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Study finds gamer cyber hygiene stinks

Q: Study finds gamer cyber hygiene stinks

As online gaming grows in popularity ESET researchers found that cybersecurity measures haven't kept pace as 36 percent gamers reported actively turning off security software if they found it was slowing down their computer.

The study, conducted by Google Consumer Surveys, polled 500 gamers and found that 52 percent of respondents said they don't even use security software on their gaming computers, according to a Sept. 13 blog post.

Gamers stated numerous reasons for their lack cybersecurity hygiene with 20 percent saying they don't need it, 13 percent saying they don't like they pop ups, 12 percent saying it slowed down their computers, and eight percent saying that it interrupts their gaming experience.

Researchers warn whenever security settings are disabled, users run the risk of malware stealing their login credentials and using gaming accounts for malicious activity which could lead to the legitimate user getting banned from the gaming platform for someone else's actions.

The stolen accounts could be used for botting, item farming, and other activities without the account owner's knowledge.

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

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New Cyber Threat Study Delivers Surprising Results.

The SANS Institute, an IT security education and research group, has released a study of computer and network vulnerabilities that can only be described as massive. Involving some 15,000 organizations, the study is one of the first to offer hard data about the the number and severity of digital threats across the entire computing landscape.

It seems like the biggest flaws on home PCs lie with Flash, Acrobat Reader, Java, QuickTime, and Microsoft Office. It's important to make sure these applications and plug-ins are all updated to their latest versions and that older versions are uninstalled.Click to expand...

-- Tom

A:New Cyber Threat Study Delivers Surprising Results

Great article! The SANS study report is even more interesting! Thanks!


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Given the amount of time malicious hackers spend bypassing other people's security, you might think that they pay close attention to locking down their own digital fortresses. It turns out that many of them don't, according to a recent blog post documenting some of their sloppiest password hygiene.

Do you use the same easy password for everything? When was the last time you changed your passwords? Don't you think it's time to do it? How secure are they?

Answers to common security questions - Best Practices By


A:Itís official: Malicious hackers have crappy password hygiene, too

Remarkably, 1,255 of the underlying passwords were in plaintext, while another 346 were protected with the easily crackable MD5 hashing algorithm. The resulting 1,601 passwords he had to work with allowed him to see just how poor the bottom four percent of hackers' passwords were....Then there were the passwords themselves. The average length was just six characters, short enough to be brute-force cracked in a matter of minutes in most cases. The passwords also contained a relatively small number of upper-case letters, numbers, and special characters. By sticking mostly to predictable lower-case letters, the hackers significantly reduced the "key space" required to carry out brute-force attacks.

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I have become one of the many with a PC infected by 2 fake security scams (Cyber Protection Center and Cyber Security). I purchased Spyware Doctor recently, thinking that this would get rid of it, since the free scan did identify them, or so I thought, but it has failed. Can someone possibly advise me on how to get rid of them please? My computer has slowed down a lot, and the constant pop-up messages are really annoying.

I have a HJT log file, below.

Many thanks in advance.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 20:03:30, on 20/10/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16915)
Boot mode: Normal
Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Grisoft\AVG Anti-Spyware 7.5\guard.exe
C:\Program Files\Spyware Doctor\BDT\BDTUpdateService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Fichiers communs\Motive\McciCMService.exe
C:\Program Files\Fichiers communs\Microsoft Shared\VS7Debug\mdm.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton 360 Premier Edition\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
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A:Cyber Security and Cyber Protection Center

Welcome to TSG

Before i get started, i need you to remove all your Anti-Virus program except one. You have numerous programs installed. Running muliple AV programs will cause system slowdown and crashes. Thanks

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Today I received a desktop with Windows XP Media Edition Version 2002, SP3 with a high level of pollution. MBAM ran and found a multitude of issues that have apparently been resolved. The remaining item is TROJAN.TDSS. MBAM finds it and deletes / quarantines it. However, each time I restart the system (as instructed by MBAM) and then run MBAM again, the TROJAN.TDSS is back.While I'm unclear on the effect of this trojan, it remains on the system. Eventually, it will disable McAfee Security Center from receipt of updates and performance degrades (I presume some internet activity is running behind the scenes). After running MBAM a few times, occasionally, McAfee comes back to life and will run a scan of the system. It finds nothing.Anyway, again, I'm new to the process and system and look forward to hearing from you guys on what I should do to properly enlist your help.

A:8/4: MBAM finds TROJAN.TDSS repeatedly. McAfee finds nothing.

Hello,this may be a nasty rootkit.Please post your last MBAM log.The log is automatically saved and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy and paste the contents of that report in your next reply. Be sure to post the complete log to include the top portion which shows MBAM's database version and your operating system.We Need to check for Rootkits with RootRepealDownload RootRepeal from the following location and save it to your desktop:RootRepealExtract RootRepeal.exe from the zip archive.Open on your desktop.Click the tab.Click the button.Check all six boxes: Push OkCheck the box for your main system drive (Usually C:), and press Ok.Allow RootRepeal to run a scan of your system. This may take some time.Once the scan completes, push the button. Save the log to your desktop, using a distinctive name, such as RootRepeal.txt. Include this report in your next reply, please.EDIT about this backdoor trojan...A backdoor Trojan can allow an attacker togain control of the system, log keystrokes, steal passwords, access personaldata, send malevolent outgoing traffic, and close the security warningmessages displayed by some anti-virus and security programs.I would advise you to disconnect this PC from the Internet, and then go toa known clean computer and change any passwords or security information heldon the infected computer. In particular, check whatever relates to onlinebanking financial transactions, shopping, credit cards, or sensitivepersonal information. It... Read more

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Hey there forum.

