Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brother MFC-7860DW driver is never found

February 25, 2015
We have had this printer for a while now and every time I try to install it, it is never found. The funny thing is, most if not all other models are found in the list, but this one seems to always be missing and has always been a royal pain in the rear in this aspect. I have the drivers but the point is, what makes this one so special from all the others? Here's the list and since I'm installing it again for the Nth time, here's a snapshot of this list. So Windows 7 doesn't pick it it neither does linux. Okay it picks up all the others but not this one. Darnest thing ever. I'm trying not to install all the programs it comes with, just the driver for the printer.

Here's the link for the drivers:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Metric Vacuum Hoses

February 24, 2015
I wanted to change the vacuum hoses on the intake for my old car. I went to the local autozone and they didn't have the size I needed. Looking around I see a lot of english equivalents to the metric version. Yeah they could work but it's interesting how I can't find a simple metric 4, 6, or 10 mm metric hose around here. My dad says I need to go to the dealer if I want to correct size. Yes, and they also charge and arm and a leg for even a simple o-ring.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why does Java want to install this other junk is beyond me.

February 20, 2015
Next time you have to install Java, make sure you look at it carefully as they also include this junk toolbar. Make sure to uncheck this and then proceed. Other adware will look like the java program too, but it's not so unless you downloaded the java from the actual oracle website it's probably not the one you want.

Opera 27.0.1689.69 has no bookmark export option?

February 20, 2015
I decided to go ahead and finally clean the computer and I started with the bookmarks. I figured this is a simple export to file click, no bid deal. It turns out that the browser doesn't have the export file option anywhere. Well this makes no sense as every browser has this. Here are a few pictures showing you this. So now I have to go spend more time trying to find out how to get this simple task done. Thanks Opera! This will be interesting...I just verified my other computer with the same thing. I don't use the other computer much other than updates so something is a bit weird with this. The instructions I found online just don't apply here since you don't have that option anywhere.

Hit the import options and that's all you get, import...

Naturally I tried the most basic task to see if I could just import from another browser.

And it doesn't even see the Opera browser...

So I found this Opera add-on

And the add-on allows me to export the bookmarks as an html file

That can now be imported into any other browser. Well, so much for using Opera. Well that was fun, spending two hours just to export the bookmarks from this browser. It was nice knowing you Opera, but I won't be doing this again.

Although I managed to get the bookmarks, once I un-installed the program it also deleted that file! So It still managed to take the bookmarks with it. I still went ahead with backing up the rest of the computer and starting over, without the opera browser too. It's too bad, I liked the browser but not being able to do the most simple things is just not cool.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Savernet adware - As nasty as they come.

February 18, 2015
Today I was looking for an OCR program since I needed to do some OCR. I hardly download anything but this one is just one of those things. I usually try different programs so that I can suggest and add them to my list of usable programs.  In short one that I tried came with this nasty advertisement crapware. I usually take as many precautions about these things, but I also like to see how these things work so that I can fix them later. These are the screens that keep popping up when I tried to use explorer. That is not my default browser by the way so I'm using my other browser to go on the internet. There are many browsers out there so always keep something other than just internet explorer on your computer as IE can't be uninstalled like any regular program. The OCR in the links I have is not this one so don't worry about that. I won't put anything that I find to have any sort of added programs or ads. This is why I also don't use any app on the phone that includes ads. It's a sure way to get stuff you don't want. In short, this won't get cleaned up as easily as you think. I have been meaning to clean up my computer anyway so it may be sooner than later.

 This is the window you get after that is installed on the computer.

 Try to close the window and here's the next pop up you get.

 Close the above and this is what you get. Unfortunately the Microsoft security essentials is pretty useless at detecting this sort of thing. This is just an ad program so it's not a virus, but a very annoying one at that since you can't use the browser.

 I installed the malwareytes and that seems to have tone it down. It's still messing up the browser so I'm still looking into it.

 Here's the file name which is not even close to what I started looking at.

 After the so called clean up, I'm still getting the problem, but with a different program suggestion. I know I don't need that because that's what it was named under the control panel too.

Here's more information on what I found under the add-ons in explorer. The options are grayed out there so I can't do much there either.  I'll do a few more things, but as you can see, these add-ons and crapware is getting pretty ugly each time.

If you see Spyhunter adverstised as being a good removal tool for this, forget about it. It's another crapware software that wants you to buy something. Not to mention un-installing it can be a pain too. It's been a while since I tried some of these so I thought I try a few now to see what else is new on this end. But yeah, don't bother with this junk.

 When you try to get out, you get this other pop up.

And it wants to force a reboot. I will reboot when I'm ready. So before rebooting I installed a few other programs.

 In short, a good antivirus works just fine. So make sure that you are running a well known antivirus for this sort of thing and don't fall for weird random programs that tell you they will clean these out for you.

Keep in mind that not everything can be cleaned and sometimes you have to go a very different route.

As it turned out, this adware was nastier than I thought. Even after getting a hold on this the computer was still acting up so back up your stuff and start over. Oh yeah, windows will refuse to install again, well it did for me anyway.