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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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   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.
http://www.piriform.com/business/ccleaner-business-edition
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 .


   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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   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 QVC....no brick and mortar store.

I would appreciate any and all help anyone can extend. I'm not tech savvy so be gentle....lol.
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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   RedWhiteBlue  I have an iPad. The things that are invading it make the pad virtually unusable. Apple better come out with a fix for this real soon. It's these adds for some kind of games, etc. tha keep popping up and are very aggressive to the point that I no longer want to use it. What a shame a company as big as Apple let their product be controlled by these invaders. I have put away my iPad till a fix is in.
September 16 at 21:44 EST .

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   Grahamcracker  Help! I"m not tech savvy & need advice. My iPad is an iPad 1, refurbished. It suffices for my needs: browsing, solitaire, etc. Like many LDotters, I've been getting pop-ups. Today was especially bad. All of a sudden, the iPad crashed, reverted to the settings screen, &a message popped up saying I needed to call Apple Tech support at 1-844-691-1054. Tried looking it up, no luck. Called the Apple store, & a robot said unless I had a contract, I couldn't get any support. Question: does anyone know if this is a valid #? Also, How do I restore my iPad?
Thanks for any help!
September 10 at 15:14 EST .

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