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    Final feedback, to close the thread neatly: 1....

    Final feedback, to close the thread neatly:
    1. Connecting by Ethernet cable to the modem makes no difference
    2. Speed tests: the throughput is excellent, which confirms my experience once I have...
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    Changing the Location made no difference, even...

    Changing the Location made no difference, even with a re-boot. I have spent the day working with my son's PC and in truth it is only marginally better than mine, albeit that tiny margin does stop...
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    Thanks for the hints ! I have turned off...

    Thanks for the hints !

    I have turned off automatic detection of languages in Word and it seems to be fixed.

    If it comes back I'll repost, and I will also be able to answer Paul T's question !
    ...
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    Spontaneous keyboard mapping changes

    I am with my son in Japan - he has a Japanese PC, Windows 8, US keyboard layout and 2 active languages . . . US English and Japanese.

    From time to time, for no reason that we can see, the keyboard...
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    Thanks for the kind wishes SUDO, and to everyone...

    Thanks for the kind wishes SUDO, and to everyone for sticking with this long thread.

    I thought I had exhausted all the sensible possibilities, but I will try the location change.

    Meantime the...
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    I did power down all the boxes earlier and...

    I did power down all the boxes earlier and powered up with the PC wired to the router. And it did speed things up a little.

    Tomorrow I'll try wiring PC to modem to see what happens - maybe late in...
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    Back to the cafe ! Thanks for all the analysis...

    Back to the cafe !

    Thanks for all the analysis and suggestions.

    I already use CCleaner regularly and am pretty "tidy" in general. I tried each of the DNS alternatives and found that they are...
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    It isn't wifi interference as the results are...

    It isn't wifi interference as the results are just the same using an Ethernet cable !

    I got a trace from my son's PC - below - it doesn't seem hugely different except there are no time-outs ?
    ...
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    You need more than 16 bits to represent a 15...

    You need more than 16 bits to represent a 15 digit decimal number!

    I think that 15 was the age of the programmer who wrote Excel's Name "Manager".
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    By way of contrast, here's he trace of a website...

    By way of contrast, here's he trace of a website which consistently loads quickly:

    Tracing route to youtube-ui.l.google.com [173.194.38.1]
    over a maximum of 30 hops:
    1 5 ms 3 ms 3...
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    I will try my son's laptop when he's home. ...

    I will try my son's laptop when he's home.

    Meantime yes, there is a separate modem as you rightly surmised.
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    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/158071

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/158071
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    What a bizarre country this is - despite being my...

    What a bizarre country this is - despite being my 18th visit I still find it confusing in every way possible and a few more besides !

    PaulT: although my Japanese is pretty good for everyday living...
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    I have changed to WPA2, power cycled the router...

    I have changed to WPA2, power cycled the router (for 60 seconds) and tried an Ethernet connection. No difference.

    Meantime I have found a closer cafe with free wifi where everything works as it...
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    I don't think that the encryption has anything to...

    I don't think that the encryption has anything to do with this - the connection to the Router is fine, and I don#t particuarly want to mess with his local config - it works for him and is important...
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    Sorry about the slow reply - I had to wait until...

    Sorry about the slow reply - I had to wait until I could get to Starbucks again !

    I'm not really concerned about the security - PC to Router connection is fine and the speed is good once a site is...
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    I'll have a go at changing the encryption but I...

    I'll have a go at changing the encryption but I don't want to screw up his access.

    It may be a DNS issue - if I try and ping the difficult sites the ping times out, and the times for the likes of...
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    Network problems in Japan

    I'm staying with my son in Japan at the moment, and am having an odd network issue.

    I've brought my Windows 7 laptop with me. It works fine at home in the UK and has been fine at public wifi sites...
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    My apologies to SourceForge then.

    My apologies to SourceForge then.
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    Fair comment. I was running on my experience of...

    Fair comment. I was running on my experience of December 2014 when I acquired a browser hi-jack through that download despite unchecking all the optional installs.

    I know that it was the source -...
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    I am just working on the fact that that FileZilla...

    I am just working on the fact that that FileZilla download is packed with malware.

    But I can't see any reason not to do a Malwarebytes run before the Macrium restore - it might just suffice and it...
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    If you have a Windows 7 disk, the best way of...

    If you have a Windows 7 disk, the best way of recovering this dll is to do Repair / Install.

    However, given the pervasiveness of the malware you probably have, restoring to your earlier image and...
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    If you didn't decline the "extras" when you...

    If you didn't decline the "extras" when you installed Filezilla using the SourceForge installer you will have a bunch of malware: http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/reviews/?offset=25

    This...
  24. In addition to Calimanco's sound advice, I would...

    In addition to Calimanco's sound advice, I would avoid using Registry cleaning programs.

    Folk often say "I've used them successfully without problems" and this may be true, but it's rather like...
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    Just a side-thought Ramesh: it is a really bad...

    Just a side-thought Ramesh: it is a really bad idea to put your full email address on a public forum - there are naughty people who harvest email addresses and sell them . . . and the next thing is...
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