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Q: Tech Support Scams

Hello,
Just wanted to share this experience with you all. Viruses can be a tricky thing, causing all kinds of damage and ruining your day, week, month, or even year. In times like that the weekest cowardly people come out of the woodwork and scare you into financial submission, and i want you to not be fooled by fast talking snake oil salesmen.

desktop win7 wired connection
desktop win XP sp3 wired connection, installing wireless adapter.
laptop winXP wireless
Belkin router

Problem:
I had a desktop that was a wired connectoion and wanted to give it to my kid, so i got a wireless network card and installed it. The card seemed to be working fine, but it would not connect to the internet. (it would hang on "aquiring a network address" then error out saying windows coudlnt connect..)
I called Belkin tech support who tried a bunch of nonsence scare tactics to make me believe my registry was corrupt and that i had a virus. end result- pay them money and they would fix the issue, AND i would be protected for some amount of time. I believe it is 30 days, 90 days, 6 months a year or even 3 years.

What they didnt know/ask/think about was that the router and network card were both brand new, and that the computer I was having issues with had a fresh install of win XP with paid antivirus program. When I told them "No, if I have a virus then my antivirus company needs to deal with it, im not paying both of you to solve the same issue". Well, the tech agent hung up the phone on me.
I called back and the exact same thing happened. They used tactics such as opening a command window and typing the command "tree". then at the prompt- and very quicly I might add, the tech typed "Network is infected". hit return and ran the tree command again. The tech then ran the tree command a 3rd time and and then said I had a virus, scrolled back up to where he had typed in "network is infected" to prove his case. He then gave me the "pay us for your protection" speach and when I said no, they hung up. the tech try to close the command window but i booted him off my system before he could.
Well, I called my PAID antivirus people, who worked with me and scanned and looked around, and they could not find any trace or hint of a virus. we ran malware programs, hijack this, scanned for viruses, checked the vault etc etc. no infection was found, so then I called the wireless card manufacturer who could not figure out the problem either- they didnt offer to run any registry programs nor charge me money either.
So, I called back to Belkin tech support.
The 3rd tech, looking into his notes, pulled up my processes window and identified csrss.exe- a necessary file, but known to have been used for trojan infestions in the past. while trying to explain that i had a virus and selling me their protection, he tried to google search the file and pulled up an advertisement site from the top of google list, and of course the file is infected and i need to run their registry cleaner and disinfect my system.

I'm calling BS!

In the end, I resolved the problem myself- the network card was not setup for wpa- which it was supposed to have been, it was set for wep. (yes it makes a difference)
Please beware- this is happening in all kinds of tech support issues. had an issue with windows 8 install- they tried the same thing on me- but if it is an incomplete fresh install on a repartitioned hard drive, then HOW DID IT GET A VIRUS?

dont buy into it. Yes there are times you actually do have a virus. but be carefull to understand what they are telling you. LISTEN to their tone of voice AND how adgitated they get when you ask them to back up and repeat what they just said. ask questions to prove it to yourself. it's your money, protect it!
My reasoning:
If the wired network adapter is able to see the internet, and the wired adapter isn't, then a virus may verry well be present and active- but most certainly it is not causing the issue. If it were, then the wired network adapter wouldnt work either. (especially after a few dozen reboots) And btw- what use is a trojan virus if it prevents you from connecting to the internet? Trojans are supposed to allow for hackers or malicious code to steal information from you. if the door is shut, then it cant get in or out- can't do its job- common sence.

Hope this helps!

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Hi this is my first post and know it has been brought up before from last summer.I feel it is worth making people aware that it is still going on.I bought a Toshiba S55T from Staples in 2015 and was in the process of getting it set up.I went to the Web site as directed to check for any upgrades and after that got busy for a few days before I could get back to it.When I went to put my PW in to get into Win 10 it said wrong one.I tried every one I had and since it was new called Staples and asked if they could help,they said yes for over $100 dollars so I went searching the net with my tablet and a few days later I called what I thought was the tech support number and was told the same spill that many others have said and being a little desperate ended up giving them$195. and control over it while they told me what to do.After I had everything reloaded days later I started getting phone calls at my house and the first one said my computer had 32,000 erras so I knew I had been scamed.I avoided the internet for months now and have been useing my tablet until yesterday when I got the Toshiba and was going to use it and to my horror it had been wiped almost clean with the PW wouldn't work again,I have since found out how to reset it from scratch which is what I'm wanting to do.What do you think I should do just remove my files which is what I did last time or fully clean the drive on this new Toshiba and if I do a full cleaning will I lose any important Windows files?Do ... Read more

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Interested in finding out how fake telephone tech support scams work? Well, grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, and prepare to be educated, entertained, and horrified.
Chances are that you or someone you know has gotten a call from someone claiming to be from "Windows technical support" phoning up to tell you that you "computer has a virus" and offering to remove it for you - for a fee.

Now I don't know about you, but I've never had the time (or patience) to play along, so I've always been curious to find out how the conversation pans out.

Well, if you're interested in finding out what happens, grab a cup or glass of your favorite beverage, fire up YouTube, and prepare to be educated, entertained, and horrified.

Troy Hunt, security expert, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and the brains behind the Have I been pwned? data breach service, takes the time to show us exactly what happens.
Full Article. Here's how fake telephone tech support scams work | ZDNet

A:Here's how fake telephone tech support scams work

Great article and I hate how these people do this kind of thing to innocent civilians by taking advantages of their knowledge. But the main question is how are they able to get the victim phone number? I been received numerous of phone called from these kind of people and the first thing they said is this: " Hi my name is blah blah blah, and we're from Microsoft Technical Department. Our server have received several reports from your computer and based on your reports it show signs your computer been infected with a virus." But good thing is I able to keep them on the phone for 30 minutes and at the end the scammer curse me with profanity words and I replied this: " Thank you for compliment, and you know? I able to keep you on the phone for 30 minutes so you can't scam other 30 innocent people."

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Almost every single customer of mine has had a few of these calls, some even while I was with them. I was wondering, has anyone created a printable paper that one could give to a person to warn them about these scams? Or should I create one of my own?

A:Infographic/handout for tech support phone scams?

Thank you for asking rsakuma -

We host some topics like : beware of Phone Scamming.

Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license...Neither Microsoft nor our partners make unsolicited phone calls (also known as cold calls) to charge you for computer security or software fixes...Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

Avoid tech support phone scams: What you need to know
Don’t fall for phony phone tech support
Avoid scams that use the Microsoft name fraudulently

I hope that some of these are on the topic that you have requested .........

Regards -

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Received fraudulent phone call from 18883113841 claiming to be a dell tech support who later started verbally abusing and cursing. Seems like info has been stolen from Dell. Dell is not taking responsibility and leaving it's customer vulnerable that undermines the trust on the entire Dell company. Who would like to buy from Dell knowing that privacy will be compromised? On behalf of all affected customers, I request Dell to provide the affected customer necessary safeguards to help rebuild the customers trust on Dell by acknowledging their sufferings. Thank you very much.

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My elderly father almost fell victim to a scam involving third-party technical support.  He stubbled upon a phone number on the internet when he was attempting to locate HP technical support regarding a printer question.  I performed research on the phone number he called and discovered the company is tech4global. Tech4global advertises technical support services... for HP and many other well know products.  BEWARE of tech4global!

