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    I strongly want to second Bob's recommendation. I...

    I strongly want to second Bob's recommendation. I did some such changes and with Samsung EVO drives it was simple and straightforward. But I did read their instructions BEFORE I began the process and...
  2. sjr, Windows 8 and 8.1 can easily and free (of...

    sjr,
    Windows 8 and 8.1 can easily and free (of charge) be set up to run in desktop mode. You would be in a familiar environment and could use all the software you are used to.

    IMHO much more...
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    Doing damage, not installing

    Common misconception; IMHO nobody can know at installation time what a given program actually will do when it runs. These "solutions" attempt to stop the malware to actually do the encryption.

    I...
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    Erik, naturally Thunderbird needs the same...

    Erik,
    naturally Thunderbird needs the same server names that work in eM.

    And for that matter, there are "port numbers" assigned to POP (incoming) and SMTP (outgoing) servers. You have to have...
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    Dave, you like to live on the edge, right? MS...

    Dave, you like to live on the edge, right?

    MS told us in clear words NOT to use Win 10 for production systems - and that is what your daily-use (only?) computer is.

    You belong on 8.1 IMHO.
    ...
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    Erik, in my experience it is most likely that the...

    Erik, in my experience it is most likely that the problem is caused by some PuP running undetected in the background. Main suspects among others are Conduit and SearchProtect.

    Download and run...
  7. Uninstalling the OEM bloatware should not be that...

    Uninstalling the OEM bloatware should not be that big a problem. I do it all the time when I set up brand new computers for my customers.
  8. Jwitalka, Thank you. And typically M$ Win8...

    Jwitalka,
    Thank you.
    And typically M$ Win8 cumbersome.
  9. Re.: How do you get into Windows 8.1′s safe mode?

    Well dear Mr. Lasky,

    In over 11 years of fixing virus infections on mainly home computers in 99.9% of the cases where I needed Safe Mode the OS was not working in regular mode any more. Then your...
  10. Normally I don't like to "toot my own horn" but...

    Normally I don't like to "toot my own horn" but at least some of what you ask for is in the article "Set-Up Job" that I recommend to my customers when they have to buy a new computer. I have to warn,...
  11. I do not understand ...

    ... why you choose to live with a "security program" that does not even get these simple things right. But I digress.

    Since September 2009 I have installed on ALL my customer's computers nothing...
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    Poll: All previopusly said is correct, but ...

    ... I wonder why nobody clearly distinguished between company/corporate use and the average mom and pop home user that sometimes does not know where the power button is.

    The point that IMHO all...
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    Clean her up

    What you describe definitely is NOT Firefox.
    I use it exclusively myself, almost all of my customers use it.
    If things like this happen it's ALWAYS some junky malware that got installed.
    Clean up?...
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    WOW, cmptrgy, Thanks a bunch for this truly...

    WOW, cmptrgy, Thanks a bunch for this truly revealing and informative reply. Real, heartfelt Thanks, no being facetious at all.
    Maybe you eventually want to let us know how it transpired? TIA
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    Oh no; you better run Windows Update manually...

    Oh no; you better run Windows Update manually until there are no more updates. Experience...
    Since I didn't read if you will bring a prepared USB stick or downlod 8.1 from the store: The download is...
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    Thank you Bruce. I have updated my post to...

    Thank you Bruce.

    I have updated my post to clarify that I NEVER work in the Metro Full Screen junky tablet/phone interface.

    And M$'s more than clunky method of finding out is more of an...
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    How to Identify 8.1 Update

    I am at a loss and humbly ask for enlightenment.

    I work in desktop mode ONLY! I just can not get used to full screen applications limiting my computer (world) view to just one thing at a time. So...
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    I would rather say that Norton had the problem....

    I would rather say that Norton had the problem. MBAM gets WAY MORE positive mentions from people that actually have experience with it than anything else.


    YES, YES! Never run to active scanners...
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    I just can not stop myself from adding that some...

    I just can not stop myself from adding that some time in the past OP must have "allowed" install of MySearchDial or some similar c**p.

    Did OP use ANY sort of so called "download manager"?

    Or...
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    That is not true, sorry. I do it almost every day...

    That is not true, sorry. I do it almost every day on customer's machines and again just now tried it on my machine.

    It does not work in YOUR Firefox; generally it works fine.

    You either have a...
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    Download it ONLY from Mozilla's download page...

    Download it ONLY from Mozilla's download page.

    After installing Firefox with the defaults and stating it:

    1. Click on the down arrow in the orange Firefox square in left top of screen.
    2. ...
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    Phew, that was supposed to be a direct reply to...

    Phew, that was supposed to be a direct reply to your first reply, Clint. Have no clue why it didn't work correctly. Here goes:


    Thank you Clint.

    For my typical customer it will be no updating,...
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    Update to 8.1, why?

    I am humbly requesting some pointers. I have been looking for a compelling reason to upgrade from 8 to 8.1 but came up empty handed.

    Many of my customers have basic DSL connections and the 8.1...
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    Iobit ANYthing is a no-no!

    @rpiz:

    Thank you for the enigma's solution.

    I have listed Iobit as a source of "malicious" or at least dubious software like PuPs in my experience based personal list of PuPs. I described here...
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    It's your Microsoft account

    @Robinsecret:

    SkyDrive (now OneDrive) is automatically a part of every Win8 system if you set it up with a Microsoft account. You do that implicitly if upon first start of the new computer you...
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