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About my crazy computer/extension from another thread

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by patrina, Jun 7, 2007.

    Jun 7, 2007
  1. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Hey all, So Vinyl, if you come around and read this, where exactly should I start. I am not all that computer savvy. I took windows excel, and business computers, but that was a long time ago. Sorry, you dont need to retype everything, just how do I go about saving everything I want first? I kinda need baby steps. If you dont mind? Thanks so much!
    Patrina
     
  2. Jun 8, 2007
  3. redline4

    redline4 Newbie member

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Australia
    Hi, I came across your posts in another thread and can sympathise with you, having gone through something similar albeit some years ago. The option of re-installation is appealing at first glance, however to ensure a clean installation is achieved, ALL programs must be re-installed. If you look at the programs on your computer, you may be astonished at the number of programs you cannot do without. Each one of these will have to be installed, updated and configured individually, a task that will take many, many hours.
    The documents, emails, files, folders etc etc that you plan to transfer to the new installation would all need to be squeaky clean, as any bugs or nasties in these would also be migrated, rendering the whole exercise of a clean installation futile.

    May I suggest that you take it slow and one step at a time. As your files need to be clean anyway, run an up to date anti-virus scan, at least two individual anti-spyware scans and ensure your firewall is up to date and functioning. Suitable programs are mentioned elsewhere, with free versions of most available.

    Uninstall any unwanted programs [through Add/Remove programs in Control Panel] or a good uninstall program. Then run a good Registry Cleaner program, followed by an Internet Cleaner and/or File Wiper program on your history and cache files.[Don't forget the Recycle Bin]. Do not use the delete function on your browser as this tends to dump the files on the hard drive. Defrag your hard drive and check for any improvement.

    If no improvement, consider the possibility that some component/s in the computer are simply tired and slowing down before you take the step of re-installation. I would be interested in knowing the configuration of your computer, as this can have a bearing on performance.

    Hope I haven't bored you and best of etc. See Ya!

    Computers are useless, they can only give you answers. Pablo Picasso.
     
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  4. Jun 8, 2007
  5. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
     
  6. Jun 8, 2007
  7. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

    Occupation:
    Crusader
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    Winbig!! Vinyl!! Someone, anyone...help...damsel in extreme distress. We need a knight on a white steed.

    Patrina, I couldn't begin to tell you where to start...way above my limited knowledge. :oops:
     
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  8. Jun 8, 2007
  9. fcat

    fcat Banned User

    Occupation:
    accountant
    Location:
    fl
    I would use system restore to bring you back to previous time, say a week when everything was running smoothly, then go to the control panel and start to uninstalll unwanted programs, then do a system defrag. I have also messed up my computer at time and this always works.

    Good luck,
    L.
     
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  10. Jun 8, 2007
  11. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    OK I'm no white knight but here is one simple thing to try before any of the complicated stuff.
    Go to start menu/accessories/system tools/system restore
    It will show a calandar and give you a choice of dates you can restore to.
    Chose the first availible date before all your problems started.
    If it looks like things are improving run a defrag start menu/system tools/disk defragmenter.
    Hope this helps, if not then we are going to have to get serious ;)
     
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  12. Jun 8, 2007
  13. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    :lolup::lolup::lolup::lolup::lolup:

    Great minds think alike :thumbsup:
     
  14. Jun 8, 2007
  15. redline4

    redline4 Newbie member

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Australia
    WOW!!
    You must feel like that computer has turned on you and firing with both barrels:eek::confused::confused:
    (All references to System Restore deleted)

    A couple of basic rules here: Always use the uninstall feature in Add/Remove Programs to remove a program. Using the delete function does not "remove" anything from your computer, it merely places it elsewhere [more complicated than that but hell its a start:thumbsup:]
    Personally, I rarely use the delete function, as I use a file wiper program for removing anything from an individual file to unused space cluster tips on the hard drive. The downside is, of course, that anything wiped is gone forever, or is that the upside?
    Do read the Help files where available. They can be more frustrating than the problem at times, but sometimes comes a ray of light.
    Better stop raving on and do some chores.;);)
    See Ya!
     
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  16. Jun 8, 2007
  17. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    You never cease to make me laugh Pina:thumbsup:Thanks everyone, ok here we go I am going to try and do the system restore...I didn't know about that or anything else all you guys told me so a huge thanks! I'm scared though, really really scared! I think I will go for some spins first!:DYep, that's what I'm going to do. So after that I will try, I have to get up the courage anyway.
    Bye for now.........hopefully I will return.......I really DO trust all of you.....You guys like me right?!! lol
     
  18. Jun 8, 2007
  19. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    So, how did it go?
    The spins and restore :)
     
