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  1. Posts : 985
    Windows 10 Home 21H1
       #21

    MeAndMyComputer said:
    @ImLost post #14. "Like I said b4, very basic stuff is my level."
    We'll keep that in mind.

    After reviewing my prior posts and every one else's I believe doing a reset as has been recommended is the best way to go for you. Before doing so, let us know the method you decide to use ahead of time. You might find some steps challenging. If you do, stop where you are at. Use another computer or cell phone to let us know what's going on: the idea is if you can inform us without getting out of the process, hopefully you won't have to start over.

    After that is completed, we'll be able to recommend some security and maintenance procedures. I'm hoping you'll be able to keep your computer as long as possible without having to buy another one as long as possible.
    Well said mate. I agree totally. Learning to use PC' s can be difficult and it can be easy to get muddled up. We've all been there!! lol. Im always learning something else that I didn't know just by regularly using Tenforums. Sometimes when we try to help someone on here..thats easy to forget. This site is excellent though. Its full of helpful people who are always at hand when you're stuck and badly need some assistance.
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  2. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #22

    ImLost, we haven't heard from you for a week.
    --- Please consider having your laptop reset by a local computer shop.
    If the computer shop recommends a clean install instead, have it done.
    --- Have the computer shop provide you with the USB install drive.

    The following recommendations are not mandatory however they are equivalent to keep your laptop as "well recoverable as possible"

    Create a system image backup.
    --- If I remember correctly, you were using a USB flash drive. Preferably use an external HDD.
    --- Why? Because you can also save your data separately on that same external HDD.
    --- However at least save your data on a separate USB flash drive if you prefer it that way.

    Create a bootable USB Recovery drive:
    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10

    Then there's security that's equivalent to keeping your home safe.
    --- Make sure your security package protects your laptop.
    --- Per your concern, consider Windows Defender.
    --- In addition use Malwarebytes Free: I run mine once a month during the week before the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

    Another monthly maintenance item you can do during the week before the 2nd Tuesday of the month is run CCleaner
    --- Make sure you do not clean the registry.

    Keep track of your Windows Updates versions
    You can create a desktop shortcut to quickly check them
    --- right click on your desktop
    --- click on "New"
    --- click on "Shortcut"
    --- enter winver for the location
    --- type any name you want
    --- click on Finish.
    --- The winver icon shortcut will look like this and it will also include the name you created for it
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-winver-icon-imlost.jpg
    Let us know your version

    My winver shortcut produces the following
    --- Reports I have (OS Build 18362.418)
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-my-winver-result.jpg

    With all of that said, it may appear to be daunting & will cost a few dollars but it will set the stage for your laptop and its performance to last as long as possible.
    --- Make an appointment 6 months from when the computer and/or you are completed to have it checked for a tune-up
    --- Much less expensive than all of the above.
    --- Then follow up with an annual tune-up.

    The idea is to keep up your laptop as well as your car.
    --- On the expense, it usually costs quite a bit when a car needs a new part compared to an annual tune-up on a laptop.

    Good luck and happy computing.
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  3. Posts : 148
    Windows 10
       #23

    Not sure if computers really need to be taken into a shop for a tune-up, learn to do it yourself, lots of credible advice here and elsewhere. And instead of a yearly tune-up just do regular maintenance, your computer will thank you.
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  4. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #24

    Digmor Crusher said:
    Not sure if computers really need to be taken into a shop for a tune-up, learn to do it yourself, lots of credible advice here and elsewhere. And instead of a yearly tune-up just do regular maintenance, your computer will thank you.
    We've got to take into consideration the OP's capabilities. Not all users are handy of what we consider to be normal.
    --- You can do what you can: sometimes others are more than challenged on what to do.
    Go back to the OP's post #14 "Like I said b4, very basic stuff is my level. "
    --- As far as my recommendations, of course they aren't perfect but an attempt to help ImLost.
    I don't want to discourage the OP.
    --- Please read all of the posts with the OP'S perspective in mind.
    --- Why do I say that? Because of a combination of remembering my roots and eventually experienced hands-on training many times with a users experience and capabilities in mind.

    We haven't heard back from the OP for about a week and might never be heard back but at least I tried to attempt a sense of direction.