My father needed help replacing the printer toner cartridge and the tech4global representative convinced him to allow unfettered remoted access into his computer.  The tech4global representative poked around in his system and then informed my father that he was hacked and if he paid $90+ they could remedy the problem. My father contacted me and I told him to immediately disconnect his internet connection. I saw that the tech4global representative accessed the windows logs and was snooping in the local user folders. I am not sure what else the tech4global rep did (like install any backdoors?)... but he definitely tried to take advantage of my father. It also appeared that he typed a message giving the impression that the system was hacked. Bogus! I need to further investigate what this tech4global representative did on my father's PC. In the meantime, I wanted to provide a warning to stay away from tech4global. It disgusts me on how (illegitimate) companys attempt... Read more A:Beware of Technical Support Scams - like tech4global Thanks for the heads up on another of these scammers. Just in case this so called technician did do some damage or installed back doors, ask for help in the malware removal section and follow their advice. Nev. 2 more replies Answer Match 63.84% When I installed Win8 on one computer I need a H.P. printer driver. So I went to H.P. support/download did not find the needed driver so I called their Tech. support. A friendly support guy looked at my system and told me my copy of Microsoft Win8 bought at Best Buy was not a legit copy, also my system had been infected and they needed to remove my Win8 clean my system and reinstall Win8. made me a deal of a reduced price of$250US I knew this was not right so I begged them good buy went to Best Buy where I have good friends in the Geek Squad. they got the needed driver and printer works fine.
Today my Netgear routher died, called Netgear to get my lifetime warranty. This also was a support in India guy said it would cost $39US to make sure it was the router I said thanks but no thanks. Took my old Netgear router back to Best Bye where I bought it three years ago and they gave me a new Netgear router. I needed setup help so called Netger as new user also in India guy was friendly looked at my system and helped me get it setup. Then he informed me my computer was under attack and my files were being read he could fix my system and protect my files for the small sum of just$85US. Well I was using a small backup H.P. computer on the Net. hardwired and it was almost never used. So I knew it was a India Tech. support scam again.
I think these guys in India do support for many Mfg.s and software makers, and it's an easy way to gleen a lot of fast cash from people who trust the br... Read more

A:Tech. Support Scam from India support bases.

Are you sure you were using legitimate HP/Netgear phone numbers? Where did you get the numbers from?

Are you sure it wasn't just a variation of the scams the FTC are starting to crack down on?
How Windows tech support scammers walked right into a trap set by the feds | Ars Technica

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hello to everyone!!

im working as a tech support agent for one of the biggest ISP in the US.. its a good paying job and also very challenging.. i use to troubleshoot internet connection issues for residential accounts (1 pc only) and for all other issues that i get, i browse for similar issues on the forums of this site.. well, most of them came pretty handy (esp for the security forums).. now, i got transferred to the networking department and im in a total loss!! i can do simple troubleshooting and install assists for new networking users but i really need help in issues like:
1. remote access/ port forwarding
2. invalid IP addresses on the wireless devices
3. file and printer sharing
i was browsing through all the topics but i cant find any.. if there is someone out there who can help me with this issue and give me some pointers on how i am going to do this in an easier way.. i would really appreciate any assistance..

foxxy

A:tech support in need of extra support

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For greyknight17:

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I didn't get to drag a notepad file on top of Combofix like so many others.

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my mcafee says i have 2PWS-LegMir(trojans)that cannot be removed why is that.and how do i remove them?

A:tech support

Have you tried to remove them manually?

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I have some type of virus on my computer. I keep getting pop up and unwanted icons on my desk top. I try to clear them out but everytime I go back on the internet they come back. Please give me some advise.

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What do I use to remove mall where from my Windows 8 PC. ?

A:Tech Support

and post the logs required

I will then move to the virus / malware forum for assistance from a virus/malware expert
Note it can take up to 48 hours to get a reply as they are very busy in that forum and only authorised members are allowed to reply

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Hello everyone. I applied for a tech support job with my local ISP. I have no schooling, just computer knowledge as a hobby for 10 years. I troubleshoot all my friends and family's computers pretty well. What kind of short term schooling could help me land a tech support job? I feel I have the knowledge but could use a basic course to put on my resume. Any other advice on computer jobs that are a good start to a new career? Thank you.

A:ISP Tech Support Job

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I have a LG X120 notebook with windows XP, will it be able to be viewed threw an HAIER LCD Television.

A:Tech support

Hi Debbie, and welcome to TSG.

If this is your computer (http://www.lg.com/hk_en/notebooks/lg-X120-L), it has a VGA video output connector.

Your TV would need to have a VGA, DVI-A, or DVI-I video input jack. The TV would also need to support at least one of the video resolutions and refresh rates that the computer can feed to the VGA connector.

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Hi
Here is the problem I can't even get to this forum on my main computer to get help. I was gone out of town on a fishing trip and let some people stay at my house now my main computer is screwed up. web pages keep redirecting and any web page that i try to go to like this one just comes up web page not found or it redirects you. one of the idiots that stayed removed avg and installed avira which i know is good but it wont pick up anything wrong i would like some help but like i said i can't get to this forum to get help any ideas????

skid

A:can't even get to tech support

http://www.techsupportforum.com/secu...oval-help.html

You shall have a proper set of logs for us after that. Someone shall be along shortly

* Kindly note that threads without the proper logs shall likely be ignored.

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I know I know… Wrong posting BUT!

This is a scream! If you are in tech support I bet you had a day like this. Or you’re having one right now! I know that I did some years back.

A Day In The Life Of A Tech Support Guy Click Sales Guy vs. Web Dude
I know a Mod is going to move this but before you do, watch it then move it!

A:Tech Support Guy!!

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+, x86 Family 6 Model 8 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 767 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 109915 MB, Free - 42983 MB; D: Total - 4538 MB, Free - 690 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., A7N8X-LA, Rev 1.xx, X312345678
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

A:Tech Support

thank you. I understand!

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I wanted to make this my special post, as its my 1000, and encourage all members to use their System Restore more, I keep a system restore icon on
my desktop and make a restore point everyday, I know the computer is suppose to do it, but it makes me feel better, evertime I make drastic changes or questionable downloads I make a restore point, I simply type call it rp it only takes less than 10 seconds, if everyone did this we really could cut down on our
Tech Support. Have a good day.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/helpandsupport/getstarted/ballew_03may19.mspx

A:How to cut down on Tech Support

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How many pins are there on a standard SCSI-2 connector?

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A:PC Tech Support Help

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To: Tech Support Guy Staff & All Other Dignitaries

I just wanna say that I LOVE Tech Support Guy. My first encounter was a few months ago, when I woke up one morning and found that my homepage had been hijacked by Searchv. I couldn't get rid of it. So I googled until I got to Tech Support Guy, and found that somebody else had the same problem. I followed the instructions and was rid of searchv. Via HijackThis. Jeez, I like that name.....HijackThis. And then came Ad-aware, and Spybot, and a whole new world was opened up to me. To top it off, it's all free. Not quite. I'm sending you guys a donation. You earned it.

pjblevin

A:Tech Support Guy

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I bought a new PSU, that came in the mail today. Once I started up the computer I discovered that my USB ports don't work. Last Friday when my video card died, my 4 year old broke the two front USB ports. The computer's manufacturer surmises this shorted out the back ports and now wants to replace the motherboard and case. Both are under warranty, thank goodness.

So now my conundrum, I didn't buy the new PSU from the manufacturer, but it is the same brand as my old one. Do I just send the box back with the new one (which lets them organize the cables ten times better than I can) or do I put the old one back in? Or do I send both? There is nothing wrong with the old PSU, it's just not powerful enough for my new graphics card, which is NOT leaving my possession!

I'm sure I'm over thinking this, I just don't want to be screwed over.

Thank you for any help or advice.

A:Does Tech Support Need both Old and New PSU?

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i trust you all will know what to do with this. i'm short of new to this so directions would greatly help.

