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Windows 7: Guest Account has Admin folders as shortcuts

31 May 2012   #31
Avie

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

OK! all done except peer block. Some progams I did not know about at all how they got there. You are big, big help. Very appreciated!
I use Yahoo mail. Do not want W mail or Live stuff.
Firefox is my primary. Only installed IE yesterday to use your system specxs program on your site if needed.
As for in Windows folder I did not even recognize the C drive I pictured for you.
Someone comes in and switches stuff. I am missing all the scans for May billing I had done. Just empty. (I sent a copy of the scannow log. FUll of errors. On Brink's Tutorial page. CBS logs.)
The Dlink switch was noted on Belarc and was installed next door or in attic. I now have 2 more routers with address appearing to be IPV6 types. I will have to copy with mouse over to show the addresses.
As for wrong addresses not going as I addressed and being retuned not delivered.... I sent to ---@WTKR.com and they are aborted and retuned to me as --@WWTKR.com. Just totally stopping all communication with the important person.
I can take it out of my address book and put in manually and it fails. It is as if there are parallell account. Because when my Yahoo address book sends the mail it show a duplicate with wrong address. I cannot find out where it is coming from. since it is not in my address book. It is like there is network and a local. You keep the copy of my C drive (computer) and you will see it changes. All my bookmarks disappeared also.
The wordfix was to fix an error for double spaces (lines) when typing.


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31 May 2012   #32
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Avie, you mention this:

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Hey Cox Internet connection is cable directly into modem. No wireless, nor router. I am a single computer in my home.
This is your "own" modem? Meaning one you bought or one you rent from Cox Cable? And you connect your PC to it with an ethernet cable?

If so, you can pretty much consider the Cox cable side of that modem as controlled by Cox and yourself, and no one else. On the cable side of it there can be splitters, amplifiers, and all sorts of stuff on that line but you should not have to be worried about any of that. Cox should be managing that side of the modem.

What you need to worry about is the other side of the modem; the ethernet side. If no one else has access to the modem box itself and the ethernet connection to your computer then you should be in good shape as far as an internet connection is concerned.

I would however recommend a router to put in between the modem and your PC for a greater level of security.
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02 Jun 2012   #33
Avie

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Guest accont ,short cuts

Thanks for suggestion. I have the cox modem at my desktop. No router. However, the cable goes to attic and through common attic. My cable was undone and attic hatch has been opened.
I set programs and then find the next day I have bookmarks missing. Cannot find Explorer, O folder with police scanner type thing inside. I deleted. Security Task Manager is write protected today.
I have installed programs and cannot find where they are installed. ie Imternet Eplorer, 3 times today and still do not see it. Cannot get to real estate records in Fla that I need. My open office was showing a check mark to export my bookmarks. And they did. I am going backwards each day. Lost data and hours lost. I think they are physically in the house when I leave. There are 8 empty brown folders in my file cabinet drawer.
Mozilla maintenance was removed yesterday and it is back.
How about a finger print sign on? I will try anything. I even see programs in double. So i think there is another user. Printer settings change and they can stop while I am printing. I am ion a network somehow.
I am taking anything to help. What would be the very safest set up? Would I be able to keep reouter programed correctly? I dont' even have the cable from the box in the back to my unit. It was removed. there are many connection to my building. it seeems Cox shares lines more than anyone else. I could go to DSL and save money also.
Avie
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02 Jun 2012   #34
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

At a minimum, the equipment you have (your PC and modem) needs to be physically secured. There's not much you can do to protect it if people have access to your equipment while you're not home.

User account passwords and fingerprint scanners for logon are good for protection, but if someone has unrestricted access to your machine it can all be easily compromised.

If you're really suspecting someone is physically entering your home and accessing your equipment without your approval then I think you need to get in touch with local authorities. You're not going to be able to truly secure your equipment if someone has unrestricted access to it.
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02 Jun 2012   #35
Avie

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Security

F5ing

Thanks for what I feared. I still think I can do better if I move it to locked room and get off the cable. What are my options to equipment. There is not much help if they are involved. A computer person was here last year and he said my neighbor to the right was wide open on her wireless account. Router's are to take care of that. I am just not familiar with all this stuff.

You might be able to tell me how to turn on mailto: for Open office. FF takes care of sending through Yahoo. But I can not send from Open Office. It tries to use Windows Mail and I do not have that installed. Can that be done?
Any ideas?or tricks?/any Help?
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02 Jun 2012   #36
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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I still think I can do better if I move it to locked room and get off the cable. What are my options to equipment.
That's the point. Any way that you can secure the modem/computer from unauthorized physical access will work. Doesn't much matter whether you use cable or DSL. If no one except you can access your locked room then you're physically secured and can then focus on making sure software/hardware configuration is properly set.

And by the way, without going through all the previous posts, it would be good for you to reconfirm whether or not you're using the Windows Firewall and what antivirus app you're using.

