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I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Chuey » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:01 pm

This is a post that gives you another look into part of my life, so responses aren't exactly expected. I like to make posts about me for others to read. Everyone should know that though.




Alright, well, I know a few of you guys are aware of my scanning habits. Disk Cleanup, Disk Defragmenter, I do those two scans just about every day. In fact, I'd say I DO do them each every day. Every few days I do three security scans (Spy Sweeper, Trend Micro, and Microsoft's free OneCare Safety Scanner). From now on I plan on re-emphasizing the use of MalwareBytes and do quick scans now and then too (after that big virus issue, I never used it again until I had to install it on my cousins' computer to get rid of a virus created by Kevin searching for pornography [the story was given to Camp NSC participants, PM me if you want it...]).

The first time I used MalwareBytes, my .mailhost and .downloadhost files got badly screwed up. I can't see any downloads made on MSN Explorer and I couldn't view my mail (family's mail account, not mine, really). I found a solution to the mail opening and entered the process into Run. I could view my mail again. It took me longer to find a similar process to fix .downloadhost, but it didn't even work. It came to mind that it was still broken a few minutes ago, and I did some more searching. I found a registry scanner (through sources and Wikipedia, I can confirm its legitimacy) that I plan on running tomorrow. I use CCleaner and haven't had any registry issues (the other day I had three tiny MUI reference issues, but that's not noteworthy), but hopefully this will do the trick. Since the cleaner is linked to on several sites, I don't know if it even fixes the issues upon finding them. I've tried scanners for registry issues, and almost every one will show you the problems and then sit there asking you to buy them (not through pop-ups, just on the interface of the program).

It seems I like to put music onto iTunes from CDs as well. When my mom gives me an iTunes-related project (put a CD into the thing so I can copy the music to the program then burn her a copy CD for the car) where a CD isn't put on the computer, I get excited though in the past I've delayed the task. The 13+ songs take a couple minutes to finish.

My whole point of all this is that I seem to like having something on the computer running. I don't mean all the core processes or something technical, but a scanner or something actually running. It's odd, because this has been going on for some time and it's very true.... Just re-recognizing some oddities about myself and providing a read for all of you.
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Storm39 » Tue Dec 29, 2009 10:24 pm

Reading this made me wonder, how old is your computer?
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Chuey » Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:00 am

Storm39 wrote:Reading this made me wonder, how old is your computer?

Not sure about month or day, but a while back I was curious of this too. I found several files that were "last modified" in 2004, which would be at installation or soon after, I safely assume. I tell my parents I want my own computer for myself, but it'll take some time. I have a better chance of getting my own carpet sooner. <_<

Edit: Figures! Another scan to see and buy to fix. This is showing me even more registry errors (I went through the whole list, lost of missing typelibs (?) and invalid shortcuts and paths. There's a few file association errors here too) than when I tried FinallyFast.com's cleaner. That said 620, this says 667. Why can't any of the legitimate registry cleaners be free... AND FIX THE CRAP! NS:(


Edit: I need to get these registry issues fixed, because OneCare and Safety Scanner never get rid of all the errors. I've found another program that's gotten great reviews and seems to work fine. Wasn't appealed at first, but it's definitely worth a shot. Here's what I tried before. Here's what I'm about to try.


Edit: Alright, it found 1548 and FIXED 'em. I'm excited, and no worries, I backed up the registry. A majority of the problems were related to the Sony Picture Utility (camcorder and such), surprisingly. I plan on doing a restart at 9 to see how improved things seem. I don't think any of the errors would harm the computer anyway as there were tons of missing references and paths and as said before, a lot of the sony. It seems there were a few entries coming up more than once too. Ah well. If things are better, great. And I know to keep it cool with the defragmenting.
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Storm39 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:28 am

No offense, but you should really think about getting a new computer. Based on what you use it for (internet stuff, light games, some multimedia), you could probably find something for relatively cheap.
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Storm39 » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:28 am

Like AB said, it shouldn't cause any damage unless you're using a Solid State Drive, which I doubt you are, based on the age of your computer;
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Chuey » Fri Jan 01, 2010 11:21 pm

I've wanted my own computer for a long time, which was basically already stated. And since just about everything on this computer is mine (it basically is mine, but...), I can say I'd like something better, which probably won't mean cheaper. <_< But if my dream computer cost $1000 dollars... let me explain.

At the local store nearby, you can get a job at 15. Dad works there part-time and is the best employee (I believe him, I've gone to work with him before...), so I could probably get a job easy. 8 dollars minimum wage (considering this is worst-case scenario) and say 3 hours a day (there's normally an hour limit when you're younger than 18, and I believe it's 3 at 15) means 24 dollars a day. I'd have to work 42 days to get that computer (internet, security, and everything else comes later, okay?). Easily doable in the summer, just eight "school weeks".

