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Otter
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I have an Logitech optical mouse that is horribly persnickety. Patterned, unpatterned, I tried all sorts of surfaces. What finally saved it from being thrown against the wall was the accidental discovery that it likes not-too-glossy black leather. So now I have a leather mouse mat, which sounds much more posh than it really is. [Smile]

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Wesley J

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Kinky! [Biased]

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Drifting Star

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My Logitech optical mouse is also very fussy. However, its ideal surface is the arm of my settee (palish fabric with a self-coloured pattern and an irregular texture - go figure) so we're both happy most of the time (it's a laptop mouse).

Luckily it's a clean-living mouse and doesn't seem to be having the slightest effect on the upholstery, even after several years of hard mousing.

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Lothlorien
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Techo son suggested several fixes for my optical mouse. None worked. DIL then suggested a careful clean of the sensor on mouse's tummy with a cotton but. Worked well.

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monkeylizard

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Or switch to a laser mouse. They don't have the pattern detecting problems an optical has.

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Jengie jon

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I am playing with an idea. I have an old machine at work. It is a Pentium 4 2.53 ghz, has 512mb ram and at present runs Windows XP and has an Intel PRO/VE network connection and has two Hard disks.

What I am wondering is as this looks as if it is going to have to be a standby machine for me, is what would be a sensible approach to change it to a Linux machine?

Work does not encourage the use of Linux but would probably see it as sensible for me to have a second machine that is.

Jengie

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Matt Black

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OK, here's a question I asked on the 'questions' thread, which might be more appropriate here:

quote:
OK, reasonably serious question here (I'm not even sure to pose it here): we have an employee on whose computer we have found various porn pics and vids. Nothing illegal, but it violates our disciplinary stuff. He swears blind that his credit card was stolen (which we were aware of prior to this coming to light) and the thief downloaded the said images. My business partner and I are very sceptical of this explanation (I can accept that someone used his credit card to pay for the downloading but that doesn't explain how the stuff ended up on this guy's PC, does it?) but we want to make sure that we get this right and investigate it thoroughly. Neither of us are techies though so, for those of you who are, could our chap be telling the truth?

Any ideas?

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lilBuddha
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If the credit card was used to purchase the files, then the thief would also need access to his computer to place the images therein. In most circumstances.
However, it is possible that there are two separate issues. Said images might be a result of a virus or spyware.

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Matt Black

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Could an audit of the computer establish whether it was thus infected?

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basso

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quote:
Originally posted by Jengie Jon:
I am playing with an idea. I have an old machine at work. It is a Pentium 4 2.53 ghz, has 512mb ram and at present runs Windows XP and has an Intel PRO/VE network connection and has two Hard disks.

I think it's a reasonable idea, but a current distribution will run much better with more RAM. I'd try to bump it to 1GB if possible.
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basso

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quote:
Originally posted by Matt Black:
Could an audit of the computer establish whether it was thus infected?

Matt, you need to get professional advice about this.
If you haven't already impounded the machine in question (locked it up, unplugged from everything), it's probably too late, but do so anyway. Then call in a lawyer and ask about hiring a security auditor.

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quote:
Originally posted by Jengie Jon:
I am playing with an idea. I have an old machine at work. It is a Pentium 4 2.53 ghz, has 512mb ram and at present runs Windows XP and has an Intel PRO/VE network connection and has two Hard disks.

What I am wondering is as this looks as if it is going to have to be a standby machine for me, is what would be a sensible approach to change it to a Linux machine?

Work does not encourage the use of Linux but would probably see it as sensible for me to have a second machine that is.

Jengie

As long as you've got all the data off it then just download linux distro of choice. I personally like CentOS which is just a re-badging of redhat binaries... Ubuntu is popular on desktops, but I don't find it as easy to meddle on as the redhat based distros
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Lyda*Rose

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My Norton Anti-virus has just expired and I'm hemming and hawing about renewing. Frankly, Norton has been annoying because it makes it very difficult to download even reputable programs like Adobe Flash.

Any thoughts on a service that keeps you safe but doesn't keep you from enjoying your computer?

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lilBuddha
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Lyda,
Panda, Avast, Trend Micro among others. I listed these as I have had good experiences with them.
I would also recommend getting one or two anti-spyware programs as well. MalwareBytes and Spyware Doctor for example. MalwareBytes has a free, and very capable, version.
Others have mentioned AVG and Comodo.

Something that can help before anything gets access to your computer is to run Firefox with a script blocking add-on such as No Script.

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Lyda*Rose

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Thanks, lilBuddha. I'll look into those. I already run Firefox so NoScript sounds good.