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Scan saved at 9:50:57 AM, on 6/13/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\nvsvc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\SHSTAT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\UpdaterUI.exe
C:\Program Files\Roxio\Easy CD Creator 5\DirectCD\DirectCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Viewpoint\Viewpoint Manager\ViewMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\CasinoOnline\CsRemnd.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winproc32.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\kx509_kfwk5.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Reference\Bookshelf 98\qshelf98.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\krbcc32s.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\devldr32.exe
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\Netscp.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Slik\My Documents\HijackThis.exe

A:Tech Support - HELP!

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My computer has become very slow in loading programs such as Firefox. Once it is loaded it doesn't work smoothly as before. Not Responding message appears and everything stops working for a while. Scrolling also doesn't always work. Sometimes the arrow changes to the hourglass and stops working. After a while it changes back to the arrow again and so it continues.

Quite regularly I get the "script not working" message window in the middle of the screen with "continue" or "cancel" options. Sometimes it is the Shockwave plugin and at other times it is Google or other script. And often the end program command doesn't work. For the last few days, script error message for Internet Explorer comes on at powering up.

I have been thinking of reloading Windows but with no more Microsoft support for XP I don't know how I am going to get the updates.

I know the laptop is very old(2001) but I really use it mainly to check emails. Any help in resolving the above issues would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
shafiahmed

A:TECH SUPPORT

First off, All updates are available for Windows XP and will continue to be available till the end of time. There will just not be any NEW updates for XP. I just installed XP on an old computer 2 days ago and ran all of 142 Windows Updates.
As for your current installation, try running a Clean Boot. If this works then add one startup item at a time, restarting each time till the computer becomes unresponsive, then you know what the problematic program is.
Also, go to Start/Run and type chkdsk C: /R and press enter, in the command prompt type a Y for Yes and reboot the computer. Check Disk will go thorough 5 stages and takes some time. It will check your HDD for integirty.

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two steps

1. make sure you have the newest version of firefox and or Safari

3 make sure to check the right plugin checkboxes when in stalling

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Hi, little glitch. When you good people notify me of a related post I duly open the email and normally right click on the link and "open in a new tab". This works fine. If however I LEFT click on it, I get an empty box, centre screen and the pc locks and I have to hack thru' task mang to get going again. Not really a prob but I would like some info if possible.

Many Thanks
Dave.

A:tech support cracks me up

What program is this for? Is it for Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook??

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Hi,

I just received a phone call from tech support at Jars Support telling me that there is a problem with my computer. They say they know because I have chosen the "send report" option after some problem. However, I never choose this option. They had me scroll through: My Computer --> Manage --> ? (I forget) and showed me that I have a lot of "errors", "warnings", and a few "criticals" and claimed that my computer is infected. They offered to sell me a service to repair my computer and also to renew my "software warranty".

This all seems very suspicious to me. But I don't know what to make of all of those errors, warnings, and criticals and, of course, if my computer is infected I want to fix it.

Regards.

A:Unsolicited tech support

Quote: Originally Posted by 7farmer

Hi,

I just received a phone call from tech support at Jars Support telling me that there is a problem with my computer. They say they know because I have chosen the "send report" option after some problem. However, I never choose this option. They had me scroll through: My Computer --> Manage --> ? (I forget) and showed me that I have a lot of "errors", "warnings", and a few "criticals" and claimed that my computer is infected. They offered to sell me a service to repair my computer and also to renew my "software warranty".

This all seems very suspicious to me. But I don't know what to make of all of those errors, warnings, and criticals and, of course, if my computer is infected I want to fix it.

Regards.

SCAM !!!

Do not respond. Do not give them any information nor allow them to remotely access your computer.

Just hang up.

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i m unable to open add/remove programs in the control panel.i tried out appwiz.cpl to open ,but there wasn't any response.
i even tried the following one,

Click Start => Run and type in "regedit" {without the quotes}
Navigate to the following key:

In the right-hand pane, delete all the Values whose data value is set
to "no".

but nothing works . plz any of the tech geeks out there help me 2 sort out tis problem.!!!!!!

A:tech support for windows xp!

hello,

Check any one from below three ,
1.have you tried in safe mode...?

or

2. This happens if your user account does not have Write access to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Setup \ Oc Manager \ TemporaryData

Type regedit.exe in Start, Run dialog

Navigate to the above registry key

Allow Set Value permissions to your user account

Click OK and close the dialog
If above registry not help...
3. Check with Malwarebytes,

http://www.filescrunch.com/techspot/0825/mbam-setup-1.46.exe

Install Malware and update it.. and do full scan.

remove infected registry and do reboot.

hope it will works fine.

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I have a hp psc 1350 v printer, trying to install on this machine; printer was installed on this machine in nov.2003 and worked fine until 2 weeks ago. at that time , printer quit working and in the control panel, printer icon showed up like a hidden file. tried to reinstall printer several times with no success. contacted hp support, spent several hours, spanning 4 days ,installing and uninstalling software, trying to install this printer. changed usb cables and same problem.other usb devises are recognised instantly. Hp support sent me a new printer, tried to install, same problem...no printer. so, tried to install printer on 2 other pcs and no problem, worked great (one machine has the exact same mother board as the problem pc).Hp says its a chip problems, problem started when i did a windows recommended driver update for via chip. CAN YOU HELP?

Here are my specs:

Operating System Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 1 (build 2600)
System Model = ECS = P4VXASD2+ = 1.0 (motherboard)
Main Circuit Board Board: ECS P4VXASD2+ 1.0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 07.00T 04/02/01
Processor 2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
256 Megabytes Installed Memory
Did have 768, took out 512

A:[B]HP Tech support gave up on this one[/B]

Uninstall the printer, through ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS, then go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager and remove any left over HP/printer entries - look under HP, USB, all the categories. If HP gave you a seperate uninstaller to use then run that, they usually have one and if you look through your CD you might be able to find it hidden somewhere. Then unplug the printer and all other USB devices - except USB a mouse and Keyboard if yours happen to be USB.

Now still in Device Manager remove all USB hubs and then all USB Controllers.

Now go here: http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=403 and download and install the latest VIA 4-in-1 drivers and reboot as request. Then reboot again after the USB controllers are reinstalled.

Now download the latest printer drivers from HP's website for your model if you haven't done so yet and start the installation. Do not plug in the printer until prompt to do so or until the installation is totally complete. When plugging in the printer use a USB connector that is not near the one you used before - they are usually in pairs of two.

If that Fails you can do a System Restore from Programs - Accessories - System to a date before the problems started and hope it works and doesn't recur.

XP runs better with more RAM - if there's nothing wrong with it then add it back in.

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Couldn't really figure out what topic to post this to so if it doesn't belong here please feel free to move it to another topic ...

I have had lot's of HP and Dell computers in my lifetime (laptop and desktops). Was thinking about looking into buying a Lenova - guess they bought out IBM's pc business a few year ago. Anyway, thought I would get some input as to their tech support - is it USA based or overseas? How has your experience been with that company on their tech support for you?

These are the specs for my perfect PC (it must be a desktop
Had 2 laptops and hated then both - gave them to my kids and they used them for awhile and gave them back.

Processor & Memory:

Intel® Core? i7-6700 Processor 3.4GHz
22GB DDR4 RAM (<--- important for me)

Operating System:

Microsoft® Windows 10

Drives:

1TB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive (<---plenty for my needs)
DVD-RW (Writes to DVD/CD)

Graphics & Video:

2GB NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 730 Graphics (<---would prefer 4GB)

Communications:

Wireless-AC WLAN + Bluetooth® 4.0 (<-- want these this time around)
10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet

Ports & Slots:

2x USB 3.0
4x USB 2.0
1x HDMI-Out
2x Microphone Jack

A:How is Lenova's Tech Support been for you?

All I can say is that I've had Lenovo Desktop computers (two) for several years and have never, ever had any issues that would require a call to tech support.

