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Seedy21,
It is running worse since using the tweaking.com tool. It is very unstable, locks up, won't respond to mouse clicks, pictures missing...
I didn't realize that I should have manually saved the text file until it was too late. Should I run it again to give you the file?

Nancy
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3. Preparing to Install Linux Mint
Testing Your System With Linux Live

It is time for some fun.  We are going to test your system using Linux Live to make sure that it supports your hardware.  Then we will explore the default Linux Mint Desktop and learn a little more about Linux Mint.  First, running Linux Live.

N.B.:  The images are large intentionally so that you can see more detail on the desktop images.
 
To run Linux Mint Live, we will need either the bootable USB Flash Drive, or the DVD you created using http://spywarehammer.com/index.php?topic=15982.0. Next, plug in the USB Flash Drive, or insert the DVD, and reboot your system.  If your hardware supports booting from a USB Flash Drive automatically, or alternatively you see a message to press any key to boot from the DVD if that is what you are using, then you can boot directly into Linux Live.  Otherwise, when you reboot your system, immediately start tapping <F8> repeatedly.  That should cause your system to display a list of hard drives, plus the USB Flash Drive or optical drive.  Scroll down to either that you are using, select it and then press <ENTER> to continue the boot. Some systems may now display a second menu listing five choices.  Select the first one at the top of the list to boot into Linux Mint Live.  You will now see a lot of lines of code scroll rapidly on your monitor, that's normal.  Next, you should see the Linux Mint Desktop, which will look like this:
 


If you do not see the Linux Mint Desktop, or your system fails to boot, please post a topic describing exactly what you did, and either I, or another Staff Member at SpywareHammer, will help you out.  If you see the Linux Desktop, congratulations, you have successfully booted Linux Mint, and it supports your system.

One important note, in order to support the widest range of computer monitors, and video cards, Linux Mint Live defaults to generic screen size settings.  If you have a HD monitor, those settings may not look very good; but, don't worry, the Linux Mint installer will use your monitor's default screen settings, and install proper video drivers for your system's video card.

Another important note, I find the default desktop to be, well, boring and somewhat ugly.  Not to worry about this either, there are loads of ways to easily customize your desktop, and the fourth screenshot below is what my desktop looks like, fully customized to my needs and taste.
 
At this point, the layout of the desktop should look very familiar.  It uses the well recognized Start Menu and Taskbar layout, as well as some desktop icons/links.  Start by clicking on the Menu Button in the left hand lower corner.  That will bring us another familiar looking panel, a Start Menu just like you are accustomed to see:
 


The following screenshot will briefly describe the other items on the desktop and taskbar.   We will cover each of these items in much greater detail later on in the tutorials.



For the moment, you should explore the wide range of software that Linux Mint installs by default in each of the software categories in the Start Menu, which I will now call Menu for short.  You can play with them without fear of hurting your system, as long as you do not do something incredibly rash, like trying to delete your Windows folder.  Otherwise, when you reboot, your system will function normally.  I should also mention, that there are thousands of additional completely free software programs that you can install later, after we install Linux Mint on your system, for every need and taste.

Earlier, I promised you to post a screenshot of my desktop setup, so this is it:



Quite a bit different from the default, yet customizing your desktop will be easy to do once you understand how to customize the various elements of the desktop.
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Hi nbushell

If you are still having IE issues after running ComboFix please run Windows Repair

Please Download Tweaking.com - Windows Repair from Here

  • Install and then run the program
  • Click Next at the Welcome Screen, Click Next on Step 1 Screen
  • Click Next on Step 2 Screen, Click Do it on Step 3 Screen, After is has completed click Next
  • On Step 4 Under System Restore Click Create, Then under registry back-up Click Backup When you have completed this click Next
  • On Start Repairs Click Start
  • Click the Unselect All button then select just the items below

Code: [Select]
Repair Internet Explorer
Set Windows Services to Default Startup
  • Click the Start button and let the process run to completion. Copy any error messages into Notepad, Save it on your Desktop. ( Reboot if asked to do so)

  • Please copy and paste the Contents of this file on your next reply.
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Can you disconnect the keyboard from the motherboard? Be very careful with the connector, the plastic is very thin. Make sure to turn the power off and remove the battery. Once you have the keyboard disconnected, connect the USB keyboard back up and then power up the computer. Test out the keyboard and see if it works normally.
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Children’s tablets have several features that distinguish them from the average tablet. They typically have a colored, rubberized case to protect against damage, special management software to separate accounts for children and guardians, and kid-focused media, including apps and games. Additionally, information stored on children’s tablets is subject to privacy laws like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), designed to stop the collection and tracking of children’s data. It would appear that these tablets are not only physically protected from their young owners, but also fortified to protect against cyber hackers. However, our research found that this is not always the case.

