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Re: General Computer Q & A
« Reply #1230 on: April 08, 2018, 11:31:05 AM »
It's good to know that my anti-virus/net security program is not affected -- yet.

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« Reply #1231 on: April 27, 2018, 12:41:46 PM »
I've been having trouble with my internet connection dropping on both my laptop upstairs and the smartTV. I was having some trouble with that happening when I had Comcast, but mostly just on the laptop, so I had concluded that the trouble was with the laptop net card. I may have to revise my thinking on that. Since I switched to FIOS the Internet on the TV is acting up more too.  Strangely, I haven't noticed any problem with my tablet connecting or dropping no matter where I am in the house and the router is sitting next to the TV so it can't be distance. Coincidentally, this has been getting worse on both TV laptop, and is definitely a lot worse than before the FCC head nixed Net Neutrality. What I'd really like to know is whether or not others are noticing more slow loading and drops since the FCC decision.

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« Reply #1232 on: April 27, 2018, 01:56:21 PM »
MarsGal I am still on Comcast (Xfinity)   my only problem is the cost.

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« Reply #1233 on: April 27, 2018, 07:42:47 PM »
MarsGal -

Since you had a similar problem before you changed to Verizon I might suspect something in the interior wiring (assuming they reused it).  Where you can, check for tight connections.
I have Vz and haven't noticed any drop outs. I do have other complaints about them though.
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« Reply #1234 on: April 28, 2018, 07:23:58 AM »
I had my Comcast account since 1993, and my "package" was grandfathers several times. With the prices going up, I started looking at Verizon. As far as including my phone, it would have been about the same whether or not I included it, so it wasn't worth the hassle of changing. Also, when I had to drop a tier to stay in budget, I lost several of my favorite channels. Comcast, unusually for them over all the years I was with them, could not accommodate me on a good, but relatively inexpensive channel package that include the missing channels. Verizon could. Their package, including the phone, not only cost less (for now) than a change in Comcast package, but gave me all the channels that I like back, and then some.

As far as the wiring, I believe they used new. Oh, something that annoyed me that no one bothered to mention when I signed up was AT&T was a little slow to release my phone number (which was, originally, a Verizon number, BTW). Verizon saw fit to give me a temp number for a day or two and then charged me for the phone number change. I was not happy about that. They weren't about to back down about it either, claiming it AT&T was to blame for the way they handle their changes. Funny thing about that. When I originally switched from Verizon to AT&T all went smoothly without any temp numbers or extra charges.

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« Reply #1235 on: April 28, 2018, 12:05:04 PM »
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Now I have a Comcast office close to me an so every time  they try to change the cost I just go Overr no tell them . I will have to leave you after 12 years because I can't afford your new price. Will have to go back on my Antanna on roof. Get wifi from another co.for $10. If the try download for cheaper say taking off channels I watch most that I would not like .now get for less than 3 years back. Say Can just use my IPad.for Internet and tv. From the 8 stations from Antanna is all I need.
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« Reply #1236 on: April 28, 2018, 01:18:08 PM »
Jeanne, my problem is several sport channels I want that come in a so called package.  If I go to the office on an increase they sometimes will offer another Package.  I only use the net works and the sports channels, and like high definition.  I am pleased with the ability to watch anything on line even when away from home, both on the pad and the phone.  I have even watched one sports event on the tv while viewing another channel on the pad.

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« Reply #1237 on: April 28, 2018, 02:11:02 PM »
Jack, you remind me of an Indy cousin; I visited him and his wife for lunch one time and he had two TVs and a radio playing (he was a great Cubs fan).  Before we ate, he was saying "grace" but he had one ear on the TVs and radio.  Something exciting happened and the prayer stopped and I think never did pick up - what happened was more important!

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« Reply #1238 on: April 28, 2018, 02:23:28 PM »
MaryAnn I have a small table in the family room.   I place my food and drink on it, say grace, then turn on the tv.   If the tv is already on I turn off the sound and do not look.  Truth is I manage by eating between periods in hockey, or half time with football.

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« Reply #1239 on: April 28, 2018, 04:48:56 PM »
Jack, at least you don't stop in the middle of grace to see what is going on in the sport.  I don't remember what time of year I was there and it often was around Memorial Day or Labor Day so it could have been baseball or football.  I have an idea it would have been fall so he might have had a couple of football games on plus a baseball game. 

I eat in the computer room and put the computer away for the time being but I do turn on the TV.  I eat in here because it is easier to eat here rather than at a table - shorty that I am.  Tom often takes his meal downstairs to his TV. 

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Re: General Computer Q & A
« Reply #1240 on: June 12, 2018, 01:26:02 AM »
just received this from Yahoo:


Hi Sop,

We see that you’ve used Yahoo Messenger recently, so we wanted to let you know that Yahoo Messenger will no longer be supported after July 17, 2018.

Before July 17, you can continue to use the service, but after that date, you will no longer have access to Yahoo Messenger. You can learn how to save your chats by visiting our FAQ.

We’ve loved working on Yahoo Messenger for you and want to thank you for using our product. We will continue to focus on building and introducing new, exciting communications tools that impact and delight our users.

