There's always a reason. I would recommend doing it eventually, but let's take a look at the Plugins.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Restarting the computer will take half an hour due to...well, I still don't know why for sure but I'll just go with parts 2 and 3.
Keep this updated; you could disable it if you don't feel like you have any need to open PDF files in your browser, but this is useful for speedy opening of your PDFs.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Adobe Acrobat 18.104.22.1685
This one is fine, but if you're not going to too many websites that specifically play DivX video (YouTube, Hulu and most others do not require the DivX plugin) it can be safely disabled until you find that you need it again. If you find that none of the websites you go to require the plugin, you can safely remove it.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:DivX Web Player 22.214.171.124
This appears to be a plugin related to Bittorrent. It stands for Delivery Network Acceleration. I don't use web-based Bittorrent software or plugins mainly because I feel that there is no way to verify their safety, and I'm not sure what use you get out of it if it doesn't give you the option in the Addons list. For now, disable it, and I'll see what I can find later.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:DNA Plug-in 126.96.36.199
Disable. These appear to be AOL-related plugins, at least from what I can tell, and these versions are known to have security flaws.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:downloadUpdater 188.8.131.52
I'm not sure what functionality you gain from this that you wouldn't get from the iTunes application itself, but you can either disable it or update it, your choice.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:iTunes Application Detector 184.108.40.206
Just remember to keep it updated.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Java(TM) Platform SE 7 U11 10.11.2.21
This appears to have some uses if you plan to open up MS Office files (.doc, .ppt, .xls, etc.) in Firefox. If so you can keep it. Otherwise, you can disable it.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Microsoft Office Live Plug-in for Firefox 2.0.4024.1
This would be for playing WMA and other types of media in your browser. Not exactly necessary, since YouTube and other streaming-video sites often use Flash or Quicktime instead. I would say disable it, but you can keep it enabled if you know that you have some use for it.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Microsoft Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin 220.127.116.11
Make sure you have the latest version.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:QuickTime Plug-in 7.7.3 18.104.22.168
These aren't really necessary unless you stream Real media files online. Disable it unless you know you have use for it.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:RealPlayer Version Plugin 22.214.171.1248
RealPlayer(tm) G2 LiveConnect-Enabled Plug-In (32-bit)126.96.36.1990
Shockwave was acquired by Adobe, so now it should be the "Adobe Flash" plug-in and whatever they're calling that second one now. Of course, it's just a name, but you should probably just update them as necessary.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Shockwave Flash 11.5.502.149
Shockwave for Director 188.8.131.525
It's usefulness is apparent if you use a lot of Silverlight apps. Keep it updated.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Silverlight Plug-In 4.1.10329.0
Assuming you have the VLC media player, this would be good for video compatibility purposes.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:VLC Web Plugin 184.108.40.206
The purpose of this app is to aid in processing the graphical user interface (GUI). I consider it to be safe.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Windows Presentation Foundation 3.5.30829.1
A good policy is to check at least weekly for updates to all your software. Doing so will allow you to keep your system secure.Shadowed State of Mind wrote:Just noticed that a fair amount of these need to be updated.
Warbear wrote:Alright, hey guys. Here's a toughy for you. I have been getting an error (0x00000f4) leading to a BSOD on a damn near constant basis as of late. This happened once about a year ago and by sheer luck, the grace of the gods, and clever hard drive partioning, I managed to beat it. It has, however, risen from the ashes like a newborn ass-phoenix. I can tell as far as that it's either an issue with the hard drive, its ports, or the motherboard itself. The error occurs when my laptop completely loses my hard drive and doesn't recognize it as existing (even though it's integrated and couldn't have just slipped out (it's screwed in)). It has nothing to do with my install of Windows because I have formatted the disc and installed 7 clean DOZENS OF TIMES. So if any of you know of a fix for this or what the issue might even be, let me know.
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