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  20. Jun 8, 2007
  21. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Hey Rusty, Didn't get there yet, I just got approved for a settlement advance and have had to use the computer so I just have to sign some papers and send some stuff back and then I will do it. I wasn't sure if the restore would delete anything in my email? Do you know? Also you guys have to see this, it has nothing to do with my computer, well kind of, it's an email that told me I won 600,000 and a new toyota! Just wanted to show you guys these emails in case you guys get one. I searched about it and after I got the first one I emailed back and asked for something legal before I sent them any personal info. After searching I found out alot of people are getting these scams, and they either end up asking you for money for shipment of your brand new prius or use you personal info for identity theft. I dont know if this issue has been raised here but just in case, here's the emails. (posts to follow)
    And thanks Rusty I will be definitely be doing this (restore) later today. If this will afffect my email, I should send some things to my daughters email inbox so she can save them for me? (different computer) Oh yeah and if I restore mine, it wont affect my daughters, will it? I run from the modem from hers which is the main. Hers is brand spanking new and I dont want to have to deal with an irate 17 yr old:eek2: Anyway, got to run uptown but I will be back later kk. Thanks, to all!
    Patrina:)
     
  22. Jun 8, 2007
  23. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Heres the first one

    From : Marilynn Sisco. <info@toyota.org>
    Reply-To : This email is not visible to you.
    Sent : June 7, 2007 10:20:58 PM
    Subject : TOYOTA PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION

    | | | Inbox


    The Lottery Department
    Toyota Car Promotions
    25 Atlantic Avenue Erlanger
    United Kingdom
    CVR-nr. 34574565.

    TOYOTA PRIZE AWARD NOTIFICATION

    This is to inform you that have been selected for a Cash prize
    of
    600,000.00. (Six Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) and a
    brand new
    toyota car
    (Toyota Prius) in the International programs held this June 2007
    in London
    Uk.

    You can view our website to view your car
    (You must register/login in order to see the link.)

    Description Of New Toyota Car to be Shipped to you.

    New Toyota Car :......................Year 2007 Model
    COLOUR OF CAR:.......................Light Blue Colour
    MODEL:...............................Toyota Prius 2.0i ES
    Manual
    ENGINE TYPE:.........................1973cc 4-cylinder
    POWER:...............................145bhp
    TRANSMISSIONS:.....................Five-speed manual
    FUEL:................................29.1mpg (combined)

    The selection process was carried out through random selection
    in our
    computerized Email Selection System(ESS) from a database of over
    250,000
    email addresses drawn from all the continents of the world.This
    Toyota car
    Lottery is approved by the British Gaming Board and
    also Licensed by the The International Association of Gaming
    Regulators
    (IAGR).This promotional car lottery is the tenth of its kind and
    we intend
    to
    sensitize the public.

    To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact your
    Claims
    fficer through our accredited Prize Transfer agents as stated
    below:

    Sir. Page Thompson
    25 Atlantic Avenue Erlanger
    United Kingdom
    Email:pagethompson11@yahoo.com.hk
    Phone :+44 7035 902804
    :+44 7035 902773
    When contacting him, please provide him with your secret pin
    code
    TY7448500 and your reference number 799BV90.You are also advised
    to
    provide him with the under listed information as soon as
    possible:
    CLAIMS REQURIEMENTS:
    ===============================================
    Your Full Names:
    Your full Contact Address:
    Your Country of Residence:
    Your Date and Place of Birth:
    Your Occupation:
    Your contact Telephone Numbers:
    Your contact Fax Number:
    Your secret pin code:
    Your Amount Won:
    Your e-mail Address:
    =================================================
    If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of
    this
    notification,
    your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to keep
    their winning
    details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim
    (IMPORTANT)
    pending the transfer/claim by Winner.

    Accept my hearty congratulations once again!

    Regards
    Marilynn Sisco.
    Lottery Manager.
     
  24. Jun 8, 2007
  25. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Heres the second one (I never sent them any personal info, just signed Patrina R)

    From : Mr.Page Thompson <pagethompson1@yahoo.co.uk>
    Sent : June 8, 2007 7:55:22 AM
    To : This email is not visible to you.
    Subject : Regarding Your Winning

    | | | Inbox


    Claims Agent Mr.Page Thompson
    Toyota Car Promotions
    Haandvaerkervej 8,1 UK-9000 Aalborg
    CVR-nr. 25554493.

    Attn:Winner ,

    YOUR PAYMENT AND TOYOTA CAR RELEASE HAS BEEN APPROVED, CONTACT OUR ACCREDITED COURIER SHIPPING COMPANY IMEDIATELY

    We acknowledge the receipt of your documents.

    You are required to make contact with the shipping company as soon as possible, and discuss with them how your toyota prius car and your cheque would be delivered to your home country and how much it will cost you for shipping.You will need to contact GREEN EXPRESS COURIER which is our accredited delivery company.You are to reach them with the information below.

    NOTE: You do not have much time to get this done. I advise you act fast and get in touch with Mr James West of GREEN EXPRESS COURIER .His contact information is stated below:

    GREEN EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY COMPANY.
    OFFICE ADDRESS:Units 3A & 3B, Olympic Way,
    Sefton Business Park,
    L30 1RD, UNITED KINGDOM
    Correspondence:JOHN WOOD(Customers Attendant)
    Email: (1) This email is not visible to you.
    (2) This email is not visible to you.

