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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby uptonparkhurst on Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:30 pm

Johnny Byrne's Boots wrote:Zorin is a version of Ubuntu where the user interface, look and feel is deliberately Windows-like:-

The operating system [Zorin] once installed, will make you feel right at home as it has that generalized Windows look and for a user coming from Windows, you almost will be able to go wherever you’re mostly fond of visiting on your Windows PC.

Ii is noteworthy that Zorin shares the same codebase as Ubuntu and uses a heavily modified DE dubbed Zorin DE and based on Gnome 2.

By default, Zorin OS is meant to look like Windows 7, but you have other options in the look changer which are the Windows XP style and Gnome 2.

Better yet, Zorin comes with Wine (which is an emulator that allows you to run win32 apps in Linux) preinstalled and many other applications that you’ll need for basic tasks.


I thought that last bit of the quote was amusing, as WINE stands for Wine is not an Emulator :)
Seriously though, I used it when it first came out and was underwhelmed. True, it may have
improved but I note that they still have a paid bells-and-whistles version as well as the free version,
which makes me wonder if they'd want the free version to be that great..

I got my bro-in-law using Q4 O/S which uses a desktop environment called Trinity (TDE).
It really looks and behaves like a Windows clone, even down to "installation wizards",and it is super-fast,but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone new to Linux because I managed to "break" it and it took me ages to work out what had gone wrong.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:55 am

uptonparkhurst wrote:
Don't ever give up on the T410,mate.

I've got an ancient dual-core laptop that I use for Ebay/Paypal/Amazon etc - and only those sites.
I've got a dual-core desktop plugged in to my telly so that I can watch stuff I've downloaded off YOUTUBE etc, plus streams, Both running Lubuntu - which is Ubuntu's less flash but speedier little brother.
There's also an i-3 that I bought on Ebay that was supposed to have had a blank disk but it had a copy
of Windows 7 on it - so I was able to compare how it fared against Lubuntu. It lost.
There's nothing to boast about in owning 3 crap computers, but the point is -
If you don't do gaming, and you don't need any specialist programs there's no need to ever splash the cash.

At the risk of boring you even further, there is a superb little Linux program called CPULIMIT that let's
you tell the computer how much CPU power to allow a job to use - for instance you might want to rip
a DVD on to your hard-drive in compressed format. Old machines like mine would normally give it 100%
cpu,causing it to overheat and not allowing anything else to run, but CPULIMIT means I can run these
jobs without borking the computer - it just takes longer.

Yes, I am a skinflint..


I wouldn't call you a skinflint at all , interesting , informative and practical perhaps but you're no skinflint .

I shall look further into this Linux , Ubuntu software - we arrived home [ Skye ] late tonight , I've left my glasses in the car and I ain't going up our path tonight to get hem so I'm making do with an old pair I found in the drawer , I think they're old driving glasses I as given and they'r hurting my eyes so I'm going to call it a day for now .

I'll get a copy of Linux or Ubuntu or whatever onto an USB stick and see where I go from there , I might invest in a W7 repair cd while I'm at it too - I'll let you know how I get on . :thup:
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby 'Appy 'Ammer on Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:28 pm

On my second HP G72. 17 inch screen. Put on windows 10 and they served me well. The first one is for spares although I have just bought a new keyboard for the second laptop for 12 quid as I spilt wine over it as the keyboard for the first I put my fist through it as the on board vga for the screen died mid stroke. I was going to buy a new laptop but a bit of DIY and testing that it was a new keyboard and a hardware issue by plugging in an external USB keyboard to make sure it wasn't software related has saved me a packet.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby Awooga_Iron on Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:34 pm

My laptop bluescreened several weeks after the free windows 10 upgrade. I didn't have the original disk and the license key sticker had rubbed off the bottom so I was done.

I downloaded Linux Mint (an Ubuntu derivative) and used it happily for a year. The problem was the battery life was atrocious (there are some lightweight Linux distributions though) and frankly nothing looked as slick as on Windows. Eventually my battery stopped holding charge so I had an excuse to buy a new laptop.

Cutting a long story short, I didn't. I bought a new battery and a Win 10 license key from Amazon, and a 120GB solid state disk. Replacing the disk was so easy in the laptop and with an ssd, it's never been better. All for just over £100.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby peter49uk on Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:56 am

Rather than open a new thread I hope its ok to put here.

The last couple of days I have on start up a web site "strikeout.nu" offering me all sorts of stuff I think it may have something to do with google chrome as its coincided with me signing into chrome, I have now signed out. It pops up in new notifications bottom right of screen.
? is how do I get rid please.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:14 pm

peter49uk wrote:Rather than open a new thread I hope its ok to put here.

The last couple of days I have on start up a web site "strikeout.nu" offering me all sorts of stuff I think it may have something to do with google chrome as its coincided with me signing into chrome, I have now signed out. It pops up in new notifications bottom right of screen.
? is how do I get rid please.


I'm no expert , mate but you could try a couple of things - click on the 3 little dots in the top right of your screen , you should see a drop down menu come up , click on settings then type in ' Pop ups ' into the search , click on ' content settings ' , if it says ' Allowed ' click on the word Pop Ups then click ' Blocked ' .