I'd like to start off by saying this is in fact my first post, and I do not know where else to turn.

I'm running Windows 7 Ultimate on a 64 bit machine.

A couple of days ago, I was using AVG free 2012 as my virus protection software.

I was on my computer, and all of a sudden a warning for a virus (I can't remember correctly, but I think it was a Trojan of some sort). I tried to delete it, and it said no infections were found. I thought that was a good thing. Well, a couple minutes later it happens again...so I tried to get rid of it again. For the record, I believe it might have been a zip file that I downloaded off the internet that might have got me this virus.

Then I used MBAM which found nothing, and I started to believe it was nothing. After a couple more times though, I got worried. I got online and bought Norton 360 Premier Edition 5.0 and started scanning.

The scans came up with nothing, but then I noticed that in the corner it started giving me two notifications. One notification was saying a virus (I believe a trojan backdoor 2 or something like that?) was blocked, and that my computer was safe. The other one was saying that a different virus (I think a TDSS? I'm terrible with names...) required immediate manual removal. I followed Nortons instructions, which led me to download their FixTDSS program, which found absolutely nothing. So I did some research, and found Kasperskys TDSSKiller, also to no avail. However, when I ran i... Read more

A:MBAM finds Trojan.Agent but cannot remove it. Norton finds nothing.

I have some extra stuff to add. I Forgot to mention that even before I stupidly ran combofix, all my restore points were already deleted. Also, I just tried Norton Power Eraser and it said that it found no infections either.

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Not sure if I'm writing for help in the correct category. Please let me know if I'm in the wrong place. I would also like to add that I am completely pc illiterate.

I recently lost my web cam connection. I've installed & reinstalled everything several times with no avail. I've even done a system recovery (boy was I was sweating when I did that) Thought that was the end of my pc! My friend is on a Mac notebook and is using aim 4.7 whom I am trying to connect with and I'm on a pc, (windows xp) Our connection (when we were able to connet a while back) was always very lousy but at least we were able to connect somewhat. We are both stay at home moms and we both really miss our web cam connection. I've tried to connect via aol, aim, aim 6.0 and aim pro which all did not work. I've called Labtec (web cam people) and they told me to call aol. I've called aol and they told me to call Labtec.

Any suggestions?


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The developer preview has been out for less than 24 hours. Nevertheless, let's start complaining!

I'll go first just to get the ball rolling...

The Metro UI absolutely sucks for any sort of computer other than a tablet/phone. I like my computers like I like my men: under the desk and connected to the power mains.

A:It Stinks!

Now that's funny right there.

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Hi All,I booted my pc and found that my home page had been changed to some kinda website called protect advanced cleaner. I downloaded some antivirus softwares and it removed some stuff and put my homepage back to msn.com but it's still grayed out and i can't change stuff cause it's telling me that i have to have administration priviledges to do that even though i am the administrator. Can someone look at my hijack log and see you can help me?I have a 13 year old daughter that uses my pc too and i would really hate for her to see some of the stuff pop up that i saw this morning. Oh and by the way, since i ran the anti virus programs and my homepage reappeared, every time i open IE i get the message that IE has encountered a problem and needs to close. I already had foxfire so that's what i'm using for now.Thank you in advance.TammyLogfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 12:21:25 AM, on 2/11/2008Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16574)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSvcHst.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symant... Read more

A:Malware Stinks! Please Help Me

Hi tbrazel and Welcome to the Forums. Please download Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware from Here or HereDouble Click mbam-setup.exe to install the application.Make sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.Once the program has loaded, select "Perform Quick Scan", then click Scan.The scan may take some time to finish,so please be patient.When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.Make sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.When disinfection is completed, a log will open in Notepad and you may be prompted to Restart.(See Extra Note)The log is automatically saved by MBAM and can be viewed by clicking the Logs tab in MBAM.Copy&Paste the entire report in your next reply along with a fresh HijackThis log.Extra Note:If MBAM encounters a file that is difficult to remove,you will be presented with 1 of 2 prompts,click OK to either and let MBAM proceed with the disinfection process,if asked to restart the computer,please do so immediatly.

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I have an Epson Stylus c80 inkjet printer that has never given me a good color print job. Mostly I always get those vertical bands and lines running through. I know that's probably a common thing, but I've tried every utility to solve it - the head cleaning, nozzle cleaning, etc. Nothing works. This has gone on since the day I brought it home, about 2 yrs ago. I only use Epson cartridges. I've contacted Epson..they just tell me to use Epson cartridges..I tell them I DO!..they just repeat themselves..so no help there.