As for the hard drive, it's a 200 GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive. When we changed the RAM from 256 mb to 2 GB, my dad's friend, whom is extremely awesome with computers and works at the university fixing them, had printed out information sheets. I was looking for them so I could find out about the hard drive and this is what the paper said.
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Storm39 » Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:05 pm

$1000 seems like a bit much for what you're looking for. You could probably get something with more than twice the system specs of your current system for around $500, Microsoft Office and a 3-year McAfee Antivirus subscription included (provided that you don't need a new monitor).
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Chuey » Sat Jan 02, 2010 4:33 pm

Storm39 wrote:$1000 seems like a bit much for what you're looking for. You could probably get something with more than twice the system specs of your current system for around $500, Microsoft Office and a 3-year McAfee Antivirus subscription included (provided that you don't need a new monitor).

$1000 just seemed like a safe bet over anything. I would need a new monitor because I'd want the computer for myself and myself only, the computer I type on now would remain to my parents (though I'd move almost everything over to my new computer, heh). I had an idea of getting MalwareBytes' full program ($25 one-time fee) since it seems incredibly powerful without real-time protection and the other mini features obtained from buying it, so that seemed like the security program reach. How good is McAfee? Because I'd probably think twice about it if it isn't any better than Trend Micro, which has not successfully stopped any major viruses. Some more minor viruses that Spy Sweeper had to take down were Internet Speed Monitor (good freaking lord, worst pop-up adware to date >_>) and Spyware Protect 2009 (got this from an ad on LF's forum one time, which made me never go back).

I have no images of that time and I don't remember how I got it, but Antivirus XP 08 was a pain in the butt. There are two versions, one more lethal and showing pornographic pop-ups, and another with no pop-ups but it locked executive files from being opened, used scareware backgrounds and autostart programs, and I had to find a guide specific for killing it off, no programs used. Then most recent I got Trojan Vundo from a weird scenario. I don't know if it was from a legit site linked from SP in an ad or from an NSC ad (more likely, but dunno), but a Trend Micro warning came up saying a .exe was being blocked (it only said .exe, literally) and the computer dramatically went slower. A few moments later the screen started flashing and the computer was shut down. It was a combination of nearly every other virus I got, and I had to use MalwareBytes to get rid of it (I actually tried Trend Micro, OneCare Safety Scanner, and Spy Sweeper [dunno about SS, actually], but they all failed in the end). MB seems to be the number one solution, especially since it deleted 314 virus files off my cousin's computer from a porn-based adware scenario as well. The only problem with MB is that isn't real-time unless you pay a one-time fee, and I'm considering that.

Now about Microsoft Office, I don't have that working on my computer. I don't know how to make powerpoints work either (so when any are emailed to my parents from family friends, I tell them not to open them as closing them out is a PAIN). I just use Microsoft Works for documents and everything, but I don't even know if that's what Microsoft Office is for...

If it helps, my RAM is 2 GB through an upgrade. Not sure how valuable more RAM would be for a new computer, but this computer can only be upgraded to 2 GB and no further (based on information sheets where I found out about the hard drive). And is Disk Defragmenter safe based on that hard drive? Or is it an evil Solid State?
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby AlakazamBrain » Sat Jan 02, 2010 5:06 pm

@Chuey - $1000 is always a good budget for a medium-demand computer. The reason is more specifically that it will last longer as the demands of the computing world increase. However, if you are looking for a [very] personal computer, and you aren't doing things like video rendering, $500 will definitely suffice. All major anti-viral programs will give you great protection (real-time, firewalls, etc.). The main difference with anti-viral programs is their interface. Some of them are always in your face and give you really annoying messages. Others really slow down your computer more than others. Some don't give you enough messages and you will question if they are actually doing anything. I personally like Norton, but really, any will do a great job.

As for Microsoft Office is not Microsoft Works. Microsoft Works is the cheaper lower-quality version. What does lower-quality exactly mean? Microsoft Office is designed for simple professional output. It is currently the standard in almost everything. Should you get Office? There is no question the answer is yes. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are needed for today's society (and will continue to be used). Microsoft Works will do a decent job for basic wordprocessing, but so will WordPad :P. If you are looking for the cheaper side of things (though you can get office for under $100), then consider OpenOffice.org.

RAM is one of the most significant things that determines your computer's performance. Why? RAM is what holds temporary data and variables for program usage (including your OS). With more RAM, more data can be stored, making your processor have to do less work. 2GB is (in today's usage) good for e-mail, web browsing, word processing, etc. However, if you love having several programs operating at once, many web pages open at once, or something like that, definitely get more RAM. Do note that with 32-bit OSs, they are can only use a maximum of 4GB of RAM.
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Re: I'm Not Sure Why...

Postby Storm39 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 8:50 pm

Speaking of having to pay for security software, Microsoft now offers free security software to all Windows users. That could shave a fair amount off of the cost.
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