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  1. firealive, what video card is installed in that system..? ...are you installing drivers from AMD\NVidia, your card/system OEM or Windows Update..?
  2. all firmware is different so the answer unfortunately is "it depends", personally I keep a copy of the latest firmware for my devices laying around just in case...I change my configurations too much to password the bios ...and with UEFI the game is much different anyhow
  3. /SL is nolonger a valid option in Server 2008 and higher or Windows 7 and higher (if you combine /S & /L it would only list subfolders - if it even accepted the command) http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html the switch /XJ you reference does indeed "eXclude Junctions" (from an application perspective symbolic linkers are junction points) which is the only switch you need to mimic that symbolic link behavior of the other app you mentioned - also though Windows 7 Backup isn't perfect, it also isn't 'flakey'... it simply requires the target volume to be formatted with NTFS (so it can ensure filesystem security information etc.) or in Professional or higher the target network share must be hosted with SMB 2.1 or higher (basically another Windows 7 machine, also guarantees EFS-encrypted files are treated properly by the backup) though you can use "NFS Services for Windows in Server 2008 [sP2] or higher (or a Linux box which supports NFS 4.x in samba compatability mode) which is why it refuses to accept a Novell system as a target
  4. I don't mean to risk off-topic-ness CWB but do you not consider Windows 7/Server 2008 R2's FireWall to be "highly configurable"..? in my experience 'standalone' firewalls usually don't protect TCP/IPv6 traffic, too-often are usermode-only and cause issues with properly filtering traffic in any multiple-user or server scenario (P.S; I'm asking as a fellow information assurance professional not 'shunning')
  5. Liquid Groove can you be more specific as to how you configured your HomeGroup, what sort of prompt exactly is coming up and what actions cause it..? ...are both of these systems running SP1? ...are there any identically-named non-default user accounts on both machines..? is there a firewall other than windows' inbuilt firewall installed on the problemic laptop..? ...how are they networked together..?
  6. sounds like a power-delivery issue to the usb ports from your laptop... does the XHDD have its own power adapter?
  7. @ Advanced Setup - a quick Msft KB search of each of his bugcheck codes indicates all are related to PnP devices, whether internal (i.e. PCI/PCIe/chipset) or external (USB/firewire)
  8. I highly recommend this in addition to the included Windows 7 & Windows 8 capabilities http://www.stardock.com/products/keepsafe/ P.S; have restored many windows 7 system images for practice and for customers and havn't once had it fail yet, just occasional not having something included you were hoping it did, hence my KeepSafe recommendation!!
  9. a word of caution on 'replacing' Internet Explorer - don't "just stop using it" randomly one day and never touch it again, completely remove/disable it via optionalfeatures.exe and still configure more secure options via Control Panel's "Internet Options" applet as this is for any windows applications calling any usermode network-related API not just for IE . . . also though IE traditionally has been very insecure prior to IE8 (...and even IE8 isn't great ha) if you're running a 64-bit OS and no 32-bit-only plugins are required for what you're doing, only using 64-bit browsers like 64-bit IE9 can greatly increase your security as can Opera 12.x http://www.opera.com/download/get.pl?id=34974%2C34976&arch=x64&location=321&thanks=yes⊂=++++ or WaterFox ("Powered by Mozilla" approved project, Windows 64-bit-only optimized build, 100% compatible with 'stock' Mozilla FireFox) http://waterfoxproject.org/downloads/ . . . I also strongly recommend looking into EMET as your first (or last depending upon how you look at it) line of defense in depth http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29851
  10. Microsoft XML Core Services is unnecessary as a standalone installation on Windows 7, various components of what used to be distributed solely as MSXML are now included in .NET Framework, Internet Explorer and Windows itself amongst other products ...you should be able to uninstall it just fine - if there's an obscure program installed which doesn't correctly interface with your system's inbuilt XML parser (occasionally a 'repair' from the programs applet is needed) here are the last released standalone runtimes (each will require several rounds of windows updates) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=6276 -and- http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=15697
  11. also what about the mbam uninstall\deactivte utility that can be downloaded via the FAQ and somewhere in these fora too but isn't included with the product or mentioned on the tools downloads page itself either?)
  12. actually there are other tools, which are listed and labeled likeise on this website! http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/other_tools shouldn't a product match its page..? - Reg Assassin is the registry counterpart for File Assassin (I can understand it not being included because of the sensitivity of the registry but a refernce to its existence would be useful right?) - Start Up Lite (this is popular and has its own forum here and a couple other fora so why not include it..?) - Chameleon (I know its installed alongside mbam now but probably should have a link to launch it in there!?)