    You are to contact them with the following information within the next 24hours;
    1. Full name
    2. Address where you would want the parcel delivered to.
    3. Telephone Number/Fax Number.

    We look forward to your prompt response, should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us as soon as you possibly can.

    Regards,

    Mr.Page Thompson
    Your Claims Agent.
     
  26. Jun 8, 2007
  27. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Heres the third one (Even used the toyota logo!!)It didn't copy for some reason

    From : Mr.Page Thompson <pagethompson1@yahoo.co.uk>
    Sent : June 8, 2007 9:39:34 AM
    To : This email is not visible to you.
    Subject : RE:CLAIMS REQUIREMENTS

    | | | Inbox




    Claims Agent Mr.Page Thompson
    Toyota Car Promotions
    Haandvaerkervej 8,1 UK-9000 Aalborg
    CVR-nr. 25554493.


    Attn:Toyota Winner,

    When contacting him, please provide him with your secret pin code TY7448500 and your reference number 799BV90.You are also advised to provide him with the under listed information as soon as possible:

    CLAIMS REQUIREMENTS:
    1. NAME IN FULL
    2. ADDRESS
    3. NATIONALITY
    4. AGE
    5. SEX
    6. OCCUPATION
    7. PHONE/FAX
    8. PRESENT COUNTRY

    If you do not contact your claims agent within 7 working days of this notification, your winnings would be revoked. Winners are advised to
    keep their winning details/information from the public to avoid fraudulent claim (IMPORTANT) pending the transfer/claim by Winner.
    Accept my hearty congratulations once again!


    Regards,
    Mr.Page Thompson
    Phone Number:+44 7017026406
    :+44 7014221497
    Your Claims Agent.
     
  28. Jun 8, 2007
  29. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Is it ok to post this stuff here? I better check with cm. I might have to delete:eek2:
     
  30. Jun 8, 2007
  31. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    Don't worry a system restore will not affect your email but it may undo some changes to programs that occured after the restore date.
    Don't let this put you off though as compared to a reinstall of windows it is the safe option.
    Not seen those emails before, I normally win $5,000,000 from the coca cola company draw about every few months.
    I reall don't know how I spend the money :rolleyes:
     
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  32. Jun 10, 2007
  33. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Hey Rusty,
    Thanks again! When I first got those emails I said to my daughter "hey, check this out, it looks legit." she even thought so and she's always telling me to watch out for scams and stuff, me, being a little naive at times. They used the toyota logo at the top of their letter (though I know it didn't copy) unflippinbelievable, I think it's cruel and I almost called my local news station to tell them about it, but I figured they probably get calls about this stuff all the time. Your not gonna believe this, but I STILL haven't straightened out my computer, I just got back from a weekend away and am having some other setbacks but I am definitely, absolutely, for sure doing it tonight! I dont want you all to think I am "asking for your help, and then just disregarding it" I just haven't had a chance and wanted to reply to the post as well. I really appreciate everyones help!! So, I will get back in a little bit (this evening) have a great day (what's left of it) ttyl
    Patrina:)
     
  34. Jun 11, 2007
  35. Rusty

    Rusty Banned User - repetitive flaming

    Occupation:
    IT
    Location:
    Manchester UK
    tum te tum tum ta dad da da de de doobie doo.....eh?

    If I was as busy as you I would shoot myself to get a rest :p

    Do let us know how Hal is when you have messed with his brain.

    good luck :thumbsup:
     
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  36. Jun 12, 2007
  37. redline4

    redline4 Newbie member

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    Australia
    Hi Patrina,
    In my part of the world the past weekend was a holiday long weekend, so took the chance for a few days of R&R with "she who I love to obey".
    Re your computer, as Rusty says, do not hesitate to use System Restore as the process is reversible if complications occur. If still unsure, do a backup to external media before starting.
    Hope all goes well, and those emails you mention are 100% SCAMS. For clarification, type "fraud aid" into your favorite search engine.
    I await good news with confidence. See Ya!
     
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  38. Jun 12, 2007
  39. patrina

    patrina Senior Member

    Occupation:
    injured do to mva/self employed
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada

    Hey there redline, I wish I could say the same about the R&R. I have been non stop go, go, go. But here's the gist of my crazy computer. I looked for system restore in start, accessories, and found system tools etc. but couldn't find system restore. I have been trying some other cleaners and they always seem to freeze on "a close to almost complete" cleanup. Did I mention that my downloads aren't going to my desktop? And when I try to open up a certain casino it states it's a "bad image" or windows searches for the file which never happens. I can open a couple of them but when adding a shortcut it will add another and put "2" beside it but it wont open. I dont really know what else to try. I have reinstalled some of my casinos and instead of going to my desktop, they go into my A/R programs or somewhere else? Do you know anything else that could help? Thanks much for your help!!
    Patrina
     

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