I researched printers pretty thoroughly and thought I was getting a great printer. Now I don't trust myself! Any recommendations for a printer that does a good, reliable color printing? I've hung in with this disaster as long as I can.

I'm NOT doing any high-quality photo-type printing at all - - I'm just talking about printing quick, small things like jewel case covers, or things I do in Paint, or small pictures from the internet. The color itself is okay, but it's the bands and lines running vertically through them that are always present and I cannot solve. That's what I want to avoid in a new printer.

A:This printer stinks!

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Hard drive froze last week, new drive, Windows 7 won't let me install IE8, only IE9. Really hate IE9 (tried the Beta when it came out). Just moved and all documents are 400 miles away. Would really like to download IE8. Not that computer literate. Thanks in advance.

A:IE 9 Stinks, can't get IE 8 to download.

IE8 is the default browser in Windows 7, just uninstall IE9 and then you have IE8.

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Hi, and thank you for your help (ahead of time). Contracted Trojan.Vundo somehow. Have run the Combofix, and Vundo is still showing up and corrupting my files. Here's my log. I'd appreciate next step directions and put Vundo to sleep forever!

ComboFix 07-12-12.3 - KCHijacked 2007-12-13 0:12:57.1 - NTFSx86
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.2.1252.1.1033.18.151 [GMT -8:00]
Running from: C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Desktop\ComboFix.exe
* Created a new restore point

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( Other Deletions )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data.\salesmonitor
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Application Data\FunWebProducts
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Application Data\FunWebProducts\Data\Mary Myers\avatar.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Application Data\FunWebProducts\Data\Mary Myers\corrupt.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Application Data\FunWebProducts\Data\Mary Myers\register.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\Application Data\FunWebProducts\Data\Mary Myers\zbucks.dat
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\err.log
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\g2mdlhlpx.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Mary Myers\ResErrors.log
C:\Program Files\FunWebProducts
C:\Program Files\FunWebProducts\Shared\Cache\AvatarSmallBtn.html
C:\Program Files\FunWebProducts\Shared\Cache\CursorManiaBtn.html
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A:Vundo Stinks

Please download HijackThis to your desktop.. http://www.trendsecure.com/portal/en...HJTInstall.exe

Alternate link

This program will help us determine if there are any spyware/malware on your computer. Double-click on the file you just downloaded.
Click on the "Unzip" button to install. It will by default install to the directory - C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis

Upon install, HijackThis should open for you.Just close it.

Should it not open, navigate to C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HijackThis and double click on HijackThis.exe

If it gives you an intro screen, just close it


Please copy this page to *Notepad* and save to your desktop for reference as you will not have any browsers open while you are carrying out portions of these instructions.

It's IMPORTANT to carry out the instructions in the sequence listed below.
1. Close any open browsers.
2. Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ComboFix.

Open *notepad* and copy/paste the text in the quotebox below into it:



Save this as CFScript.txt, in the same location as ComboFix.exe which is on the Desktop.

Refering to the picture above, drag C... Read more

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Got the new FF update last night, what a bummer!!!  Many book marks disappeared, the look and feel has changed much to my dislike.  I wonder if I can revert to the last version?  Is anyone else not happy???

A:New Fire Fox Stinks!

 My Firefox v56 updated yesterday to v57. My 'add-ons',the ones that i deem important ie. Ad-blocker & Privacy Badger were still there,so on that count everything was ok.
However,regarding the hoped for increase in broswer speed - it simply hasn't materialised !. It's as slow as v56,which was never that bad that i lost sleep over it.
   All my bookmarks are still in place,& the only thing that seems to have changed is the Homepage appearance. All in all,a waste of time - at the moment. I'll await further updates in the hope that eventually Firefox v57 will live up to the months  of 'hype'
   I had 'Auto update' turned on & it didn't update on the 14th. I turned auto UD 'off' & then had to turn it back on again for v57 to install,which it did within seconds.
  I suppose to give Mozilla the benefit of the doubt - this is a brand new version,'relatively' untried except for the Beta version,so we should expect a few glitches. However,since most of the hype was about 'speed' - i'd have expected that to be there from the first second it went live - it wasn't. Just something else that's been 'improved worse' !!!. (At the moment)

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My computer is driving me crazy. I know its old but I cant buy a new one right now. It seams like something is always running in the backround. My AVG says that its not infected but I think it my be. Please help!
Dell dimension 8200
Win XP Service Pack 3
512 Ram
I know I dont have much RAM but the type this uses is expensive and I would have to buy it in pairs and the computer isnt worth the cost.
I downloaded the two scan to my desktop.
Thank you
here is my dds.txt.
i cant run the root reapel because it frezzes my computer
DDS (Ver_09-10-26.01) - NTFSx86
Run by chris at 21:25:34.73 on Sat 11/21/2009
Internet Explorer: 8.0.6001.18702
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.511.46 [GMT -5:00]

AV: AVG Anti-Virus Free *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated) {17DDD097-36FF-435F-9E1B-52D74245D6BF}

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLAcsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\TopSpeed\2.0\aoltsmon.exe
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A:computer stinks

Hello,We apologize for the delay in responding to your request for help. Here at Bleeping Computer we get overwhelmed at times, and we are trying our best to keep up.My name is Syler and I will be helping you to solve your Malware issues. If you have since resolved your issues I would appreciate if youwould let me no so I can close this topic, if you still need help please let me no what issues you are still having, in your next reply.Download random's system information tool (RSIT) by random/random from here and save it to your desktop.Double click on RSIT.exe to run RSIT.Click Continue at the disclaimer screen.Once it has finished, two logs will open. Please post the contents of both log.txt (<<will be maximized) and info.txt (<<will be minimized)Then please post back here with the following: log.txt info.txtThanks

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Trying to install photoshop with installshield.