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I'm unsure as to whether this belongs here, to plumb the knowledge of the chorus of the ancient geek experts, or on the "same place, new questions" thread, but nonetheless:

I'm looking for a good website to allow me upload my photos for semi-public browsing. I'd prefer that there is some vague security so that google won't catch the images, but they're not exactly 'top secret' - they're vacation and conference photos that I'd like to share with friends and colleagues whose email/facebook details I have.

I'd prefer not to put them on facebook because the t&c regarding photos are slightly horrifying. I've had both flickr and picasa recommended to me by friends, but I suspect that there are other alternatives which may suit my needs even better. Any suggestions?

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monkeylizard

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I like Flickr. It lets you setup sets of photos and decide who can see them, and who can't. Or you can make them public. I'm sure picassa does the same.

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MiceElf

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Hi, I think this might be my first venture onto this thread... being a total non geekess I now need to ask the advice of shipmates of esteemed geekiness.

I have a worm. Having recieved a message from my sister on msn, I innocently opened it, when the link didn't open, I tried again....... I can hear you groaning....... and then getting crosser, tried a third time. (Hands out valium to those who cant bear to read this).

I run microsoft security essentials, which reliably informs me that it has been severely dealt with, and tried to send msn to the naughty corner by removing it from the pute using add/delete programs.
My problem is that I don't understand what to do next. The msn is within the windows components box, and I dont know whether to untick everything else bar msn, or just untick msn leaving all else... or just do what I normally do and stick a pillow case over my head and crow like a chicken.

If this has been dealt with already within the 31 pages of this thread, please point me in the general direction but please be gentle, I really don't have a clue.

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Jengie jon

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I don't use MSN which means I have not been in similar circumstance but I suspect that this tool may be a way forward.

Jengie

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lilBuddha
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Malwarebytes will purportedly remove it as well.

I recommend Malwarebytes often enough, I feel I must add a disclaimer: I have no relationship with the company, merely a satisfied user.

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MiceElf

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Thank you both, I will try both of these and hope to get rid of it once and for all.

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MiceElf

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24ish hrs later......... Whoooo seem to be bug free.

The first one didn't shift it, and I wondered if it may in itself be a bug as when I ran it, it claimed to be bug free, but thinking that to be unlikely as my usual swatting of the critturs reveals the same bug each time. So I tried the second one, it told me I had three instead of the usual one. Took forever to sweep clean, but now appear to be free at last.
Thanks!

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Graven Image
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Hi, I can find my way around the computer now to do simple stuff such as E-mail, and programs for basic photo's and such. So I guess that means I have passed intro to computer 101. I would like to learn more about how it all works but am a bit afraid of just opening up programs and punching keys to see what happens. I am sure there is much more I can do and do not even know about it. So Ancient Geeks any suggestions where to go next? I live in the middle of no place so there are no classes I can take. I have a Mac.
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lilBuddha
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Hmmmm, I am not certain you are asking the question properly. What, more precisely, do you wish to learn? Do you wish to learn more about particular programs, how computers operate in general?
There are online programs, books, DVD's and the like. It would help to know what you are trying to accomplish.

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basso

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If you have a recent Mac running OSX, you might look at the Missing Manuals books. The one for your version of Mac OS should give you a good intro to what's there.
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Zappa
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quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
Malwarebytes will purportedly remove it as well.

I recommend Malwarebytes often enough, I feel I must add a disclaimer: I have no relationship with the company, merely a satisfied user.

Interesting: when I went to that site I was persuaded to do some sort of a bluetick (or somesuch) scan. It offered a free scan, which I took. It of course persuaded me that my 'puter was terminally ill, and for just $US27.95 I could download their product - reduced from $95 that would redeem it: riddled with lots of paths and thingies and whatsits that they alone could save me from.

I was a tad suspicious so when walking past a 'puter shop I stopped in. Baloney and bullshit was roughly what they said.

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Graven Image
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LilBudda replied
quote:
Hmmmm, I am not certain you are asking the question properly. What, more precisely, do you wish to learn? Do you wish to learn more about particular programs, how computers operate in general?
You are right, don't know enough to ask the right questions.
Yes, I would like to know more about how computers operate in general.
I also want to know more about my programs, looks like Basso has sent me the right place for that. Thank you.

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Snags
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Zappa, whatever you did, it wasn't the proper Malwarebytes site - it's a totally legit product, with a totally freebie version for personal use, and the option to purchase a version that has a few more features if you want them.

In fact, Malwarebytes won't even do a scan live from the website, you have to download and install it first.

Without wishing to be a huge alarmist (because this is only one possibility, and there are less scary ones, like finger trouble etc.), what you describe sounds suspiciously like FakeAlert malware which infects your computer and then hijacks attempts to go to legitimate sites that would disinfect you and interposes itself.

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Lamb Chopped
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What Snags said.

