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Guest Chas

Hi Bruce,Yes I had that service running. I believe I turned that one on too, it was certailny running and I left it in that state before turning it off yesterday.Chas.

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Guest Kev_Is_Soaked

I don't use IM's, I also don't download much at all from any less than reputable sources.I run both a hardware firewall AND a virus/spyware solution because it is smart. With todays SPAM threats, and rampant malicious web sites, it is hard to surf at all and keep on a clean track. I don't run any public services from my machine, nor do I broadcast its IP or domain for people to get a hold of..........yet people do find it, and people DO try to break my box. How they find it is beyond me, my guess is that there ARE people out there who do scan entire blocks of IP's out of sheer boredom. At least once per day I have an attempt on my SHH tunnel into my remote desktop... its the only port I have open, and the very reason I use an encrypted tunnel to get into my system from the outside (I need this functionality from work.) The logs are alive with attempted break in's. This is why my system is locked down and SSH is limited to only one hard coded login attempt per minute, and only one account which ISN'T an administrator :)If you are using XP Pro and using all default install settings, I pity you for not running at least some protection against any threats brought by an always-on connection like cable or DSL. I dare you to download Adaware and Spybot just to see what is all on your system.... you will be surprised to say the least!btw> I'm not just talking out of my rear end, I'm a network admin and am responsable for a rather large corporate network.

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This is why I asked. I just don't know what's possible. But in all these years to only have had to deal with one hijack and no viruses or worms that I am aware of; virus checking software and firewall software seem too much trouble to me. As I noted, I do occasionally run Adaware and a couple of other things that supposedly find potentially bad files and registry entries. When I run them, I'll find a few things that are low grade spy threats, but never anything major. I do my best to never open email I don't know what it is, and the reading pane is off.I don't run any windows firewalls (the router etc. do have their firewalls turned on).For any of my accounts that have to do with money (and I ain't got much), I never have windows save my password.Are there any tools I can use to track attacks on my system?Is there any way to determine if these attacks are by people attempting to get in or bots?Perhaps your open port attracts people?Perhaps I just don't have anything important on my system that anybody would want? Maybe I've been attacked and there is nothing to get, lol?Hmm, I guess I should point out that every day I get about 30 or so emails that all have about the same silly subject in them. On top of that, there are a few other spam emails here and there that end up in my junk email bin, and that's about it.Oh, there are a couple emails I have opened that I was curious about. I used to occasionally get these emails that are just blank. Nothing in them, nothing in the subject. Does anybody know what these are? What possible problems can they cause? I haven't seen those for a while though. I don't usually open those, but I have to admit I did open a couple of them.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Guest Chas
http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/164401.jpgHere is an image taken to show scenery level of detail while flying around KPHX. Previously it was impossible with even just a small level of autogen. I can now run down the runway smoothly and fly with incredible buildings detail at 17-25 FPS. The shot indicates a FPS of 20 with the video recorder working at the same time.Chas.

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that looks great. what autogen density are you running on?i get similar fps...my only problem is the stutters that occur when autogen is being populated =[have you done any tweaks?

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Guest Chas

Full auto gen and scenery density. Default xml removed and the autogen FSX cfg tweak, 800 objects per cell. Inspite of that, I don't think there is any more room for any extra autogen.Yes, it's a well tweaked system. Try Latency Cfg for your graphics card and keeping drive defragmented with a quality defragmenter, (complete name method or equivalent). Lot's of posts about the latency tool in this forum.Chas.