Visit our FAQ to learn more. Thanks for being a Yahoo Messenger user!

But I have not used it for at least 2 years!


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« Reply #1241 on: June 12, 2018, 11:02:36 AM »
Bubble, I got that also.  A real pity cuz I have used it for years and do like it.

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« Reply #1242 on: June 12, 2018, 12:55:36 PM »
I also received that message altho it has been years since I used it. Now that Yahoo has been broken up into parts by its bankruptcy, the new owners of those parts are instituting changes. If you use Yahoo, even for mail, expect to see more changes down the line.
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« Reply #1243 on: July 17, 2018, 01:12:24 PM »
Hi..everyone reading...Im glad to have this site to go to...as I'm a computer dummy and always needing help...as I do now....I'm wanting to disable...delete...uninstall..which ever is the easiest...my messenger.  I don't have it installed on my phone..or my IPad...I recently uninstalled it on my IPad...but when I go to my computer...windows vista...it's still there...is there a way to disable it on the computer...thx for comments CC

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« Reply #1244 on: July 17, 2018, 03:16:31 PM »
CC I do not have Vista, but went to Google and found this.  Hope it works

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhATY6uRU68


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« Reply #1245 on: July 18, 2018, 01:54:35 PM »
Thank you Jack...I will try that.....CC

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« Reply #1246 on: July 18, 2018, 02:15:57 PM »
I have my security antivirus on automatic and it does a deep security scan every three days. I've rarely had anything happened, but this morning I had a red level threat come up in Microsoft's Edge. That's a browser I never use, and everything is the other browser.

I reran the scan, and it came up again only in Edge, so I deleted it. Something to be aware of.
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« Reply #1247 on: July 18, 2018, 02:17:58 PM »
Maybe it was trying to warn you that you were using another browser  :coolsmiley:
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« Reply #1248 on: July 18, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »
My PC..is about to crash...I'm looking at a desktop...with windows 10..on.....it's a used one....what do I need to make sure it has...thx CC

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« Reply #1249 on: July 18, 2018, 06:17:30 PM »
Maybe it was trying to warn you that you were using another browser  :coolsmiley:

What it was telling me was that Edge had picked up a virus in the two days since the last scan.
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« Reply #1250 on: July 19, 2018, 07:01:35 AM »
Patricia, odd that you should mention your alert yesterday. I didn't get any alerts yesterday other that the bing, bing like something was trying to notify me of something. I was in Firefox at the time (I also don't use Edge). When I got out of Firefox, it stopped. When I did a restart, I got an error message of some sort, but nothing seemed amiss. My antivirus didn't find any viruses or PUPs, but it did quarantine  an Adobe Flash program. The only thing I used that for is an online game which asks every time if I want to install it. I uninstalled Flash and removed the bookmarked link to the game and the leftover registry line that CCleaner found. No more bing, bing. Too bad. I do like Bookworm. Most sites have discontinued offering it. I should probably run a boot scan too; didn't do that yesterday. 

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« Reply #1251 on: July 19, 2018, 07:04:35 AM »
My bookworm works ok, no alert or anything....  Try to reinstall it?

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« Reply #1252 on: July 19, 2018, 10:53:35 AM »
Microsoft has issues with not dealing directly with security problems. Last year it took almost three months for them to stop an intrusion that several companies had warned them about. However, look at Yahoo and it's pattern with security vulnerabilities. Those problems led to the bankruptcy and Yahoo's breakup and different parts being sold to different companies.

It used to be only dodgy programs had unwelcome surprises and now even mainstream programs have riders that pay directly to be brought along or have attached themselves to some open code. It pays to educate yourself, compare antivirus programs often and keep in touch with customer reviews and not those put out directly by the company. I have three separate tech companies that I have subscribed to emails just so I can stay informed. Having an antivirus and keeping it up to date is only the first line of defense.


In 2017, just in the US; nine billion dollars were paid out that we know about to ransom programs by police, fire and ambulance, schools, and medical hospitals such as John Hopkins due to ransomware. One high-end hotel was breached by the smart code operating a large aquarium in their lobby!
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« Reply #1253 on: July 19, 2018, 12:34:05 PM »
Bubble I don't think the problem was with Bookworm itself, especially since it is online and not downloaded. The problem may or may not have been the Adobe Flash, but since my antivirus flagged it, it decided to uninstall it. If I remember correctly, Adobe Flash is no longer recommended because of ongoing security problems. I forget where that little bit of info came from. Java is another program that is no longer recommended. Like Java, a lot of companies are moving away from using Flash, or so I saw - somewhere - at least a year ago.