I had the whole fake "You are infected! Let us save you from yourself!" crap popping up on my computer too, just as a result of having looked at a site (didn't click on bloody ANYTHING, just going there was enough). And it got past Eset too.

So I got on to a different computer that I trusted to be clean, downloaded Malwarebytes onto a thumb drive, plugged that into my poor infected baby, and installed it that way. While disconnected from the Internet.

The real Malwarebytes free download took care of it.

You really can't trust what you're supposedly "seeing" on screen once you get one of those crappy viruses.

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lilBuddha
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Zappa,

Not sure what to tell you. I think Snags is on to the actual problem. I clicked on the link I left in the post, then clicked on the link provided within malwarebytes and they were identical.

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lilBuddha
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Missed the edit window.
Just wished to add the Malwarebytes site I linked to does not offer online scans. I double and triple checked.

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The Ship's Chaplain
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Somebody told me a couple of days ago that I have a "suspicious IP address" so I ran my antivirus scanner (Norton for Mac) and it found nothing. Apparently I didn't need to do this.

Would I be right in thinking that an IP is a unique fingerprint of every computer in the world?

In the name of Jesus and Mary.

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lilBuddha
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Actually, not exactly.
The IP address your computer* is using is unique and it is linked to your computer. However, this may be temporary. Internet service providers are assigned blocks of address to assign to their customers. Increasingly, providers are using a dynamic setup which grabs from a pool of available addresses whenever you access the internet. It is not necessarily the same one each time. This allows the provider to have more customers than addresses, since it is unlikely all their customers will be online at the same time.

As to whether a particular IP is suspicious, This may be because addresses are generally doled out in blocks. Therefore an address similar to one that has been identified to produce malware may be considered suspect.


*or phone, or whatever

ETA: Spelling. I blame spell check. Not the degradation of my ability to spell through lazy reliance on technology.

[ 04. August 2010, 16:26: Message edited by: lilBuddha ]

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Mr. Spouse

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quote:
Originally posted by Lamb Chopped:
I had the whole fake "You are infected! Let us save you from yourself!" crap popping up on my computer too, just as a result of having looked at a site (didn't click on bloody ANYTHING, just going there was enough). And it got past Eset too.

Was this while you were using a web browser? It's a common ad technique for 'scareware'*: no viruses involved, just companies preying on the less tech-savvy users to persuade them to part with a few dollars. But once you click through to one of them then anything could be released...

My way of dealing with that is to use Adblock with Firefox: stops all the nasty and annoying popups, no site gets to deliver a popup message or window unless Idecide I want them.

* safe link to BBC News. Honest.

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basso

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quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
Actually, not exactly.
The IP address your computer* is using is unique and it is linked to your computer. However, this may be temporary.

And it may be shared at the moment with other computers. If you're using a wireless router, or a computer in a library, or even if you're using a computer at home, the library or ISP may be sharing a limited number of IP addresses between a lot of computers.

We've seen this happen on the ship when people get a flood control message and they haven't been posting multiple messages. Somebody else has the same IP and just posted to the ship.

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Zappa
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quote:
Originally posted by Snags:
Zappa, whatever you did, it wasn't the proper Malwarebytes site - it's a totally legit product, with a totally freebie version for personal use, and the option to purchase a version that has a few more features if you want them.

Ta ... it was called UniBlue RegistryBooster, and I have uninstalled it.

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Snags
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I'd tend to put UniBlue under a scamware label - AFAICT they're a "legit" company (in that they won't hijack your computer, or turn it into a zombie etc.) but from what I've seen it shouts long and loud about all the things that are wrong, extracts money, and does very little to improve matters afterwards.

If you ever do want to remove cruft from your registry (best approached with caution for the uninitiated), then CCleaner is your friend, and is donation-ware.

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Sarah G
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I've just installed a new game on my PC. It kept crashing. I used EVGA Precision which told me that while it is running the game, my GPU reaches 105 deg C, at which point the computer gives up.

Now the card (ATI Radeon 4850 512MB) should run the game- 512MB is the recommended power. Other requirements are at recommended or higher. Last year it ran a very similar game with very similar requirements quite happily. Normal internet etc usage sends it to 56/57 deg C.

Would I be right in concluding that the GPU is part bust, and the only sensible solution is to buy a new one, or are there other solutions?

If replacement is the only option, is the process as simple as “buy new card, old one clicks out, new one clicks in”?

Thanks in advance for the advice!

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quote:
Originally posted by Sarah G:
I've just installed a new game on my PC. It kept crashing. I used EVGA Precision which told me that while it is running the game, my GPU reaches 105 deg C, at which point the computer gives up.

