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  1. dmuirhead

    2nd Largest UK Police Force Still Uses XP!

    How is that compliant with GDPR??
  2. dmuirhead

    Windows Remote Desktop Problem

    Any IT Dept worth their salt would isolate all hosts on a shared wireless LAN. That stops one host communicating with another and only allows access to the default gateway. It's got nothing to do with ports, unless the wireless network is not isolated, and the software firewall on your PC (Windows firewall) has switched to "Public" which would stop RDP.
  3. dmuirhead

    RazerSupport nightmare

    Love Dell support. 2 weeks before warranty ended, I had issues with my Dell Precision PC. They came next day and swapped out a dual socket main board and 2 x Xeon processors.
  4. Surface Laptop with Windows 10 pro might be a good offering too.
  5. Have you tried looking in the BIOS? I've not looked at a Dell laptop for a while but I'm sure my old Dell Latitude E5530 used to have some battery efficiency tools in the BIOS which stopped it from overcharging.
  6. dmuirhead

    Is this legit?

    Also, never pay via direct bank transfer. Always use a credit card or PayPal where possible.
  7. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    Yeh it's LMG's subscription model, it's like £3.99/month and you get early access to videos and they are downloadable and higher quality.
  8. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    I'm a member of the Floatplane club :-)
  9. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    I've never heard of anything like that. It sounds like you download lots and probably run lots of .exe files so unless you are careful about what you download & where from its fairly inevitable that you will get a virus
  10. dmuirhead

    Thread For Tech Quickie Video Suggestions

    I'd love to see a video on Windows User Account Control. Its super important and overlooked way too often!
  11. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    No, 99.9% of viruses come from email or downloads. Also, you would have to run the virus. And if you have Windows UAC (always turn it on!!!) then you would have had to have allowed it to run via the big pop up boxes on your screen which hide your desktop and just display the window (that part is called the secure desktop)
  12. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    Sounds very much like this to me. A Trojan Horse's aim is to create a "backdoor" into your PC so the attacker can execute commands remotely. They are usually used to install fake AV software or enroll you into a botnet to do things like perform a DDoS without you even knowing it, or bitcoin mine for them. Just remember that these don't come out of nowhere and must be downloaded somehow. Be wary on recent emails/downloads if you have not yet established the case. FYI, Crypto viruses encrypt all of your data with AES256 bit encryption with a 2048 bit RSA hash. The creator of the so called ransomware will not release your files until you pay the $$$. only way to get around that is to have a backup and wipe your machine. Take a look at what happened to the NHS (UK) A while ago. Worms are commonly used by spammers to infect high quantities of PCs with the goal of sending emails, or joining a botnet for the aforementioned nefarious deeds.
  13. dmuirhead

    Virus related questions

    Agreed. Most virus payloads that will look for network drives or USB are crypto's or worms(I haven't seen a really prolific worm since Conficker? Although someone correct me) If you have a crypto you wouldn't be copying your files anywhere!
  14. Do you see the drives in BIOS? If so, it could be that WinPE just needs drivers to be able to see the drives? Seen that before when using a RAID controller, although not with onboard SATA. You could also try to flash the BIOS.
  15. dmuirhead

    Installing an SSD in a laptop

    +1 for this. In addition, you can use Rufus to create the Bootable USB (or diskpart if you are feeling adventurous!) For Rufus, just Google "Rufus bootable USB"