Complete article:
https://bluebox.com/blog/business/how-safe-is-your-childs-tablet/
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Thank you, Hoov!

I actually have taken it apart already (before I thought it may be a virus)
watched a youtube video on how to open this model
I took the keypad out, but did not separate it from the keys from the panel. Kind of blew it out.

* (in the process the CTRL key fell out)

* The space bar is leaning down to the left side.
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Post Here for Malware Removal ... / Re: [In Progress] Slowed down to a crawl
« Last post by Hoov on Yesterday at 08:35:50 AM »
OK, go ahead and lets try 2 days again. Make sure to reboot several times during those two days. We want to give the computer every chance to break before we call it done.
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Seems to be running well.

 :ty
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Post Here for Malware Removal ... / Re: [In Progress] Slowed down to a crawl
« Last post by Hoov on March 01, 2015, 09:24:24 PM »
how is the computer running?
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Post Here for Malware Removal ... / Re: [In Progress] Slowed down to a crawl
« Last post by wirelessguy on March 01, 2015, 07:14:41 PM »
You did it! Thanks! I can HEEEEEEAAARRRRR!!!!!


Tweaking.com - Windows Repair v2.11.2
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System Variables
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OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
OS Architecture: 64-bit
OS Version: 6.1.7601
OS Service Pack: Service Pack 1
Computer Name: BLUE
Windows Drive: C:\
Windows Path: C:\windows
Program Files: C:\Program Files
Program Files (x86): C:\Program Files (x86)
Current Profile: C:\Users\Jeremy
Current Profile SID: S-1-5-21-2526669053-3846030056-4127758552-1001
Current Profile Classes: S-1-5-21-2526669053-3846030056-4127758552-1001_Classes
Profiles Location: C:\Users
Profiles Location 2: C:\windows\ServiceProfiles
Local Settings AppData: C:\Users\Jeremy\AppData\Local
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System Information
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System Up Time: 0 Days 00:04:30

Process Count: 91
Commit Total: 2.39 GB
Commit Limit: 7.89 GB
Commit Peak: 2.60 GB
Handle Count: 23476
Kernel Total: 435.66 MB
Kernel Paged: 339.87 MB
Kernel Non Paged: 95.79 MB
System Cache: 1.64 GB
Thread Count: 1272
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Memory Before Cleaning with CleanMem
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Memory Total: 3.95 GB
Memory Used: 2.04 GB(51.7849%)
Memory Avail.: 1.90 GB
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Cleaning Memory Before Starting Repairs...

Memory After Cleaning with CleanMem
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Memory Total: 3.95 GB
Memory Used: 1.82 GB(46.2153%)
Memory Avail.: 2.12 GB
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Starting Repairs...
   Started at (3/1/2015 7:03:41 PM)

Setting Any Missing 'InstallDate' From Uninstall Sections Before Running Repair...
Total Missing 'InstallDate' Fixed: 151
 
01 - Reset Registry Permissions 01/03
   HKEY_CURRENT_USER & Sub Keys
   Start (3/1/2015 7:03:45 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:04:02 PM)

01 - Reset Registry Permissions 02/03
   HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE & Sub Keys
   Start (3/1/2015 7:04:02 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.


Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.54 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:11:19 PM)

01 - Reset Registry Permissions 03/03
   HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT & Sub Keys
   Start (3/1/2015 7:11:19 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:13:14 PM)

02 - Reset File Permissions: C:
   C: & Sub Folders
   Start (3/1/2015 7:13:15 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Trying To Run Repair As Trusted Installer.
   This Repair Is Hidden By Windows Itself.
   You Can See The Repair Working In The Task Manager.
   Running Repair As Trusted Installer
   Done (3/1/2015 7:31:24 PM)

02 - Reset File Permissions: D:
   D: & Sub Folders
   Start (3/1/2015 7:31:24 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Trying To Run Repair As Trusted Installer.
   This Repair Is Hidden By Windows Itself.
   You Can See The Repair Working In The Task Manager.
   Running Repair As Trusted Installer
   Done (3/1/2015 7:31:38 PM)

02 - Reset File Permissions: All Profiles
   C:\Users & Sub Folders
   Start (3/1/2015 7:31:38 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:37:56 PM)