My C: drive does not have enough room, so i tell it to install to a different drive, even after selecting one that DOES have enough space, it won't continue because it's STILL claiming the C: is the problem. I've changed my temp file directories under enviromental settings. But it still wants to install things on my C:

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First, forgive my if I have broken any posting rules. I'm not necessarily new at this, but I sure know how to make mistakes. Anyway here is a little information about what I'm working with:

ISP: Hughesnet

Avast Antivirus
AVG Anti-spyware
Webroot Spy Sweeper and of course

Now, my computer is working fine, but I sense a parasite hoarding vital resources and thought maybe if my hijackthis log is analyzed, it could be found and killed.

I cannot express my gratitude as well as I should be able to, so I will say THANK YOU. Here is my hijackthis log:

R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=54896
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=69157
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings,ProxyOverride = www.direcwaysupport.com;www.systemcontrolcenter.com;;;;<local>
O2 - BHO: Adobe PDF Reader Link Helper - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll
O2 - BHO: BitComet ClickCapture - {39F7E362-828A-4B5A-BCAF-5B79BFDFEA60} - C:\Program Files\BitComet\tools\BitCometBHO.dll
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A:Low Priority...Somthing stinks though...

Will anyone take my case? Please...

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I have been here, done this before, still need some advice.

I am using DirectCD 3.01C, on a PentiumII, 450 Mhz, Gateway PC with 256Mb RAM, and using a HP 9100 CD Burner. My Norton AV is updated weekly, so I know I don't have a virus.

I reformatted about a month ago because of this same problem. [you can look up my past letter on TSG] It was suggested I reformat the C: drive by a PC tech at a computer store after he played with my PC for a couple days, charged me $213, and didn't do a thing for me.

After I reformatted and reinstalled Adaptec DirectCD, I could copy small files and photographs neatly to a CD-RW and I could copy full CDs to CD-Rs with no problems. (I could alway copy full CDs with CloneCd without any problems.) Single file copying worked fine up until about yesterday, then I started getting the same problem ~ Adaptec DirectCD would not recognize an already formatted CD-RW with files on it. If it did recognize it, it would take a very, very long time to try to copy those few little files [10 to 300 kb long] and then it would quit with the standard error [it has become standard to me, I see it so much] "...this CD has an unrecoverable read/write error, you should move all your files off this disk, blah, blah, blah..."

Any suggestions or ideas out there? Am I one of the few [or many] that is beginning to think that this technology or the software is still in it's infancy and is not a really good way to backup or do I need another softw... Read more

A:Adaptec DirectCD STINKS!

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Okay. I want your opinions. I'm only going to use Vista for making screenshots and doing documentation. I wish I could avoid buying it, but I need it for an ongoing documentation project.

What version of Vista stinks the least?

I've ruled out Home Basic as too basic, and Ultimate as too expensive.

I'm trying to decide between Home Premium and Business.




A:Vista: Which version stinks less?

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I have an Inspiron 1000. It originally had XP on it, but stupid me wanted the most updated OS so guess what I went and did?? That's right! I put vista on my lappy and now it just plain stinks! A slug moves faster than my laptop does!! How do I remove vista from my laptop and reinstall xp? I have tried reinstalling with cd and it doesn't give me the option to install(appears vista is alot harder to get rid of-kinda like the flu!) Can anyone give me instructions on how to do this? I have backed everything up so I am ready to dump! I am not a tech chick so go easy on me! Thanks a bunch!!!

A:Solved: Vista Stinks!

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Hey.. I've tried getting rid of cool web search so many times! I have adaware and run that.. and it get rids of it for awhile but then it comes back! i also run cool web search.. but hey.. does the same thing.. comes back!! I've tried to go thru that whole process of findnfix but i dont think the dude knew too much which i thought was fine.. cuz I'd try again.. but if anyone could help me it would be GREAT! Here is a fresh hijack log.. when its ON my computer.. if you want one when its not.. just tell me... by that i mean.. when i delete it for like 2 minutes

A:cool web search stinks! HELP!

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DSL (cable)- download speed is great, but the upload speed has gone away. Seems that I can send emails and such but at a much lower speed. I attached a log to look at. Any help is appreciated. Win98se and IE6

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
Scan saved at 8:28:02 AM, on 5/6/04
Platform: Windows 98 SE (Win9x 4.10.1998A)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
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A:Send speed stinks, recieve is ok though

fix these:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page = http://www.firstbankonline.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Search,SearchAssistant = http://mysearchnow.com/searchbar.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\SearchURL,(Default) = http://search.presario.net/scripts/...&query=%s&i=enu

also i believe this entry is bad:

O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [mdac_runonce] C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM\runonce.exe

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I can't open a installasion, it closes change or remove programs, it closes most of the stuff!! Even it's own settings!!! So I'm asking if I can delete the DEP. Can I?

A:Data Execution Prevention Stinks

First make sure you are installing known good software (not something questionable).

You can disable DEP for the software you are installing by going to System Properties > Advanced tab > Performance settings button > Data Execution Prevention tab > tick the button for Turn on DEP for all programs and services except for those I select. Then Add the program you are having trouble with.

You can also completely disable DEP for all programs by editing the boot.ini file (C:\boot.ini) by changing /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN to /NOEXECUTE=ALWAYSOFF. You must reboot for the change to take effect.

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Last week i brought my 2.5 yrs old T440 to Lenovo Bugis suppt center to replace a cracked LCD back cover (one fine day i noticed a crack along the righthand side hinge and after opening, the cover was hard to close & open!). I had a queue tkt that said waiting tme approx 5 mins, but it took 20 mins for the front desk asst to call me. He rightly said the warranty had expired and they need to charge me $50 (+gst) to assess how much it would cost to fix it. When i asked what they want to assess as the laptop was working fine, he said in that case i should pay $30 - to source for the broken part and only after that they can tell how much would the total repair cost be! To me, it didn't make sense as they are the 'makers', but the guy started explaining the parts are made by 3rd party suppliers and and that's the process they hv to follow for 'older' models! Then another colleague of him came to explain, but he also couldn't tell me the rational for not able to tell me upfront the charge for replacing a 'highly visible' broken part! They are cheats in my opinion!! I have been a ThinkPad user for nearly 20 years and never experienced such poor quality machines and bad service!!! Hell with Lenovo.

A:Lenovo Singapore Support stinks

since your machine is already out of warranty, source it online for 3rd party and get it done. Im having hell with my Lenovo too.

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So what do you have from the poll?
Security Scores will be entered 7 days from the opening date.

A:Do you have... Study

Chromatinfish 123 said:

So what do you have from the poll?
Security Scores will be entered 7 days from the opening date.Click to expand...

I'm too old and decrepit to play games...

but AV and malwares keep me busy.

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Today I have runned Deckard's System Scanner (DSS). The three attached text files have been created after finishing the process. I do not know how to study with this log reports and what to do with this log reports.

Please help.

A:I Do Not Know How To Study Log

Welcome to the BleepingComputer Forums. Since it has been a few days, please post a new Deckard's System Scanner which includes the HijackThis log. Please see Preparation Guide for use before posting about your potential Malware problem. Thank you for your patience.If you have already posted this log at another forum or if you decide to seek help at another forum, please let us know. There is a shortage of helpers and taking the time of two volunteer helpers means that someone else may not be helped. Please post your HijackThis log as a reply to this thread and not as an attachment. I am always leery of opening attachments so I always request that HijackThis logs are to be posted as a reply to the thread. I don't think that you are attaching anything scary but others may do so. Thanks.

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I just started to mess about with Android Studio on a laptop, flashed a Lineage on a x64 Atom tablet previously Windows. The USB config is absolutely stuck in "charge only" in Cyano, in Lineage 6 ,7, 13 , I tried them all. Tried all usb ports, tried about 5 different usb cables including chopping and making a male to male usb, toggled the debug mode ... No MTP mode whatsoever no notification neither in Win 10 neither on the droid, nothing in devmg no sound when plugging you just get "settings has stopped" as soon as you touch the mtp tick on the droid.
Ok , this must be one of them Linux-vs-others usb kernel issue , much deeper than the classic "change the cable" I know , charging usb cables have only 2 wires red-black whereas data usb has two more gren white , the data cable. So don't go giving light answer here ,please. Finally I said , screw this I need to understand basics before I go there.
What domain or what proffession is about understanding the following:
Compatibility of Linux(arm) bootloader versus Windows bootloader on a intel chip.. What is a bootloader , why EFI 2.0 can not pick the Lineage installed on ext4 format ? What is a kernel and why Android installed on a flash disk (!) won't write its data.img on the damn flash stick but instead it wipes the flash ROM of the tablet which is only 16gb ? Ok and why I can't ditch the EFI shell and replace it with a droid bootloader ? Where do I get a bootloader and where is... Read more

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Hello, my girlfriend is soon to be studying abroad in England and asked me to help clean up her laptop so she can use the school net there. I figured i'd post a hijack this log and see if anything was the matter. Thanks for the help. Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:34:01 AM, on 8/10/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\DefWatch.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\SavRoam.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec AntiVirus\Rtvscan.exeC:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Common\ViewpointService.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\GWMDMMSG.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\atiptaxx.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPLpr.exeC:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared... Read more

A:Study Abroad

Hello there and welcome to BleepingComputer. My name is Charles and I will be dealing with your log today. I see you have Viewpoint installed:Viewpoint Manager is considered to be foistware rather than malware, since it is installed without your approval but doesn't actually spy or do anything "bad". This will soon change, according to this article, which you may want to read: http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3561546I recommend that you remove the Viewpoint products. If you do decide to get rid of it, please remove all references to Viewpoint from Add/Remove Programs.Apart from that, I can see nothing else malicious in your log. Are you having any specific problems with malware, or did you just want a checkup?Thanks,Charles

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hi i am a student i want to be a computer engineer .can u pleas suggest me the software s which will help me to study in the future???

