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Microsoft Tech Support Policy

Q: Microsoft Tech Support Policy

So in recent days I have been advised by Microsoft that they cannot provide me with support resolving a windows 10 activation issue. I replaced a motherboard for one of my clients and it failed activation even after reentering the key. Everything looked as it should be to activate. I went to Microsoft for support and they refused to help me because i am a technician ..not the owner of the PC. This policy of not providing tech support to computer repairers because they are not the owners of the system is ridiculous. I am interested to know if anyone else has had similar experiences from microsoft "support"

A: Microsoft Tech Support Policy

New motherboard (if it's a different model than the one you replaced) = new system according to Microsoft's EULA/ToS for Windows keys. So if it's an OEM key, new motherboard = buy a new key.

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Curious if anyone has tried this service. Seems like a lot of newbie problems can be fixed here ... and for free.

Get Free Windows PC Tech Support and Malware Removal at Your Local Microsoft Store

What You Can Get For Free

This service is a part of Microsoft?s in-store ?Answer Desk? service. Think of it a bit like the Genius Bar at an Apple Store ? yes, those Microsoft Stores feel very modelled on Apple Stores.
The Answer Desk website allows you to choose a nearby store and make a free appointment. Drop in and a ?Service Advisor? will offer some free services for any Windows laptop, no matter where you purchased it.
Free services include ?extended diagnostics,? ?software repair or support,? ?virus and malware removal,? and ?PC tune-ups.? For comparison, just the ?Virus and spyware removal? costs $199.99 if you go to Best Buy?s Geek Squad instead.
We recommend against using the Geek Squad, obviously. You can service your computer on your own. But, if you do want some professional help, you can get it for free. And, if you have relatives you live near a Microsoft Store and they ask you to help remove malware from their PCs and make it run faster, you can tell them to take it to a Microsoft Store and have Microsoft do the work so you can avoid the frustration and save your own time.

There?s always a catch. Microsoft Stores are retail stores where they want to make money, not service locations operated only for the benefit of their customers. They do offer some paid services,... Read more

A:Microsoft Store Tech Support

It can't hurt to try, but I'd prefer finding support online or having a trusted, tech-savvy friend look at it first. In theory, they should be experts on their own products, so much of it will depend on the particular agent you are dealing with. If I had a relative that I couldn't get to easily, I'd probably suggest it, because the people at Best Buy's Geek Squad are clueless.

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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:

This is what the Popup said:


""windows firewall service has been stopped due to virus/adware on your computer. please visit 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

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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:

This is what the Popup said:

""windows firewall service has been stopped due to virus/adware on your computer. please 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... Read more

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Hello All,
My son just called me saying a window popped up saying something along the lines of "your computer may be infected.  call Microsoft tech support" and then they listed a number to call. Well, my son being the computer savvy expert that he is called the freakin number. He let whomever on the other end log into our computer and then told my son he needs $200.00 to clean it up for us. Could anyone tell me what (if any) damage could have been done?? This is the kids computer, so, as far as i know there is no important login information on it. But it is connected to the house wifi and I just don't know if that could be an issue.
Thanks in advance for any help!

A:Microsoft Tech Support Redirect

Download Security Check from here or here and save it to your Desktop. Double-click SecurityCheck.exe Follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box. A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.NOTE 1. If one of your security applications (e.g., third-party firewall) requests permission to allow DIG.EXE access the Internet, allow it to do so.NOTE 2. SecurityCheck may produce some false warning(s), so leave the results reading to me.NOTE 3. If you receive UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM! ABORTED! message restart computer and Security Check should run Please download Farbar Service Scanner (FSS) and run it on the computer with the issue.Make sure the following options are checked:
Internet ServicesWindows FirewallSystem RestoreSecurity Center/Action CenterWindows UpdateWindows DefenderOther ServicesPress "Scan".It will create a log (FSS.txt) in the same directory the tool is run.Please copy and paste the log to your reply. Please download MiniToolBox and run it.Checkmark following boxes:Report IE Proxy SettingsReport FF Proxy SettingsList content of HostsList IP configurationList Winsock EntriesList last 10 Event Viewer logList Installed ProgramsList Devices (do NOT change any settings here)List Users, Partitions and Memory sizeList Restore PointsClick Go and post the result. Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (MBAM) to your desktop.NOTE. If you already have MBAM 2.0 installed scroll down.Double-click ... Read more

