It’s actually been a few years since I made the attempt to use an encryption program on my WinDoze box but I do recall that it had to be used in a DOS (command line) mode. What you described reminded me of more recent attempts to use executable files which were intended for the command line as they would flash a box on the WinDoze screen then disappear. Give it a try from the command line and see if it doesn’t stay visible long enough to actually work with it.
I’m delighted to read that you’ve installed your WAMP daemons without using a canned package like WAMP or XAAMP. I’m sure that you’ve learned a lot more and will be able to update individual daemons without waiting for the package creator to catch up (and, likely, destroy all the configurations you’ve made to packaged files). I prefer to do that (individual daemons) so I can be assured that I can match my host’s configuration as closely as possible.
Others: I understand that Kevin Yank’s excellent PHP/MySQL/Apache book has been “updated” to use canned installation scripts. However, I still have the older copies of the earlier FREE Chapter 1 (Installation) in which Kevin led the reader through installing and configuring the individual daemons. If anyone wants a copy, PM and I will provide it (assuming SitePoint will not object - albeit free, it is under their copyright) to you.
I have the same STELLAR service from WebHostingBuzz across a shared account, a specialized (Joomla) hosting account and a dedicated account. The staff there are on top of every request very quickly and take the time to explain their resolution to me (always eager to learn despite being an old dog).
[indent]If you can, get your support team to install (and configure) maldet. It’s an application which will perform a nightly (CRON) scan of your webspace (depth adjustable) for any malware (JS insertions to PHP scripts) which may have crept in via an undetected/unmonitored crack in your security. It’s great for giving you peace of mind - as well as detecting, correcting or quarantining and notifying you of any problems which may have crept onto your server.
My mother had a pair of lots at the Camplands just north of Andover and spent her summers there on their private lake. Andover is miles from civilization so she couldn’t get ADSL there but she loved the area, the people and her “summer home” (tornado magnet). Unfortunately, she passed away there in 2009. I’d visited her there a couple of times and found the area … nice … quaint … and a LONG way from anywhere!
I learned my HTML coding using HotDog too many years ago to admit to. I kept away from the WYSIWYG “junk” as their code was crap and, as you discovered, M$ crapware injected proprietary code in everything (talk about bloatware, too!).
I got that book, too, but found that knowing exactly what you want from a website enables you to create your website (especially using PHP include statements for the standardized parts like the masthead, navigation and footer) very precisely. I’m using Dreamweaver (CS5 Master Suite) but rarely am in the Display mode as the code mode is far more efficient. It does allow me to create test sites locally, too, which is very handy (you still have to edit the hosts and httpd-vhosts.conf files).
If you’re still having problems, please PM with a link to the program you’re using and I’ll try to sort though the thing for you.