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  1. Harsh VAR. Dier's knee and shoulder looked to be keeping Lundstram onside.
  2. There are mixed reviews about Shell Energy on Trustpilot, but, overall, 4 out of 5 stars. Some of the reviews are not pleasant reading (especially if you have an aversion to long, abusive rants in uppercase...). But credit due to Shell for at least being willing to reply there in a calm manner.
  3. So the scam's not as clever as I imagined. OK, so pressing 1 still gives the opportunity for a wind up 👍
  4. It's the first time I've come across this line of attack. Rather annoying, because I do enjoy the occasional wind up of a "human" caller.
  5. I've had a couple of landline calls in recent days where there is a recorded message played: "Openreach" going to disconnect me, and "Amazon" going to charge me for something or other. Both ask you to "press 1" to talk to a manager or whatever. I suspect doing so would trigger a call to some premium rate number... Anyone else experienced this?
  6. Oh... OK... The flippant answer would be because it's the only way I can get a stable connection! But there's more to it than that... I originally started using a VPN several years ago. I do a fair bit of travelling out east (China, Philippines, Singapore), and felt the need to have something on my phone that provided privacy/security and obviated geoblocking, so a VPN was the obvious answer. I tried two or three before plumping for ExpressVPN - not cheap, but seems to be the best regarding logging, DNS leaks, and WebRTC leaks. My main use for it has always been phone - also useful on public w-fi networks here. But it does come with a Windows client. There's mostly been no need to use that, but it has proved a godsend more than once. I have a (personal) website and on two occasions I have been unable to access it or its cPanel via my ISP. The first was a routing black hole several hops outside my ISP: VPN fixed that while I went through long and painful discussions with my ISP to accept it and negotiate with the offenders (Call27) to sort it. Then, more recently, my webhost was blocking access from this PC because the shared address that my ISP assigns appeared on several blacklists: VPN was the temporary solution, fixed IP the permanent. And now this latest issue. So, in the past, generally no need or reason to use a VPN on the PC: but it was always there for emergencies, and now it's a necessity.
  7. I came across the concept of "malformed LSPs" today. This is a new one on me, but symptoms certainly match mine and it's obviously not an area that I've considered. The fix is to do a "netsh winsock reset", but there are reports of this screwing up internet connectivity altogether, so I'm leaving this as a last resort (i.e. until even the VPN stops working).
  8. I seem to be getting a mixture of weirdness if I try to connect to websites using IP address. The first one I tried (from Chrome) was to 184.72.104.138 (duckduckgo). This seemed to do a reverse DNS lookup to get the hostname, and then tried to resolve that to an IP address! Which timed out, of course... Yet, other IP addresses seemed not to trigger a reverse DNS lookup, just gave "site can't be reached, took too long to respond". I'm even having trouble connecting to the router: the web interface is hit and miss; sometimes, ping and tracert are instantaneous, other times they just time out... This is all becoming far too tedious, and I think I need to wait for inspiration to arrive. Just have to accept that I need to use a VPN on this machine.
  9. Yes, I've tried setting different DNS servers on the router, but no joy. This 1903 thing... I'm not sure whether or not that's getting sidetracked on a separate issue. I'd like to back out of it, but the manual uninstall instructions refer to components that do not exist on this PC (e.g. there is no C:\Windows10Upgrade\ folder) so I'll have to tread carefully over that. For now, I've just renamed the c:\windows\UpdateAssistant folder which was created by KB4023814 (I think!)... Yes, I've thought about getting a list of IP addresses - but keep forgetting to do so! Now done and I'll give it a go once I'm out of the VPN.
  10. Just an additional thought... I'm running Windows 10 1803. The issue seems to have started occuring around the time of update KB4023814, which is the nag to upgrade to 1903 (and which keeps failing with Error 0xc1900223...). Of course, this update does not show in the list of uninstallable updates because it's not considered installed until 1903 installs succesfully... But it can be uninstalled manually it seems, so I'll have to give that a try. Grasping at straws on this, though, because I can't see any reports of that screwing up a NIC!
  11. I've tried setting DNS servers both on the NIC and defaulting to router settings, but it makes no difference. The VPN I use is ExpressVPN. If it's not connected, then the NIC shows the DNS servers that I would expect (8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 at the moment). I have already posted a query to them regarding a possible stream of SSL connections to the bare NIC address (i.e. 192.168.1.10) from 45.56.130.124 (which I do not recognise), but that may be one of their servers so I'll have to wait till they respond; I can then try to push this issue on to them to see if they have any ideas before I try reinstalling the VPN (I don't want to risk losing my only way of connecting just yet!).
  12. Right, I've now had someone move the PC down next to the router. Ethernet connection works just fine... wi-fi still shows the usual issue... As you say, a lot of your suggestions are "simple diagnostic routine" - and things I tried before I posted here: uninstalled and reinstalled the NIC, rechecked IPv4 settings, checked driver is up to date. I do not see that proximity of PC to router is a consideration: the connection via the VPN must use the same wi-fi NIC, and all speeds are excellent that way, so no channel/signal strength problem; and the issue still occurs when the PC is right next to the router anyway. I hope I'm not coming across as unnecessarily intransigent over this, and I do appreciate suggestions, but it's been an irritant for 9 days now and I'm running out of ideas about where to look.
  13. We live in an age of charm... As I replied to Ghozer, whether it works over ethernet or not does not matter - it's *still* going to be an issue affecting the wi-fi... which is what I use... and which I'm trying to get a handle on. And let me explain something to you which I hoped would be unnecessary: I don't have a long ethernet cable so moving the PC downstairs would be the only option. But, at the age of 71, and already having suffered a fall on the stairs this year resulting in a dislocated shoulder, there is no way I'm going to attempt that!
  14. No, I said "internet connectivity via wi-fi " and " it *seems* to be random DNS timeouts ". The timeouts are the manifestation of the wi-fi problem; at no point did I say "it was a DNS issue", and I tried to eliminate the problem as a pure DNS issue by trying alternative DNS servers. Connecting over ethernet will not help solve this: if it works, then it's local to the wi-fi card; if it doesn't, then it's somewhere else - but it's *still* an issue affecting the wi-fi card, and that's what I'm trying to dig into. And only affecting a wi-fi connection when I'm not using a VPN.
  15. The PC is upstairs, too far from the router to run a cable, and I'm not going to move it. But I don't see what that would prove: it's an issue with the wifi card, not the Ethernet port.
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