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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:
This is what the Popup said:

""windows firewall service has been stopped due to virus/adware on your computer. please visit 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 w... Read more

A:Microsoft Tech Support Scam

Please follow the instructions in THIS GUIDE starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it HERE. Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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WHAT a MONTH! My "new", now 4 mo old system had a bad memory stick which caused sooo many problems that I have had to reformat hard drive, reinstall W2KPro, and start all over! Have been on the line with MS tech support almost constantly for the last 22 days. Bummer! BUT... hopefully this system will operate correctly now...
I use a free auction build/submit software called AuctionSubmit for posting eBay auctions. The eBay "categories" need to be updated or it will not post the built auctions. When I try to update I get a ( run-time error 3315: Field categories can't be a zero-length string ) pop-up box. This program did work on the machine before the reinstall just fine. The other thing that has changed is installing Norton Internet Security software. Is there a possible conflict between the two programs? I really need to get back to work but can't without the Auction Submit. Help!!!

A:Need help after Microsoft Tech Support! Run-time error! @#?&!!!

A lot of AntiVirus, Firewall and other similar software can cause headaches through conflicts etc. The best plan is to shut down such software before installing anything else. Try uninstalling your ebay program, shut down norton, reinstall ebay and then turn norton back on (allow for restarts etc), this may solve your problem. Good luck.

The other possible causes could be that you are running different versions following your reinstall of Windows; ensure all your software's upto date if you can, this tends to result in smoother systems altogether.

Hope this helps.

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The title pretty much says it all. What I have been seeing for some time now is a lot of my clients that click on ads in the right hand advertising panel of the facebook page have ended up with malware on their systems and big warnings on the screen to call a toll free number to fix their system and when they do are told it is Microsoft tech support which it is not and they want access to your system. If you give it to them you are then really in a jackpot of a problem. So just a warning, I tell my clients that it is a good rule of thumb NOT to click on anything in the right pane of their page as you have no clue which ones will cause this issue. Of late mostly the ones about stars dying or having other problems seem to be the most likely ones but I have seen it in others as well. One would think that facebook would do something about these type of things but sadly they are about the almighty dollar and don't seem to care. So every one please watch what you click on facebook. Especially if it seems to good to be true because if so it usually is.

A:The Facebook Microsoft Tech Support Scam.

Unsolicited phone calls, browser pop-ups and emails (aka Tech Support Scamming) from "so-called Support Techs" advising "your computer is infected with malware", “All Your Files Are Encrypted" and other fake "alert messages" has become an increasing common and prolific scam tactic over the past several years. The scams may involve web pages with screenshots of fake anti-virus software displaying warnings of bogus malware infections, fake ransomware and fake BSOD which include a tech support phone number to call in order to fix the problem. More nefarious scammers will talk their victims into allowing them remote control access of the computer so they can install a Remote Access Trojan in order to steal passwords and other sensitive personal information which could then be used to access bank accounts or steal a person's identity.Microsoft does not make unsolicited phone calls, display pop-up alerts in your browser to call a support number or send unsolicited email messages to request personal or financial information or to fix your computer.If you have not done so already, you may want to read Beware of Phony Emails & Tech Support Scams.

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I appear to have multiple viruses wreaking havoc. At first things were just v. slow, then there were a few screen wipeouts and my wireless connection just kept shutting down. Now, I am only able to boot my computer to XP using the Last Good Configuration, must go to the internet directly thru the Verizon DSL box (Linksys Wireless G not working at all), and must disable patch-resistant Sasser popups using Run/shutdown -a before I can get on the web. And once I am on the net, I can browse generally and check yahoo email but can't log in to other password sites (for example, MyEbay) or complete online transactions (for example, purchasing anti spyware software online), and I battle constant pop up ads.

I was on the phone with microsoft yesterday about one virus I identified - Sasser. They had me download two files to fix it - the Sasser Worm Removal Tool (KB841720) and I believe a patch (KB835732) but they didn't work. Tech Support gave up, said I was probably "infested" with other viruses that were preventing these tools from working. Can someone help me?

I've run samples of other anti trojan and spyware and virus hardware - some found nothing wrong with my machine (Trojan Hunter, Panda) - others found multiple issues. Spyware Doctor found 14 infections including Splotchbar, Altnet Software, Rapid Blaster and C-Dilla, among other lesser items and Xoft Spy found a worm and a trojan horse I believe not listed in Spyware Doctor - but I can't get tho... Read more

A:Help - infested? Sasser plus others. Microsoft tech support gives up.

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Okay so this is a pretty long story. Anyways I needed C++ Redis 2015 for a program for school to work, It kept failing so I went through the trouble shoots, repairing, deleting, reinstalling, repairing all previous C++ redist versions, restarting computer etc etc Then I went to the next trouble shoot which was to update windows. It would not update even after running the update reset tool and cc cleaner and at this point I was fed up and contacted Microsoft.
After about three hours of the techie screwing around in my pc she says lets try updating to win10. I say fine as long as I can downgrade back to win7. It upgrades, windows updates are working but god win 8/10 on a non touch screen sucks. So I almost immediately switch back to win7 after confirming that windows updates are working and C++ redist 2015 would download without fail. But apparently the techie deleted my catroot folders at some point into her troubleshooting, I stopped paying attention after like 2 hours. This of course corrupted my bios. Which gave me the amazing 0000000X6 Process1_FAILURE_INITIATE BSOD
At this point I had been up like 20 hours and stopped using my brain, she recommends I get into bios and switch the boot options to my Disc Drive and reinstall windows which I knew I wasn't going to do because I have like 100 hours of school work including my dissertation and thesis and 80% of my group project on it and am not willing to lose it. And here lies the problem, after my frustration and exh... Read more

A:Cannot access bios after microsoft tech support

Maybe these tutorials can help:
Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
Fast Boot - Enable in UEFI Firmware Settings for Windows 8 and 10 - Windows 10 Forums

If you can't start Windows or get into BIOS, you could try resetting BIOS by removing and reinstalling the CMOS battery,
Some motherboards also have a hardware reset option, so you don't have to remove/reinstall the CMOS battery.

Your specs show you have a Desktop PC, getting the PC manufacturer or motherboard manuals might help you with BIOS and CMOS reset instructions.

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Long story as short as possible.
Just upgraded to full version Windows 10. In the previous 2 tech builds IE stopped working. Error
“ This page cannot be displayed “
Microsoft x 3 Techs 5 hours of remote assistance could not resolve the issue. I had no terminate the connection as was taking too long. Their final suggestion was that they feel there must be some (add-ons) preventing IE from starting.
I cannot cover all they did here over 5 hours
However, here are some key areas of trouble shooting done
Reset Winsock and Network Settings
Reset Proxy Settings
Created another admin account (IE did not run with different user)
Removed Kaspersky Security
Internet options > advanced > restore default > Reset IE settings
All IE add-ons have been disabled within IE settings
Msconfig > turned off all services
Has anyone else had an issue like this? I’ve just created and attached a diagnostics scan as this is beyond me level.  
Thanks all

A:IE not working. Microsoft Tech 5 Hours remote support did not fix

Just a second part to this question. 
In the attached file diagnostic file. I see the following file .exe 
Program: Live Support Chat for Web Site Operator Console - Version: 5.7.3.r15174 by Provide Support, LLC 5.7.3 ("C:\Program Files (x86)\Provide Support\Live Support Chat for Web Site\unins000.exe")
Should this be there ?

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I got a pop up that was loud and wouldn't let me close it saying, "your computer has been infected call Microsoft" and I did because I turned it off and it was still yelling st me when I turned it back on. I gave the tech remote access and he said I had a tiny something trojan virus. Well I didn't fall for paying, got off the phone, held power button down and turned computer off. Am able to use it fine now with no more warning but am I safe after giving the remote access? I was on the phone for about 30 mins while he was going around to different areas in my computer telling me what all of the "problems" were.

A:Gave remote access to a "Microsoft tech support" am I safe?

