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  1. I agree with Alfa, AVG is much better from a performance point of view. I've dumped Norton. You can download tools from Symantec which supposedly remove their software completely, including the Registry. Seemed to work for me. My only quibble is that many of the links for AVG don't work for me, for example www.grisoft.com comes up not found! I downloaded the free version from www.avguk.com I've opted for AVG plus Firewall and I'm currently 20 days into a 30-day free trial; it'll be £31 to buy (2-year licence). Sid  
  2. My advice would be to NEVER reply to anything you're not sure about. Spammers rely on recipients replying, supposedly to 'unsubscribe', they then know that the address was real and from then on you just get loads more of similar rubbish. Sid
  3. I did the simplest thing and typed "cnxmon.exe" into Google. A surprising number of hits! It seems that it's a process belonging to your Wanadoo set up. You do have Wanadoo? http://www.liutilities.com/products/wintaskspro/processlibrary/CnxMon/ http://www.tasklist.org/task_CnxMon_exe_7011.html It appears than it's not essential and you can remove it with a Regisrty edit, although you shouldn't try this unless you're confidant. Always backup the Registry first. Hope this helps Sid
  4. I don't think it's actually "illegal", no-one is going to take you to court I don't think. SKY are bound by their contractual arrangements to only allow subscribers in the UK. They don't actually make it very difficult for us to take our boxes and cards to France, and if you want to take out a subscription and you can supply them with a UK address they'll quite happily provide the service.  
  5. Hi Lautrec I think you've most likely been hit by a virus rather than Spyware. Spyware collects information about you and can also present you with pop-up advertisements. Adaware (free), which you seem to know about, is very good at detecting and removing spyware. To prevent having your pc wiped-out you need a good antivirus package and keep it up to date by regularly downloading the appropriate virus database. Make sure the your email is scanned and never open any email that you're at all unsure about. I'd also add that you should be careful about which websites you visit; many of them install cookies on your pc. They're not necessarily malicious, but you're not to know. The more dubious the website the greater the chance of problems.
  6. We plan a housewarming, but that won't be until May at the earliest... I've got loads of finishing to do inside, including laying tiles which I've already queried on this forum and decorating. We'll invite the builders and neighbours. The builder has asked for some photos of the work and as I've been keeping a photographic record I'll give him (the boss) an album; I can tell he's very proud of the work he's done. We're very pleased too! I think we'll get some decent bottles of something for them.  
  7. Having seen the earlier thread about treating the pompiers I thought I'd ask a similar question about builders. We have a small team (3) doing our renovation and they've done a fantastic job. Don't they work hard? We'd like to say thank you at the end and wondered if other people give a thank you present? And if so, what would be appropriate? I wouldn't want to offer something they would find unacceptable. I'm thinking perhaps a good whiskey; or is a good cognac better? Or something else.... like what?  
  8. A site to try just for spring bedding plug plants is www.jardinexpress.fr.  I bought impatiens and begonias last year and they were spectacular. Mrs Sid
  9. I think the site looks fine. On your travel page you haven't mentioned BMIbaby, they fly to Bordeaux from Manchester and Birmingham and are much more convenient for us folk from t'North !! That's assuming you accept cloth caps etc [:)] Regards Sid
  10. John, Well after all these years, I never knew that, thanks. I stand corrected. I no longer have my UK mobile so I can't try it! [:)] On the trailer question I decided to buy. Everyone seems to have a trailer! If you're planning to do any work yourself a trailer is invaluable and unless you have ready access to borrow one you'll find it very useful. Collecting building materails, taking rubbish to the dechetterie etc. A largish unbraked trailer (Trelgo) cost me 699€.  Watch the weight limit, upto 750kg gross weight you can tow without restrictions, over that weight and it needs its own carte grise and on a French licence I beleive you must have the appropriate category.
  11. But from a UK mobile surely it's 00 33 and drop the first zero? ie (0)2 nn nn nn nn
  12. For a non-environmentally-friendly solution... I asked locals what they do about moles, and the popular method is to clear away the earth from the a recent molehill, find the hole into the tunnel by poking with a stick, and then pour a drop of 'gazole' into the hole! Apparently the moles hate the smell. Sceptical? I was too, but it worked. I had 50 molehills, which may have been made by a single mole (I mean solitary, not unmarried [:)]) but after treatment the garden has been clear for a week now! So, it doesn't kill or maim them, just drives them off (into someone elses garden [:$]).
