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Microsoft Access not responding

YMMV, but I recently had a large database and relationships drawing in Microsoft Access 2003. I was working on a deadline and even though I had a backup just a couple of hours old, I could not afford to lose the work. I looked on web for a solution and came upon this one: Go to task manager and set the priority to high. It worked for me. It does not fix the MS Access bug, but it does cause it to return life after a few minutes as opposed to never. Saved my data!

Virtus Designs Malware Controversy

Virtus Designs Malware Here is one definition of Malware. It is, as of this writing, the first paragraph in an article entitled 'Malware' at Wikipedia: "Malware, short for malicious software, is software designed to secretly access a computer system without the owner's informed consent. The expression is a general term used by computer professionals to mean a variety of forms of hostile, intrusive, or annoying software or program code. " The invasive junk attempting to insinuate itself deeper into my system from Virtus Designs is, by any reasonable definition of the term, Malware. Certainly, for my purposes it is and since I have been a paid computer professional since 1982, I feel qualified to make that statement. There is no question in my mind that it is Malware with a capital 'M'. There is no ambiguity here, no gray area. The fact that the perpetrator of this deed lacks a moral compass and a sense of shame for his misdeeds does not make it any be

Do you want the following program to make changes to this computer

Similar to an item mentioned in another article, this is yet another annoying message from Windows: Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer? Program name: Microsoft Windows Verified publisher: Microsoft Corporation File origin: Hard drive on this computer CLSID: {BDB57FF2-79B9-4205-9447-F5FE85F37312} [Yes][No] The above is what you get. Who knows what it's about? Apparently, it is some program *using* Microsoft Windows to do something, but what? Unfortunately, Windows, which in my case was being hijacked by a malicious site won't tell you. You just have to take your chances. In my case, the thing causing this was a 'pop-under' window attempting to serve up an advertisement for through a known adver-spamming outfit at using a tortured series of obscured calls going from one server to another, planting web 'bugs', etc. This is not even close to anything legitimate which I did or would agree to start


Trueswitch had an ugly failure while I was away from my desk. I have no idea what the fix might be, but this is just to let you know that you are not alone. It is no problem for me. I have decided not to go through with the transfer. Your mileage may vary ... HTTP Status 500 - type Exception report message description The server encountered an internal error () that prevented it from fulfilling this request. exception java.lang.NullPointerException esaya.web.Controller.doPost( esaya.web.Controller.doGet( javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service( javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet.service( note The full stack trace of the root cause is available in the Tomcat logs. Apache Tomcat/5.0.18