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    Well - on the latest reboot it all started...

    Well - on the latest reboot it all started working again.

    It may have been something to do with the Intel Turbo memory in the laptop. I cleared and refreshed its content and it all started working...
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    Yes. A/v scan (by ESET) is clear. Yes - I can...

    Yes. A/v scan (by ESET) is clear.

    Yes - I can run all programs manually.
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    I put spaces around the \s and the inserted space...

    I put spaces around the \s and the inserted space disappeared. So probably something that this site does to ensure that lines without spaces don't get too long.
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    I have tried to get rid of the null character if...

    I have tried to get rid of the null character if it actually exists - but no change. (It could of course be something to do with my pasting here.)

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER \ Software \ Microsoft \...
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    I copied and pasted these registry locations from...

    I copied and pasted these registry locations from Regedit. Not sure how the spaces got in there. Here are the strings pasted again...

    ...
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    I mean autostart programs - the programs in the...

    I mean autostart programs - the programs in the registry entries:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
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    Yes. In Autoruns they appear in the Logon tab. ...

    Yes. In Autoruns they appear in the Logon tab.

    I also checked Local Group Policy but could find no policies which would prevent them running.

    I wonder whether it is a permissions thing on the...
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    Yes - this is my laptop - I am the only user.

    Yes - this is my laptop - I am the only user.
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    Registry startup programs not starting

    I was wondering whether anyone could help me.

    Some of my startup programs have stopped starting automatically.

    This happened first when I upgraded from Win 8.1 to win 8.1.1 - I backed it out...
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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...
  23. 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...
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