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Old 24th June 2008, 07:37 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Re: New laptop security query

Nah just use regedit and hunt down all instances of AOL, Only take you a week...
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Old 24th June 2008, 07:39 PM   #17 (permalink)
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AOL would have to give me more than a free Laptop I'm afrqaid
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Old 24th June 2008, 11:03 PM   #18 (permalink)
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AOL would have to give me more than a free Laptop I'm afrqaid
Aye,thats why we went with Tmobile instead! Couldn't have AOL anyway as our line can't pass BT broadband down it. Everyone else in the street can but our house can't.
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Old 24th June 2008, 11:49 PM   #19 (permalink)
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AOL are evil *brrr shivers*
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Old 25th June 2008, 12:24 AM   #20 (permalink)
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There's also the bad point, with AOL, that it can be an absolute swine to uninstall the software they give you. When I was eight I installed one of those free discs they give out, and my Dad was furious - it took him three days and five formats to get the computer back in working order.
I seem to recall there was a class action against AOL because their software was so bad people where convinced it was damaging their computers. Personally, I have never used AOL. And never will.
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Old 25th June 2008, 09:17 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Lol i find that quite funny,that people believe that software can harm a computer.
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Old 25th June 2008, 01:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Oh it can, there's no doubt about it. Sure, there's little chance it would harm the physical components, unless the program changed fan settings and the like and thus made overheating a much bigger threat, but software can load lots of little things that can get into hard-to-find places, and cause chaoos - delete a few key files, add some malicious ones, replace key files with infected versions, and generally make the computer operate a lot slower and more sluggishly. Whilst it doesn't harm the computer per se, there's a chance it can really damage your files.
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Old 25th June 2008, 01:34 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Yes software,including viruses,can harm files but not your hard drive,RAM or other hardware. Its just paranoia.
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Old 25th June 2008, 01:39 PM   #24 (permalink)
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In themselves they can't, no, but they can change hardware settings which can lead to a damaged hard drive, or RAM, or something else.

There are programs you can download which allow you to manually change the speed of your fans and when they come on without having to go into the BIOS. A virus can be coded to do just that, except without letting you know. If it turns off all your fans, then you're in trouble, particularly if the CPU fan is shut off. Things will overheat, and if you're not quick to sort it, then components can be damaged beyond repair and you'll need new ones.
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Old 25th June 2008, 01:57 PM   #25 (permalink)
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There was once a virus that would change CRT monitor settings, on certain CRTs it could shift the refresh rates to such that it would kill the monitor. Then there are the various BIOS trashing viruses that went around. Erase, corrupt or otherwise muck with the BIOS and that would prevent the PC from booting, and at a time that recovering BIOSes meant replacing the BIOS chip.

Software can damage hardware - but it is incredible rare now a days. Generally, most people make no distinction between the software and the hardware, so damaging a computer for most people means damaging Windows, a task that isn't particularly difficult.
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Old 27th June 2008, 10:56 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Microsoft updates may not damage hardware but the annoy me the last one slowed my pc to a crawl, now have auto update turned off
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Someone fetch the can opener,I've found some SPAM!
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Old 22nd October 2008, 01:11 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Yes software,including viruses,can harm files but not your hard drive,RAM or other hardware. Its just paranoia.
I think it was on the NCR / Elliot 4100 that if you selected / deselected a tape drive continuously in a tight loop for more than a minute or two then one of the status light bulbs would blow.
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Old 23rd October 2008, 04:26 PM   #29 (permalink)
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As it happens, The Carphone Warehouse bought AOL UK in October 2006.
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Old 24th October 2008, 03:58 AM   #30 (permalink)
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I got a new laptop this week, not free, but a gift, so free for me I guess. I've never seen Vista in use before and I actually dont mind putting in the password each time, at least that way I know no one else can access it and stuff it up. I had to purchase Office 2007 thought because 2003 won't run on Vista, still its nice and new but I have to hunt around for stuff I knew exactly where to locate on my old office package. Still I am not complaining.
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