A:software to study

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we've got this book in nutrition and it has a cd called a study ware. i installed it and thought that all was fine but when i tried to open it something pop up that there's an error and couldn't find the msvcr80.dll

what will i do now?

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Friends having a tough time preparing for exam 70-315. Will any one advice me from where can I get some relevant study materials for this exam?
Your help will be greatly appreciated!

A:Relevant study materials!


Using Google produces a lot of information as well.

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I was in the middle of studying for the GMAT which I take TOMORROW on the mba.com practice test website when this happened. It's totally possible that I clicked on something earlier though.

All of a sudden everything shut down, my desktop icons disappeared, firefox closed, and I got the error message "seek error sector not found". I have tried to restore my compure to last known good configuration, and a restore point of a few days ago (failed). I ran malwarebytes, hijackthis, and DDS. Reports for all are below.

I run 64 bit windows 7 Home Premium

I have ran malwarebytes about 5 times. Here is that report:

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
Database version: v2012.06.29.12
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 x64 NTFS
Internet Explorer 8.0.7601.17514
John :: JOHN-PC [administrator]
6/29/2012 10:09:07 PM
mbam-log-2012-06-29 (22-09-07).txt
Scan type: Full scan
Scan options enabled: Memory | Startup | Registry | File System | Heuristics/Extra | Heuristics/Shuriken | PUP | PUM
Scan options disabled: P2P
Objects scanned: 377392
Time elapsed: 34 minute(s), 18 second(s)
Memory Processes Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Memory Modules Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Keys Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Values Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Registry Data Items Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Folders Detected: 0
(No malicious items detected)
Files Detected: 0
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A:Emergency! Can't study! HDD Virus?

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Below is a case study I am giving my students and wanted some feedback from some techies. I am just seeing how much variety I can get from my students, and how many possible alternatives I can hand out when the assignment is finished. Please post what you think so I can throw out more ideas to my students. Can't wait to see the many different ways (you know a text book only gives one solution, but I know there is more than one way to do this).


DMS Associates is a consulting firm located in Eastern City. Fifty people work in its home office in two buildings in a business complex. An additional 25 employees work from remote locations. DMS Associates is adding another 25 employees by opening a third location, Building C, elsewhere in Beaufort. Building C was purchased with its existing technology infrastructure intact.

DMS Associates has asked you to evaluate and analyze the company's existing technology infrastructure as reported below and to recommend a best practices approach to integrating the data communication, computer networks, and telephone systems of the three locations. The goal is to create a company-wide technology infrastructure which supports seemingly seamless connectivity and data flow.
Building A

Staff: 25 employees. The IT operation is housed here.

Networking: Three departmental LANs: Business and Finance Office, Staff Consultants, and Administration. These LANs all run Windows 2000 Advanced Server. 25 Remote workers have dial-in a... Read more

A:Case Study for my Students

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Hi guys
I am considering studying for the Windows 7 enterprise desktop support technician certificate and sitting for the MCITP exam 70-685. I would really appreciate any advice on material I could use for study and prep for the exam.
Thanks guys
does anyone know if there is a study site?

A:Windows 7 study advice

You can buy a book
Amazon.com: MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-685): Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician (Pro - Certification) (9780735627093): Tony Northrup, J.C. Mackin: Books

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Should We Preserve Malware for Study?:

Malware has been called a ?pervasive feature of the internet? by the head of the British Library?s digital preservation team. A multi-billion-dollar industry exists to control its spread. Though it is part of the texture of digital life, libraries, museums and archives tasked with preserving the past are not saving malware for future generations. They are likely (and rightly) afraid: It can destroy data, which librarians and archivists are bound to protect.

Without long-term preservation, though, viruses and worms themselves will be difficult to analyze, research or write about. Cultural heritage institutions should seek to archive malware in ways that render it safely accessible to researchers and historians.

Our research has addressed two separate but connected concerns: First, how would an institution create a malware archive? And second, how should archivists, who have already encountered malware-infected hard drives and disks in their collections, handle these items? If an archivist chooses to remove the infection, what might we lose? And if the malware is not removed, how can the infected data be stored and accessed safely?

A recent history of malware appears in the new film ?Zero Days,? a documentary about the Stuxnet worm that destroyed Iranian nuclear equipment. ?Zero Days? reveals that researchers not only examined Stuxnet?s code to discover how it worked, but also looked at current geopolitics to determine ... Read more

A:Should We Preserve Malware for Study?

The preservation of malware samples is not just for the sake of posterity. Sometimes old malware needs a "re-visit" to confirm:

1. soft vulnerabilities have truly been fixed by a vendor
2. to make sure what existing protections are present in a security soft actually work against older malware

Too often vendors break protections against old malware and\or never implement an effective fix for a vulnerability in the first place.