If you want to verify that your cable really is properly connected to Cox you can call Cox's 24/7 line at 504-304-8444. You might have to go through a few voice prompts to get through to a tech person you can talk to. Tell them that you seem to be having connection issues and ask them what the signal strengths of your modem are. They should respond by saying the signal are good, marginal, bad or whatever. Unplug or turn off your modem and ask how the signals are now. They should say that it dropped off and they can no longer see it. Say something like "oops, it hasn't finished rebooting" and return power to the modem. They should not be able to tell you signal strengths until the modem finishes rebooting and fully reconnects (at least about 20 seconds). During that time you may get some confirmation from them that they can see the modem attempting to establish a valid connection (you can ask if they do not offer: "do you see it yet?").

If you call Cox and the conversation goes somewhat like I described you can be pretty sure you are validly connected to Cox.

And whether you use DSL or cable it is always better to have a router between your modem and PC's for security. It's a relatively cheap and efficient way to help maximize security. It should be kept physically secured along with the rest of your equipment.
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There is not much help if they are involved.
Who is "they"?
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A computer person was here last year and he said my neighbor to the right was wide open on her wireless account. Router's are to take care of that. I am just not familiar with all this stuff.
The computer person mentioning your neighbor was likely referring to a way in which she set up her own network, by connecting a wireless router or access point to her modem, and didn't change its default settings. This would mean that she did not set up the security options on her router/access point and that anyone within range could access her internet account and her computers. And she may never even realize if she was ever compromised.
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You might be able to tell me how to turn on mailto: for Open office. FF takes care of sending through Yahoo. But I can not send from Open Office. It tries to use Windows Mail and I do not have that installed. Can that be done?
That's likely just an Open Office default. You would have to go into Open Office's options to select another e-mail client that you've installed. I doubt that you can change it to use a free web-based email account like Yahoo. It used to be that you could pay for the Yahoo+ e-mail service (I think that's what it was called) to be used with an installed client. Could be wrong about that though.
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05 Jun 2012   #37
Avie

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Best connection./SFC Win Defender.

Some good advice and thoughts. I one uses wireless then the cable would be in locked room. Could I have computer at a distance? there are so many wireless choices that I have seen. I saw a wireless setup that plugs into electical outlet for the whole house. Small and powerful. BUT our condo have a common meter box at end of the building. Most impossible to restrict your own services. And I an in the middle. If I understand correctly the router would protect the "space" between the incoming service , air or cable, and the computer.

I did the restore as far back as I could go. It almost caught the Win Defender service whcih I was trying to replace. And then aborted and I had redo again. My action center will not turn on WSE. Win Defender is back in Services but broken. <filed to read description. Error code: 2>

I did get yahoo Classic that I could not get before and things are more peppy. But not so secure. Many remote desktop etc.

Guess I should ask for instruction as to backing up and reinstalling. I bought an exteranl a while back (hope I still have it. ) Does it work like a zip? then how do you get the programs back into your computer?

All the help and ideas are wonderful.
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05 Jun 2012   #38
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avie View Post
Some good advice and thoughts. I one uses wireless then the cable would be in locked room. Could I have computer at a distance? there are so many wireless choices that I have seen. I saw a wireless setup that plugs into electical outlet for the whole house. Small and powerful. BUT our condo have a common meter box at end of the building. Most impossible to restrict your own services. And I an in the middle. If I understand correctly the router would protect the "space" between the incoming service , air or cable, and the computer.
I think I would just get a standard wireless router (if you PC has wireless) and not worry about checking out those device that communicate over power lines (I've read they've gotten a lot better over the years but don't yet measure up to standard dedicated wired devices).

A router protects all the PC's connected to it from internet hazards (if by wireless you've also got to configure the router's wireless security options). Your machines would be "invisible" when connected. Even Cox cannot see them; they can see the modem and the router connected to it, but not your machines.

You could keep your modem and wireless router in the locked room and roam around the house using your laptop. When you're done you would physically secure your laptop too (maybe put it in the same locked room).

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avie View Post
I did the restore as far back as I could go. It almost caught the Win Defender service whcih I was trying to replace. And then aborted and I had redo again. My action center will not turn on WSE. Win Defender is back in Services but broken. <filed to read description. Error code: 2>

I did get yahoo Classic that I could not get before and things are more peppy. But not so secure. Many remote desktop etc.

Guess I should ask for instruction as to backing up and reinstalling. I bought an exteranl a while back (hope I still have it. ) Does it work like a zip? then how do you get the programs back into your computer?

All the help and ideas are wonderful.
An external hard disk (HD) will work the same as your internal HD, with the exception of disconnecting. Make sure you use Windows to "eject" the external HD before physically disconnecting it.

For reinstalling I would follow one of these tutorials:

Clean Install Windows 7

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Your programs and personal data would have to be installed/copied.
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05 Jun 2012   #39
Avie

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
New plan

Thank you for the direction I think I will take. No laptop. Just use router - wireless. What goes in my computer to be wireless? a card: I do have a wireless usb mouse. the cable hook up in that room is really in the middle of a wrong wall. I have a sign in the window, "Nother is safe here"! And I havea knight's beast plate plate on the the front door knocker. A plastic Halloween one. But it gets the thought across.
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05 Jun 2012   #40
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Your specs indicate an HP Pavillion. Some of the higher end desktops from them already have a wireless card installed, so you might check that to see.

I would need to know the model number to recommend an internal card that fits. Or you can go with a USB dongle:

Amazon.com: usb wireless nic USB Network Adapters

What will be the distance between the wireless router and your desktop?
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