  13. AVG isn't as bad as Symantec products by any stretch but it certainly isn't a white knight anylonger often I find customers' "networking issues" are actually AVG being a poor sport with printers et al. ESET isn't exactly perfect either from experience and research (...and ease of configuring for malwarebytes' compatability of course!!) I'd recommend Microsoft Security Essentials for 64-bit vista/7 or Windows Defender in conjunction with Kaspersky or BitDefender's base paid antivirus' for 64-bit xp or 32-bit vista/7 ...and if she's running 32-bit xp and won't pay for a 2-year subscription of antivirus and lifetime license for malwarebytes' then God bless your mind haha (:
  14. that's why I asked if you'd access to "Microsoft Windows 7" media with or without SP1 and NOT an OEM recovery disc (which OEMs arn't even allowed to create in the "traditional sense" with 7 supposedly recovery partitions are bad ideas when dealing with security issues . . . actually with any issue, they almost always cause more harm than good cleanly reinstalling with genuine windows media is pretty much flawless with 7, vista or prior there were literally different images/discs/code for oem v/ retail v. upgrade which wouldn't always reliably activate one another even with phone assitance
  15. this procedure going out on a limb however it isn't a shot in the dark either - verify the system is clean 'still' by downloading a 'fresh' instance of chameleon and running it off a flashdrive - using "[Windows key] + [R]" type without quotes 'netplwiz' and click ohk - create a new standard user account - create a new administrator account - restart - log into the new standard user account (whenever asked by UAC for elevated credentials for any of the following tasks, be certain to use the 'fresh' admin account and not your previous account) - open windows explorer (not internet explorer) and paste this location without quotes "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall" on the upper left panel there should be a "Reset Defaults" option...use it - make sure your network location is configured as 'Home' (not Public, Work or Domain) - using the same method from above navigate to "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Windows Firewall\Allowed apps" and ensure the following are checked for both columns (Private and Public) * core networking * file and printer sharing * homegroup * network discovery * play to functionality - create a new homegroup from *this* computer - on the other computer involved 'leave' the homegroup, then attempt joining the new one
  16. I don't mean this to qualify me as using "scare tactics" but even with the relatively-effective norton removal tool mentioned above, which can work well in some cases, there really is no such thing as correctly, completely and properly removing any symantec product from any system ever...is a reinstall out of the question..? painless with Windows 7 media, especially if you've access to SP1 integrated media or can boot from USB
  17. strongly recommend Google's public DNS 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (...and their IPv6 equivalents!) usually when configuring customers' computers I configure their static preferrred DNS servers as follows; [Google public] [iSP] [openDNS] ...repeat...
  18. assuming your system is infact 'clean', ensure you've all of the latest Microsoft Updates (including SP1 for Windows 7!), then try running the following commands from an elevated (Run as Administrator) PowerShell prompt as written (order doesn't matter as long as "ipconfig /flushdns" is first) ipconfig /flushdns netsh winsock reset netsh int ip reset netsh int ipv6 reset netsh advfirewall reset shutdown -r
  19. I'm surprised to see malwarebytes' staff suggesting 'unlocked' processors (Intel 'Extreme' & 'K-series' and AMD "Black Edition") considering those processors exclude\disable many of the modern inbuilt hardware security extensions upon which several security technologies in Windows depend (: ...anyhow... try to buy the 'original' or non-disabled parts, i.e. there's really only a single SandyBridge 1155 proc, the i7-2600 ...all of the other 155 sandybridge processors have identical circuitry but have portions of their capabilities factory-disabled or are clocked lower then designed to accomodate presence of non-critical manufacturing defects or need to allow resellers to hit certain pricepoints from a reliability and efficiency and longevity standpoint you're better off getting a slightly lesser than recommended component (which can perform better over time with newer drivers, OS/SP's et al.) or better yet 'splurging' for a greater initial investment on a better compnent than your current workloads require and having that future "room to grow" software can always be updated and capacity can always be added, if building yourself or having it custom-built I always do suggest most of your budget should focus on PSU, chasis and motherboard as oppossed to storage, memory or even processing and if buying from retail ensure there's a great, long warranty and several expansion slots, extra io ports, spare power, bays et al. to last awhile also I second the recommendations above for NewEgg.com or buying from an OEM directly as oppossed to BestBuy or walmart
  20. what about CPUId's paid Pro version of their HWMonitor product? I believe it interfaces with WMI and know for a fact it has remote monitoring and logging support, whih I believe uses basic text files by default
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