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Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:43 PM

Did Facebook just highjack my computer?

Desktop Windows 7 Firefox. I had five or six tabs open and for some reason was on Facebook which I have been avoiding lately. Everything kind of bogged down like it can does at times, but I couldn't shut any tabs I couldn't close the window I couldn't get to my email. Finally I managed to close a few tabs by clicking on the little dealey in the tray and Xing those out. Including and especially the Facebook one. So while it wasn't on a tab, the FB page was still there and I could even continue scrolling. But I couldn't shrink the window or switch tabs. I couldn't x the window out. I finally rebooted couldn't shut Firefox down had to force it. What the hell was that?

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Reply Did Facebook just highjack my computer? (Original post)
Kali Jun 2020 OP
ZZenith Jun 2020 #1
Kali Jun 2020 #4
ZZenith Jun 2020 #7
mikeysnot Jun 2020 #2
Kali Jun 2020 #5
mikeysnot Jul 2020 #13
Kali Jul 2020 #14
sobenji Jun 2020 #3
Kali Jun 2020 #6
OAITW r.2.0 Jun 2020 #8
Kali Jun 2020 #9
Foolacious Jun 2020 #10
Binkie The Clown Jun 2020 #11
LuckyLib Jul 2020 #15
Binkie The Clown Jul 2020 #16
JDC Jun 2020 #12
LeftInTX Jul 2020 #17

Response to Kali (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:44 PM

1. Delete your Facebook account and see if that helps.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:50 PM

4. no shit, huh?

ugh. sometimes you get a link, and get trapped...

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Response to Kali (Reply #4)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:54 PM

7. My advice might have sounded flippant but wasn't meant to be.

A lot of our internet weirdness vanished once my wife deleted her account.

If you have ever looked at your server logs and seen how often Facebook gets pinged back you’ll understand why.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:48 PM

2. Check to see if you computer can handle the upgrade to win 10.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-specifications

You can upgrade to the free one if you meet the requirement.

Win 7 is dead get off it asap.

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Response to mikeysnot (Reply #2)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:51 PM

5. I have a laptop with 10

and I notice that I am almost always here on the the desktop instead.

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Response to Kali (Reply #5)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 12:24 PM

13. Check the link out, if you desktop

can handle the specs, I can send you the link to the free MS update.

I have to look for it again. Did all my systems this winter.

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Response to mikeysnot (Reply #13)

Wed Jul 1, 2020, 10:43 PM

14. I meant that I just havent made the mental change

and prefer 7.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:50 PM

3. Try shutting down running programs using task manager

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Response to sobenji (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 05:53 PM

6. you mean if it happens again?

all running programs? I think I have been in task manager before for some reason, and it was out of my comprehension

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Response to Kali (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:31 PM

8. Right click on the task bar and select Task Manager. Click on processes tag.

Click on CPU and/or Memory - this will sort the apps from hi/lo or lo/hi to see which apps are hogging the resources. Right now my Opera browser is feeding on 692MB of memory.

If I right click on the Opera app and select "End Task", this will shut down the app immediately.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #8)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 06:36 PM

9. when I look

it is listing firefox 5 times. is that normal? right now I have one tab open and it has 5 listings

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Response to Kali (Reply #9)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:00 PM

10. That's normal for Firefox.

(I'm assuming you mean that you have one Firefox window open, with five tabs open within it.)

Not all browsers use memory, or are managed by Task Manager, the same way. Some browsers might only show a single instance in Task Manager no matter how many tabs you have open. In fact, I use Opera, and Task Manager shows one instance no matter how many tabs or separate Opera windows I have open.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 07:07 PM

11. I once joined facebook.

It took me 45 minutes to discover what a mistake that was, so I deleted my account and never looked back.

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Response to Binkie The Clown (Reply #11)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:03 PM

15. I have an account, use it to see a few friends. Maybe twice per year.

Do they make it easy to delete it? I'm not tech savvy, and hate getting trapped in internet hell.

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Response to LuckyLib (Reply #15)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 04:33 PM

16. This was several years ago.

I was able to delete my account quite easily as I recall. A few clicks, several "warning" screens, and it was done.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Tue Jun 30, 2020, 09:11 PM

12. TBH, this was the initial reason I refused to get a FB account

My kids had accounts and it basically worked itself into everything; becoming impossible to remove. I had to blow out the OS and put my foot down on "never again"

Good luck with you machine, I hope it cleans up.

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Response to Kali (Original post)

Fri Jul 31, 2020, 08:08 PM

17. A resource hog

Much, much worse for me is email.
I still have AOL..I just go to the their website and don't use their software.

If I leave the AOL site open, eventually my computer freezes up. I don't know if it is the AOL site or email itself.

I'm on Win 10 and use Firefox.

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