This is strange...

  1.    #1

    This is strange...


    Windows 10 on Dell Tablet. Using Chrome.

    Started O.K. this morning. Checked e-mail, news, forum updates, no problem. Turned off Tablet. Turned on later to reply to forums. Turned off Tablet.
    Now...Turned on Tablet, started Chrome, received notice Adware Blocker disabled??? Checked Extensions...said I didn't have any. Re-installed Adware Blocker.
    Went to Bookmarks..Whoa! I had bookmarks showing that were deleted over a year ago.
    Then I noticed my free space on the hard drive went from 12.1 Gigs to 8.4 Gigs. ???

    Tried System Restore. Didn't work. Said turn off Anti-Virus program. So I turned off Windows Defender, tried again. Same error message again. Tried System Restore in Safe Mode. Same problem.

    So then I tried to update Chrome. That worked. Made sure I had Adware Blocker installed, exited Chrome, got back in, this time no disabled notice. So then I spent 20 minutes removing all the old bookmarks. Backed up the latest bookmarks. Then cleaned up hard drive. Ran Defender, Super Anti Spyware, Ccleaner, Disk Cleaner, checked Program Files for anything strange, all clear. Now I have 10.1 Gigs of free space.

    So after all that, I'm missing 2 Gigs of free space. No idea.

    So my questions are... Any guesses as to what happened?
    Is there a Software Program that will act like System Restore other than a full backup software?
    Please be aware, its a bitch backing up a Tablet. It does not recognize an external hard drive or dvd drive. Only a flash drive. Then I need to connect a Flash Drive and external keyboard at the same time which is another adventure.
    Is there any software that will let me monitor installations? Known and unknown?
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  2. Caledon Ken's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
       #2

    Hi milford.

    My two cents.

    You could try Everything from Voids tools to see what is on drive. Couple of ideas here

    170 GB Of Videos?

    I'll be honest I don't have a tablet I backup this way. That said I worked on tablet and needed to connect several USB devices. Used a small powered USB hub. Easy to connect and worked very well.

    I would then look at Macrium Reflect, free version and back up to USB Thumb drive. Ideally your drive would be partitioned so data is separate.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect


    Ken
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  3. f14tomcat's Avatar
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
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    milford said: View Post
    Windows 10 on Dell Tablet. Using Chrome.

    Started O.K. this morning. Checked e-mail, news, forum updates, no problem. Turned off Tablet. Turned on later to reply to forums. Turned off Tablet.
    Now...Turned on Tablet, started Chrome, received notice Adware Blocker disabled??? Checked Extensions...said I didn't have any. Re-installed Adware Blocker.
    Went to Bookmarks..Whoa! I had bookmarks showing that were deleted over a year ago.
    Then I noticed my free space on the hard drive went from 12.1 Gigs to 8.4 Gigs. ???

    Tried System Restore. Didn't work. Said turn off Anti-Virus program. So I turned off Windows Defender, tried again. Same error message again. Tried System Restore in Safe Mode. Same problem.

    So then I tried to update Chrome. That worked. Made sure I had Adware Blocker installed, exited Chrome, got back in, this time no disabled notice. So then I spent 20 minutes removing all the old bookmarks. Backed up the latest bookmarks. Then cleaned up hard drive. Ran Defender, Super Anti Spyware, Ccleaner, Disk Cleaner, checked Program Files for anything strange, all clear. Now I have 10.1 Gigs of free space.

    So after all that, I'm missing 2 Gigs of free space. No idea.

    So my questions are... Any guesses as to what happened?
    Is there a Software Program that will act like System Restore other than a full backup software?
    Please be aware, its a bitch backing up a Tablet. It does not recognize an external hard drive or dvd drive. Only a flash drive. Then I need to connect a Flash Drive and external keyboard at the same time which is another adventure.
    Is there any software that will let me monitor installations? Known and unknown?
    Just read this article this morning, may be just coincidence.

    Google cuts fake ad blockers from Chrome Store: Were you among 20 million fooled? | ZDNet
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  4.    #4

    Of course. I've been using a fake ad blocker. Oh well. Google has three on their web site now. I picked one. Hopefully they're safe now.

    As for backing up, I'll have to wait and find whats hogging 2 Gigs of free space first before trying to back up.

    Thanks for the help.
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