I wonder if Adobe is still having problems. Here is an article from Feb. about a recent flaw which they suposedly fixed.  https://www.zdnet.com/article/windows-security-microsoft-issues-adobe-patch-to-tackle-flash-zero-day/

Here is one for this month invloving Microsoft and Adobe Flash: https://krebsonsecurity.com/tag/adobe-flash-player/

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« Reply #1254 on: July 19, 2018, 12:43:54 PM »
Oh look! Here are instructions from How-to-Geek on how to change the update settings on Windows 10 so that it won't update automatically:  https://www.howtogeek.com/224471/how-to-prevent-windows-10-from-automatically-downloading-updates/

 

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« Reply #1255 on: July 20, 2018, 05:01:06 PM »
Jack...I followed instructions...but it did not uninstall messenger...do you think it can't be removed? Thx CC

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« Reply #1256 on: July 21, 2018, 07:58:12 AM »
CC sorry, that was just on Google and you may take a look for other solution, or hope someone in here can help.

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« Reply #1257 on: July 24, 2018, 01:03:58 PM »
Interesting;
 
Eavesdroppers can see what you're up to on these sites.

Encryption makes communication over the internet secure. On websites, you can tell if they use encryption by looking at the web address. It either starts with "https://" for sites that use encryption or "http://" for sites that don't.

Without encryption, anything you do on that website is open to eavesdroppers. That's why banks, online merchants and other companies that deal in sensitive information have used HTTPS for years.

Starting today, Chrome will slap a "not secure" label on any websites that aren't using HTTPS. This doesn't mean that these websites are any less secure than they were yesterday. Instead, it's Google trying to encourage websites to be more secure by calling out those that only use HTTP. While Safari, Edge and Firefox aren't using the "not secure" label, these browsers are also calling out HTTP sites.

Find out how you can tell at a glance on any browser if the sites you visit are protecting you with  HTTPS in our story on Techlicious.

Just what does that mean? HTTP is short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and it has been the way web pages are sent from their server to your computer since the very beginning of the World Wide Web. In those early days, no one was particularly worried about security on ordinary web pages, and HTTP is unencrypted. That means when you visit a website via HTTP, others could intercept what you type or edit what you see. Your internet provider could collect and sell your browsing history to third parties or track you to display ads. It's already challenging to keep our private information private online, and HTTP makes it even harder.

That's where HTTPS comes in. The S stands for "secure," meaning two things: the site you're seeing is guaranteed to be the site you think you're seeing and everything you send to or receive from the site is encrypted. That means no one can eavesdrop on your web browsing, and it makes it tougher for hackers (or legitimate businesses) to get your personal information. Though the system isn't a guarantee that you're safe from online threats, it's much more secure than HTTP. We at Techlicious use it for our website (see below).

Plenty of websites already use HTTPS. If you do online shopping or banking, you've almost certainly noticed a lock icon in your browser toolbar indicating you're on a secure site, where it's safe to type passwords and other personal information. However, some more mundane websites — like the BBC and ESPN — don't bother with this kind of security. That makes it much easier for eavesdroppers who want to know exactly what you're up to online. Now Chrome will simply be calling attention to that fact. Until your browser gets the update (or if you use Safari, Edge or Firefox), you'll be able to tell by the fact that there is an "i" button next to the URL (see ESPN site below).
It's part of an attempt to make HTTPS the standard way to browse the web. All connections should be secure, so instead of specifically calling out HTTPS as secure, Chrome will point out when you're using an unsecured HTTP connection. As of today (or when Chrome updates on your computer), Chrome shows a "not secure" warning in the address bar when you visit a site that only uses HTTP. In the future, it will also stop specifically noting HTTPS websites as secure — because secure, encrypted websites should be the norm.

So what should you do if you get a warning that the website you're visiting isn't secure? First, you shouldn't enter any sensitive information — you only want to provide personal information over an encrypted HTTPS connection, which is indicated in most browsers with a lock icon by the address. Some websites will use standard HTTP if you don't specifically ask for a secure connection, but you can often force sites to use HTTPS by simply changing "http" to "https" in the address bar. You can also download the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Chrome or Firefox, which will request secure pages from any website that offers them.

But even though Chrome is trying to keep us safe online, in the end, it's up to us to safeguard our personal information. Always look for the lock icon that indicates a secure connection, and never give out private information.

https://techlicious.com/blog/http-sites-marked-as-not-secure/?utm_source=Techlicious+List&utm_campaign=7a7678c16e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_7_24_2018_9_58&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ee95b0b14-7a7678c16e-189582833
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« Reply #1258 on: July 24, 2018, 02:10:12 PM »
Patricia, I wonder if that is the reason the Harbor Lookout for the Duluth Harbor quit working for me last week on Firefox.  A reason given was that it was not available on Firefox any longer.  Yesterday I copied the link and entered it in Edge and it worked and not only that, the link from Firefox now works.  I'm not going to disconnect the site from Edge to see if that is the reason.

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« Reply #1259 on: July 24, 2018, 05:15:24 PM »
MaryAnn, I don't believe so as they offer you a warning if you want to proceed. I've put the s after HTTP for a while as I've heard of this before. I didn't download the Chrome extension as I just add the s and first watch the headings.

One extension, available across browsers is an important one that lets you know if the listed website is actually the website. For example, a scammer might list a website address that looks like your bank but is actually an information collection site. This extension lets me know before I click if it is not the declared site.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. -John Cage, composer (5 Sep 1912-1992)