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Topic: Is Any Good?
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Re: Is Any Good?
Posted: Feb 27, 2009 10:39 PM
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On Feb 27, 9:32 pm, Mensanator <> wrote:
> On Feb 27, 2:24 pm, Jonathan Groves <> wrote:

> > Dear All,
> > I have been extremely frustrated with my computer
> > lately since it's becoming less and less reliable.
> > It froze up on me a couple of weeks ago, this past weekend,
> > several days ago, and now twice so far today!
> > I am about to begin teaching math online for
> > Kaplan University, and the math courses (and many
> > others too--not just math) use live seminars,
> > and I am beginning to get very worried that this
> > new computer of mine will suddenly freeze up on me
> > in the middle of a seminar or in the middle of office
> > hours with a student.  Kaplan may be willing to
> > forgive me if it happens once, but they definitely
> > won't keep me if it continues to happen.
> > And this computer might threaten other future online
> > teaching jobs.  I need some jobs for a while to save
> > some money so that I can later apply for tenure-track
> > positions elsewhere; I don't have the money right now
> > to move anywhere else.  I don't have a car, and teaching
> > jobs here in Clarksville, TN, are limited right now since
> > the only college here has nothing open right now.  

> > And because of these problems with freezing up,
> > I had to turn off the computer manually (since I cannot get
> > the thing to respond to my commands to shut down; in some cases
> > where I could, the computer won't shut off--even after I had
> > waited for more than an hour!), so that is
> > another concern: Problems with damaging the computer
> > permanently.  If these problems continue to force me
> > to do so, I might damage this thing for good!

> > My old computer is much more reliable, but I don't think
> > it's fast enough for online teaching.  So I would like
> > to try, if possible, to continue using this one.

> > I remember seeing that offers free
> > performance tests; though the commercial directly
> > addresses only those whose computers are slow (mine isn't),
> > I do remember them saying that the test can detect
> > adware, spyware, and other junk files that cause even
> > fast computers to freeze up and crash.

> I don't know anything about FindFast, but such malware (all
> the above plus viruses and Trojans) can do this.
> I was plagued by this and symptoms included being locked out
> of the Task Manager and the Control Panel. Once I cleared
> these up, most of my problems went away. Note, I aquired
> these even though I had an anti-virus program running. I have
> had to implement further security (turning off a lot of
> Internet Explorer options, the most notable being not allowing
> ActiveX items to be installed automatically).

Jeez ... that's just ASKING for trouble. How was that ever enabled?

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