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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:45 pm

Look through Amazon and check out the user reviews as those are usually pretty reliable. Since you're talking about a simple, plier like device with little to no moving parts, then you really shouldn't have to spend a huge amount of money to get something decent.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby gyre » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:53 pm

Thanks.

What do you think of the multi-head tools?
I found some fairly reasonable at carlton-bates.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:42 am

Big problem here!!!

My puters infected with the Gonjocacacacas and I may have to do a complete system recovery.

If I have to do that, I think it will misplace all the pictures in the "how to" threads.

I'm pretty much computer illiterate, so I'm not sure what to do.

I've run Ccleaner, spybot, Mcafee, and restored back to a week before the symtoms started, to no avail.

Things are getting slower and slower, and at randem a page tries to load called "deliveryjemacpv.com"

I don't mind doing the complete recovery, but without the pics on those threads, they will be pretty much useless.

HELP!!!!! :cry:

While I was typing this, another page started loading for no reason.

http://www.takkle.com/home/?utm_source=ao&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=113346 :?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 7:56 am

Go get a simple, cheap USB key from Walmart or whatever and quick load them onto there for safe keeping. You should be able to get one that will hold all of them for under $20..
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:17 am

My concern it that the pics are on "picture trails" and the last time I organized my picture files, it realy screwed up those threads cause the pictures were not at the same location in my puter so they disapered from "picture trails".

At the time the board was updated, we could "edit" with no time limit, so over a couple of days I managed to put everything back.

But if I have to do the recovery, I'm not sure if "picture trails" will be able to "locate" the pics once I put them back in my files.

I'm probably not explaining this very well. :?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:20 am

Wait wait.. I know what you're trying to say.

This board uses a kind of code though where it displays the pictures from another server. They should not be displayed from your own computer unless your computer is acting as a server and is permanently connected and serving the pictures. How have you been linking them in your postings? Most of us here upload them to an external site such as www.photobucket.com or the like, then copy and paste the URL to have them displayed here on the forum..
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:28 am

Thats right.

I use picture trails.

http://www.picturetrail.com/members/edit/

But when I reorganized the files on MY computer, it was like the site could'nt find them, or are those pictures safely stored on "picture trails", and I can do the system recovery without worrying about them?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:42 am

Yeah.. PictureTrails seems to be an offsite image hosting service like Photobucket, et al. You are uploading the pictures, correct? If so, then they are now safely stored at another site, and it won't matter what happens to your computer since the site is grabbing them from the remote server. If this is the case, then you will be fine..

I haven't heard of a picture sharing site yet that calls them from your own computer and links it through their site somehow..?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:08 am

Ok, maybe I reorginized the pics on the trails site, and thats what screwed up the pics on the threads before because it change the img addy. :oops:
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby gyre » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:15 am

Have you tried advanced system care and avast?
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:19 am

Not yet, but I'll google them and try them first.

thank's. 8)
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:31 am

Yes.. that would be the case :)


The best, free online virus scanner is the one by Trend Micro: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/

It's TOTALLY free, and works very, very well. There is an advantage to using a remote virus sweep like this because the virus itself will sometimes corrupt your installed virus program to except itself! Run a complete version of the Trend Micro and see what happens.

Also, if you are using a validated copy of Windows, the free anti-virus program that Microsoft gives you works very well. All the other third party ones will slow your computer down to a crawl.. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... essentials

I myself have not run ANY anti-virus software on my computer except for this for the last few years, and have not had one single problem. Set it up to run for you every morning around 2AM or so on a quick scan and you'll be golden.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby jkisha » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:56 am

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:57 am

jkisha wrote:You have a PC? Use this: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/wind ... essentials



Gee.. that looks familiar.. :wink:
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Foxfur » Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:57 am

I'm still massively fucked from the "windows 7 antivirus 2012" virus.
It's one of those fakeware popups that says you have an infection "scanning, you are infected!" then wants you to buy it to cure what it caused. You try closing it but it pops right back up.
It changed my hosts file, wouldn't let me access any windows, antivirus, or antimalware site, kept popping up websites saying I could earn money popping bubble wrap, etc.
The evilest part is that even after wiping it off my system, more on this in a minute, is that it disabled Windows Security Essentials, Windows Defender, Windows Security Center, and Windows Firewall.
It changed registry keys, removed the WSC reg key (even though I replaced it afterwards it still doesn't work), and cornholed me without the courtesy of a reacharound. THAT was quite rude.

I ran Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/malwarebytes_free.
This is an essential tool that you should have installed and run at least once a week. It is a bitch to install after you have been compromised as most trojans / rootkits will not allow it.
I had to run RKILL http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/anti-virus/rkill before sacnning to kill active fuckware processes. The link has several versions that have different filenames as some shitware won't let the RKILL.EXE file run. hey know it and fear it.
After running Malwarebytes and removing fucktons of poop, I ran Hitman Pro http://www.surfright.nl/en. HMP is a second opinion scanner. It found a bunch of crap that MB missed That is astounding. I used the free version which is good for 30 days.
So, the order I ran them in was RKILL > Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware > Hitman Pro.
After the Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware scan, you must reboot when it tells you to. When the system has restarted, run RKILL again. Then run Hitman Pro next. Then run Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware again. You may have to do this several times. It took three rounds to finally wipe every trace froom mine.

I had to recreate my HOSTS file to eliminate redirects.

Though I successfully reinstalled Windows Security Essentials, I was unable to get the Sec Ctr working again. A quick check of Services showed the WSC service does not exist anymore! I've tried several simple and more very complex methods to reinstall the service but all have failed.

What I now face is a total wipe and full reinstall of Windows 7.

