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    Paul-- Your comment shows you clearly understood...

    Paul--
    Your comment shows you clearly understood the question.

    Thanks.
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    Could not agree more. My original idea of...

    Could not agree more. My original idea of disabling encryption was a non-starter, because smart malware simply could flip the service back on. My second idea was not merely to disable, but remove...
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    RolandJS-- Thank you for that-- it is never...

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    Thank you for that-- it is never enough to have only a single system image before undertaking a serious operation.
    And because HDs fail, keep each image set on a separate USB external HD.
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    MartinM-- It is unlikely a malware coder would...

    MartinM--
    It is unlikely a malware coder would need to search for image extensions, since most people disconnect the USB external HD after imaging. That said, there is the minuscule number of users...
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    MartinM-- Like Paul, you understood I planned to...

    MartinM--
    Like Paul, you understood I planned to remove encryption in order to pre-empt a ransomware attack which uses system encryption against itself. As you point out in item 3, however, removal...
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    Turn off encryption ?

    With all the hazards of running an encrypted boot or data volume-- not the least of which is ransomware-- I would like to remove system encryption.

    Of course, I realize that if I simply disabled...
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    The scans were read from my computer firewall...

    The scans were read from my computer firewall log, and the interruptions were experienced on the machine, itself.
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    Port scans over past two days

    During October 9 through October 11, noticing my system was sometimes unresponsive for seconds at a time, I began to look for other symptoms than a simple over-fragmented hard drive.

    On checking...
  9. Thanks, Lincoln, for your report on the ordeal with Windows 10

    Thirty-day Win10 experiment lasts only a week


    http://windowssecrets.com/images/wsn/Lincoln-Spector-1.jpgBy Lincoln Spector

    Using savvy security software is an important part of staying safe...
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    I Tried Blur, but Had a Better Idea

    I tried Blur (formerly, "DoNotTrackMe"), but while the idea is basically good, an automatic computer alias creates problems, on occasion. Suppose you enter a contest and the entry form requests your...
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    Yes, time and date are correct. Thanks for...

    Yes, time and date are correct.
    Thanks for confirming that the CMOS battery may be on the way out with 3.0v remaining.
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    Sudo15, you are very close to my own findings....

    Sudo15, you are very close to my own findings. Here is what I already have done to confirm a startup-phase battery voltage drop.

    After pressing the start button with both power adapter and...
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    In reference to your suggestion (number)-- 1....

    In reference to your suggestion (number)--
    1. First thing I did was to reinitialize everything possible.
    2. Also done in early phase, to bleed residual voltages at likely problem points. That step...
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    1. Disconnecting the AC adapter does not shut...

    1. Disconnecting the AC adapter does not shut down operations, although it consistently dims the display noticeably, perhaps revealing insufficient charge for this "fully charged [100 percent]"...
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    Thanks for the HWMonitor link, and I'll try that....

    Thanks for the HWMonitor link, and I'll try that. Meanwhile, I did remove the adapter, and the laptop continues to run, although its screen dims noticeably.
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    "New battery fully charged"-- I have charged...

    "New battery fully charged"-- I have charged completely the newly-purchased, newly-manufactured battery in the laptop with the problem, if its screen report of battery status is accurate. However, I...
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    HP Laptop will not boot with battery

    This HP laptop, model DV2125NR, running XP Media Center, cannot boot from its battery, alone. Yet, the battery is known to be in good condition and fully charged.

    To make matters more...
  18. Thank you, Paul, for such an innovative...

    Thank you, Paul, for such an innovative response-- I'll look into it immediately.

    In terms of only hardware, do you believe 4gb is enough to handle modest video streaming? The cable signal is...
  19. Minimum Hardware Requirements for Streaming Video

    On Home Network

    On home networks, many people like to stream music and video. At my house, we have kids who like the music video, and do not want the video stream to become balky, freeze or...
  20. Fosshub is an interesting site, and I very much...

    Fosshub is an interesting site, and I very much like its opposition to spam and bundling. Although a few sites claim to oppose bundleware, most quietly profit from it-- only Fosshub appears...
  21. Thanks! to IPW

    You can rest assured I believe in prevention and proactivity over damage control, any day. The problem is my customers seldom do.

    Thanks for the links!
  22. Thanks! to Calimanco

    I may be late to the party but the party continues at full blast, apparently.

    Prior to my question, I never had been forced to consider using a flash drive, but the material sent promises to be...
  23. Flashdrive-hosted Windows for safer malware removal

    Booting Windows from a write-protected flash drive, rather than booting normally, should bypass all infected files on a suspect machine. From that Flash-based instance of Windows, anti-malware...
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    TO TonyL-- Many Thanks! Your one-piece post-SP3...

    TO TonyL--
    Many Thanks! Your one-piece post-SP3 update pack is exactly what I need. And due to the fact I had stumbled upon my old friend nLite earlier, as I wandered Google in search of a solution,...
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    TO BruceR-- Many thanks! I called MS tech...

    TO BruceR--
    Many thanks! I called MS tech support on this issue, claiming my last Windows Update session was April 8, but the session never completed properly, and continually prompted me to...
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