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  1. Avast discontinues support for Windows XP & Vista

    +1 But it isn't easy.
  2. More Tracking and Data Gathering?

    OK, maybe a little bit different spin here. From the least tekkie member here. I am very glad that Avast still provides an AV that works with XP. As mentioned before, a layered security system still provides adequate security for me, but maybe not for everyone. In other words redundant safety fallbacks. First warning comes from Avast, last line of defense is the system virtualization software. If that all fails there are backup images. Some data collection is necessary, I guess. I would never agree to guard the treasure without knowing a bit about where it is and who has the keys. And for sure it should be revealed up front what is being collected. For the big scary monsters, meltdown, specter, TPM compromise, etc, nothing seems to work very well anyway, afaik. Would like to be corrected if that has changed. ? The situation with CCleaner is different. The behaviors described here don't seem necessary, CCleaner doesn't depend on them for self protection. Not smart enough to know that for sure, though. As stated before it just seems they are used to increase the market base. Could be wrong, sorry if so. So maybe it's a question of balance. I'm glad Avast still works for xp, old versions of CCleaner still work here also. So far the benefits outweigh the costs. Thanks.
  3. Linux developers threaten to pull “kill switch”

    The core of this may be some less obvious agenda. Who benefits financially if linux dependent infrastructures are slowed, stopped, or become more expensive?
  4. Has anyone used OE Classic?

  5. Backup Software Planning

    This xp desktop crashed a couple of times while working with .tib files and .mrimg files. I was trying was to free up space on this hdd after moving them. I didn't see it coming, and I think its the first time Powershadow failed to discard changes. The screen popups were unfamiliar, didn't have time to get screenshots. Not sure what caused it. First thought it was caused by a software I was experimenting with, but maybe not. More likely was because I was trying to wipe some locked files and they wouldn't allow it. A scan with MBAM and a boot scan with Avast were ok. Chkdsk found errors and fixed them. Soon I'll run scans w/ ESET and others, to be sure. Computer is faster now. Everything works so far. For the first time in years, the drive letters show in correct alphabetical order. No idea why. Sooo, it doesn't seem to have been some deliberate, malicious software, just my mistakes. Anyway, reason for the post was to see if Macrium backups from xp would work over on win 7. Guess I'll just copy them as is and use macrium when they get there. I had not thought about the issues of using 2 different backup softwares until now.
  6. Has anyone used OE Classic?

    Thanks much, Hazelnut & Willy2. Looks very nice. I shall give it a try. Haven't thought about a new email provider for years, but I am changing email one way or the other soon. A question or two if I may. Is it easy to save attachments locally using IMAP? Are there big working differences between the free and paid? I saw that about the 2 account limit of the free? Sorry to ask lazy questions. I am going to change email providers, so this by Hazelnut and Willy2 is very timely. edit: on wxp and w7. Thanks.
  7. Backup Software Planning

    Short version: Both. But mostly file backups. If I accumulate (another) 40 gazillion pictures of the kids, I could make a macrium backup on xp, move it and work with it either place. Faster, smaller, safer than straight copying, I guess. Plus, Macrium paid is a really super software. Been working with it a lot the last few days. Lots of options. Thanks a million for the suggestion.
  8. Backup Software Planning

    Can a backup made by Macrium Reflect free be used with the paid version? Quite a few here use Macrium, so maybe you guys can help. Thank you. Acronis paid has worked very well on this xp box for a long time. Macrium paid works maybe a bit better on the win 7 computer. Sooner or later hardware fails, and it would be great have backup files compatible with any computer. Problem is, this Acronis software won't work on win 7, and Macrium on win 7 won't work with Acronis backup files. Issue became important here when backing up the phone. Blackberry software for windows is good, but also big and slow and the image files are big and not at all intuitive. Also, RIM has given strong indications that they are losing interest in the phone market. So it is important to have working backups. Until just recently I had never thought about what a mess it would be if this XP box was not available to restore the Acronis images. So, if possible, I shall make the file & folder images w/ Macrium free, and the win xp system backups with Acronis. Any suggestions or ideas welcome. Thanks.
  9. Yahoo Mail Timezone

    Thanks. I did see that. I have been using whatever this is since I can remember. Think it is the beta but don't remember agreeing to it, not sure, will check. Thanks.
  10. Yahoo Mail Timezone

    For a while now Yahoo mail has popped up a box saying different time zone detected. Looked around for a plausible sounding reason and solution, found some discussion, but didn't find anything persuasive. Other methods of checking location are pretty consistent, and do not agree that the time zone has changed. Any ideas? Thanks.
  11. ublock users

    Thanks, Trium.
  12. My sincere condolences to a trusted old friend.

    +1 with Hazel.
  13. Hosts File Update

    Thank you hazelnut. Got it.
  14. The Firefox/Mozilla Thread

    Fwiw. Just ran the paf.exe file Hazelnut pointed to, it is indeed the portable version 52.9.0 ESR, has the 32 and 64 bit folders, runs fine here on xp 32. No smoke or strange noises, so now to go about setting it up permanently.