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Hello,

It all began with a free space issue - after connecting numerous times to HP support tech, i was told to do a non destructive system restore., which i did, only to find my user profile gone, and all the dlls that run my applications no longer working. The space issues was from too many picture files, which i discovered my husband had uploaded about 1500 pictures of a friends wedding. so once i got rid of those pictures, the space issue was resolved.

After being completely frustrated, and a lot of research, I read to "copy over" my old user profile files from under "documents and settings" to the new profile i created.. which I did. I also did a disk clean up and defrag.. and evidently have deleted a bunch of things i shouldn't have. I never actually recovered the user profile.. the weird thing is... is that the picture i had chosen associated with the old profile i'm trying to recover.. was recovered. totally weird voo doo stuff going on in the background i guess. so now i want to scream. i guess i can delete everything.. i've backed up all the stuff that was under my documents. so no big deal, however it's the applications that i'm worried about. when doing the non destructive restore, it took me back to factory settings.. so my norton 2007 internet security was replaced with the 60 day trial version of 2006 that came with the PC (which was purchased in december 2006 and in march 2007 i got some freaky virus and the geek squad folks did a d... Read more

A:HP Tech Support screwed me

DO you still have the recovery partition (hp uses that instead of discs now)

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Over this past weekend I have been getting calls from "Windows Tech Support". The first time the tech said my computer was sending out warning messages to them. I asked him how it was doing that I cannot remember what he said he asked "you are using windows OS correct?"
I said so I use a Mac he hung up when I said that. I just laughed and let it past. A few hours they call back. They have called several times and today they call claiming they are "Dell tech support" I do have a Dell laptop (How they know that?) They said my Dell was sending them warnings
bla bla bla. I told them I was running Linux they hung up. I laughed again and let it pass. Then an hour later they call back. Frustrated I told them I was not home and asked if they could call back. I am waiting on them to call back. I have made a whole drive backup with True Image. I am going to let them log in and I will be watching what they do. I got a text document on my desktop named "credit card info" don't worry all that is in it is
idiot typed all over it. I cannot wait for them to call. I am going to be very careful with this. I will be watching to make sure they don't harm my system. I could set up a VM and do this but don't really have time.

A:Windows Tech Support

If you're not going to use a VM do NOT let them access the computer. I don't care how carefully you monitor them, they could still do something to a PC on your network.

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hello everyone, Im new to this forum!! I need some tech support on Apache.

I setup my Apache on port 80. I set the Network domain to localhost and i set the server name for the name i got from dyndns.org. When i type localhost in my browser it works fine. When i type my Internal IP in my browser it works. I got the internal from ipconfig. btw im running this on Win XP Pro. When i type my external IP and my server name in the browser neither 1 of them takes me to the Apache page where it says to replace the page. I do not have a separate router. Im on ADSL and im pretty sure that my ADSL modem has a router built in. Does anyone know what the problem could be?? Can anyone give me private free tech support vis email or any messenger in IM?? Please reply back ASAP. Thanks everyone..

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Hi am using W7 Pro 32bit & G Chrome, when I receive an email notification about my post from Tech support & click on the link it won't let me log in & the Tech support forums site keeps jerking, is it coz I have Adblock installed?

Any clues why?

Thanks.

A:Jerky Tech support?

I use G Chrome with Adblock and have no problems at all.

Also, if its a brand name system like an Acer,Dell or HP, please post the exact model of the system.

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A:Solved: AVG tech support?

Hi, Are you using two active security programs by any chance that have real time protection running? I see you also have Kaspersky.....did you mean on a different machine and not on this machine with the AVG issue? I realize it's a very basic question but we run into this quite often so just making sure. More than one antivirus / security suite type program running will usually cause weird issues like slowness and errors.

Why is your post marked "SOLVED"??

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I believe that I posted the following in the incorrect heading "Software" when I should have posted it under hardware. Therefore I am posting it once again and hoping in desperation that someone will be able to help me with this problem. Thanking you in advance for any assistance!

Two weeks ago I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S tablet model: TS-700 with ?Kit Kat 4.4.2? which is exactly what I wanted. I ran into constant notification attempts by Samsung to get me to install Lollipop 5.0.2 which I do not want. I tried to evade these attempts but finally lollipop was automatically installed on my tablet without my permission. I turned it on to find the installation process in progress and a warning not to turn off the tablet. I hadn't thought to prevent this by disabling automatic updating. So I got blind sided by Samsung.
I now want to downgrade from lollipop back to Kit Kat 4.4.2 as I detest lollipop and it immediately started causing problems whereas Kit Kat was working like a charm.
Before attempting this, I am seeking a qualified tech persons knowledge, advice and instructions on the best way to do this. I am reasonably computer smart so I am confident that given precise instructions I can do it.
I just need to know that the information and instructions provided are dependable, precise and if followed carefully should work correctly. I watched a few utube videos on the subject but none applied to my specific tablet and I felt uneasy about all of the toute... Read more

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Hello
I have already followed the instruction from the forum(1st thread) and i would like from one of your specialists to take a look at my hijack log which follows.I see suspicious processess that take much memory and slow down my system especially when starting from task management.I would try to erase some item but as I understood you should advice me first.

Here is the log,

Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 00:34:36, on 06/12/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZCfgSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\1XConfig.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\drivers\CDAC11BA.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\RegSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe

A:Log Analysis by Tech Support please

Mike, welcome.

Make sure 'show all files' is enabled:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT...&osv=&osv_lvl=

Boot into Safe Mode by tapping F8 key repeatedly at bootup.
More detailed instructions here:
http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT...01052409420406

Use Windows Explorer to find and delete if still present:
OC:\WINDOWS\System32\98r5baq.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\ZCfgSvc.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\1XConfig.exe <== files

C:\Program Files\SEARCH~1 <== Folders

Start HijackThis and tick the boxes next to all these, then close all browser and explorer windows, and tell HijackThis to "Fix checked" if still present.

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/...fo/bt_side.html
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/...arch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/...arch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/...fo/bt_side.html
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = http://uk.red.clientapps.yahoo.com/...arch.yahoo.com/
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Searc... Read more

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I've tried Malwarebytes and adwcleaner without luck. This is happening in Chrome.  I'm using Win8.1.  Attached is a copy of the screen I'm getting.

Thanks for any help!

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You guys/gals are awesome sharing your expertise with strangers every day for the sole purpose of helping others. May you have a very Merry Christmas, joyous holiday season, and prosperous New Year...and may Santa deliver reindeer droppings in the stockings of every virus author across the globe!

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Okay,I messed up, my laptop (Toshiba L755) was infected and just after xmas I noticed my documents and pictures (everything for my 501.c.3 animal rescue) was GONE. I panicked and somehow wound up on the phone with ATS. They had me put it in safe mode and THANKFULLY (from what I saw) all my pics and docs were there!!! They did a remote in to my laptop and said it would be several hours and they would fix it, A WEEK LATER (with daily phone calls) NOTHING, and on the second day, everything was gone from safe mode too. I was furious and even tho they refunded my money, I still do not have my stuff back, I am heart broken, these docs and pics are SO important to my nonprofit work, it has been horrible... Can anyone help???

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IRC tech support channels

Just curious, does anyone know of any irc channels that would be good for asking general tech questions?

A:IRC tech support channels

I don't know of any personally...but google probably does :)

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anybody know available tech support for vista RC-1?
there used to be a thread here in june/06 or so with the address to support for beta 2.....??
did i overlook it?

thank you!!!

A:vista RC-1 tech support?

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I have the "toolbar.exe" spy....I posted my "hijackthis" log yesterday at 5 pm, but no one has replied yet.

Could someone please reply? I am finding it very difficult to run my computer.

