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Windows 7: Strange Device that I don't recognize appears in my Network at boot-up

11 Apr 2016   #11

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Hi torchwood and ICIT2LOL, I also suspected that it might be due to a program I may have installed so I unistalled some programs I did not really need. The problem is that I don't actually know how long this might have been going on since I noticed it by chance and the device dissapears after a couple of seconds.

What is foist ware? Hw can I check that it does not have to do with anything regardiong add-ons? I checked chrome and there are no add-ons that I don't recognize.

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13 Apr 2016   #12

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

What is foist ware? Hw can I check that it does not have to do with anything regardiong add-ons?
\\It is just what torchwood said mate it is those little tick boxes you see when you are downloading a safe software - a good example is Adobe it asks you to install toolbars etc and if you do not untick them then they will install with Adobe.

But the same goes for a lot of safe software and some foist wares are positively annoying an example would be the Askbar - a horror to get rid of if you install it or stuff like it. Thta is why I suggested you install and run Unchecky it automatically unticks and disregards those requests to install more than you are wanting to install.

Another type of foistware is or rather foist like ware is the request to trial the full program of whatever you are using a a good example of that is Malwarebytes and if you do not untick the trial version during install it will let you use the full version for a month then nag you to buy the full version. Unfortunately Unchecky doesn't pick that up and a few others but the majority it will.

Now the only advice I can give you right now is to go through all programs and check to see if you really need it. If in doubt delete it and if it turns out o be one you really need reinstall it.
I would avoid all driver update, registry cleaners, and programs that promise to get your machine going better or faster. The only one that most of us use is CCleaner CCleaner - Free Download - Piriform < download form piriform and use it regularly. If you want help with how to run it just ask.

One tutorial I can thoroughly recommend and I use it as my bible is this Optimize Windows 7 read it carefully and do things slowly and it might lose a bit of the bling like transparency (you don't have to of course) but you will notice a big difference in your machines performance.
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13 Apr 2016   #13

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Best advice for installing Free software ...

Never use a download site, unless that is the only option,as these will invariably add things - always go to the developers site or a mirror site of the developers site.

Never choose the Express, or Quick install option, look for an Advanced option as this will show all the options - Location, Auto-load, Notifications etc, and any extra free items that are quite rightly known as PUPs Potentially Unwanted Programs, you are the one that then makes the decisions.

Some programs will not give the option to exclude these unwanted programs, I always decline to install them and give feedback to the developer as to why I didn't install. If enough people did this then perhaps the options would be more visible
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