CNET.com and download.com used to be a reliable source for downloads but no more. I downloaded irfanview for my new Win7 laptop and the install added adware in the name of a survey. It was easy to uninstall once I googled the URL that it was going to.
After that I downlaoded malwarebytes and ran a scan. It told me I had some nimor issues and do I want to quarantiine them. After I did that I lost all internet access. It was essentially blocked. The solution was to roll bak to a point before installing irfanview. I then installed an older version downloded from cnet before that started adding the extra crap.
This poll clearly shows many of the concerns XP users are facing, and why they simply "can't make the change". It is not as easy as it seems!
If you are one of the XP users, you can protect your PC by downloading a software called Rollback XP. It is like an instant time machine for your XP machine, and will protect you from viruses. You can test the product yourself by downloading it from here: http://www.horizondatasys.com/en/products_and_solutions.aspx?ProductId=40
The external optical drive (unplugged) is on the right. To its left is the primary exteranl drive. Behind it is an Ethernet switch. the HP is above. The standing balck thing is a backup external drive. It's under a shelf with a Sonos sound system above. I'm thinking of getting another shelf to go over the Dell Laptop shelf. The HP coud go on top and that give me more surface area for papers to clutter.
@MB... "Given that you're now replying to comments means it must be morning in the Australian winter. It's late afternoon here in the Boston summer."
Yep, 7.45AM, 4 degrees C and drizzling. English weather. And I am off to the salt mines.
My current Lenovo work laptop swtiches itself off when I close it so at work (where I plug in a bigger monitor) I have to leave it open an inch or two. Others use a stand so that the laptop screen and the external monitor become one contiguous wide screen piece of real estate. I can't be bothered, I have a 19 inch screen and it's fine. Another workmate has a desktop and (like Max) has three huge screens working off it. Too much for my small brain I think.....
Given that you're now replying to comments means it must be morning in the Australian winter. It's late afternoon here in the Boston summer.
I removed the Del in the photo below and put the HP in. The screen dowsn't open enough for me to get my finger to the power button. Before I give up, I'll look around for some widget that might be right for sliding in there.
@MB - I used to have a docking station with an old Work IBM laptop (yes IBM not Lenovo). It was great. That laptop had a serial port - useful in my line of work - and a parallel port, so I could plug in my printer at home. Now they have no serial port (have to use a USB serial cable - once drove 100 KM and found I'd left it at base - and print via network (not a big deal I'll admit) and unplug 5 or 6 cables every time I want to move it. This is called progress :-)