Here is a repost of my log:
Logfile of HijackThis v1.98.2
Scan saved at 5:55:45 AM, on 9/29/2004
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\Ati2evxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\TSI32\tsircusr.exe
C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE
C:\WINDOWS\system32\TCAUDIAG.exe
C:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sstray.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Logitech\QCDriver\LVCOMS.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\point32.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliType Pro\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Zone Labs\ZoneAlarm\zlclient.exe
C:\Program Files\PFU\ScanSnap\PfuSsSct.exe
C:\Program Files\PFU\ScanSnap\CardMinder V2.0\CardLauncher.exe
C:\Program Files\PFU\ScanSnap\PDF Thumbnail View\pdfquickview.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\Toolbar\TBPS.exe
C:\Program Files\PFU\ScanSnap\CardMinder V2.0\bcd_file\SbCRecE.exe

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I am posting regarding the scam you have covered in this link http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/virus-removal/remove-windows-has-been-block-tech-support-scam

It's the 'Remove the Windows has been Blocked Tech Support Scam'

However, unfortunately I did call the number, and when they wanted money I said absolutely not. Now, when I power up that PC, I get a pop-up that asks for admin password (not the Windows or BIOS popup). I tried command prompt, system restore, and reinstalling windows deleting everything but what was installed and personal files, and still the same popup requesting a password. I tried Esc, and cancel and enter, all not working.

Any suggestions? Any help at all greatly appreciated

A:Tech Support Scam

If this happened to me, I'd restore from a recent full system backup.  If you don't have one, you'll probably need to do a clean install.

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Hey everyone, and thanks in advanced for your help. I'm having some issues with this very website (Tech Support Guy). Whenever I access it, I am normally supposed to be logged in. I am, and I will attempt to access a forum, post, etc. Then the website logs me out and reverts back to the original color theme.

Once I've logged back in, I will access a post or what have you, only to have been logged out -again-! Then I will log back in, and my browser will redirect me to the forum so I may post something myself. Then once I post something I have to log back in -again-! (and this happens whenever I click a new thread or whatever...it will probably happen once I am finished typing this post).

Anyway, if there is any advice on how to fix this that somebody could offer it would be greatly appreciated since I love this site and enjoy helping the community. It's just a hassle to have to keep logging in every 10 seconds.

Thanks again,
TheShooter93

A:Tech Support Guy Issues

You are not the only one with the problem. Check the following.

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I had a company called Advanced Tech Support remotely tune up my computer. But they could not do it until I had Verizon come out and see why my download speed was only 0.43. Verizon found the problem and got my download speed up.After that ATS took my computer over for about 3 hours. Now all my downloads are fast and buffering problems are gone.
I think probably though. Just upping the speed would have fixed the problem. But I had already payed them So I let them do the work..
Here's my question. I watched them remove my "Revo uninstaller", my "Should I remove it" and my "Spybot" When I asked the representative why she said because they all have a bad reputation for Malware. Has anybody here heard this about these 3 programs.? I sure haven't. Unless you guys here at TS warn me not to I'm going to put them back. Especially since I like the way Revo gets rid of the extra crap. and Spybot has found things that MBAM and SAS didn't Thanks

Personally I've never had any "Malware" problems related to revo that I know of. I think (s)he just didn't like the program. I'm not familiar with "Should I remove it" & I quit using Spybot when they updated the program a few years ago.

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Hi all i need a tech support for mysql debian 7.7 am trying to connect my webserver (shared) to a mysql server (vps) and i get Can't connect to MySQL server on 'ip' (110)

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Why is Google Chrome showing this:

I viewed my atatchment and for some reason it just shows code!m I took the pic with PrtScr and pasted to 'Paint', then uploaded, so what gives?

A:Tech Support is a Virus??

It appears to be a server issue at present.

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I was told to scan via I.E.. I can't open I.E. I get a message. also, responses from you have no 'reply' on them. This is really difficult.
Thanks, Boyd.

A:I can' t communicate with the tech support guy.

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On (My Account) there is this option of private messages. How do I use tech support guy to send private messages and also receive private messages from business associates or even friends? Can tech support work with other search provides as Yahoo, hotmail and the other message providers?

A:How Do I work With Tech Support Guy

Look up at the top of this screen and click on FAQ and then Rules.

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Good day, Can anybody advise or guide me on above captioned matter? I currently use "Zuumedia", who incidentaly are good but their prices keep going up and up. Being a pensioner I have to watch the pennies and 120GBP seems a hell of a lot to what it used to be. I live on the west coast of scotland miles away from anybody who can help me so need some way of online support. Can you advise??

Driveguard

A:on line tech support

Consider all the options available. Sites like and especially this one can solve most software problems. Really thorough books are available. I just pulled one containing 1101 pages just on Vista from my shelf. On a per inquiry basis, any tech can "share" your computer. If you're uncomfortable working inside the box, there has to be local or shipping help available. Your current "service" can't physically fix hardware anyway. With all the money you'll save, you'll be able to afford the new and hopefully error free computer when this one bids adieu.

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hey all...just came back from spending the holiday installing my mom's pc and getting her online. since she is pc illiterate, and because we are in different states, i am anticipating many long nights on the phone with her, since

so, i'm thinking about how to make this as painless as possible...f'rinstance: i'm wondering how i might set it up so i can access her pc via the internet, in order to intervene remotely and correct anything she might mess up....anything from helping her to edit a photo to runing a spyware scan on her system to changing an option in her browser. even better might be the ability to see her desktop when she's at her pc, in order to walk her through things live on the phone while we are both looking at the same thing. any suggestions how one might do things like this or any other suggestions for this kind of situation?

tia

A:tech support for parents

windows xp has a built in remote pc thing. there are also programs you can buy that will do the same thing.

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Last weekend I was on the phone with Netgear for 4 hours trying to install a simple router and wireless adaptor for the second computer in the house.

The box says "normal installation time 20 minute"

Yesterday, the computer failed in loading Windows XP, so I had to restore the computer to a date PRIOR to the installation of the wireless adaptor.

Today, after 90 minutes on the phone, speaking to a man with an accent so thick, he had to spell just about every word (Whiskey Oscar Romeo Delta) using the phonetic alphabet.

Then we reach my boiling point where I can take it no longer, here's the conversation:

Netgear: Now, under >basic >wireless read me the number
Me: There is no number
Netgear: Yes, very good, now read me the number on the screen
Me: I'm looking at the basic-wireless screen, there is no number on the screen anywhere, am I in the wrong place?
Netgear: No, you are in the right place, just read me the number
Netgear: Yes, thank you, please read me the number on the screen.
Me: Sir, are you listening to me? Say these words back to me, "there is no number on the screen to read."
Netgear: What do you mean there is no number? Of course there is a number there.
Me: May I speak to your supervisor?
Netgear: No, I will solve your problem.
Me: "click" I hung up.

90 minutes, problem remains, and I get a survey from netgear asking me to rate their customer service.

Am I the only pe... Read more

A:Tech support at Netgear

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have you facing windows 10 Activation problems contact our windows 10 tech support number . windows 10 experienced certified tech support team provide you complete instant and fast windows 10 support. microsoft's free upgrade windows 10 Anniversary update offer is now over. Later Microsoft windows 10 also allowed people to directly active and install windows 10 their original windows 8.1/7 product key. we have received a lot of feedbacks from insider on making it easiers to activate windows 10 on device that take advantages of the free upgrade offer to genuine windows by using existing windows 8.1, windows 8 or windows 7 product keys. contact our windows 10 tech support phone number to get these facilities. on this windows 10 technical support number our experienced windows 10 tech support team provide you complete windows 10 technical support.

A:How to get Windows 10 Tech Support ?

Spam Ignore

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Just curious, does anyone know of any irc channels that would be good for asking general tech questions?