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After starting the program, a message of
"Runtime error '40038', Application defined or
object defined error "
What does that exactly mean and can it
be fixed.
I am running Windows ME
Program ID:GROL , National Radio Examiners
NRE study program.

A:Study program GROL


The error indicates that a needed Windows related file is missing or damaged.
Reboot and reinstall the program.


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Hi Everyone

I'm just wondering if this is the right place to ask or if it's allowed, but would any of you please help me?

I am a degree student and have chosen to write about how the interface looks and acts between 2 different systems (Windows XP and another undefined one).

I would like to post a short questionnaire of some description on here. I am looking for people with all different skill levels to answer the questions if possible.

Its very basic - the task I am covering is how to shut down a netbook, thats it.

Please can you help?? If i get a few responses I will post the questionnaire asap.

Look forward to your support.

A:Help a student, a very short study of XP!

Hi Andy, and welcome to TSF.

Whilst I can see you haven't yet asked for answers to any direct questions, I would bring your attention to this paragraph in our site rules.


While we are happy to promote the education of users, we feel it is inappropriate to circumvent the learning process by directly assisting with assignments and projects of an educational nature. Direct answers to school or college assignments are not allowed and will not be given. However, if a user is having trouble comprehending a certain topic, the members and staff at TSF will be happy to provide assistance with understanding the topic.


Please keep this in mind when posting your questionaire.

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Hi all:

This is my first post here. Hope you can help me!

I have two laptops that I need to network with a switch and then run Windows Server 2008 Enterprise version on both for learning purposes. The laptop details are as follows:

Toshiba Satellite L20, XP Home edition SP2, Intel 1595 MHz processor, 1280 MB total physical memory, 856 MB available physical memory.

HP 520 Notebook PC, Vista Business, Intel Core Duo T2300 @ 1667 Mhz, 1014 MB total physical memory, 299 MB available physical memory.

I request your advise on the following:
1. Are these specs adequate to run and test Win Server 2008? I do not need everything to be superfast but I should be able to install and run server 2008 on both systems.
2. Would it be better if I used Virtual PC on both systems to run Server 2008?
3. As an alternative, can I use ONE of these systems, Virtual PC, and then configure multiple systems (three) each running Server 2008? If my current specs are insufficient, what is required to run this particular setup? Also, will I be able to do routing between these three (virtual) machines without problems?

I hope my questions are clear and many thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out.

A:Win Server 2008 study

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I'm looking for a good book(s) that I can use to study for the Windows XP Pro exam that MS offers (70-270). I have read through the Exam Cram 2 book and found it wasn't all that great as it just went from topic to topic with virtually no explanation in between.

I also have and am starting to work through "Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP" but this only covers Group Policy.

Finally, I do have a home lab set up with Server 2003 on one machine and XP Pro on the other.

In addition I also have the SelfTest Software for the practice questions.

I've been looking and looking for a good resource that will explain things well but it's been a very difficult find to say the least!

Thanks for all your help,


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Hi Everyone

I'm just wondering if this is the right place to ask or if it's allowed, but would any of you please help me?

I am a degree student and have chosen to write about how the interface looks and acts between 2 different systems (Windows XP and another undefined one).

I would like to post a short questionnaire of some description on here. I am looking for people with all different skill levels to answer the questions if possible.

Its very basic - the task I am covering is how to shut down a netbook, thats it.

Please can you help?? If i get a few responses I will post the questionnaire asap.

Look forward to your support.

A:Very Short Study of XP - would you complete a few questions?

Nope, we generally don't allow that stuff here.

And we definitely frown on doing homework for others.

closing thread, thanks for understanding.


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Case study: An in-depth exploration of one particular case (situation or subject) for the purpose of gaining depth of understanding into the issues being investigated.

Not a study of computer cases sry

Okay, I've recently installed RAID on my system. However, this isn't about installing RAID.

I laid my computer on its side to install the HDDs, transfer files, etc, and had my computer running everything, with Windows installed, etc. I then shut down the computer, closed up the case, and proceeded to put the case upright and boot up.

However, once up, the computer won't boot at all. It gets on a restart loop, before even getting into BIOS. Nothing appears on screen, fans come on, HDDs come on, DVD drives start reading.... and after 2-3 seconds, it all powers down.

What does someone do after that? Not sure, but I undid the HDDs, and got everything connected except the HDDs. Same problem.

Took out everything, and got only the m/b, CPU, RAM and PSU connected. Same problem.

Tested the PSU on another computer. No problem.

Took another PSU to put on this computer. No problem.

Decided that the motherboard is stuffed. Proceeded to remove everything to get an RMA.

Just before actually putting the motherboard into the box, with everything else, I decided to power JUST the motherboard, and see if the fans will just stay powered. It did. So then I plugged in the bare minimum, and it posted, like nothing happened.

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A:Just a case study, mobo issues

same views.... i think you might have some kind of loose connection or one ram stick might be faulty and halting the boot process

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Hi all,

I keep getting bsod or a screen freeze every few hours and it's really ruining my day. I suspect it may be something to do with an Nvidea driver as it seemed to start shortly after I installed it. I've updated the driver a number of times (they keep releasing new versions and betas) but it doesn't seem to have helped much.

