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Forum: General PC-related 13-09-18, 06:45
Replies: 5
Views: 410
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Exclamation Laptop USB port burnt and smoking - pencil stuck in it!

A family member had the laptop on the sofa and a stray pencil got stuck in an USB port/socket. After a while she could smell something and smoke was coming out of the socket. Realised it was a pencil...
Forum: All other topics 31-08-18, 18:01
Replies: 0
Views: 329
Posted By vista
Question Garmin Express can you download just UK if you have Europe maps?

I have a Garmin sat nav with Lifetime Europe maps. I get an update for Europe maps on Garmin Express (the software to get updates) however all I need right now is UK (and ROI). Is there a way to...
Forum: All other topics 16-08-18, 19:02
Replies: 1
Views: 438
Posted By vista
Exclamation Radio phone in help show - The Gadget Detective - Fevzi Turkalp, BBC Radio 5 live

Hi does anyone listen to his radio phone-ins on all things tech. Currently every 2 weeks on Fridays at 2:00 am, on tomorrow well in 6 hours!

I find his explanations really useful and at the right...
Forum: Other Hardware 11-08-18, 07:48
Replies: 1
Views: 470
Posted By vista
Question Need Swivel Telescopic FM Radio Antenna / Aerial for tape/radio/cd machine

The aerial similar to this https://www.hifix.co.uk/panasonic-rfd1-portable-dab-digital-radio (but not this model) has broken off and so the aerial is very short and can't be extended to pick up more...
Forum: All other topics 13-06-18, 08:09
Replies: 1
Views: 570
Posted By vista
What to do with batteries full of charge put in recycling bin?

https://www.amazon.com/Industrial-Tools-Compact-Battery-Charge/dp/B003ZKDGW6
I'm collecting batteries in my office for charity and recycling. I took a box home and expected them to be giving a low...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 31-05-18, 10:36
Replies: 3
Views: 552
Posted By vista
Question Suggest security software for new Windows 10 laptop

Hi a family member has a new machine. Is there any important settings I should change to make it more "secure and private" via the OS other than the usual not ticking boxes to send info back to the...
Forum: General PC-related 21-05-18, 06:56
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By vista
Re: Dell XPS M1530 Nvidia GPU dead issue - salvage HDD?

Hi can any of you help me please with my above last post? Thanks.
Forum: General PC-related 13-05-18, 20:47
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By vista
Re: Dell XPS M1530 Nvidia GPU dead issue - salvage HDD?

Thanks; I'm thinking of getting a portable HDD case with USB cable and getting files off it and then fixing the GPU / screen issue later. I put in the service tag into the Dell support page and...
Forum: General PC-related 13-05-18, 13:21
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By vista
Re: Dell XPS M1530 Nvidia GPU dead issue - salvage HDD?

Hi everyone. No one can help me please?
Forum: General PC-related 22-04-18, 12:40
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By vista
Unhappy Dell XPS M1530 Nvidia GPU dead issue - salvage HDD?

Hi I have this laptop from 2008 and it's a well known issue that the Nvidia GPU chip was going to fail eventually (see Google). When I boot up the screen is black and I get stripes with a fuzzy...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 07-04-18, 19:56
Replies: 1
Views: 702
Posted By vista
Question HitmanPro / HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard / Exploit Test Tool

See:

https://www.hitmanpro.com/en-us/downloads.aspx

Do you recommend please to install HitmanPro.Alert with CryptoGuard over HitmanPro as it appears to be the real time version of HitmanPro....
Forum: General PC-related 26-03-18, 06:48
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By vista
Re: Shall I reinstall a program and then uninstall with a dedicated Uninstaller?

Thanks. Also if I install an Uninstaller program after I have installed a regular program and then use the Uninstaller to uninstall will it know what extra leftover remnants to uninstall? Or that...
Forum: General PC-related 24-03-18, 14:13
Replies: 1
Views: 548
Posted By vista
Question Installation logging program of changes to machine available?

Is there a free program which simply records the changes an installation makes to your hard disk and registry and produces a notepad text file or something similar so that I can check these items are...
Forum: General PC-related 19-03-18, 05:34
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By vista
Question Shall I reinstall a program and then uninstall with a dedicated Uninstaller?

I have IO Uninstaller (https://www.iobit.com/en/advanceduninstaller.php) installed and uninstalled a program using the default Windows uninstaller only. Is it worth reinstalling the program and then...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 11-03-18, 20:05
Replies: 6
Views: 901
Posted By vista
Re: Firewall testing sites

As a second opinion? There used to be more than the GRC Shields Up one in the past and you could test for free.
Forum: Security news and updates 11-03-18, 20:03
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By vista
Re: SpywareBlaster 5.5 database update - 09/03/2018

If one doesn't use IE then there would be no immediate need to update right now? I could wait until the next update when Firefox or Chrome is affected?
Forum: Computer components and accessories 26-02-18, 20:32
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By vista
Question 8GB RAM for Dell Inspiron 3542

I want to replace the 4GB removable memory which came with the laptop with the maximum which is 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L (PC3-12800) 1.35V Non-ECC CL11 204-pin SODIMM Intel Laptop Memory. There's only one...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 25-02-18, 19:24
Replies: 6
Views: 901
Posted By vista
Question Firewall testing sites

I always get Stealth for all the ports tested at GRC's Shields Up! Everything passes. What other sites can I use to test my firewall for free please?
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 23-02-18, 06:03
Replies: 13
Views: 1,214
Posted By vista
Re: Cryptocurrency Mining Protection ~ and a test!

On my Chrome it says "YOU'RE PROTECTED". I want to know why - how can find out is it my AV, AM, browser, browser extensions, SpywareBlaster, etc?
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 23-02-18, 05:58
Replies: 11
Views: 1,469
Posted By vista
Re: What other Privacy extensions can I add?

Thanks, I installed Epic browser last month as a test - it looks good. I tried Ghostery but the browser is now slower on some sites - could be now overkill? I use AdBlock over ABP because I thought...
Forum: Web Browser Software 23-02-18, 05:52
Replies: 4
Views: 645
Posted By vista
Unhappy Gadgetdetective Free Tech Help forum not loading

Hi, this site http://www.gadgetdetective.com/ isn't loading when I click for Free Tech Advice http://www.gadget-detective.moonfruit.com/free-tech-advice/455904056
I have to turn on Flash in Chrome,...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 18-02-18, 13:18
Replies: 4
Views: 882
Posted By vista
Question Why does SUPERAntispyware still find tracking cookies?

In Chrome, I have third party cookies blocked, in SpywareBlaster's Chrome protection I have Cookie protection ticked (Prevent ad/ tracking cookies) as well as Script protection ticked.

In...
Forum: Security & Privacy Help and Discussions 17-02-18, 21:17
Replies: 11
Views: 1,469
Posted By vista
Question What other Privacy extensions can I add?

I use Chrome with AdBlock, Avast Online Security with Automatic blocking of trackers Enabled in Global Settings and HTTPS Everywhere. What other extensions can I add that will be useful and not be...
Forum: General PC-related 05-02-18, 12:41
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By vista
Re: Wish to install a program and uninstall it completely

Thanks is the Pro trial worth installing for 30 days as it has a real time installation monitor? Are there any other free programs which log the changes on hard disk and registry during installation...
Forum: General PC-related 04-02-18, 20:54
Replies: 3
Views: 800
Posted By vista
Question Wish to install a program and uninstall it completely

I need to see if I can recover all my iPhone messages (SMS and iMessages) I accidentally deleted from a contact. See this thread: Recover deleted SMS and iMessages from iPhone...
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