember whether it provided any short-term benefit, but certainly didn't help for very long.

    "ipconfig /registerdns" is nothing to do with this issue -...
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    These were exactly the symptoms that we had here...

    These were exactly the symptoms that we had here - the wired PC was set to use the router's DNS proxy, and the router was set to use OpenDNS. My wireless laptop had its own DNS settings and was more...
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    Well - we have been with plus.net for several...

    Well - we have been with plus.net for several years, and it is only recently that we have started having trouble.

    But since I couldn't find my fix elsewhere, I thought it might be nice to post...
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    DNS reliability and performance

    Recently I have been having real issues with DNS lookups - with browsers, Chrome especially, giving DNS lookup errors on a frequent but intermittent basis and web browsing, particularly to new sites,...
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    This patch was installed automatically by Windows...

    This patch was installed automatically by Windows Update before I thought of hiding it.

    I just backed out this update because half of my auto-start programs were not starting. There was some...
  14. I was going to say the same thing. Bluestacks...

    I was going to say the same thing. Bluestacks runs inside windows - so you get a cleaner UI integration and simple installation without needing to install a virtualisation platform like VirtualBox or...
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    WLM has had some bugs since this update -...

    WLM has had some bugs since this update - occasionally the navigation tree gets corrupted and you need to close / relaunch the application.

    And (a very minor point) but the tiny window image when...
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    Hiding the SSID may not be worth much. ...

    Hiding the SSID may not be worth much.

    Firstly, if you hide the SSID then instead of the router broadcasting that the SSID exists only around your home, your laptop will broadcast a request to see...
  17. I would also recommend the following: A...

    I would also recommend the following:

    A brilliant free MP3 tagger, MusicBrainz Picard which uses the massive MusicBrainz database to provide comprehensive information about an album / track and if...
  18. 1. Check out the driver properties for your...

    1. Check out the driver properties for your wireless card - they sometime have a setting for roaming aggressiveness.

    2. I think that you should probably call your access points by different names...
  19. P.P.S. The "drivers" downloadable from HP are...

    P.P.S. The "drivers" downloadable from HP are very limited - which suggests that most of the drivers are likely to be standard and installed automatically by the Windows installer.

    The...
  20. P.S. Vista (and hence 7 and 8) have improved...

    P.S. Vista (and hence 7 and 8) have improved power management - and you should check that your system has the latest BIOS and check the BIOS settings before installing your OS.
  21. Just because HP don't make memory for this...

    Just because HP don't make memory for this machine any more does not mean that you can't have more memory. Compatible memory may still be available new from 3rd parties like Kingston or Crucial and...
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    I have a Microsoft subscription, and when I...

    I have a Microsoft subscription, and when I rebuilt my PC with Win8 I installed Office 2013. Within hours, however, I had uninstalled it and installed Office 2010. Why?

    1. Office 2013 is...
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    Battery status

    Primary battery is quite sound (c. 90% of spec. according to powercfg) - but I also have an almost brand new second battery in the media slot.

    However the battery lasts (maybe) 60% of the time it...
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    Thanks for the pointer but I am talking about...

    Thanks for the pointer but I am talking about battery time when I am actively using the laptop (i.e. when I can't use S3 standby).

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    Power management

    I have an old-ish Dell laptop which is running Windows 8 from a fresh install and fully updated just fine, however battery life is a LOT lower than it should be.

    I ran the powercfg energy report...
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