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It's been going on 1 month since my build When I first got them I use to get 4-5 a day now its once every 2 days. I can play Games with out any its just random.

First 1
BCCode: 3b
BCP1: 00000000C0000005
BCP2: FFFFF960000B8971
BCP3: FFFFF8800875DFD0
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1

Win 32k.sys
C:\Windows\Minidump\022512-19328-01.dmp
C:\Users\Joseph\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-29998-0.sysdata.xml

I think this one was because I had the Front panel connected wrong so I unplug that but and have not got it again I don't think.

Second
BCCode: d1
BCP1: 0000000000000000
BCP2: 0000000000000002
BCP3: 0000000000000008
BCP4: 0000000000000000
OS Version: 6_1_7601
Service Pack: 1_0
Product: 768_1
I look up I think it might have to do with my wireless Adapter not 100% but i have a netgear $44 dollar one from walmart. I'm starting to think its My Ram I'm going be buying some Corsair Ram 8g next few weeks I'm getting to the point were I'm giving up and about to pay for a Tech to just fixed my computer so I can play games with out any problems I cant update my bios because its unstable. A:I need help before i spend 75 on tech support Please follow the instructions here> http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ta-452654.html 19 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I support 2 labs where students log on to the domain. All the workstations are XP Pro. How do I copy a printer into "all users" profile so that everybody logging on sees the printer. I don't want to set the printer individually on each profile.. Tnx A:Solved: Tech Support Log on as administrator, or yourself if you have admin rights. Add a printer as Local Printer and uncheck automatically detect, create a new port as Local port, where the port name is \\printserver\printername then just allow the wizard to complete. 1 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I am having a problem with my granddaughters laptop. The anti-virus had expired when she brought it to me (I'm an IT guy). She was getting popups about cleaning her laptop. It had Optimize pro, My PC Backup, etc. installed (she's 13, not sure if she responded to the popups or not. I've removed what I thought was junk, installed Microsoft Security Essentials and Malware Bytes, but I can't get either of them to launch and scan the laptop. Here's the Hijack it log: Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4 Scan saved at 5:49:34 PM, on 3/29/2014 Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504) MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.17267) Boot mode: Normal Running processes: C:\Program Files (x86)\Re-markit-soft\Re-markit_wd.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\SmartLogon\sensorsrv.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ASUS Live Update\ALU.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Apple\Internet Services\iCloudServices.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATKOSD2\ATKOSD2.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Media\DMedia.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\ATK Package\ATK Hotkey\HControlUser.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\ASUS\Wireless Console 3\wcourier.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\Canon\Solution Menu EX\CNSEMAIN.EXE C:\Program Files (x86)\Real\RealPlayer\Update\realsched.exe C:\Users\Raven\AppData\Roaming\ShopAtHome\ShopAtHomeHelper\ShopAtHomeWatcher.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbrmon.exe C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe C:\Pr... Read more A:Tech support popups 11 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Does anyone know of a printer manf. that is not out-sourcing their tech support ? [US based tech support] A:US based tech support Heh I think those days are gone. 1 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I have been trying to find out why my Win 7 mavhine decides to crash and then continues to do so . I really do not want to relist the same thread again, but this is getting frustrating A:Are there any tech support people here? My friend, you are going to have to give us a bit more information than just "My PC Crashes" What occurs Just before the crash, During the crash, and when did it start to happen? New software? Hardware? Removal of Software/Hardware? We need more info on this, good sir. I'm sure we'd be glad to help. Matt~ 9 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Get lost, with an attitude like that, your account is now closed. Edited by AcaCandy for potty mouth syndrome. 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So I paid the same price but no support because I didn't buy it from Microsoft. I'm just confused. Can someone explain this to me or was the tech person just full of crap? A:No Tech Support for Windows 7? Yes, MS supports any retail copy with the best funded Tech Support in the business. I also bought Amazon (for the free shipping) pre-order Upgrade and have gotten MS support already. They are required by policy to troubleshoot to completion any issue, even elevating to a research team that communicates with the developer teams, as long as customer is cooperative. As with any tech support you may get a bad agent or someone having a bad day. I always politely hang up and call back. In the past by being appreciative and eager to learn, I have gotten a full education in clean reinstalls w/o bloatware, virus hunting, optimization, etc. - worth far more than the price of the product. 3 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I have a friend who had a problem on her computer and she called her ISP Comcast for help since she uses their Norton anti-virus program. To make a long story short, she had to provide them with both her log in & email passwords and then they wanted to charge her$215 to clean her computer.
That doesn't make sense to me - I'm not aware of any reliable ISP tech support asking for passwords. I know they ask for permission to take control of a computer and then supply a service number the computer user has to enter. Is this something new that an ISP tech support asks for passwords.

She has changed her email password and I recommended to her to also change her log on password.