02 - Reset File Permissions: Current Profile
   C:\Users\Jeremy & Sub Folders
   Start (3/1/2015 7:37:56 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:40:29 PM)

02 - Reset File Permissions: Cleanup
   Repairing Restricted Folders Permissions To Avoid Infinite Loops
   Start (3/1/2015 7:40:29 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:40:31 PM)

03 - Reset Service Permissions
   Start (3/1/2015 7:40:31 PM)

   You can tell the repair is working as SetACL_32.exe or SetACL_64.exe will be running.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:40:53 PM)

04 - Register System Files
   Start (3/1/2015 7:40:53 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:42:13 PM)

05 - Repair WMI
   Start (3/1/2015 7:42:13 PM)

   Starting Security Center So We Can Export The Security Info.

   Exporting Antivirus Info...
   McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Exported.

   Exporting AntiSpyware Info...
   Windows Defender Exported.
   McAfee Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware Exported.

   Exporting 3rd Party Firewall Info...
   McAfee Firewall Exported.

   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:45:47 PM)

06 - Repair Windows Firewall
   Start (3/1/2015 7:45:47 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.3 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:46:45 PM)

07 - Repair Internet Explorer
   Start (3/1/2015 7:46:45 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:07 PM)

08 - Repair MDAC/MS Jet
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:07 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:35 PM)

09 - Repair Hosts File
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:35 PM)
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:36 PM)

10 - Remove Policies Set By Infections
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:36 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:42 PM)

11 - Repair Start Menu Icons Removed By Infections
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:42 PM)
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:43 PM)

12 - Repair Icons
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:43 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:48:45 PM)

13 - Repair Winsock & DNS Cache
   Start (3/1/2015 7:48:45 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:49:25 PM)

15 - Repair Proxy Settings
   Start (3/1/2015 7:49:25 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:49:27 PM)

17 - Repair Windows Updates
   Start (3/1/2015 7:49:27 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.18 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Setting Windows Updates Files That Are In Use To Be Removed At Next Boot.
   Done (3/1/2015 7:52:19 PM)

18 - Repair CD/DVD Missing/Not Working
   Start (3/1/2015 7:52:19 PM)
   iTunes was found, adding UpperFilters for iTunes Reg Key
   UpperFilters added?: True
   Done (3/1/2015 7:52:20 PM)

19 - Repair Volume Shadow Copy Service
   Start (3/1/2015 7:52:20 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.16 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:52:50 PM)

20 - Repair Windows Sidebar/Gadgets
   Start (3/1/2015 7:52:50 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:52:58 PM)

21 - Repair MSI (Windows Installer)
   Start (3/1/2015 7:52:58 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.18 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:16 PM)

23.01 - Repair bat Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:16 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:19 PM)

23.02 - Repair cmd Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:19 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:22 PM)

23.03 - Repair com Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:22 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:24 PM)

23.04 - Repair Directory Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:24 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:26 PM)

23.05 - Repair Drive Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:26 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:28 PM)

23.06 - Repair exe Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:28 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:31 PM)

23.07 - Repair Folder Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:31 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:33 PM)

23.08 - Repair inf Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:33 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:35 PM)

23.09 - Repair lnk (Shortcuts) Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:35 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:38 PM)

23.10 - Repair msc Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:38 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:40 PM)

23.11 - Repair reg Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:40 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:42 PM)

23.12 - Repair scr Association
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:42 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:44 PM)

24 - Repair Windows Safe Mode
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:44 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:53:47 PM)

25 - Repair Print Spooler
   Start (3/1/2015 7:53:47 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.17 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:54:05 PM)

26 - Restore Important Windows Services
   Start (3/1/2015 7:54:05 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account

Decompressing & Updating Windows Permission File services.txt
Done,  0.18 seconds.

   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:54:21 PM)

27 - Set Windows Services To Default Startup
   Start (3/1/2015 7:54:21 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:54:32 PM)

31 - Repair Windows 'New' Submenu
   Start (3/1/2015 7:54:32 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:54:34 PM)

32 - Restore UAC (User Account Control) Settings
   Start (3/1/2015 7:54:34 PM)
   Running Repair Under Current User Account
   Running Repair Under System Account
   Done (3/1/2015 7:54:36 PM)

Cleaning up empty logs...

All Selected Repairs Done.
   Done at (3/1/2015 7:54:37 PM)
   Total Repair Time: 00:50:59


...YOU MUST RESTART YOUR SYSTEM...
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