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RE: What's everyone using to remove mal ware?

Malware Bytes free version here, also. I use free MB as well. I'll bet there are not many who pay for it, either. So how do they make money?
burlmart 04/13/14 08:48am Technology Corner
RE: What's everyone using to remove mal ware?

I recently asked the forum posters about how anyone can just give away free computer protection support. Really did not get an answer. Either they got the virus sigs from someone (MS, perhaps) for free themselves, and use it to naybe snag a few people willing to pay them for a glossier 'premium' program, or, as I suspect they sell the data they glean from freely scanning your PC. If I am gonna let someone freely scan my PC, I figure it may as well be MS. I mistrust them a bit less, I guess.
burlmart 04/13/14 08:04am Technology Corner
RE: What's everyone using to remove mal ware?

Long ago the best advice I received was to have at least 3 anti=malware programs.. Today I'm told that can be a problem. I have Malware Bytes free version as the 2nd one on this system.. I do not like to give out what is #1 but A recent review listed as I recall, Norton, AVG AVAST Malware Bytes all among the top five.. Microsoft Defender did not make the top 10 list but was farther down. What would be MS's incentive to under-protect its OS and add to its already bad rep as viral code. A reputation which they are foolishly further worsening with all the incomprehensibly bad marketing strategies surrounding their mishandling of XP EOS.
burlmart 04/13/14 06:09am Technology Corner
RE: What's everyone using to remove mal ware?

The people who made your MS OS are already protecting it with antivirus - MSE - and antimalware - MSRT. Run a third party app - Malwarebytes - once and a while in case MS misses something.
burlmart 04/13/14 03:23am Technology Corner
RE: Before everyone loved Windows XP, they hated it

"It all just goes to show, a lot of the things that might worry nerds and Ars readers may not be such a big deal for the computer-using public.
burlmart 04/12/14 04:28am Technology Corner
RE: Keeping ones starting battery charged.

Is it better to let a small load somewhat drain a battery and then charge it up every few weeks versus always holding it at top charge by disconnecting or trickling?
burlmart 04/10/14 04:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: BT Cruiser cabover noise fixed!

Come do my Trail Lite.
burlmart 04/10/14 04:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping ones starting battery charged.

Once again I just don't get it. I think a lot of folks are searching for a solution for which there is no known problem. How can keeping your starting battery charged be a problem? Unless you have a failure of the engines charging system a starting battery can sit for weeks without losing its ability to start the engine. Drive a few miles and you are back to square one. Even if the starting battery did die, say you left your headlights on, most motorhomes come with an emergency start switch that allows you to tap into the house bank to boost the starting battery back into full operation. It is a problem. Perhaps you don't understand issues with RV batteries including parasitic battery drains and charging. Parasitic drains are battery drains that occur even when the RV is sitting and not being used. These may include gas detectors, refrigerators, radios with clocks, TVs, etc. Even many RV's with house battery disconnect switches, don't disconnect everything. There can be parasitic drains to both the chassis and house batteries. Sometimes house batteries are dead in a week of sitting due solely to parasitic drains. So if both sets of batteries are dead, the emergency switch isn't going to be helpful. Also, driving a few miles isn't going to fully recharge any battery. It takes 4-6 hours to recharge my house battery on a 20amp portable charger. Granted, a RV alternator is going to be putting out more amps, but it still isn't going to be enough to recharge the batteries in a few miles--more like a few hours of driving. Also, charging at a lower amp rate is better for your batteries. Another point--chassis batteries are generally not deep cycle and thus they are easily damaged by discharging. So, just because they can be recharged doesn't mean that you shouldn't be concerned about them being discharged. Even a couple of discharges could permanently damage the battery. Although the Trik-L-Start works, it isn't an ideal solution. From their website: HOW DOES TRIK-L-STARTâ„¢ WORK? TRIK-L-STARTâ„¢ is a "diversion charger" - Basically, it "steals" a little bit of current from your house battery charger, diverting it to keep your engine starting battery(s) charged. So, the Trik-L-Start only charges the chassis battery when the house battery is getting charged. This would work best when the house battery discharges at a greater rate than the chassis battery (which, granted, is probably the most common). So, when the chassis battery is run down and the house battery isn't, it could take quite some time for the chassis battery to recharge--perhaps several days. Proper battery charging is complicated. Ideally, each battery bank should be charged with a 3-stage smart charger. These chargers customize the charge depending on the state of the battery bank and possibly on the type of battery (starting or deep-cycle). So, the Trik-L-Start isn't going to perform as well as independent 3-stage chargers for both the chassis and house batteries would. However, as is evidenced by other posts here, it is working well enough for many folks. For more detailed info see: BATTERIES--AND OTHER ELECTRIC STUFF The 12v Side of Life Look into BiRD. Many RVs already have it, and it sounds like Trik-L-Start
burlmart 04/10/14 04:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Digital television antenna - a simple solution

I still dream of cutting cable w/ an attic antenna and an in line amp. The coat hanger 4 bowtie I made got nearly all local channels. The bowties are each formed by two 14" lengths of wire bent into sideways Vs w/ points adjacent to one another. I thought if I doubled their size, I might pick up more things. Truth is, as sorry as cable TV gets, OTA is even more lacking. Will likely never cut cable, I guess.
burlmart 04/08/14 01:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Digital television antenna - a simple solution

I think the whole point of the OP's post was to show that there is no such thing as a digital antenna. I think you hit the nail right on the head! Thanks! You said that much better than I did! That part is dead on. Adding the right equipment: good directional antenna, RG-6 coaxial cable, good amplifier, second in-line amplifier, can improve the range vastly (up to 160 miles at night. if I had to pick rabbit ears (VHF) over a loop (UHF), I gather that the UHF is where most digital ststions are... MNTundra, what is best UHF antenna form (bowtie, fractal, yagi...) I realize this is like asking what is best dog breed, but a few thoughts would be useful.
burlmart 04/07/14 06:33am Technology Corner
RE: Digital television antenna - a simple solution

The tuner is part of the equation, too. We live in a rural area and can pick up a couple dozen stations with an antenna in the attic. I rigged up a computer to use as a DVR with the same antenna. The tuner on the TV card in the computer doesn't pull in stations as reliably as the tuner in the Toshiba TV set. Frustrating when I want to record a program on one of the weaker stations. yes. I am pretty sure the USB tuner was not as capable as the 19" best buy insignia tv at capturing from the same antenna.
burlmart 04/06/14 01:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Digital television antenna - a simple solution

This is a situation in which a bare wire can work fine, but a properly sized antenna usually, but not always, will work better. Electromagnetic radiation (TV signals) have specific wavelengths (around half a meter for the signals in the TV band). An antenna the receiving elements of which are approximately this length or multiples of it will have higher gain (ability to receive) than will an arbitrarily sized wire. The OP's improvised antenna will work fine as long as the signal strength is reasonably high. if you're close to the faucet, you don't need a hose. My USB tuner came with a 15" whip antenna and a coax connector. It couldn't pick up many local channels at all, while the bowtie coat hanger rig got most of them, and with the Radio shack amp, the 4 dipole bowties caught 'em all up in the attic. And the winegard amplified batwing/wingman with the radioshack cable tv amp picks up signals from 70 miles off. I got NO from here in BR
burlmart 04/06/14 08:27am Technology Corner
RE: Not so XaPpy anymore

It's a safe bet it's Microsoft trying to get you off XP. :B They still have a laptop to kill! I plugged into a separate outlet - no go. The only reason I suspected the hard drive is that I had just learned to use Audacity to record music cassettes and parse them into 'CD audio' files. For several hours I really worled the computer HD hard. It was a good run for that PC. This laptop is flimsier, and may not go so long.
burlmart 04/03/14 12:52pm Technology Corner
Not so XaPpy anymore

My 10 y/o HP XP Pavillion gave up sometime overnight. Nothing. Turn power supply switch off and on and press the HP on button - nada. Should I assume it is the power supply (it was already replaced some 4 or 5 years ago), or would a failed hard drive cause a PC to not even turn on? Still have a 7 y/o GTW XP laptop to hold on till maybe Win 9 (or maybe beyond).
burlmart 04/03/14 10:03am Technology Corner
RE: Windows XP lives on!

Quote: *** An even more limited edition version, its press run rumored to be in the low single digits, will be the "floppy crate" version. This edition makes the OS available on 451 3.5-inch floppy disks, all packed in a crate measuring approximately one cubic foot in size and emblazoned on all sides with the Microsoft flag logo. Each unit will be signed by Bill Gates and hand-numbered. "We understand some of our most stalwart, longtime users are still using older hardware," Microsoft has said, "and we wanted to offer a way for those users as well to enjoy the newest edition of a classic operating system." *** I always knew the day would come when I would need a 3.5" floppy drive.
burlmart 04/01/14 04:56am Technology Corner
RE: Elec Step will not retract

Also, make sure the "joints" stay lubed. Mine wouldn't retract and my service department said to spray some WD-40 in the hinges. Voila! Yes, I have been doing that w/ silicone spray. Bruce, you are right on - Martha says it's purple (I just see it as dark) When is the amber light supposed to come on, and may I assume its not working now means there is one less potential draw on the chassis and/or house battery. If so, we are happy to do w/o it.
burlmart 03/28/14 04:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Elec Step will not retract

While it works vert well now. I often worried what if it fails. And thanks a lot for informing me = I feel better. I may later look at the wiring you guys described. I know there is one dark wire from the step just hanging loose, and it's always been there.
burlmart 03/26/14 08:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Elec Step will not retract

I cannot google up a specific statement about manually retracting the step if all fuses were blown or motor fails on the road. I see a bolt/pin (I think) with what feels like a loose wire (cotter pin?) holding its free end where the motor arm grabs the long square "axle" that attaches to both sides of the step at the top. Is this a pin that you can remove and manually shove step in?
burlmart 03/26/14 08:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Elec Step will not retract

Bruce and Snow Thanks plenty. My head is swimming after reading Bruce's earlier linked post (it did not come up when I 1st thing did a RV.net AND a Google search for 'electric step' and 'electric step fuse'). First thing I really want to know is if I am somewhere and the step won't close, is there an emergency way to disconnect the motor and manually close that step? I have a few more questions, but this one has always loomed in my mind.
burlmart 03/26/14 02:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee step logic

This thread deserves a 'sticky'
burlmart 03/26/14 02:53am Tech Issues
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