I'm not sure of ISP Comcast procedures but Remote Assistance opens with a Password the users needs to provide to the person they are requesting help from so that person can connect to the computer.Remote Assistance FAQsInvite Another User to Troubleshoot Your Windows 7 Machine with Remote AssistanceHow to Use Windows 7 Remote Assistance Easy Connect Asking for a log in and email passwords sometimes makes it easier for the Tech to do what they need to do especially when dealing with a novice user who knows little about computers. This is not something I would do but it does occur and some folks provide that information. $215 seems like a lot of money but again I don't know exactly what they had to do to clean this computer or how long it took. This sounds like an issue she should follow up by contacting ISP Comcast and speaking to a supervisor in their support division. 11 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Hello guys. I recently bought my grandparents a laptop. They are 60-70 years old. Now, I live three hours away from them. And this is their first experience with a computer. So I am trying to help them, but tech support over the phone is difficult and can only go so far. I am looking for some software that I can install on my computer, and their laptop, so that when they are having issues with their computer I can take control of their laptop, see their screen, fix their issues, and walk them through it. Free or paid is fine. thanks Braden A:Tech support for grandparents. 7 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Who are they A:First choice tech support First Choice Tech Support...This Business is not BBB AccreditedFirst Choice SupportFirst Choice Tech ScamUnsolicited phone calls (aka Tech Support Scamming) and browser pop-up alerts with phone numbers from "so-called Support Techs" advising your computer is infected with malware has become an increasing common and prolific scam tactic over the past several years. In the majority of these cases the caller lies by claiming to be an employee affiliated with Microsoft or Windows Support. However, there have been reports of callers claiming to be affiliated with major computer manufacturers such as Hewlett Packard, Lenovo and Dell or familiar security vendors like Symantec and McAfee. Typically, the scammers attempt to trick their victims into believing that their computer is infected, often by having them look at a Windows log that shows dozens of harmless or low-level error entries. The scammer instructs their victim to type "eventvwr" in the RUN box to open Windows Event Viewer and then scares them by pointing out all the warnings and error messages listed under the various Event Viewer categories. In other cases the caller pretends to provide free security checks or direct the download and use of a bogus registry cleaner which purports to find thousands of problems.The scammer then attempts to talk (scare) their victims into giving them remote access to the computer in order to fix it and/or remove malware. If the victim agrees, the support usually costs hundreds of dollars a... Read more 3 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Hello to one and all, When I try to search [in IE7] for my initial reason for coming to this forum I get: Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 75497472 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 2097152 bytes) in /home/tsf/public_html/search.php on line 885 Any suggestions? A:I cannot search Tech Support? Hi Unbound, and welcome to TSF. Admin are apparently aware of the problem. Have a look Here 2 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Our company, a small based business, wants to get into Remote Tech Support, Customers call in, or visit the website, and we fix problems remotely. Of couse they must have internet access...that works... Asking from all the people here, who has ideas of what kind of software would do this? I have checked multiple online companies, prices can get steep. Only 1 person, maybe 2, will be doing this remote support starting out, so dont need anything with 50+ users license. I was thinking like PCAnywhere, or VNC, and such, but not sure how that would work web based and such...and I know Microsoft has the Assistance built into MSN Messenger, but it is remote view only i believe. Anyway, I would greatly appreciate some alternatives...especially cheap ones! A:Remote Tech Support 16 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Email me if you have any questions: [email protected] A:Hey other tech support forum! 7 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I don't know if anyone has had to deal with them (hopefully not) but they are terrible. Got my computer in April and all of a sudden it quit loading up after a restart or shut down. So they diagnose it over the phone as a bad power supply. I send it in, they have it for a week and a half and sent it back today, so I turned it on and it has the exact same problem. I call them back and they say well it must be the motherboard. I can not believe that they didn't at least test the thing out to see if it worked before sending it back to me. Especially when I emailed them last week to check the status of my computer and they told me it was still going through the diagnostic testing process. Wouldn't any type of diagnostic test show a bad motherboard, I mean thats kind of important isn't it? So now I have to send it back in to them, and be without my computer again for probably another 2 weeks. The entire process has been a headache and I have to call them back tomorrow yet again because they couldn't process my "RMA number" because they were having problems with their system tonight. My guess is that they are using their own Gateway computers there too...Next time I'll spend the extra and get a Dell.. A:Gateway Tech Support.... Dell won't be any better. They're all about the same. You'll have better luck with tech support and repairs if you have it built locally by someone you can look in the face when you talk to them. Welcome to the world of ultra-cheap support. 2 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Has anyone heard of or had dealings with Procomsupport247 or Khamtechnologies. When My wife called the microsoft support number on two different occasions these are the people she got. They did help with the problem but they charge for service and want you to sign up for multi year contracts. Any help would be appreciated. A:tech support scam? Those are services offered by 3rd parties and are not affiliated with Microsoft. If you search for Microsoft support you'll usually get quite a few ads before seeing a real number. If you want actual Microsoft support go here: Microsoft Support 3 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I need to speak to a support tech in the US. I was told I had this option when I bought my computer. I am still in warranty, have a 3 year HP Care Pack. I spent most of a night from 8:30 PM to 2:30AM on the phone with some guy that had me actually attempting to take off the side panel on my computer and move some plugs. These people were rude, obnoxious and didn't help at all. Now they want to come out and change my hard drive?????? They wanted me to do it at first but I told them no. I run my home and business on this computer and i can't afford to be down for 3 days and lose all of the software I've paid for. I don't have another computer to put the software on. I need a United States technition. I had them when I bought the computer directly from HP and used them, they were great and a real pleasure to work with. They knew what they were talking about!! Is there any way to get to one of these guys or girls again. I had this all written down and cannot find the sheet anymore. More replies Answer Match 57.12% please help fresh install win xp everything fine till i get to mb drivers infdrv.dll agpdrvnt.dll viastor.dll failed to load please tell me what these are as i can find no information on them and/or any reason i should have this problem A:windows tech support says its not them 6 more replies Answer Match 57.12% I have called D-link tech support a while ago and a guy named Leo was so great. Any people here who had great experiences with D-link tech support? A:D-link Tech support I've had nothing but bad experiences from D-Link Tech Support. For example... This lady couldn't figure out why I was experiencing problems and she said she would transfer me to a Senior Tech. The phone rang and some guy at Panasonic tech support picked up. I was just a bit confused... I believe they have recently moved all their offices to India. About two years ago I was able to get an American call centre, not anymore! I had just called them last night and kept hearing my voice echo. I asked the lady and she gave me some weird answer... I didn't really understand what she said but it is quite annoying constantly hearing yourself talk back. 1 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Ok before I get into my problem, here's a little about my notebook - I trust that these details may be somewhat helpful in attempts to resolve my issue: I have a HP Pavilion dv6000 (RG364UA#ABA) with Microsoft Windows XP Professional version 5.1.2600 (media center) service pack 2.0 Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66GHz version x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6 current speed 1660 MHz Let me start by thanking you for your patience as you read this. I contacted HP Tech support via chat numerous times to discuss general questions around some concerns I had regarding a "space issue" I was having. The "space issue" actually was caused by a surplus of photos I had in "MY PICTURES" which I thought I had removed after I burned them to a disk as well as video files located on another user profile. Anyhow, I contacted HP support and was advised to do a "non destructive" recovery and was completely assured that this would resolve my problem and all files and applications would remain in tact unharmed. Well that was crap. Once the recovery process was complete, all user information was gone. No user profiles existed on the login screen. I had to recreate a user profile. The recovery reverted everything to "factory settings", however all files were found on the old user profile which was located under "documents and settings" on the c:\ drive. Also, all applications still appeared under All Programs on the Start Men... Read more A:HP Tech Support screwed me 10 more replies Answer Match 57.12% using my Internet Explorer 5.1 (Mac OS X) proxy server, typing in the Tech Support Guy website (www.helponthe.net) pulls up http://discussions.virtualdr.com/ instead. But when I don't use the proxy server, helponthe.net works fine. Any ideas? A:Tech Support Guy hijacked? Nothing wrong with Tech support guy. I would look at the proxy as the problem.. 1 more replies Answer Match 57.12% Hello All: 247 PC help appeared after I opened an email message. OOPS Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4 Scan saved at 2:31:40 PM, on 10/19/2012 Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600) MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702) Boot mode: Normal Running processes: C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exe C:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exe C:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXE C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Search Protection\SearchProtection.exe C:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.exe C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\ShopAtHome\ShopAtHomeHelper\ShopAtHomeWatcher.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxpers.exe C:\Program Files\PCPowerSpeed\PCPowerTray.exe C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\OmniPageSE2.0\OpwareSE2.exe C:\Program Files\OnlineVault\OVTray.exe C:\Program Files\Inbox Toolbar\Inbox.