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Firefox boss attacks Microsoft over the default browser settings in Windows 10 - Looks like another sachet around the mulberry bush on Microsoft's browser options.

Are there any opinions as to the best anti-virus programs?

Microsoft sinks in antivirus tests, as Avira, Bitdefender and Kaspersky, hit top scores

Windows Defender scraped through the tests with the worst score of all. McAfee, Norton, and Trend Micro products fell short of top points with scores of 17.5, a de facto joint second-place in the consumer rankings.


PC Mag

Bitdefender  (free):

Avira  (free):

Kaspersky (free trial):

Computer Shopper: How to use and tweak the start menu in WIN10.   Lots of tips in this long article.

Which version of WIN10 is best to upgrade to, etc.

The Operating System Pie Chart on the threshold of the WIN10 release. Note that Windows 8.1 is just barely ahead of the Windows XP holdouts. WIN7 is the champ at just under 61%,29492.html

Explore a huge collection of high resolution imagery of the world's historical masterpieces.


Updated 7-21-15: Microsoft releases emergency patch for all versions of Windows.  The flaw, which also affects Windows 10, allows a hacker to take over a machine.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for July 2015 - Published: July 14, 2015

There are four critical and ten important upgrades.


ZDNet on the 14 fixes: 

How to Disable Balloon Notifications and Feature Advertisements in Windows (Requires regedit):

Note: before proceeding, please make sure that you have a good backup of your Windows Registry, just in case.  (How to backup the registry in WIN7, Vista and XP: )

Also, how to clean up the registry:

General Discussion / Re: Computer Power Supplies
« on: July 10, 2015, 09:57:16 PM »
One word of caution relating to the switching of power supplies. The unit being removed probably has a considerable amount of electricity stored within it. Enough juice to give someone a terrible shock. There are even cases of people being electrocuted while handling a charged up power supply. It isn't enough to simply pull the power cord out of its plug. Be sure that you do not touch its power connector contacts and don't try to open the unit case. The referenced article gives you some understanding about this:

Any experienced comments are welcome. Are modern power supplies somehow made safer than they used to be with regard to possible latent electricity discharges?  After a passage of time, the stored energy will doubtless be expended, but how long does that take?  There appears to be no exact rule of thumb about this, other than being sure to be safe, rather than sorry.

General Discussion / Re: Office 2010 - Best Source
« on: July 10, 2015, 09:24:33 PM »
Thanks for your reply, Alan.  I was initially concerned about rumors to the effect that Chinese syndicates were operating out of Canadian based front websites to sell counterfeit programs. I found a USA based software firm, "Software Tent", that includes offers of MS products that MS no longer retails. It has a good WOT rating, so I bought MS Office 2010 Professional (Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Onenote, Outlook and 2010 Tools) for $99.99.  I downloaded it and they provided the key code for installation. MS accepted it and updated the program. That provides a fair amount of software for a reasonable cost.

I installed the Office 2010 on a Vista desktop that I bought back in 2009. At that time, the free upgrade to Win7 was just a few months beyond the expiration date of the offer, so I stayed with Vista. Believe it or not, it is still working OK for what I use it for. I have an ASUS laptop that came with WIN7. So, I will probably upgrade that for free to WIN10, after the frantic upgrade melee settles down. 

If I can find a really good deal on a new WIN10 desktop, that will bring me back to an up-to-date status, that fell woefully behind the eight ball with the WIN8/8.1 fracas. I just couldn't see messing around with 8, so I didn't. I am very encouraged, however, about the foretold positive merits of WIN10, and I feel that a new machine with the latest version of Office (2013/2016, 365) makes the most sense. That would give me a desktop and laptop with Windows 10. Upgrading the Vista machine to WIN 7 ($105.00), and then free upgrading to WIN10, could make sense as long as my desktop holds out. As you say, decisions, choices (etc.).

The Office 365 idea makes a lot of sense, as well. Thanks for taking the time to give me a few pointers.  Doug

General Discussion / Office 2010 - Best Source
« on: July 07, 2015, 01:21:31 PM »
I have a Vista Desktop SP1 that I wish to continue with as I am planning to upgrade to Windows 10 on my Windows 7 laptop first. I need Microsoft Office 2010 for the Vista machine, which MS no longer offers. 2013 will not work with Vista, but 2010 will. Does anyone know of a reliable, and non-pirated source for Office 2010, various versions?

Windows 10's Two Browsers (Edge and IE11) Explained. Internet Explorer is still on the road to extinction.

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