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About Falcon1986

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  • Birthday September 18

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    The Bahamas
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    My girlfriend, my family, my car, computers

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    HP Pavilion DV7-1034ca laptop, custom-built desktop (Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge, ASRock Z75 Pro3, 8GB DDR3 Team Vulcan RAM, eVGA GeForce GTX-460, WD 1TB 6Gbps HDD, Sandisk 32GB ExpressCache, PCP&C Silencer 510W PSU)
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    Windows 7 Professional SP1
  1. Hi, flash and the rest of the BT community! Just passing by and thought I'd say hello. Moving to another country and residency work has had me quite busy for a while. Will try to be around more often as work permits. Have a few questions of my own that I hope others can assist with. Cheers!
  2. I recommend using Revo Uninstaller. The free version is fine. It will clean up a lot of program traces that you might not be able to find yourself. Check the folders in C:\Users\***\AppData\ for anything associated with 'Google'. If Chrome was the only Google application you used, you can safely delete any 'Google' folder that you find in there.
  3. Awesome! Thanks a lot, Flash! Really appreciate your expertise. I think whatever it was got muddled up when I did the system restore. So far, so good, though. All the best!
  4. Here is the result of the OTL fix... OTL fix log As for qtBittorrent, it's the only P2P application I have installed. Had intentions for a private file synchronization/backup setup apart from cloud storage, but will work that out when I have more free time on my hands.
  5. Thanks, Flash! 1. RogueKiller 2. TDSSKiller
  6. Just an update: running a Winsock reset seems to have solved the network settings problem.
  7. I executed a Winsock reset by running the following command at the command prompt and the IP settings are holding even after reboot! Yay! Thanks for the suggestion, TT.
  8. Hello, Flash! I'm posting this in relation to my recent experience. I haven't noticed anything else that is unusual; just that the static IPs that used to work before now no longer work. Only setting everything to 'Auto' allows me to get online. As per your instructions in the stickies, here are the scan logs so far... 1. AdwCleaner 2. aswMBR 3. MBAM 4. OTL
  9. My Windows 7 Pro desktop (up to date with all Windows Updates) recently started acting strangely. It all started after my sister plugged in a USB flash drive to print some documents, but couldn't get the printer to work. I discovered that Windows was asking to troubleshoot the printer, yet couldn't fix it. After trying to uninstall the printer driver, things got weirder: neither My Computer nor Task Manager would open. I had to resort to a previous System Restore Point which brought things back to normal... almost. After reboot, the LAN connection wasn't being recognized and I had to re-install that, but I now discovered that my custom static IP settings no longer work for this NIC. I have to use auto, which is OK, but it interferes with the firewall rules in my router. Apparently, this USB flash drive has been used on a public computer and I shudder to think what might have been vectored to my desktop. I have run Avast and MBAM full scans as per the recommendations of the stickies in the Malware Removal section of this forum. Nothing is being detected. I'm in the process of running the other applications and saving the logs, since I'm not sure if they might be useful at a future date as more weirdness is discovered. Does anyone know what might be the problem with the network properties that it can't utilize the static IPs that I insert? I have double-checked them and "validation" is disabled. Not really sure what is going on. Thanks.
  10. Can you post a screenshot? Not sure where you see this.
  11. Oh, sweet! Did you ever use the Virtu MVP software that comes with your motherboard? If so, how did you set it up?
  12. What does your startup list look like? And what about your browser add-on list? How many processes do you have running according to Task Manager? Is the Internet Explorer process consuming a lot of CPU/RAM when you're playing a game?
  13. In the G4 days, quite a few of the forum members helped me put together a parts lists for my first computer build. It ended up being an AMD socket 939 system (Asus A8N SLI-Deluxe, AMD Athlon 3500+ CPU, 2x512MB DDR XMS Corsair RAM, ATi Radeon X800XL, etc.) which I was very proud to put together. However, as time passed and through OS/application upgrades, the old rig was finding it difficult to keep up. A few minor upgrades followed such as a better aftermarket HSF, an Opteron dual-core processor, 3GB XMS Corsair RAM, SATA HDD, a new PCP&C Silencer PSU and eVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 460, but I felt that the speed of socket 939 was holding back on maximum performance. Anyway, a sign that I needed to move on came in the form of a message on boot one day: "Boot failure. Unable to boot to hard disk". I changed SATA cables and switched to new ports, but got the same message. Attaching the drive as an external disk to my laptop showed that nothing was wrong with the disk itself; data was accessible. I took the scenario as meaning that the SATA ports were damaged and hoped that the other parts were still salvageable. But replacing a socket 939 motherboard would cost as much or even more than a new system. I have always been impressed with Intel's CPUs so decided to switch to an Intel build. If I replaced the motherboard, then I'd also need to replace the CPU and RAM. I could reuse the other components. TomsHardware.com's monthly PC builds was my inspiration for choosing the following combo: CPU - Intel Core i5-3470 (Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz)Motherboard - ASRock Z75 Pro3 LGA 1155RAM - Team Vulcan 2x 4GB DDR3-1600Got a good deal on those parts from Newegg. When the parts arrived, I gutted the old components and quickly installed the new parts. It's amazing how I still knew what to do after all these years. In addition to the above, I have also added a new Western Digital Blue 1TB 7200RPM (SATA 6Gbps) HDD and Sandisk 32GB ReadyCache which can take full advantage of the SATA 6Gpbs speed. Upgrading to a proper SSD is planned for the future, but as it stands now, this system is 100 times better than what it was before!