Fortunately I have an external HDD so I can backup all of my photos, locksmithing files, and massive archive of pornography :)

Windows Security Essentials is completely worthless. I will be buying and using a better active scanning antivirus & protection program but am not sure which one, of the many available, that I will use. I will most likely be using two programs in conjunction with each other, probably Hitman Pro with whichever AV prog I finally choose.

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:00 am

Yeah, it's a 03 or 04 compaq, running windows xp.

I use it with my 32" lcd tv so I don't have to squint.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:07 am

Run the Trend Micro sweep and see what happens..

..and FF.. quit watching midget porn and you won't have these issues. Yes.. a total wipe sometimes is a good thing!




Honestly it all comes down to knowing how to be careful. Before MS Security, I ran literally NO anti-virus.. and I have never had a virus ever in my life.. and I use computers 8-10 hours daily. Never. Not once.

Don't click on things you aren't supposed to. Don't open attachments from people you don't know.. and even people that you DO know be very wary. Don't click on those popups.. just X out of the window.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby jkisha » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:13 am

Interesting Ff. Those symptoms and the programs installed are all usually caused by malware called "Win32/FakeRean" which starts installing programs like you mentioned. I'm surprised that MS Security Essentials didn't catch it. My partner had it on his machine which I recently battled with. I manually deleted the program it installed, in his case "PC Doc Pro for Windows" and then ran a scan remotely from another computer using MS Security Essentials and it cleaned up his machine beautifully.

Oh well...as the saying goes: YMMV.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Foxfur » Tue Dec 13, 2011 10:23 am

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I'm great at not doing the schtuff you mentioned (10yrs in IT...). Xing out wasn't an option, it was there and not a fuckin thing I could do @ that point.
The really sad thing was that i didn't get it at a porn site (doesnt everyone know NNTP is much safer?)...

Midget porn? Gross. I'm into Amazons! :D

JK:
I never had any problems with MSE before. It always blocked the crap and told me when there was a possible compromise.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Drawingablank » Tue Dec 13, 2011 1:38 pm

I woke up to my main computer being unable to boot. The fans spin for a few seconds then it shuts down and tries to restart again - not even close to getting a loading screen.

I'm thinking the power supply is gone (I think it is an 800w corsair, 2 years old), but was wondering if anyone with more expertise has any thoughts on this.

The machine has a temperature monitor, is water cooled, has 6 case fans, and has never gotten hotter than 93 degrees F. but normally runs at 84 degees.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby junglesmacks » Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:48 pm

Ouch.. sounds like your hard drive may be taking a dump on you.

The most common thing on a HD to fail is the "boot sector" which is typically the area closest to the spindle. Since the drive is accessing this over and over, it can become physically damaged. If you can't even get to your bios screen or anything, this is most likely what it is.

The good news is that if this is it, your data on the drive is most likely fine. The best thing to do is get an external HD case which you can get at any computer parts store or online.. and access it as an external drive once you get your new drive up and running. I've had to do this a few times.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby Drawingablank » Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:38 am

Problem solved - the 12v1 line from the power supply was only supplying 11.3v so I replaced it.

But now it appears that Avast av has picked up the same virus discussed above. I thought I was running Kaspersky av on that machine, but there is no trace of it now. Currently doing a full malwarebytes scan.

Since I don't open attachments and don't click on anything suspect, I'm a bit baffled where this came from.
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Postby mdmf007 » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:32 pm

EspressoDude wrote:Have a vague recollection old phone systems were 48 volts DC, but that ringers were AC. A different frequency for each ringer on a party line.


I remember seeing that stat as well, 48 volts until you picked up the line then it dropped to 6 volts? not sure though.

FOXFUR - I picked up one of those fake programs as well. I was able to go to the register and erase the files manually with the help of another computer and an internet connection. They are sneaky little bastards and will rename themselves as well.

while restoring the puter I was daydreaming of finding these little bastards and annihilating them, in very draconian ways.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:51 am

After threatening to reprogram my computer with an axe, I realized it could'nt hear or see me.

So I took a picture of the axe, booted in safe mode, posted the pic and typed "Safety third you confounded machine! I'm going to reprogram your ass with this axe!!"

Now it's 5x faster, and for some reason I'm getting videos of NEXT years burn. 8)
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby mdmf007 » Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:58 pm

is next years burn better than last years? cause if the videos dont look like its all that great - I may scale back my plans.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby FIGJAM » Thu Dec 15, 2011 4:04 pm

Kinda hard to tell, it all looks like one big whiteout. 8)
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby gyre » Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:21 pm

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I got to check one of these out today.

It was actually much more impressive, with a multi-color wash on the keyboard.

I have always wanted a backlit keyboard.
Anyone have any suggestions, for laptop or desktop?

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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby motskyroonmatick » Fri Dec 23, 2011 12:06 am

My last apple desk top lasted me 9 years with good functionality. I expect this one to last 5 or so. 4 if I could budget correctly.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby gyre » Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:16 am

I would like to add a backlit keyboard to what I have.

I've seen outboard ones, a little pricey.

I don't know about for a laptop.
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Re: Tech Advice for all, and for all subjects

Postby EspressoDude » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:54 am

AC vs DC solenoid valves:

anyone have experience using an inverter, like one from that cheap tool store HF, to operate solenoid valves? AC valves have higher pressure ratings than DC for the same valve body/part number. Would like to use a 1/2" or 3/4" asco or similar valve with 250 psi rating. Seems these are only made with AC coils. Same valve with DC coil may have only 50 psi rating.

Also, what happens with a valve having a minimum psi of 5 when it feeds an open burner head??
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