  13. We inherited a ride-on, or rather, it cost us 800€, when we bought the house. It's a Bricomarche brand "BestGreen". Under the skin it's made by Electrolux, and you'll find that a lot of the mowers sold in DIY stores are basically the same chassis/engine with different bodywork. From the manufacturers label I can see that ours is about 4 or 5 years old, and cuts our 6000 sq metres without trouble. The engine is Briggs and Stratton, again the majority of popular mowers will have this engine. Little maintenance; change the oil, clean the air filter, sharpen the blades, replace the belts when necessary. Common parts, like blades and belts are readily available, and you can get obscure parts direct from the States (I needed a particular spring at one point). For a large area go for a bigger mower rather than trying to cope with a smaller one, ours is 14hp from memory, otherwise you'll get fed up with the time it takes and the mower will be overworked. We didn't have the option of a grassbox, but I use mulching blades and just let all the cuttings get deposited back onto the ground. The busiest time seems to be the spring when the grass in rowing strongly and needs cutting at least once a week. As soon as the hot weather arrives the grass stops gowing vigorously, and in the drought I was only cutting every 4 weeks.
  14. Hello Clair Yes, you are quite right, sorry if I sounded irritable. It is information which is worth sharing. Regards Sid
  15. Hello Clair Your report confirms what we have already discovered, and there has been at least one recent thread on here about it. In our experience complaining will get you nowhere. If you wish to email NTL users (or tesco.net customers) from a Wanadoo account you need to subscribe to a relaying service to get round the problem. A search on these forums will find a couple of recommended relayers. Regards Sid
  16. I'm sure this has been debated before, but the people who receive ICB are, or were, taxpayers too. Whether they live in UK or France they are still incapable of work. The origianl thread was about medicals; if you wish to argue the toss about who should receive what, or just have a sour grapes moan, why not start a new thread?
  17. Carol I've only just seen your question, so I apologise for replying late. The thread seems to have digressed onto blue parking permit complications [:)] My wife was required to attend in Niort for one of these incapacity examinations, it had taken several months to arrange the appointment and we wondered if they had forgotten! The doctor was very polite, but spoke very little English, or at least attempted very little. I suspect that she understood what my wife and I said to each other.  Language wasn't a great problem as the doctor had an enormous English/French medical dictionary!! My wife is deaf, but was required to undress (!), and the examination was quite thorough. The doctor had to fill out a form covering several pages but we did not see what topics it covered. The examination was at the end of November and we've just heard yesterday from DWP that the incapacity payment is to continue and will be reviewed in another 2 year's time. I wouldn't think that it would be necessary to take a translator, I only went along because my wife doesn't hear and it complicates the translation process. Regards Sid  
  18. I purchased a .fr domain through "1 and 1" (www.1and1.fr) The restrictions are due to be relaxed, by the end of 2006 according to 1and1, and until then they retain the ownership, but supply you with a registration certificate showing your claim to the name. The conditions listed on their site are as follows: Informations importantes au sujet des noms de domaine en .fr Depuis le 18 mai 2004, les conditions d'enregistrement ont été simplifiées permettant ainsi aux structures légalement enregistrées en France (entreprises, sociétés, détenteurs de marque, ...) de réserver des noms de domaine en .fr. Afin de permettre aux particuliers de bénéficier d'un nom de domaine en .fr avant la libéralisation du .fr (prévue pour le troisième trimestre 2006), 1&1 Internet a instauré un système de délégation de propriété. Le système est très simple : vous commandez un domaine en .fr à travers le site Web 1&1 le domaine est enregistré au nom de 1&1 Internet vous pouvez déjà utiliser le domaine pour vos emails et votre site Web au moment de la libéralisation, vous faites une demande de transfert pour votre domaine .fr 1&1 permet le transfert de domaines en .fr à condition que le propriétaire reste inchangé. Une société X peut donc transférer son nom de domaine enregistré chez Y vers 1&1 à condition de l'enregistrer en tant que X.
  19. I found this links page on the Harmonie Municipale de Bonneville website; there's a good list of harmonie orchestres and you may find something near you.   http://www.harmonie-bonneville.com/liens-orchestres.html   Regards Sid
  20. Steve That's it! Perhaps "dangle" would be better! The actual "aerial" is too thick for it to plug directly into my USB sockets so I had to use the supplied extension lead, and thus the clutter. I'm now back on my internal wireless card. Sid
  21. The Netgear DG834 (and there are other similar pieces of kit by Lynksys and others) is an ADSL modem/router with a built-in firewall. So it makes the internet connection and you can connect to it either by a LAN cable (up to 4 connections) or wirelessly. In my case my laptop was already wi-fi enabled woth n onboard card, but for the Livebox and Wanadoo software you need to load the provided USB dongle. I hope this makes it a bit clearer. In my opinion it's far superior to the Livebox.
  22. I wouldn't bother with the "helpline". My last (and only) call lasted 50 minutes and cost around 12€ from memory, and at the end of the call I was no wiser then when I started. You could call into a FT shop if you happen to visit your nearest big town? Or post it AR to Wanadoo support? Incidentally did you notice how hot the dongle gets? You don't really need another piece of wire hanging off your laptop, it makes the pc rather cumbersome, n'est-ce pas?
  23. Re. the BBC site; I don't believe it's changed. It recognises the IP address of the viewer and shows the appropriate pages. I like to listen to R5Live football commentaries but for Premiership matches I get a message to say that the service is only available to UK listeners. I haven't logged -in or registered so it's obviously aware of where I connect. 
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