Anyone else have computer problems after clicking on a certain link posted on this Forum? I don't know how many times I visited and posted on the Forum within the last 24 hours with no trouble. This morning, I was off the computer from 7 AM to Noon. Sometime between Noon and 2 PM, I read a post on the Forum that contained a link (I'm not going to publicly say which poster. If you want to know, PM me.) I clicked on the link and the new page didn't come up. I thought this was strange, but I kept using my computer. The only other sites I went to were Ebay and my email in Yahoo, but the problem seemed to start when I clicked on the link. To shorten the story, eventually, I couldn't even get Internet Explorer to open Yahoo (home page). I ran US Tech Support virus scan and it quarantined one item and deleted a lot more, but the same problem existed. I, finally, had to call US Tech Support and let one of their technicians, remotely repair my computer. They said things were pretty messed up, but they think they were able to repair it. So far; so good; but I'm afraid the next time it happens, I'll just go to Wolly Mart and buy a new one. I may not be as lucky to have things fixed, next time.
You could post the link so no one uses it.
A good rule to follow: Never click on abbreviated links from such providers as Tiny URL or Bit Ly. While they can be useful to shorten a link, the link is hidden on the back side and can go any where. It can point you directly to a malware laden page or a script server.
I block those URL services as I find them. If I can't see the actual URL, I don't view it.
I know more about making a T run then a PC. My powerful set went down a few months past with kids grand children and bride all using it. My PC geek fixed it fifty dollars later. He warned me as Ken posted above.
What system ? XP or?
Reason I ask is I feel sure computer companys are mad at the fact we aint buying hardware fast enough and probably are sitting back lovin' it.
Mine is windows 8 modified by the geek with a start button that made a bad set into a great one.
He does forty a week and hate to say is retiring.
Any where you go is almost instant where as my older XP was much slower. I ran a full scan with a large storage from the first post to this one.
I'm still having trouble with mine. I find it interesting that when you have trouble that a Tech. Support person (that barely speaks English calls you) with I can fix your computer trouble for free
, but there will be a one time charge for a life time.
My problem is still there, very slow and when you click on a post you may get a different post to appear. all-else (Systems) seams to be working ok.
I love my LINUX since nothing can be installed without root's password being input that makes for a good warning system when you click on a malware link (just click cancel)
I found a problem, some months ago as follows
T-bay will not show me 4 pic's in the display and at the bottom of the page where there are multiple pages it will not allow me to see page 2 or 3 or 4. When I select page 2 it will not load and if I go to page 3 same thing it will not load.
My Windows system is Windows 7. I have resisted going to Windows 8 until I know more about it. The tech support that I use is U.S. Tech Support. They don't call me. I only call them when needed. Since I can't positively identify the link as the culprit, I didn't identify it because I don't want to falsely accuse.
There have been times when I had to call tech support and listen to the rotten music, but I get the impression that Windows users encounter a lot more trouble than I do with a Mac. My personal experience confirms that. I got so fed up with the HP laptop that constantly betrayed me that I finally sold it for $100 and bought a used Macbook Pro for $300. So far the "new" laptop does what I want it to when I want it to. Is it just the lower initial price that makes so many people stay with Microsoft stuff?
Well If testimony makes a good system then I've used Windows 7 for the past 3+ years and never had a problem. Before that I used XP and had one problem in the 6-7 years I used that. But..I build my own PCs and they're not clogged up with useless OEM bloatware, updaters and loggers. Or some 30-day license for crapware. I use OEM hardware drivers and Windows drivers.
I tried Linux twice. Both times I was sick of it within two weeks. Nothing worked and you had to update it every other day for two hours. None of the hardware OEMs supplied drivers for it so you had to rely on "groups" or some nose-picker in his basement to come up with drivers. If you could find a driver, it was so empty of options you couldn't get the hardware to work like it should. No thanks!
"But..I build my own PCs..." As Hamlet says, Aye, there's the rub. I'm willing to put in the time and effort to learn Model T work, which I consider fun, but I want my computer to be like a modern car. Just get in and drive. I'm not interested in building it myself. I'll build a T, a shed or outhouse, a work table, etc., but I want my computer so user-friendly that it works even for an ignoramus like me. So far the Mac fills that bill and the HP didn't.