It wasn't Microsoft, it was a scam.   I suggest you have a look here and create a new post asking for assistance to ensure your computer has not been compromised .

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU B800 @ 1.50GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 1899 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics Family, 821 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 223012 MB, Free - 175898 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, HMA51_HR
Antivirus: McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, Updated and Enabled.

A:Microsoft Office 2010 starter\Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version

The last I heard the Office Starter version was a OEM install only.
Where did you get your copy to install?

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I have just deleted @BIOS because I just read where it has no known benefit, I did this because my system is running is slow .

In Facebook the settings have altered so I cannot access the title part of frames to click on or the bottom of friends list to see the content,

Also the pages in general have this stupid advertising called Discovery that keeps coming up across the bottom of page

Also there is advertising that keeps coming up over the images of items for sale, this is adverting similar items
Can you please advise how best to get rid of this unwanted advertising and correct other issues please.
Thank you

A:Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7

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I have an HP Pavilion Laptop, Windows 7-64bit.
My WMP11 does the following:
1. It clones music titles...even in front of my eyes.
2. Music files disappear.
3. Titles are now assuming wrong names even though content remains.
4. My music files come from my Music Library. Those have not changed or cloned..

5. I deleted WMP11 and re-installed...but all the above errors returned.
6. My Library files are skewed. Music is mixed with Video and with Documents and all around. Why? I dunno.
7. My music library is around 25GB; but it changes with the losses mentioned in #2 above.
8. I tried RealPlayer but their format leaves a lot to be desired by me. Also, it keeps requiring Flashplayer and no matter how many time I download it, it asks for it again.
9. I am 80 years old, not very computer savvy and I'm blessed with Parkinsons. Music is my hobby.
10. HELP.....PLEASE!

A:Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7

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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..

thanks in advance!!

A:tech support in need of extra support

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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.

Logfile of HijackThis v1.97.7
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:\Program Files\Network Associates\Common Framework\FrameworkService.exe
C:\Program Files\Network Associates\VirusScan\mcshield.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\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\CasinoOnline\CsRemnd.exe
C:\Program Files\iPod\bin\iPodService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Reference\Bookshelf 98\qshelf98.exe
C:\Program Files\Netscape\Netscape\Netscp.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\Slik\My Documents\HijackThis.exe

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A:Tech Support - HELP!

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I use Firefox and Safari and when I'm on Myspace,some pages wont load all the way,right after,I get a error message and I opens another page and says Download Adobe9. I tried to download it but I can't find the download or install it

A:Tech Support,please!

two steps
for windows ask about mac or linux

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

2. and download

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

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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 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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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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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.



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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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.

A:How to cut down on Tech Support

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


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

A:Tech Support

would you read the following
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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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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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For greyknight17:

The greyknight quests in troubled lands
Where truth is hid in shifting sands;
Elusive demons there do dwell
Of deadly might and visage fell,
Wresting power from local lords
With blue screen shields and pop up swords,
They lay waste to all they see,
Leaving nothing as it used to be;
But with bright sword and favored lance,
Our champion makes the devils dance
To a tune they hear and can’t resist,
Something like: “Stop and desist”,
And in the end, their fate is writ
With mighty scans and combo script
And so with bow and courtly praise
A toast to you, greyknight, I raise:
“Thank you sir for work well done,
Evil slain and battle won;
The blue screen of death is banished here,
And we’re computing now without fear.”

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

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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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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.


A:Tech Support Guy

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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????


A:can't even get to tech support

Please follow the instructs from this webpage (sticky):

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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Get lost, with an attitude like that, your account is now closed.

Edited by AcaCandy for potty mouth syndrome.

A:Get my account off Tech Support Guy

Wow chill no need to get offensive

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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 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,

A:Tech Support Guy Issues

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

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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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$5-$10 per incident not paid till question is resolved.Emailed support on operating systems,applications,networks,upgrades, and drivers.

A:affordable tech support

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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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I hope somebody can help me with this, i would have done a search to see if its in a previous thread but i did'nt know what it would have been listed under.
Here goes:
I use opera 7 as my browser which i prefer to IE but when i go here to tech guys and click on certain threads i immediatly am back at my desktop, does anyone know why this may be ?
I am using IE right now to be here writing this, is it something to do with my settings ?
any help will be greatly appreciated !!!