Now the card (ATI Radeon 4850 512MB) should run the game- 512MB is the recommended power. Other requirements are at recommended or higher. Last year it ran a very similar game with very similar requirements quite happily. Normal internet etc usage sends it to 56/57 deg C.

Would I be right in concluding that the GPU is part bust, and the only sensible solution is to buy a new one, or are there other solutions?

If replacement is the only option, is the process as simple as “buy new card, old one clicks out, new one clicks in”?

Thanks in advance for the advice!

Have you tried running the old game to see if it still performs the same? If it runs fine the problem may not be the card.
If it is the card, should be a simple swap, however you should read the directions on the new card carefully. Some need the drivers installed before, some after.
Also check the case fan and the fan on the graphics card.

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The 4850 is still a respectable card. I'd try to save it before replacing it. Clean everything in the PC real good. A small vaccum cleaner is best, but most people don't have those. The canned air will do just fine. Check the card's fan and heatsink. If the fan isn't running or if the heatsink is loose, you'll get a lot of heat.

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I'm having a problem with my laptop--at home, it connects to my network wirelessly (I usually use ethernet cable because it's faster, but when I use the wireless connection everything is good), but when I connect to a wi-fi network elsewhere (e.g., a hotel when traveling) it won't load any pages, even though the network connection says it is connected and signal strength is good or better. This has happened repeatedly over the past couple of months, so it wasn't just one hotel's network. Any suggestions?

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Your security system may need tweaking. It maybe shutting off everything that is not on the home network.

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If you're using Firefox, try fiddling with the settings under Tools->Options->Advanced->Network->Settings .

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Sarah G
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Originally posted by monkeylizard:
The 4850 is still a respectable card. I'd try to save it before replacing it. Clean everything in the PC real good. A small vaccum cleaner is best, but most people don't have those. The canned air will do just fine. Check the card's fan and heatsink. If the fan isn't running or if the heatsink is loose, you'll get a lot of heat.

This did the trick. I cleaned a tiny bit of dust away, and now it's running at 50 deg C ambient, 92 deg C at max in the game (which isn't good, but it runs).

Mind you, I say it's a tiny bit of dust. I'm not what you'd call house-proud.

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No, 92C isn't good at all. You really shouldn't be above the mid 60's. I suspect there's something else wrong too.

Do you know what your CPU temp is? If it's normal, then the problem is with the Radeon card. If the CPU is high too, then you probably have really poor airflow. For reference, my CPU is about 25C at idle, but I do some stuff to keep it chilly. You should see numbers in the 30s or 40s at idle.

Check the fans in the case and be sure they're blowing in the correct direction. Fans on the front should blow into the case. Fans on the back or top should blow out of the case.

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Originally posted by monkeylizard:
No, 92C isn't good at all. You really shouldn't be above the mid 60's. I suspect there's something else wrong too.

Do you know what your CPU temp is? If it's normal, then the problem is with the Radeon card. If the CPU is high too, then you probably have really poor airflow. For reference, my CPU is about 25C at idle, but I do some stuff to keep it chilly. You should see numbers in the 30s or 40s at idle.

Check the fans in the case and be sure they're blowing in the correct direction. Fans on the front should blow into the case. Fans on the back or top should blow out of the case.

Thanks for the advice.

The game continues to crash (although it's more stable than before and crashes in a 'different way').

Ambient temperature for the CPU according to Speedfan is 45ish (it was 52 before the “clean”). The system is 37C. The fans all appear to point out of the box, except for the GPU fan, which is between the sound card and the GPU, with little gap between the fan and the sound card, which makes me wonder.

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Hi again Back so soon, I hardly had time to miss you, but here I am again seeking advice from the wiser and more knowledgeable.

I downloaded a heritage search freebie, as my dad had hoped I would research the family tree stuff.
I found it totally useless, and as always, the useable stuff comes with a price tag. (I think it was a punishment for wanting to find a death certificate for my ex father in law to see if he died horribly.)
I binned it. Now it does not show on my list of programmes installed, but it has left an annoying deposit on my opening internet page, and I would like to get rid of that too. If I go to restore factory settings, will that get rid of it and will I lose all my passwords etc if I do?
Thank you for your patience, though I know you are indebted to technophobes like me in order for you to demonstrate your true christian beliefs in helping the afflicted, and to bring comfort to the confused and helpless among us.

(How do I find restore factory settings?)

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Thank you Wes.

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Your problem is solved then, MiceElf?

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The problem appeared to be that said add-on changed the Firefox homepage to its own page. I got in touch with MiceElf via other communication channels, and we were able to reset it to MiceElf's preferred web starting page.

I thought there was actually a means of preventing sites to overwrite your start-up page in Firefox, but I'm not quite sure now. I remember this sort of thing used to be epidemic in the early 2000s, and with Internet Explorer, but hasn't happened to me since.

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