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Guest Kev_Is_Soaked

It sounds like you do take care of your machine, and that your usage habits are effective. People like you are hard to come by, I wish half my users on my network were like that :)Anyways, best way to monitor it.... there are a number of ways. Step one would be to have a hardware firewall of some sort. Many routers these days come with a decent quality firewall, and are most effective against normal everyday threats that a software firewall just wouldn't catch.Being vigilant also helps. I tend to actually view my Security and Application event logs every few days, looking for odd things. You can also nail other problems on your machine using these, just by seeing whats being logged here and there. A good tip that I find helps me out a lot, is to make sure that the network icon is ALWAYS showing in my systray (taskbar). You can enable it by right clicking My Network Places, choose Properties, then right click the connection you want to monitor and choose Properties again. There will be a checkbox referring to showing the icon in the systray.Having it down there lets you keep your eye on your connection, seeing it constantly lighting up when your sitting playing Solitaire would indicate a problem, and you best check what's going on.A helpful piece of software that I use is ActivePorts. It's freeware, and shows the active connections, and which processes each connection is being handled by. It takes some googling for a newcomer to figure out if some of these connections are legit or not, but by-far it is a great little tool.Failing that, you can always open a command prompt (START->Run->type CMD and enter) From a command prompt, you can type "NETSTAT" to show open connections. You can get more info typing "NETSTAT -a -b". This will take some time to run through, but very helpful in locating what exactly is talking to what, and where.Really and truly though, most of this is just unneeded unless your REALLY concerned about your system's privacy, or your just looking to learn something neat about networking.

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Thanks for the tips, I will definately check them out. I'd really love a tool that tracked who tried to get on my system, when and for how long. Perhaps netstat does this?Also,What are those blank emails? no attachments, no body, no subject, nuttin'. Were they stripped by my ISP? Did they perhaps have return address turned on so they'd get notified I opened it and maybe other information, too?Those are scary to me.Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Guest Kev_Is_Soaked

Another good tip when it comes to Emails. Turn off the Auto-Preview pane so that emails never auto-show. And only ever open an email if you know who it is from, or are expecting email regarding something in the subject line :)As for Netstat, it will only show current open connections, it won't log them or anything... but still VERY helpful if you suspect something is going on at that particular time.

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Ok, I've run netstat, and I've got two lines stating:a209-246-122-147.deploy.akamaitechnologies.com:http CLOSE_WAIT on ports 1188 and 1189Plus another 4 ports pointing to the pop3 of my website.Anything I should worry about? What program has opened the two lines to akamai tech?I'm imagining that the lines pointing to the pop3 of my website are from outlook checking my mail?Edit:at one point, for a second, I saw 205.252.249.57 from PCCWGLOBAL.NET show Established. Was this somebody logging into my system? Do I have a worm sending info to somebody?Thomas[a href=http://www.flyingscool.com] http://www.flyingscool.com/images/Signature.jpg [/a]I like using VC's :-)N15802 KASH '73 Piper Cherokee Challenger 180

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Guest Kev_Is_Soaked

heh :)A good way of finding some info is my best friend, Google :)I did a quick Google on akamaitechnologies.com and read up on it. At first, it looked like it was related to spyware, but reading more than just a few pages on it showed that the domain is actually related to legit advertising.Did you perchance have MSN running? I believe that MSN will sometimes download ad content from servers in that domain.:)

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Guest Redvan

I started reading this thread, but ran out of time, so I'm just posting my question with out knowing if it's been answered...Chas,What is the process, step by step, on how to do what you did? No matter how unnecessary some may say a step is. Please mention by the step if it's known to be unnecessary. I'd like to try what you did and see what kind of difference it makes on my system (see my specs in my sig). Also if you could post links to the tools that you use, such as better defragmenters, and other things you used.I just got FSX for Christmas. Before I had Demo2 running on this system. I uninstalled Demo2, did NOT do any reg cleanup, and installed FSX Deluxe. So I currently have FSX Deluxe installed and defragged with windows defragger.I will be upgrading from my current 1gig (2x512) PC2700 166MHz, to 2gig (2x1gig) PC 3200 DDR400.

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Guest Chas

I really like this post by BarryWard12345 in this forum. This should give you hope................I hope you do not mind me quoting you Barry :-)QUOTE:"I have just installed FSx on my lowly 3 year old AND XP2400, 1 GiG of slow 266 RAM, 256 ATI Radeon X800 (only running at AGPx4 - due to the motherboard)I also installed the latest version of MS .NET 3 Framework.I started out with default settings as suggested by the programme install - and flying the Baron around St Martin slowly putting various settings up -- I can't get the SIM to go under a FPS rate of 20!!!!!Mind you, I quickly turned all the autogen off - not because it appeared to have any impact on the FPS , but because the autogen trees look terrible. They "glisten" , "scintilate","vibrate" - how can I describe it - does everybody elses autogen trees do this?Anyway, the Sim is highly flyable - not the dog at all that everybody has been saying."BazBazza in Brisbane, AustraliaChas

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Guest Redvan

so you're saying all i need to do is update to .NET 3? I think I already did... What of this movie that plays at the end of the install? I hadn't seen it... also, is there a tool for FSX reg cleanup?