A:losing tech support

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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.

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I have been having a lot of trouble with my AVG internet security lately. Seems like almost once a month, I get a download that totally screws up AVG. You get red warning messages, everything shuts off, cats and dogs moo, cows fly, etc. Anyway, you would think a company like AVG would have a better tech help section. I have uninstalled and reinstalled my version of AVG at least 3 times in the last three months. The first time it took their tech support 2 weeks to answer my help question and it had nothing to do with the problem. I finally fixed it myself by reinstalling it. That seems like the only support advice you get from AVG as that is all they have told me to do. I sent them my problem again as it just happened and they their tech site told me that its a weekend and the reply might not be answered till monday. I did the usual uninstall(which by the way their uninstaller does not uninstall, it freezes about half way through and I have tried several times in a row and it freezes no matter how many you do) I had to remove it by using REVO then reinstalled it and it is working properly. I am afraid to update as it might go again, I have had Kaspersky for 10 yrs and have never had a problem except for usage. I have had AVG for a yr and a half and have had 6 problems with it already and I have renewed it about 4 months ago. 4 of the problems I have had since renewing. Never again, I am getting rid of AVG as soon as the renewal is up. I am going to go with another internet sec... Read more

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 am posting regarding the scam you have covered in this link
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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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:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\bin\btwdins.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\AdvTools\NPROTECT.EXE
C:\Program Files\Analog Devices\SoundMAX\SMAgent.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\SAVScan.exe
C:\WIN... Read more

A:Log Analysis by Tech Support please

Mike, welcome.

Please print this out and follow ALL these directions carefully.

Make sure 'show all files' is enabled:

Boot into Safe Mode by tapping F8 key repeatedly at bootup.
More detailed instructions here:

Go to Add/Remove Programs and un-install Windows TaskAd if present

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

C:\Program Files\Windows TaskAd
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 =
R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Search_URL =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page =
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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using my Internet Explorer 5.1 (Mac OS X) proxy server, typing in the Tech Support Guy website ( pulls up instead.

But when I don't use the proxy server, works fine.

Any ideas?

A:Tech Support Guy hijacked?

Nothing wrong with Tech support guy. I would look at the proxy as the problem..

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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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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.

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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 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

A:Advanced Tech Support

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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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.



A:Tech support for grandparents.

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please help

fresh install win xp

everything fine till i get to mb drivers


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

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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?

Have to type the URL to log in?

Any clues why?


A:Jerky Tech support?

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

To help us help you,please use the TSG System Info tool to let Tech's know the specs of your computer: Copy and paste the results here in your thread. You can use the TSG Info to fill in your computer information in your user profile as well.

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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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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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 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

Thanks in advance, Jim Green

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: 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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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

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.

Additional information about the problem:
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>

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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?


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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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..

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.

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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


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)


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
1x Media Card Reader
2x Headphone Jack
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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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

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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

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 u... Read more

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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

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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.

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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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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.

Any advice is appreciated.


A:Unsolicited tech support

Quote: Originally Posted by 7farmer


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.

Any advice is appreciated.


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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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 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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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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\don't load

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!


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


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

Choose Permissions from Edit menu

Click Advanced, and click Add.

Type your username in the Select User or Group Box

Allow Set Value permissions to your user account

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

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

remove infected registry and do reboot.

hope it will works fine.

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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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Does anyone know of a printer manf. that is not out-sourcing their tech support ? [US based tech support]

A:US based tech support


I think those days are gone.

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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???

A:Advanced Tech Support (ATS)

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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

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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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I bought Windows 7 from and when I called up Microsoft for support they told me that they don't support open windows 7 what ever that means. 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.

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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

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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.


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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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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??
Thanks in advance.


