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   StormCnter  Fellow L-Dotter and Connection regular, Gram77, is having an ongoing sign-in problem. She can sign into the main forum, but cannot get into the Connection. She gets a message that she has exceeded login attempts. Apparently, her Connection login history needs to be cleared. Does anyone know anything about this? I think Luis must be swamped with L-Dotters and our problems. He hasn't responded to Gram yet, but she is trying to be patient. I'll pass on any tips left here to Gram.
April 23 at 12:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram is once again able to log into The Connection. So, thanks to the Staff.
April 25 at 12:30 EST .

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   Alice  Lonestar Jack recommended trying the Aviator browser of below, and so far my reaction is Wow!! The first thing I did after installing it (from ) was go to Washington Times, and Aviator prevented the thicket of ads that prevents easy reading. The pages stay blank a few seconds longer, then wham, load up and done, ready to read!

Aviator has low memory use -- around 55% even after an hour on That being said, I have not tried to add Adobe Flash player to it and may just view videos on other browsers. Flash uses significant memory and I'm not sure whether it causes browsers to use more. Still in an Aviator learning curve, but so far it's great!
March 26 at 15:50 EST .

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   Alice  Extra trouble reading Washington Times with Aviator now. You have to click to allow Adobe now to read the articles. This allows an ad window to start, but you can then read the articles. You don't have to leave the ad window up, and I don't know if it/Adobe continues to eat memory like it does on other browsers, because I close the ad window.

Anyway, the ad techs are clearly on the warpath against ad-blocking stuff, and of course that's their job, to make you look at their marketing. Kind of like mosquitoes.
June 6 at 13:48 EST .

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   MeiDei  Reposted from The Lobby. Video shows how easy it is for someone to get into your phone and then into your computer & if evil, take over from you.
Go to Episode #8 Phone being hacked.... From Hackers Convention in Las Vegas - phones, internet, email, infrastructure ... click on video. Security is uppermost on minds today.
March 5 at 20:39 EST .

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   Philipsonh  To Tulsa: regarding CC Cleaner- the utility does not issue a new version every week - they offer an updated set of definitions frequently - much like your anti virus programs do - to keep up with malicious content - also, the utility does much more than just perform the tasks you have set your browser to do each time you close it - I use it , but each to his own, of course - one free utility that will clear an infected browser is called ADWcleaner- When things really go haywire, give it a try - thanks.
March 26 at 13:52 EST .

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   StormCnter  Malwarebytes is good, too. Another L-Dotter recommended them when I had something weird going on in my computer and couldn't locate the cause. Malwarebytes located the intruder and eliminated it. The program is free, but you can upgrade to a more sophisticated program for purchase if you want. I use the free version.
However, I agree with Philipsonh that CC Cleaner is an excellent tool.
March 30 at 05:32 EST .

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   Surfhut  I've been thinking about cutting cable TV for some time (tired of sending Cox Cable $81 per month for basic service but STILL paying for a bunch of junk I never watch ), but the process of doing that and still watching what I want intimidates me. My son gave me a Kindle Fire HD8 for Christmas (such a good boy! ) I will spend the rest of the weekend trying to understand it all. Any tips from the techies here will be appreciated. As far as TV goes, I only watch local news during bad weather seasons, HGTV, Food Network, CSI on CBS, and Major Crimes on TNT. I have a home high-speed wireless system and Amazon Prime membership. Help, please! I don't know were to start!
December 24 at 09:41 EST .

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   Tulsa  We have DirecTV and would not change for anything. It's now owned by ATT.

The cable franchise here is comcast and it's just awful and twice as expensive.

Only a sheeting rain interferes with the signal but DirecTV offers 72 hr rewind on 'most' stations, so we can get any program we missed.

The best part is having an HD DVR. We record, CSI, House, and other shows. We have 4 straight days of rain forecast. The rain does not interfere with recorded shows and we have bunches of those, so let it rain.

Sorry I can't help with a Kindle.
December 24 at 23:29 EST .

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   Bettijo  I have Direct TV. The only station I watch is FOX News. Does anyone know of any other way I can view FOX. I can get it on my iPad, but I think I have to subscribe to some service first as it asks me who my provider is. Any suggestions? Thanks.
January 11 at 10:17 EST .

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   Mildred  Anyone having trouble loading Lucianne this afternoon? It is very slow and sometimes doesn't load at all. I'm also having problems with Drudge Report and Yahoo Mail simply won't load. I am using Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 7 Professional. I did not do anything unusual but this afternoon those 3 sites stopped working. I've cleared cookies, temp files and registry. It's still a mess. Any suggestions? Thanks.
December 21 at 19:10 EST .

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   Mildred  I shut down the computer (not restart ) and now everything is working as it should. Actually it's faster than usual. I've decided to install Firefox as a backup to IE. Something must have happened out there in the cloud or someone is messing with the internet. My Microsoft Surface tablet was able to work properly and it uses Bing. Bing is a terrible program but at least I have a back up if needed. I'm out here in Arizona and my daughter in NJ has been having the same problem off and on for the past 3 days. I always thought that the tech companies caused problems near Christmas so they could sell more computers. Who knows, maybe that was it. Anyway everything is up and running for the moment.
December 22 at 12:39 EST .

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   Tulsa  When school is out, the web is overloaded. Sometimes websites are down for maintenance, sometimes they are simply overloaded and our ISP's have technical problems.
December 24 at 23:19 EST .

