Post by rumpelstiltskin Post by Emily
I just received the magic number via e-mail and the damned thing is
That's good news. I run the free version myself, though
only occasionally. It's probably too soon to ask you, but
have you noticed any additional functionality to the paid
version? The free version seems to me to do everything
I would want.
The free version had started acting strangely. It appeared to have
stopped going online for updates which it used to do first thing when
I started it up.
I leave my computer on and just turn off the internet access and close
the lid when I go to bed at night. I turn off the computer every two
to three weeks, start it up again and run Malwarebytes and CCleaner.
The CCleaner always finds a bunch of junk which I delete, but
Malwarebytes has never found anything.
The computer has been running more slowly than ever lately and had
developed an irksome habit of not responding to the arrow keys
sometimes when I'm doing a jigsaw puzzle, which I waste a lot of time
doing except I really don't think of it as wasting time since I'm also
listening to a book at the same time.
Post by rumpelstiltskin
I also have Zone Alarm and Microsoft
Security essentials, both free, monitoring my system.
I run Microsoft Security Essentials and (I think) Zone
Alarm separately sometimes too, and they do discover
some "PUPs" (Potentially Unwanted Programs), but
those have all been advertising junk, not anything
really malicious, so far.
I think I also have those and used to run them but haven't in a long
time. I sort of assumed that the MS program would want me to download
the latest updates which I stopped doing ages ago after I downloaded
them and they screwed up a bunch of stuff. It's been a while so of
course I've forgotten the details.
Post by rumpelstiltskin
The pop-up-blockers available for Firefox don't seem
to be running well at all anymore. Firefox admits that
it can't block all popups, but the situation is much worse
now. Maybe the people who make Popups have gotten
"smarter" about defeating the blockers. On principle,
I always delete an unasked-for popup as soon as it
appears, with only enough of a glance at it to see where
it came from.
I use Chrome and have never tried a popup blocker. I just avoid, as
much as possible, going to any web sites to read the rest of something
intriguing that shows up on Facebook because I know there will be ads
running alongside whatever I'm trying to read. That wouldn't bother
me so much except that I assume it's using up my precious download
quota. Right now we have 4.1 GB left to last until midnight on the
19th. In a couple of days I'll have to make a choice between paying
$10 for one more lousy GB or not being able to watch any videos or
access some sites. I'll probably choose to just let it crawl since I
can still get soc.retirement, FB, jigsaw puzzles and e-mail.