Here is the error msg I got on the last reload:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 1033

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: 116
BCP1: FFFFFA80043240A0
BCP2: FFFFF8800763B024
BCP3: 0000000000000000
BCP4: 000000000000000D
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 256_1

It also always says desktop manager has experienced an error when I reboot.


A:constant bsod ruining my study - help!

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Less than 2 weeks ago I've my first BSOD with Win7! (had lots in the past with XP...).
After installing an update the 10th Dec (maybe just a coincidence...) I could not reach some links, IE11 stopped to work, BSOD...

I restore my laptop (yes it is a Tecra R840 running on a i7 with 8GB RAM and a 512GB Plextor SSD) via an image I made the 27th of April (using Macrium which took 32 hours to restore the 100GB image!...but despiste the time the restoration was 100% successeful). The image puts IE10 in my laptop again :-).

Ok, now my experience:

- I had reliability issues (visible at reliability history at action center) in the past and even after the restoration

- My boot time was 24 secs (average)

then, one week after restoration I decided to ENABLE all the services (lots were disabled for "performance..."). Yes, all the service are running AUTO, AUTO delayed or MANUAL (none are disabled now!!!). You know what:

- My reliabilty history is 100 % now !!!

- My boot time is consistently less that 19 secs !!!

Can anyone explain me this?

From now on I will never disable anything...even the Windows Login (if I use netplwiz to make an automatic logon....boot time increases to 22-23 secs!!!).

Just to share my experience :-) (and fingers crossed)


A:Case study...my experience about performance!

About Macrium....I was so satisfyed with the result that I bought the Professional version! Now all my drivers are in the bootable disk (something I never was able to get with the free version....)


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I have a computer that stops and reboots for no obvious reason, at random times.
- MSI K7T266 Pro2
- AMD XP +1800 (running at 1533 MHz)
- 512 MB DDR at 266 MHz (2 modules of 256 MB)
- 40 GB HDD (ATA)

OS: Windows XP SP2 (ducth)

Things I already tried: reinstalling Windows, replacing power supply, pulling out memory modules to see if one of them is faulty.

I attached some minidumps in a zip archive. Tried to study these myself, but couldn't make much of it...

Hopefully someone can help me out ... counting on you cpc2004

A:XP random reboot - minidumps to study

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

All your mindumps crash at your Norton/Symantec security product.

They all have a bugcheck of C4 which means that you have driver verifier running.

Download the free AVG antivirus programme, and the free Sygate personal firewall.

You can get these programmes from HERE and HERE

Disconnect from the internet, and uninstall Norton/Symantec from add remove programmes in control panel. Reboot your computer. You may need to go to add remove programmes several times in order to get rid of the Norton/sysmantec programme completely. Reboot after each uninstall.

Once you`ve finished with the uninstall, install the Sygate firewall, followed by the AVG antivirus programme. reboot your system, and reconnect to the internet. Run the updates for AVG.

Also, you can now stop driver verifier from running.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:

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I took part in the Microsoft 2272C (Windows XP) course at the beginning of August.

I have a question regarding one of the "Review Questions" in the Sybex Windows XP Pro study book for the 70-270 exam...

In the Managing Disks chapter there is a question about EFS (see "question.jpg"). Now, based on my understanding of EFS in a Workgroup, the files/folders are inaccessible unless a DRA has been configured. On Window XP Pro in a Workgroup, there is no pre-defined DRA and so I (apparently wrongly) assumed that the answer to this was option D.

If you read the answer given (see "answer.jpg"), the answer is A....however, if you read the text detailing why this was the answer, it would lead you to assume the D was the correct answer and not A, as was specified.

I would be grateful if someone could clear this matter up for me.

Thanks in advance.

A:Windows XP MCP Exam study question (EFS & DRA)

anyone ?

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Internet Explorer Users Are Dumber, Study Shows - FoxNews.com

A:Internet Explorer Users are More Stupid Than Others: Study

I don't think it's so funny. As the article itself says, "These results aren't surprising because browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Opera are generally used by professionals and other assorted "geeks," while Internet Explorer is the default option on Windows computers and is mostly used by the inexperienced and those who don't even know there are other options."

People who are "inexperienced" just aren't experienced YET! That doesn't make them less intelligent. So what's so funny?

Somehow this doesn't surprise me that it comes from Fox news. . .

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The article aims to analyze differences in pay between men and women I academics employed in public institutions of higher education in Poland Thanks to analysis conducted for the higher education market will be possible to verify the hypothesis CogniQ of wage discrimination among employees with the highest education ill academic staff have at least higher educational It is noteworthy that the promotion of academic teachers is directly observable icy positional while productivity may be approximate ego By the number of scientific publications which are the authors on cross gendered wage gap for teachers they are conducted for many years 2 I In contrast according to the authors knowledge this study is the first of its kind analysis Sector universities in Poland which is due to the unavailability of information on wage rates of individual academics 3i It is in this context to emphasize that ego The United States such information especially in the case of public universities are generally available I which undoubtedly contributes to the transparency of the CogniQ Brain booster labor market In Poland wages for public universities rectors.


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