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   Lonestar Jack  Check out I have been using their Aviator browser for some time. Especially for Drudge which is loaded with javascript ads etc. If I need to look at images I reload the site in a conventional browser and wait.
February 29 at 21:56 EST .

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   Alice  Thanks Lonestar Jack! What an improvement! I am adding more about Aviator above.
March 26 at 15:48 EST .

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   StormCnter  I'm not sure how often this Wall is read, but I have a suggestion for anyone who is running into the "Limited Access" notices from the Washington Post, Commentary, Weekly Standard, etc. Those sites offer five free articles per month, then asks for a subscription on the 6th.
There may be other programs who do this, but I like CCleaner from Piriform. They have a free version, but the Business version costs 29.95 and will automacially clean cookies each time you close your browser. With no cookies, the site restrictions don't know you've already read your five articles. I'm a big fan.
November 29 at 12:51 EST .

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   Tulsa  Our pc tech told us CCleaner is malware. We had also become sick up a new free version weekly.

If you use IE, go to Internet Options, General and check, 'delete browsing history'. Then exit the web. That's the same thing CCleaner does without the malware.

If you use Firefox, go to Options, scroll to Privacy and select 'never remember history'. That does the same thing as described for IE. Exit the web and use the site again.

How do you think Rand Paul's daddy received a bizillion votes on line when he ran for potus? No internet voting is legit.
December 19 at 17:39 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  I have used CCleaner for ever and never a problem
December 21 at 09:55 EST .

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   Tulsa  We had used it for ever too. I'm simply passing on what our tech said. There was a new version available for download every week, sometimes twice a week or every other week and since we delete history, cookies, temp internet files etc. every time we exit the web, CCleaner was redundant.

We haven't missed it.
December 21 at 23:57 EST .

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   Wetenschapper  Just a suggestion, but it'd seem to me that the best option might be "keep cookies until I close the browser", on those browsers that offer it. Some websites, such as shopping sites for instance, use cookies to maintain your "shopping cart" or other information until the full order is placed or you leave the website. Completely eliminating all cookies would keep this feature from working properly. Having them deleted when you close the browser enables this while still preventing sites from tracking you in the manner of the websites discussed above.
May 24 at 09:23 EST .

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   Tulsa  John C. Delete browsing history, ie, temp internet files, history, cookies on exit. In IE go to Internet Options, General, check the box that says the above.

In Firefox when I exit the web, everything is deleted. That pop up you are fighting in saved in your temp. internet files, history, and is triggered when you surf.

I never ever have sites save sign info. That may be deleted when the above is deleted. Just so you know that.
October 19 at 13:55 EST .

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   Summernite  Thank you so Much!! Back to enjoying my morning coffee with Lucianne
November 10 at 08:40 EST .

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   Tulsa  Tip. We use MS windows 7. We use MSSE(MicroSoft Security Essentials ) It's free antivirus protection. Works better and any antivirus protection for which we paid cash money. Malwarebytes will not stop pop ups. It will only detect and remove malware, aka viruses.

Here is where Malwarebytes maybe useful. If you are hit with a bug: Shut down immediately. Then turn your pc back on and hit F8 repeatedly and very quickly (as fast as you can )while powering up. That will put you in safe mode. Go to Malwarebytes (and we use the free version ) and run it. It may be able to remove the bug. If unsuccessful, call a tech. To exit safe mode, simply shut down.
October 19 at 12:45 EST .

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   Tulsa  Install Adblock Plus. Free download. Amazing difference. I do not know why I waited so long. The icon is shaped like a stop sign with the letters ABP inside and appears on the tool bar line. Make certain you click the correct website. I downloaded it for Firefox and for IE. No more ads, pop ups.

Another tip is to surf with your sound off. I don't need no steenking sound effects. It's easy peasy to turn the sound on when needed.

Also NoMoRobo for your phone is a must have. Att (u-verse ) supports it as do others. One ring and the program stops the call. Go to NoMoRobo website and see if your carrier supports it and download it. Free download also. Feds awarded $25,000 to two different individuals who designed programs to stop telemarketers.
October 14 at 11:58 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  Well down loading the latest fix for the invading of my iPad did not fix the problem at all! The moment I opened it up to page the enemy invaded and would not let up. I never got to a page I wanted to.pop ups were worse. I went to cancel JavaScript so that I could see the diff. But then I could not log on here because the area for logging on was not there. So then I turned on Java again so I could log onto here. Sigh! I'm not liking my iPad any more. Paperweight?
September 18 at 21:49 EST .

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   RedWhiteBlue  My other problem is an LG TracPhone with android. I cannot find a store to take my phone to to help with a problem of my data being eaten away too fast. Had to buy extra data. Secondly, to call for customer service after so many tries you get connected to a country who doesn't understand me and I don't u deer stand them. After longer than an hour or more I just hang up withe my problems unsolved and frustrated. This has happened several times. And I still don't know what is eating away at the data. I need to take my phone into a brick and mortar store to have an expert fix it. Anyone have the same type of phone that I have with problems and have some input into my dilemma? Btw I bought this phone on brick and mortar store.

I would appreciate any and all help anyone can extend. I'm not tech savvy so be
September 16 at 21:55 EST .

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   MeiDei  By all means tell QVC of your problems & needing an at hand store to help you - comments like yours determine what they sell in the future.
October 4 at 11:31 EST .

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