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The new Vodafone Broadband Contents Control

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I was, sooooo, getting fed-up with the restrictions imposed on me by my new Broadband Service Provider (Vodafone), I couldn’t even check out the “Nord VPN” site, nor follow many links from PC-information sites that I need to follow for information purposes to pass on to the U3A computer group MK.

Vodafone has finally made it easy to change their “security settings”.

  1. Sign-in to your Account Summary
  2. Hit the [Manage content controls] button to the right of Broadband
  3. This takes you to “Content Controls”
  4. Search for and click on “Content Control Profile” or
    click on the [Manage Content control profile] button.
  5. In your “Content Control Profile” you can choose which types of content you want to block. Choose between our Safe, Super safe or Ultra safe profiles, or create your own customised profile.
    1. Safe – Blocks Malicious sites
    2. Super safe – Blocks all content categories apart from Sex Education, Social Networks and Games
    3. Ultra-safe – Blocks all content categories
    4. Custom – Enables you to choose the content categories you want to block
    5. Turn off – Switch off all categories to give you access to all types of content
  6. Once you have made your choice just click on the [Save] button.

I can now access all the sites I want to, and at the end of my investigation, I can reset my safety level to what I think is needed.

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Uninstalling Antivirus and Malware Program’s

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A member of the U3A group had asked me to come and fix her Windows-7 PC. It was slow and sometimes it seemed to hang, plus sometimes she couldn’t get to her web-mail. So, I went, and saw that she Avast antivirus and malware program fighting with MSE for supremacy. Out came my memory stick (a necessary tool for carrying software that is possibly needed) and I started with loading CCleaner and while that was loading I recalled from somewhere deep in my memory that to uninstall Avast you needed to download a a uninstallation programme from Avast. So, we then downloaded the Avast uninstaller onto her desktop and started it, it started nicely with the usual prompts like: “are you sure …” of course I was otherwise I wouldn’t have gone through with the download! After having given permission to carry on I was then told that the uninstaller needed to be run from “safe mode” would I like it to switch to that? And it made the switch and even continued the uninstallation. When that was finished it prompted me to let it restart and restore to normal windows. Once back to the desktop I ran CCleaner to do a registry clean-up.

Then rebooted the PC and started CCleaner again. This time I wanted to see what was left behind in the Startup’s (Tools, Startup) and I also removed some unnecessary background runs (bear in mind that there are 3 different tabs here: ‘Windows’, ‘Scheduled Tasks’ & ‘Context Menu’.

Don’t delete any unwanted actions just “Disable” the ones you think you don’t need!

And a week later I received this recommendation:

Many, many thanks for all the assistance and help you gave me with my computer.
It was more than helpful.
Also my computer is less sluggish now.
Now that was nice, I don’t always get feedback and it made me feel good.