If it's something you've installed by accident then it depends which Windows you're using , just type in ' Uninstalling programmes in W? ' and follow the instructions , it's about 4 steps and takes 2 minutes .
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Postby peter49uk on Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:19 pm

Thank you for that I will try TOMOS

One other thing I came across is the following.
Should you allow "Google Chrome to continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed" or should you not.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:18 pm

Can't answer that one , mate , gut feeling would say ' No ' but it might not harm anything . What preference do you have for a browser - I've used Chrome and Opera and found them both ok , however my son had problems with Chrome with his Acer Predator and switched to Firefox .
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby peter49uk on Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:59 pm

Thanks once again TOMAS.
I use Chrome and had no problems as far as I know, checked programmes and nothing in that and could not see anything re clicking the three dots.
As I said it started after signing in into Chrome, did a scan and nothing showed up.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:51 pm

sounds like you might have some Malware.

google the thing and see what the response is.

also download Malwarebytes but make sure you get the free version and uncheck anything you don't want.

some sites come with add-ons but you don't want them.

I uses chrome but never get asked if it needs background apps running. again it sounds like a malware issue.

run Malwarebytes, D-L and others suggested it so it's good to go.

let it run make sure you have it updated and if you do have something there it will quarantine it and then you can delete it after. it will ask you if you want to delete the things in there.

I have googled strikeout.nu and it's a streaming sports website...sounds like it's attached something to your browser. you want to get shot of it.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby uptonparkhurst on Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:05 pm

Cuenca 'ammer wrote:sounds like you might have some Malware.

google the thing and see what the response is.

also download Malwarebytes but make sure you get the free version and uncheck anything you don't want.

some sites come with add-ons but you don't want them.

I uses chrome but never get asked if it needs background apps running. again it sounds like a malware issue.

run Malwarebytes, D-L and others suggested it so it's good to go.

let it run make sure you have it updated and if you do have something there it will quarantine it and then you can delete it after. it will ask you if you want to delete the things in there.

I have googled strikeout.nu and it's a streaming sports website...sounds like it's attached something to your browser. you want to get shot of it.


I was looking for a post about Malwarebytes - I seem to remember you mentioning it before- but you've
saved me the trouble!

A thought occurs:
Has the OP installed Chrome from an unofficial site that has bundled up some malware with it?
Maybe, in addition to a MALWAREBYTES scan,
also remove Chrome completely, then reinstall from the official site?
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:26 pm

that would also be a great shout uph..

didn't occur to me...........

but yes...clean uninstall..

also I use this which gets rid of all files in the...

https://www.iobit.com/en/advanceduninstaller.php

again uncheck anything you don't want..might include some other bits and pieces...

this though uninstalls everything related to the programme....

have used it for ages and have never encountered any viruses or that attached to it..

give it a try..make sure you check the free one and not the paid one......
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:09 pm

Peter49 -

Have you been streaming football matches of late and tried clicking away ads which appear on the screen blocking the game ? Could be something latched on that way , it's happened to me in the past .
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby peter49uk on Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:49 pm

Grateful for suggestions much appreciated
So I
Scanned with Malwarebytes no threats detected
Chrome was installed official site perhaps I will uninstall and try again.
Yes was streaming footie but I don't normally click on adds, should Malwarebytes have detected anything from them?

As I said they start in new notifications bottom right of my screen under a google heading when I get rid of that they disappear.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:58 pm

They don't sound like a serious threat , what about changing browser - I actually thought ' OPera ' was faster than Google Chrome , try another browser and see if he problem goes away .
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby peter49uk on Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:07 pm

Your a good lad TOMOS
I uninstalled chrome and reinstalled from official site, restarted and so far not seen anything. I guess I will have to wait and see now.
Will close down now and try tomorrow.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:32 pm

One last thought...

on the right top you'll see 3 dots.

left click - go down to "more tools" and you should see "extensions."

it might appear there, that's what happens sometimes....if it IS there you have the option to remove it...if it isn't you should be good to go...

that's about all that I can think of..........

you can also install:

https://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

this will also delete unwanted things that come with a download which is what sounds like happened.

again use the free one

I also use this every night to take cookies and stuff of of your computer browser and I also use

https://www.ccleaner.com/

which will clean history and stuff..


I run both every night and Malwarebytes about once a week,
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby The Old Man of Storr on Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:35 pm

It was UPH who solved your problem , Pete but glad to chip in with a bit of advice . :thup:
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby peter49uk on Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:20 am

Well put the laptop on and so far so good no unwanted distractions.
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Re: Laptop Problems -

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:14 pm

you're welcome mate.

wish people had been around to prevent me from spending countless hours trying to fix things attached to my browser and computer..

my friend says" cheers that only took minutes...(took me days when I first learned it...)

don't forget to get SuperAntispyware (cleaned off 150 odds cookies and that yesterday) and the CC cleaner..

bins your trash bin too which believe it or not, still uses up space on your computer..

if there 5 gigs in there, that's 5 gigs of space still occupied..

(plus the naughty bits stay on when you die !!!)

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