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Guest 2002cbr600f4i

Akamai is a content caching system used on the web. Basically your ISP can have a local Akamai caching server. When you hit big sites like (for instance something like CNN) the first person to hit content on that site will pull the data and it will get put on the ISP's akamai cache server and then get everyone else on that ISP that requests that data will get it from the local Akamai server rather than having to get it from the originating server.It helps a LOT with network traffic for big sites, and speeds up content delivery.--Mike

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Guest NWjetflyer

Hey Chas,I have tried your config settings with NO effect. My framerates did not improve one single bit. I did not give up though, while searching add and remove programs I noticed that after you uninstall FSX the game still leaves "Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable" behind. I have noticed that this is installed when FSX is installed. Also if you have added add-ons to FSX it will leave the FSX folder in your Program files.I use XP Pro with SP2 and the firewall can be a bear to disable. Well time for round 2. NWJetflyerSpecs: Intel P4 3.2 Ghz X800 pro 256 MB Western Digital 120 GB 1 gig system ram

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A quick update,How I installed:1.Completely removed FSX from system INCLUDING Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributed (installed with FSX)- this included cleaning out the PREFETCH and TEMP folders in Windows.2.Completely removed .NET framework 3.0 3.Installed .NET framework 1.14.Installed .NET framework service pack for 1.15.Installed .NET framework 2.06.Installed and ran Software Licensing Reset Tool from Microsoft (KB928080)7.Defragmented my HD8.In the Settings window (Control PanelAdministrator ToolsSettings) Set Windows Installer to ON Set .NET Optimizer to ON Set Windows firewall (SP2 default firewall) to OFF Set all Antivirus settings to OFF(I did all of the above from the settings window it seemed to work)9.Turned off all spybot and Adaware software.10.Installed FSX. I have seen a marked increase in framerates and a significant increasein autogen functions. But still not completely stutter free.Test flight was the Cessna Caravan departing Sea-Tac airport.A few questions,Is there a XML file I need to rename in the sim to help with performance?Is there any .cfg edits I can perform to help also?Specs:Windows XP ProIntel P4 3.2Ghz1 GB system RAMRadeon X800 Pro 256 MB Driver- Catalyst 12-13-2006Western digital 120 GB HD

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HelloI have MS Windows XP Pro and attempted to go to:Control PanelAdministrator ToolsSettingsHow ever under Admin Tolls I did not see "Settings" Can you please help. I use classic view. Please advise, sorry for being a beginner.Also, I have dual 160 hard drives from WD. FSX is presently set up by its self on the second internial HD (F) drive by itsself. I did not install a second OS. Thus with FSX and the FSGen DVD's instaled, after defragmentation (windows tool) so far about 30 gigs are used of the 160 gigs in the second (F) hard drive.I appreciate any help.Thank you.Mark.System:OS:MS Windows XP Professional, Ver 2002 Service Pack 2 Hardware:Intel Pentium® 4 CPU 2.802.84 GHz, 3.00 GB of RAM Radeon X1600 Pro 512MB running a 21/19.6 Sony Flat Screen Tubed Monitorand a 17/16 NEC/Mitsubishi Tubed MonitorGeForce FX 5200 128MB running a NEC/Mitsubishi 18 Flat Panel

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Guest NWjetflyer

In the classic view:Start>Settings>Control panel>Administrator Tools>Settings Icon Sometimes it is listed like this:Start>Settings>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrator Tools>Settings IconIn the default XP view:Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Administrator Tools>Settings iconMake sure you have administrator rights on your computer: If it is a work or other computer you will have problems.

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Guest Redvan

i dont even see a "Settings" icon following that path...I see a "Services"...

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