If you search through my posts from 2010 I responded on this site to a rash of misinformation in the news about man in the middle attacks related to HTTPS transactions over ANY connection type including wireless at your local Coffee shop or McDonalds.
Then as now, if your browser is using HTTPS and the web site you are visiting is ALSO using HTTPS, it would take 1000s of modern computers years to decipher the encrypted content. So change your password at your bank and other sensitive sites once a year, every quarter if you would prefer to be ULTRA safe.
The part Target COULD have paid attention to, is that I said in that post on May 18, 2010:
Your credit card is more likely to be compromised by the database of the merchant, than via your secure transaction. This can and does happen frequently. It is still a much more secure method of purchasing than when you visit a store in person.
Evans Computer Consulting at Evanscomputers.com on May 18, 2010
This is one of the bugs that exist in the recent AMD drivers for the 5700 XT. It may also exist for other AMD cards with this driver or for this card on the 20.4.2 or 20.5.1 driver. This one was very difficult to isolate. I enabled the “Video Replay” feature in the AMD driver panel. A few days later many of my favorite games started to “hitch or stutter” during random events in the games I play. One of my favorite games that worked flawlessly before the change is Kingdom Come: Deliverance. I spent some time searching for any solutions.
I tested temperatures and enabled logging for temperature events, I looked at SMART data for my NVMe drives, I ran the typical sfc /scannow. I checked DirectX diag log files. Spent a lot of time searching for the proverbial needle in the hay stack that changed my performance.
RESULT: Disable the Video Replay in the AMD Video Driver panel and test your results. This solved my problems in Kingdom Come: Deliverance and in other titles on my system.
If you are experiencing an error running the userbench suite of tests, and the error indicates “ERROR: Sphere GPU benchmark failed, aborting further tests on this GPU” then this MAY solve your issue.
I isolated this error on my system to the Nahimic service that is a part of the Realtek Audio driver package. To verify this as the cause on your system:
Open the control panel.
Administrative Tools applet. *You may need to change the view in your control panel to large icons to see this as an icon. Check the drop down menu at the top right area of your control panel.*
Click on Services.
Disable the Nahimic service by right clicking on it in the list, properties, then disable. Reboot for that change to take effect.
IF userbench now runs successfully, then Nahimic service IS the cause. The real solution is to update the Nahimic service to the latest version. In my case I have an ASUS Z370-E Motherboard and there is an update package on the ASUS Support page. IF you have a Z370-E here is the link for the audio driver update. You probably will need to find the update that corresponds to your motherboard at the manufacturer’s web site of YOUR motherboard.
Download the update.
Extract or unzip or unpack the update.
Run the Setup.exe file.
Say yes to the prompt to uninstall your existing driver and install the new one.
Reboot when it suggests.
Wait for the installer to resume after the reboot.
Reboot again after the install completes.
Run the AsusSetup.exe to update the Nahimic service, this won’t work correctly if the service is disabled. Enable it and reboot if necessary. Reboot again AFTER the AsusSetup.exe completes it’s install.
Test userbench with the new version of the Nahimic service running.
AMD released 20.1.2 Version of the AMD RADEON drivers on January 15th of 2020. This new driver is supposed to enhance the features of online streaming. I still have to revert to the 19.11.3 version to get basic functionality for all of the games I play on a regular basis. HELLO AMD are you listening to any of those of us who purchased your 5000 series cards to play games with? We would appreciate a Video driver update that works to solve problems like black screens during a game, animations of fires that are blue with no hint of red or yellow, sudden optimizations that drag the FPS into the snail zone and so on. Without basic functionality, the frills you add won’t matter in the least. I’d really like to see RADEON topple Nvidia from it’s lofty perch but at this point, I’m leaning towards Nvidia for my next video card. Overpriced? Absolutely! Nvidia drivers function out of the box with each rendition of the driver nearly every time.