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Messages - Omid Farhang

Fun / Re: Someone's dad has some explaining to do
May 03, 2013, 03:24:15 pm
That's why he should explain  :D
Fun / Someone's dad has some explaining to do
May 03, 2013, 03:08:52 pm
Fun / Re: Customers
May 03, 2013, 12:01:39 pm
just "wow"!  :smoking:
Fun / OH, HUH?
May 03, 2013, 10:04:42 am
Fun / How I see the fog
May 03, 2013, 09:59:44 am
Fun / Finally, armored parking
May 03, 2013, 09:58:59 am
Here is avast post about their Browser Cleanup Tool:

Avast Browser Cleanup at work

Does this internet browser window look familiar to you?


If so, you may be the victim of unwanted multiple browser toolbars. These browser add-ons have become a real problem in the last couple of years. Unfortunately, much free software nowadays comes with some unwanted add-ons; in most cases a so-called browser toolbar is installed. Many toolbars can be quite annoying because they:

  • Change your homepage and your search engine without you realizing it
  • Track your browsing activities and searches
  • Display annoying ads and manipulate search results
  • Take up a lot of space inside the browser
  • Are difficult or even impossible for the average user to fully uninstall

It is especially for this last reason that avast! Browser Cleanup has been developed: To help our customers identify and get rid of unwanted browser toolbars and add-ons. It is integrated in avast! 8 and is also available as a stand-alone product on various download portals for use with friends without installed avast! Now, about 20 days after release of avast! Browser Cleanup, I think it's time for a quick review of the results.

Some statistics after 20 days of release

Shortly after release I predicted that we would end up with about 100,000 different add-ons. Unfortunately I was wrong ... totally wrong! Reality shows that I underestimated the scope of the issue. Twenty days after release of Browser Cleanup, our database shows ...

  • More than 220,000 different browser add-ons for the three main browsers
  • More than 8,000 new add-ons per day
  • More than 74% of all add-ons have a bad or very bad rating from our user community
  • More than one third of all toolbars in our database are from only three companies

If your browser is unstable or if it crash often or if it does not keep your settings like Search Engine / Home Page etc, Most likely you have some unwanted add-ons in your browser, Here is a tool that let you know about them and if you want, it will remove them for you, it's a tiny program and does not required installation:

Just run it and it will let you know what you must do.

(It works for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome)
Software / Should I remove it?
May 03, 2013, 09:41:03 am
Do you have a lot of programs in your computer that you have no idea if you should keep or remove?
Here is a nice program that help you decide about them:

This program will list all programs in your computer and sort them by rating them from useless to most useful (and also percentage of removal by other users), also it will tell what does each one of them, so you can decide them if you want to keep them or uninstall them. You can uninstall them right from inside the program.

It has a clean and easy to use interface.


As for an example when I click on "What is this?", it will give me these info for that program:
Fun / Call to the PC Breakdown service
May 02, 2013, 02:31:34 pm
"Hello in PC breakdown service, how can I help you?"
"Hello, I've just turned on my PC, but no image appears on the monitor."
"Lights up on the screen a small lamp?"
"OK, please check if a cable from the screen to the PC leads"
"Moment please" - short silence - "Yes, there is a cable"
"Well, then time to check if a cable goes from the screen into a wall socket"
"OK, little moment" - a short silence - "Unfortunately I can not see exactly it's so dark here!"
"Then they turn on the light!"
"Do not go, we have a power outage!
Free Chat / Motive
May 02, 2013, 01:57:01 pm
Fun / Customers
May 02, 2013, 01:55:57 pm
QuoteA user called to inform us that his laptop had a virus. When we asked why he thought he had a virus, he promptly explained that he must have a virus as his system would no longer fit in the docking station. It was later determined that it had a faulty port on the back of the system.

- Customer: "YOU GAVE ME A VIRUS!"
- Tech Support: "I don't think I've got a virus."
- Customer: "Go download [a brand of virus checker], and you'll see."

Sometime later I dutifully ran the checker.
Tech Support: "Ok, I ran it. No virus."
Customer: "You MUST have a virus. You gave it to me. It was all over my system. You must not have run the checker properly." (yell, rant, rave, repeat checks, etc)
Tech Support: "How did I give it to you?"
Customer: "On those floppies with the latest revision of the software you wrote."
Tech Support: "The ones you just returned?"
Customer: "Yeah."
Tech Support: "Just a sec...let me check those." (pause) "Well, I found a virus on the disks. Ahem...seems you were about to pass a virus on to ME."
Customer: "Ah...lemme get back to you." (click)

- Customer: "Hi, I'd like to buy a virus."
- Me: "You really don't want a virus on your computer. What you need is anti-virus software."
- Customer: "No, my son told me I need a virus, and that's what I'd like."
- Me: "No worries. You don't need to buy a virus -- you can just connect to the internet and download one."

QuoteAs a hobby, I run old computer viruses on a standalone PC and record the effects, which I then put on YouTube. One user, who decided that I needed some help, offered me the following foolproof advice for removing viruses without expensive antivirus software:
Step 1: Open the registry.
Step 2: Delete anything that looks "strange."

- Customer: "I found a bug in my computer."
- Tech Support: "How do you know it's really a bug?"
- Customer: "I can see it."
- Tech Support: "You can physically see a bug in your computer?"
- Customer: "Yes."
Quote from: Omid Farhang on April 22, 2013, 06:53:05 am
Quote from: scythe944 on April 21, 2013, 07:40:52 pm
Like what???

All I saw was the cheezy built-in verification image, never worked well for me.

Do tell oh wise one, do tell!

Here is some of them: