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  1. Hermitkrab

    Windows 10 Windows Defender Good?

    Hi, Fenway. I use MBAM free version for occasional scans. Premium is very good, too, if you wish to use that. I've found that premium isn't needed since Windows Defender is doing a good job. Of course, others may disagree but for the relatively low price of MBAM premium, I'm sure you'd be happy...
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    Dual boot question

    Does shrinking the Windows partition have any negative effect on the OS? If there is, I won't mess with dual boot. Thanks.
  3. Hermitkrab

    Gmail loading changed

    I use 2 Gmail accounts. Having no problem loading. Maybe clearing cache might help, just an educated guess.
  4. Hermitkrab

    Needed to Uninstall VPN to Access Internet

    I'm also trying Proton VPN. It seems to be working OK and it's free.
  5. Hermitkrab

    Windows 10 Windows Defender Good?

    Another Windows Defender user here. I've never had any sort of infection since using W10 on both my laptops, plus an occasional scan with MBAM, which rarely finds anything since WD is doing a good job. Of course, I also use good judgement when on the Web.
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    Dual boot question

    I've been trying to set up a virtual machine on both of my PC's to no avail since they don't have sufficient RAM (only 6 GB). I'm thinking my other recourse is to set up a dual boot system. I've never done that before. Are there any caveats to be aware of? I don't want to mess up the current W10...
  7. Hermitkrab

    My Computer Doesn't "See" External Hard Drives

    Thanks, Msuk. , I've got it working. I opened Disk Management and found the external drive there, but it had no letter assigned. I labelled it F, which was the original letter when it was working. I suspect a recent W10 update may have caused the glitch. Does that ever happen? LOL
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    My Computer Doesn't "See" External Hard Drives

    How do I remove "USB controllers"? When I right click on it, I get no option for removal. Thanks.
  9. Hermitkrab

    My Computer Doesn't "See" External Hard Drives

    Toshiba laptop, W10 Home, Ver 1803 I have 2 external hard drives. When I plug either of them into a USB port I hear the normal beep sound, indicating they've been recognized but they don't automatically play, even though auto play is enabled . They don't even show up in "this PC", as if they...
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    Needed to Uninstall VPN to Access Internet

    I Just discovered something "funny" today. I'm using my newer HP laptop, running W10 plus Nord VPN and it's working normally whereas my other laptop, same OS, wouldn't work with Nord VPN installed. Getting stranger by the day. Maybe I need to give it more time since I don't use my HP machine as...
  11. Hermitkrab

    Yahoo Mail Problems

    Yahoo has always worked fine when using tunnelbear VPN. how do you know tunnel-bear is actually doing it's job? Good point. I've had nothing bad take place on my PC, and reading reviews online indicates it's not a bad choice. At any rate, I'm still experimenting with VPN's. I'm...
  12. Hermitkrab

    Needed to Uninstall VPN to Access Internet

    I didn't know Windows had a built-in VPN. Is it as effective as the paid programs? I've always gone for the paid ones. During my investigations most "experts" advise staying away from free versions, for various reasons that seemed to make sense. As a bonus, uninstalling Nord also fixed my Yahoo...
  13. Hermitkrab

    Yahoo Mail Problems

    Well, I solved the problem Wasn't Yahoo's fault after all. Completely uninstalling Nord VPN fixed my Yahoo mail client I find running my Tunnel Bear VPN doesn't affect it at all. Kinda strange, Nord is a very highly rated VPN, but I needed to uninstall it to see my Yahoo messages Glad I paid for...
  14. Hermitkrab

    Difficulty Refreshing PC

    Neemo, I reread your answer and needed to kick myself. Of course, Windows Old would have been the previous OS (W 8.1) and is long since gone. I suppose there is, or was, a recovery partition on my HDD because I've used it before. I just don't know why I was getting that message when I tried to...
  15. Hermitkrab

    Needed to Uninstall VPN to Access Internet

    Windows 10 Home, version 1803 Now this is strange. I've been using Nord VPN without difficulty. All of a sudden, I lost my Internet connection. Thinking it may have been caused by Nord, I shut it off. Still no go. After spending about an hour with an IP tech, we decided to try completely...
  16. Hermitkrab

    Which Anti-Virus should I use?

    So far, I've had no problems using Windows Defender and occasionally scanning with Malwarebytes (free version). But then, I'm also careful about what I click on. I use the same 2 setups on both of my laptops. Also running Nord VPN on both.
  17. Hermitkrab

    Difficulty Refreshing PC

    Thanks, all. I'm keeping this info for future use since my W10 machine seems to be behaving right now.
  18. Hermitkrab

    Difficulty Refreshing PC

    Thanks, Neemo and Kemical. What size media is needed to store the ISO (i.e. using a USB stick)? Will it be bootable and do I need to uninstall the current OS first?
  19. Hermitkrab

    Difficulty Refreshing PC

    Thanks, Kemical. I'm just curious why I couldn't refresh my PC the way I was used to. I believe that downloading W10 from Microsoft will incur cost, whereas resetting is free, like I used to do. Is that correct?
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