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About Prince_Serendip

  • Birthday September 28

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    Computers, videogames, online security
  1. Can you change your IP? Maybe stop using broadband and get DSL? Just some ideas.
  2. Antivirus programs are necessary but overrated. Follow Tony Klein's advice here to stay clean: https://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?/topic/81386-so-how-did-i-get-infected-in-the-first-place/Especially important are the Host file and SpywareBlaster, which I've used for more than a decade. Get advertising blockers too. In 15 years online I've never had a virus due to Tony's excellent advice and no ads. Have published same to the public. I also use MBAM.
  3. I have a suggestion that will limit the junkware to keep things sane for you. Get a HOSTS file: http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm It's free.
  4. Hi CWB! Good to see you. And, pleased to meet you GT500. Foot in mouth is not something I've learned to give up yet. You're both right. The "advice" I gave up there is strictly for advanced users. My deepest apologies to one and all. I neglected to mention that I run antivirus scans about once a week just to keep on the safe side. I run MBAM, SpybotS&D (the older one) and SpywareBlaster every day. I just have a bone to pick with antivirus applications that are bloatware that cause more problems than they solve. But, do use one. Get the best you can.
  5. I quit using MS Office years ago. I prefer to use the freeware Apache Open Office. It does Office documents just as well as the original. I've never had a problem with it.
  6. I've authored a lot of publications on computer security in the past. I published an article recently where I explained why I stopped using an antivirus. I was almost excommunicated from the security community! Their reaction to my article surprised me. Whoops! I took down the article and am now re-writing it. A lot of people are habituated to antivirus programs. MBAM is a program I do use daily to protect my computer. It is second to none and far more useful than any AV in my opinion. In the past 13 years online I have had zero viruses, and only four trojans (all detected and removed before they could cause problems). Part of this track record of mine was included in a published book on pc security. I still believe that antivirus programs have been surpassed by other more innovative applications such as MBAM. The threats out there are still increasing. What's the point of continued use of applications that don't help and just eat pc resources?
  7. With this kind of incredible success I suspect the developers will eventually port it to the pc. We can hope. I don't like the idea that I have to run out and buy a console just so I can play it. But I can see from several reviews that it will be RAM heavy. Let's hear it for overclocking!
  8. Have you heard the latest word on Sourceforge since Dice took up ownership? http://www.gluster.org/2013/08/how-far-the-once-mighty-sourceforge-has-fallen/ I'll stick with the one from Snapfiles for now. Thanks for the info though.
  9. I like to have my stuff close at hand, without having to root around searching back folders for the things I need. A security colleague introduced me to this little app. Thought I'd pass it along to you fine people. It's free. http://www.snapfiles.com/get/mygodmode.html
  10. Thanks. Good to see you too. I like cats, and just about everything else.
  11. Windows 8 isn't half bad once you get a hammer and bang it into shape. It's faster than Windows 7, and I never ever get BSOD's or full box crashes anymore. I have the install disks for Win 7 Pro just in case my OEM 8 bites the dust. This article gives me an idea. I think I will write to my publisher. Our book was written for XP.
  12. Did you check my profile? I wrote an intro. Black Labs are awesome! Grew up with one.
  13. Yup, Minesweeper was included with this here Windows 8 lappy. Never played it much so dumped it.
  14. Blindspots also play a role in what we see. No one has perfect vision. I have a large blindspot on the right side of my right eye. I watched the big black ball disappear there. http://www.moillusions.com/2012/03/find-your-blind-spot-trick.html This one is also helpful: http://www.colorcube.com/illusions/blndspot.htm
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