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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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:\Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI Control Panel\atiptaxx.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:\Program Files\PFU\ScanSnap\CardMinder V2.0\bcd_file\SbCRecE.exe
C:\WINDOWS\system32\c... Read more

A:No Tech Support Guy Reply Yet..Please Help

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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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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
Me: There is no number to read on this page.
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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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

A:tech support cracks me up

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

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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

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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:\Program Files\Webroot\WRSA.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
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:\Program Files\Hp\HP Software Update\HPWuSchd2.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Help.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Hook.exe
C:\Program Files\24x7Help\App24x7Svc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\jqs.exe
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A:Unwanted 247 tech support

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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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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:\Program Files (x86)\CouponAlert_2p\bar\1.bin\2pbrmon.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
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A:Tech support popups

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Email me if you have any questions:

[email protected]

A:Hey other tech support forum!

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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.

A:Tech support asking for passwords

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.

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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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I've thrown everything I could at this so far.
Malware bytes, superantispyware, hijack this, ccleaner...
I could throw more I guess.

I'm going to take the drive out and scan it on another machine.
But I have seen this before and it angers me.

SVCHOST.EXE starts eating resources, less than five minutes after boot, its near 100%.

Ran process explorer. SVCHOST is eating memory as well, but but not like cpu power. On the TCP/IP thread, it shows connections, and they are constantly coming in. I stopped it by closing svchost.exe, and installing zone alarm. Zone alarm blocks all the connections.

These connections are being started on my machine.
I ran netstat -ab
The files are ws2_32.dll and wininit.dll in the system32 directory.
I tried to remove these files, but then I got a blue screen on boot.

So what do you suggest?
I have a similar problem on a client machine. Both our computers take us to or some page on it. His is establishing connections as well.

A:I'm tech support, need help, this thing is nasty.

Ok ok... I missed the rules before I posted.
I will post a log when I get the drive back in.

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All of a sudden I have ? icon next to your site I have saved in favorites. Where did that come from?

A:? icon by TECH SUPPORT GUY threads

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A few days ago, my Yahoo email was hacked. I changed my password and after searching for computer assistance, I inadvertently thought an ad was a legitimate Yahoo technical support link. I called pc tech site at 1-888-727-0571( The technicians informed me to run some command line tools and used logmein123 to gain access to my computer. They installed Malwarebytes, Ccleaner, Microsoft Security Essentials and Security Shield. After I thought this was a scam, I called this company to complain, they said they would not refund my money. A little while later I received another phone call from "Marlin from the tech department at Microsoft" in New York (1-212-777-3457) informing me my computer had many errors including malicious downloads, was compromised and would crash. I questioned the legitimacy of this call and they hung up on me. After this call a black box appeared in the lower left-hand side of my computer screen. I assume this was them trying to access my computer again. I disabled imi_rescue.exe, Remote Assistance, and WebKit on my firewall which I assume were allowing logmein access to my computer and generated the below DDS text file. Could you please assist me with ensuring my computer is cleaned and no longer infected or compromised. My wife posted a similar post earlier for her laptop. The following log is for my desktop PC. Thank you for your assistance.DDS (Ver_2012-11-20.01) - NTFS_AMD64Internet Explorer: 9.0.8112.16457 BrowserJavaVersion: 10.9.2... Read more

A:Tech Support Scam - logmein123

Hello girsler, and welcome to BC!My name is bloopie and I'll be helping you with your problems as best I can! A few things to keep in mind while we are working together:As you have posted several similar topics here, please be sure to keep each machine and topic instructions seperate. What instructions I give in this topic may not be the best for the others!If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, I would appreciate it if you let me know.If you are unsure about any of the steps just post what you can and I will guide you!Please tell me if you have your original Windows CD/DVD available.Please copy and paste all logs here unless otherwise instructed!Upon completing the steps below I will review your topic an do my best to resolve your issues.==========Now let's get another log from a more powerful tool:Run CombofixYou may be asked to install or update the Recovery Console (Win XP Only) if this happens please allow it to do so (you will need to be connected to the internet for this)Before you run Combofix I will need you to turn off any security software you have running, If you do not know how to do this you can find out >here< or >here<Combofix may need to reboot your computer more than once to do its job...this is normal.You can download Combofix from one of these links.Link 1Link 2Close any open browsers or any other programs that are open.Close/disable all anti virus and anti malware programs so they do not interfere with the running of ... Read more

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