    @ImLost, as usual I hope the best for a successful outcome regardless of whatever direction you take.
    Last edited by MeAndMyComputer; 19 Oct 2019 at 02:49.
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  5. Posts : 308
    W10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       #25

    I tried to do option one to enable pua, but after I click the 'save as', I don't get "in the column on the left, click on desktop", like you show in #18, I get a big 'save as' window.
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  6. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #26

    ImLost said:
    I tried to do option one to enable pua, but after I click the 'save as', I don't get "in the column on the left, click on desktop", like you show in #18, I get a big 'save as' window.
    I'm at a meeting tonight so I can't double check this but it sounds like you are doing the right thing. If you are at the point I think you are at you might have to scroll up to locate the Desktop icon in the left pane.
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-desktop-pane.jpg

    The following screen provides the title of reg file: you don't have to change anything and I believe you can then check Save at the bottom of that screen so the reg icon appears on your desktop.
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  7. Posts : 308
    W10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       #27

    ok, I looked 'wrong', I now see where it says 'desktop' (within that window). but now you say things different from #18.
    when I clk dsktp, the "save as" window stays. the box next to "save as type" says...."registration entries", and below it I can click on the "save" box...….but in #18, you say to click on the upper arrow/save as....same as in the previous black download box again.
    so...….is this right: I click the dload button/then the arrow up to click "save as"......then the big "save as" window comes up. it has "desktop" listed inside at top left.....I click on that "desktop"......then I click on "save" in that window (below where it says "save as type" - "registration entries"?...…
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  8. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #28

    Good catch ImLost.

    In summary

    Use OPTION ONE
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) Protection using a REG file

    Go to step 2
    To Enable Windows Defender PUA Protection
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-enable-windows-defender-pua-protection.jpg

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 5 below.
    Enable_Windows_Defender_PUA_protection.reg
    Click on
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-download.jpg

    When you go to step 5, follow the instructions thru step 9.

    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
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  9. Posts : 308
    W10 Home x64
    Thread Starter
       #29

    so.....dload button/clk arrow up to get 'save as' in the black box/which brings up big "save as" window, whiere I click on 'desktop' at upper left ------in that window next to "save as type" it says "registration entries"...I click the "save" box below that.....?
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  10. Posts : 1,336
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       #30

    ImLost said:
    so.....dload button/clk arrow up to get 'save as' in the black box/which brings up big "save as" window, whiere I click on 'desktop' at upper left ------in that window next to "save as type" it says "registration entries"...I click the "save" box below that.....?
    Have you been able to complete
    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    - - - Updated - - -
    @ImLost I successfully used my instructions in post #18 3 times.
    --- I'll plan on enhancing a few screenshots though because the process works.
    My post #28 is a good summary out of the full tutorial for what I believe should apply to you.

    post #27 "ok, I looked 'wrong',"
    --- I want to make a recommendation for that comment.
    --- There's nothing wrong when you don't know where to look in the beginning.
    --- All of us have learning experiences.
    --- Anyway a nice thank you would have been better because it's a positive attitude that includes a sense of appreciation.

    I'll repeat
    "--- I'll plan on enhancing a few screenshots though because the process works."
    But I have to wait until later on today or maybe tomorrow.
    --- Keep in mind also there's plenty of help available here in our Windows 10 forum as you can see from other posters.

    - - - Updated - - -

    See if this works for you: I've testing successfully twice.
    --- If you run into an issue, stop at the point of what's going on and let us know.

    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender PUA Protection in Windows 10
    NOTE: As usual this is a well written tutorial.

    Use OPTION ONE
    Enable or Disable Windows Defender Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) Protection using a REG file

    Go to Step 2 To Enable Windows Defender PUA Protection
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-step-2-enable-windows-defender-pua-protection.jpg

    Is Windows Defender Adequate-save-.jpg

    After you click on Save As, follow Step 5.
    5. Save the .reg file to your desktop.
    --- Do not touch the File name or the Save as type.
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-save-reg-file-your-desktop.jpg
    At the bottom of this screen, click Save which is next to Cancel.

    Clicking on Save gives me
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-do-not-touch-any-those-options.jpg
    Donít touch any of those options. because you will be moving on to step 6 per the tutorial.

    Close the tutorial. On your desktop you will see the reg file icon: mine doesnít show the full title and yours probably wonít either but I expanded it so you can tell this is the correct icon to work with.
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-reg-file-icon-desktop.jpg

    6. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.
    --- Follow through.

    7. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.
    --- Follow through.
    --- If you see a pop-up that reads Unknown publisher, click on Run.
    --- On the UAC screen, answer Yes.
    --- The next screen will be a Registry Editor screen that will ask you Are you sure you want to continue? Answer Yes.

    A successful result will show
    Is Windows Defender Adequate-successful-result-will-show.jpg
    Click OK.

    8. Restart the computer to apply.

    9. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.
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