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe C:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\hkcmd.exe C:\WINDOWS\ehome\ehtray.exe C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Help.exe C:\PROGRA~1\REBATE~1\REBATE~1.EXE C:\WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Hook.exe C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Svc.exe C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehRecvr.exe C:\WINDOWS\eHome\ehSched.exe C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe C:\Progra... Read more A:Unwanted 247 tech support 16 more replies Answer Match 56.28% My grandfather got taken in by a Microsoft Windows Support Scam and I'm fairly certain that his laptop's got a bug that I can't get rid of. What happened: He got a popup (while using Internet Explorer and after downloading an Adobe update) that said there was a security issue and that he needed to call a number for Windows Firewall Service. (I looked up the number and apparently other people have been taken in by this scam. Here it is on a Microsoft forum: MICROSOFT TECH SUPPORT SCAM CALL - Microsoft Community) This is what the Popup said: Quote: ""windows firewall service has been stopped due to virus/adware on your computer. please visit www.scannow.com/support or call toll free 1 888 447 4192 for support. root-kits/spyware may have caused the security breach on your network location. call toll free 1 888 447 4192 for technical assistance." So he called the number (1-888-447-4192) not knowing it was a scam and they said they were from Windows and that they needed remote access to his laptop to solve the security issue, which he gave them. (He said he did not give them any personal information, however.) After he told me what happened, I checked out his laptop. He had about a dozen popups that wouldn't close and some malware programs were added, which I have removed. Those programs were: Knctr itibiti One SystemCare WebDiscover Browser some kind of remote access/assistance program and a player ... Read more More replies Answer Match 56.28% I have been dealing with Lenovo Tech Support for months now and it has been absolutley horrible the entire time. I have never had as poor of an experience with any company ever as I have with Lenovo. My laptop had a factory issue with it that led to it not turning on at all. I sent it in to be repaired in August and no progress has been made since then. I called over two weeks ago to inquire about getting a replacement laptop sent in lieu of waiting a ridicuolous amount of time. I was lucky enough to be assigned the wonderful Michael Summey as my case manager and a quick Google search reveals that my experience that I had with him was similar to that of many others. Michael failed to do ANYTHING whatsoever. I received an email asking what laptop I'd like to receive and where I'd like it to be sent. I replied and waited 3 business days as instructed. Nothing followed. There was no confimation, no laptop was sent. Michael failed to accomplish a single thing. So I called again 10 days after the original to see about finally sending a laptop, I was then promised "a new case manager will call you TOMORROW". As anyone who has dealt with Lenovo would expect, I received no call. I called today to try and remedy this and guess what? Nothing changed. Both myself and the customer service rep spent over an hour trying to contact Mr. Summey and we received no answer. I also left a voicemail and email and received no response. The level of unprofessionalism with this entire ordeal is absol... Read more More replies Answer Match 56.28% Hi, every one. I am new to this posting on forums stuff so bear with me. I have been having problems with my computers for a couple of weeks now. It all started when I was not able to get online and discovered after a phone call to my ISP that my email account had been hijacked while in the webmail site (just so happened the only time in my life I had been to webmail happened to be on a previous cust. serv. call to my ISP. Go figure) the hijacker was using my email address to mass mail not very nice explicit emails to God only knows who. Any way, got all that straightened out...I thought. Lately I have been noticing similar behavior on my Vista computer, general slowdowns, changed settings, occasional lockups etc. I have run scans for viruses and spyware with several different software packages which include System Mechanics 7 Pro, System Suite 7 Pro, Spyware Dr with antivirus, and even a couple of different freebies. I currently have TREND MICRO Internet Security Pro installed on a 90 day free trial. Even though I have scanned with multiple programs and nothing shows up, I still have a feeling bad things are on the prowl (nothing showed up on scans the whole time some jerk was mass mailing sexually explicit messages from my account either) as I said before, weird Gremlins type activity is taking place. I have already downloaded and run Hijack this and saved a log. Would any one here be able to look at it and notice if something is amiss as I cannot? It all just looks the sam... 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I do not want to wipe my entire HD (of course this would fix it) but I am looking for a more practable approach. win98 DX8a PII450 256ram though a bit long I have posted the entire email chain below, please, if you have any better ideas I would love to hear them. >>> Problem: called tech support and stated that USB yoke device working but >>> not shown in windows game controller setup. told to disconnect usb plug >>> and watch screen to see 'flash' of the device name, which did occur. Tech >>> stated that this is a result of 'usb bug' and to reload windows. My virus >>> protection software support stated that there is no 'usb bug' and I need >>> more specific information. >>> >>> question; >>> please provide additional information about CH know virus 'usb bug' >>> including (if available) full common name of virus. >>> >>> Thank you, >>> Mike Starker >>> >>> --------------------------------------------------------------------------- >>> >>> REMOTE_ADDR: 24.176.39.29 >>> HTTP_USER_AGENT: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows 98) >>> >> Mike, >> A virus and a bug are 2 completely different things. A virus is a >> program created to disrupt co... Read more A:believable tech support response?? 10 more replies Answer Match 56.28% Answer Match 56.28% Don't know if it belongs here, but I found it funny. Maybe some of you tech suport guys will too. http://sct.staghosting.com/index.html A:Funny Tech Support Pictures 12 more replies Answer Match 56.28% My grandfather got taken in by a Microsoft Windows Support Scam and I'm fairly certain that his laptop's got a bug that I can't get rid of. What happened: He got a popup (while using Internet Explorer and after downloading an Adobe update) that said there was a security issue and that he needed to call a number for Windows Firewall Service. (I looked up the number and apparently other people have been taken in by this scam. Here it is on a Microsoft forum: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...ca7-46e0-a856-4dba9529680c?db=5&page=2&auth=1 This is what the Popup said: Quote: ""windows firewall service has been stopped due to virus/adware on your computer. please visitwww.scannow.com/support or call toll free 1 888 447 4192 for support. root-kits/spyware may have caused the security breach on your network location. call toll free 1 888 447 4192 for technical assistance."Click to expand... So he called the number (1-888-447-4192) not knowing it was a scam and they said they were from Windows and that they needed remote access to his laptop to solve the security issue, which he gave them. (He said he did not give them any personal information, however.) After he told me what happened, I checked out his laptop. He had about a dozen popups that wouldn't close and some malware programs were added, which I have removed. Those programs were: Knctr itibiti One SystemCare WebDiscover Browser some kind of remote access/assistance p... 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Read more More replies Answer Match 56.28% A friend sent the following email to me , to see if I received it. I did not. Is it legitamate? Did you get this news letter from Guy Tech Support PowerPoint Virus Microsoft A new virus has Microsoft warning its customers of their computer’s possible vulnerability. The virus takes advantage of a shortcoming in Microsoft’s PowerPoint software’s security and allows attackers to remotely control a user’s computer. The virus is activated when a user opens a PowerPoint e-mail attachment, PowerPoint file provided by the attacker, or when they visit a website that includes and embedded PowerPoint presentation. Once activated, the virus installs a program to log all keystrokes, and also leaves the computer open to allow a hacker to install other programs. "It installs a backdoor and allows for all types of software to be downloaded on the computer and the computer can be remotely controlled," said Alfred Huger, a security expert at Symantec Corp. PowerPoint 2000, 2002, and 2003 are all susceptible to attacks. Microsoft has reported a limited number of attacks. They have announced that they are working on a fix for the flaw in PowerPoint, which will be finished on or before August 8th, as part of regular monthly security updates. A:Security alert from Tech Support ? 6 more replies Answer Match 56.28% I recently pulled Civ III out of my closet and was going to reinstall it. So I pop the disc and it says "Install", so I click that and a Install Shield window comes up and it has the following options: Modify Repair Uninstall So I uninstall and it literally takes 1 second, so I know it could not have uninstalled properly. So I go into "Add/Remove Programs" and see it there with the "Warcraft III" icon next to it, so it must be corrupted or something. I tried removing it there and it said it did, but it will not remove itself from the list of installed programs. Basically, I cannot remove the corrupted files no matter what, so I can reinstall this game. Help please! A:Civ III: Gold Edition Tech Support! 12 more replies Answer Match 56.28% Hello fellow people. I am new to Tech support, i just signed up looking for some help with the game guildwars... With my new nightfall campaign i recently purchased, i had no idea i needed to add acsess key, so.. i made a whole new account. Ah, but the problem is i wanted to make the nightfall campaihgn to join/fuse whatever.. with my original Prophocies campaign... I posted on other forums to see if you can delete accounts, then i figured you couldnt then some one replied saying he did the excact thing .. he said to check tech support out - He says they gave him a new key, its great supporrt and they helped him alot. Thanks, any one no how to help? More replies Answer Match 56.28% Hi All, I just recently got my laptop back from Toshiba. It had a shorted out the power supply. After I bought a new identical power supply it got really hot and cracked the screen. I had it on a cooler master stand with 3 adjustable 80mm fans blowing at full speed underneath it. I thought it was going to catch on fire so I moved it off the stand after unplugging it. It was very hot and when I let go of it, it got a small dent in the lid along with the cracked screen. So I contacted Toshiba's main office to see if the would either replace or repair it. I bought it in November of 2012. They sent a box to send it to them and requested I take off my thin silicone keyboard protector and send them the new power supply I just bought for about$60.00. I packaged it up very carefully as it was spotless just like when I first bought it. I did replace a hard drive that had failed prematurely with a Plextor MP3 Pro 128 gb. SSD and moved the Seagate 750 gb. hybrid as my secondary / backup drive