I'm a Mac - Stuck with Windows

Hi Experts,

I'm a longtime Mac user, but stuck temporarily with a Windows desktop while my Mac is in for repair. It's been ages since I've used Windows! I'm HATING it!

Here is some system detail : Windows XP Pro SP3, IBM Thinkpad, Pentium 1.70 GHz, 512 MB RAM.
Default  browser Firefox ver. 3.6.13

Here is my annoying problem : a few days ago I was watching videos on YouTube and Windows?/Firefox? popped up a message that asked if I wanted to install a certain "filter" of some sort. I didn't know what it was about, but I figured it was likely a security issue, so I  clicked "Yes." Now, videos won't play in Firefox at all - just get black screen - no audio either.

......now I remember why I hate Microsoft......
jbm4Asked:
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roylongConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Are you connecting to the router via wifi?

The download you specified sounds safe.

Have you tried an alternative browser?
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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
This problem is fixed in version 10 of the Adobe Flash Player plugin. To get the latest version of Flash, download it from the Adobe website. (click: http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer )
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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
I would completely uninstall Shockwave and Flash, and reinstall.
uninstall : http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/141/tn_14157.html
Install : http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
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jbm4Author Commented:
hello marahman,

No go. I followed your instructions to a "T", but no change.

This whole "Flash" issue is very strange. You may have noticed that I have an old Question left open on this exact same issue, but which was occurring with my Mac. Here's the weird part : on my Mac, the issue just mysteriously solved itself one day - I didn't do anything (knowingly) to make Flash work again. One minute I had no video capability, the next minute everything was A-OK!

Go figure!
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roylongCommented:
Number one: there is a hoax flash download which infects windows, are you sure this wasn't malware infection that you installed.

Two: do you think the issue may be external to your computer? your ISP may be?
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jbm4Author Commented:
hi roylong

Hey! we've met before!  [canIhaveyerautograph?]

Not our ISP, cause other computers in the house are playing video ok.

I downloaded Flash from the company website - at least I thought so - is this hoax download delivered from an actual phishing site, or from an obvious 3rd party site?
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roylongCommented:
hey!
The hoax is in a popup/wepage which looks exactly like the flash popup from Adobe.. ..and automatically installs when you click.  If you went directly to the adobe site for the download then chances are you are safe.

How are you connecting to the router which connects you to the Internet?
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jbm4Author Commented:
hi roylong

My internet connexion is Shaw hi-speed cable. Is that the info you wanted?

Tx for the alert on the hoax Flash page and download. Could you clarify something for me? When you say it automatically installs itself, do you mean it does so directly upon completing the download?

My download went  to my Downlaods folder, then I had to go to Downloads to click/install - after that the install required a few more clicks to authorize, confirm...etc. That sounds safe, no?.
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Raheman M. AbdulSenior Infrastructure Support Analyst & Systems DeveloperCommented:
Try restore to previous good configuration and see if it works
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jbm4Author Commented:
roylong

There's a good idea! I'll try that right now and get back to you! DOH!!!
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jbm4Author Commented:
1. Wifi - No!
2.Haven't tried alternative browser. Will do so in few minutes.

PS: The darn System Restores have all failed!
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jbm4Author Commented:
HI roylong:

u da MAN!

I opened IE and tried a YouTube video. Windows immediately notified me that i needed a new plugin for Flash and took me to the Adobe download. I downloaded - installed . Bingo! I have video capability in IE. THEN came the real test: Will video play in Firefox? YES IT WILL!
Amazin'. [first time I've seen Windows do something intelligent!] < Sorry, I have a dread and loathing of anything Microsoft. It's been my experience that Windows is totally DUMB!
IGNORE ME  WINDDWS FANS!

TX, ROYLONG
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