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Hereís the Best Antivirus Software for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 PCs, According to Tests.


Windows 10 Build 14352 lets Windows Insiders run two antivirus programs on their PC.
Released on Thursday, May 26, 2015.

PC World

How to go back to Windows 7 or 8 after an unwanted Windows 10 upgrade.
(Itís now possible for your computer to be updated to Windows 10 without your explicit consent.)

5-26-2016: Commentary on the above:

>>> 5-30-2016 - How to get Windows 7's Start menu in Windows 10: You might prefer to keep Windows 10 as long as you can have the Windows 7 Start Menu.

Classic Shell (three options):

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2016

There are eight critical and eight important security updates.

Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for March 2016.

There are five critical and eight important security updates.

ZDNet on the Severity Ratings (critical/important, etc.):

General Discussion / Re: Ralph Sutter APCUG Award
« on: February 20, 2016, 11:44:34 AM »
A well deserved honor, to be sure. Ralph has kept Slo Bytes alive and well with his persistent, dedicated efforts. The quality website and Bulletin Board are very much appreciated. Thank you, Ralph. 

General Discussion / Re: Dashcam Video - Arroyo Grande to Photo Group Site
« on: February 16, 2016, 08:55:06 PM »
Alan is lucky he didn't get a ticket for all those spontaneous bursts of speed......    lol    ::)

                              8)                           C:-)

Yesterday, I received an email that announced that Picasa, a photo program, was to have its support ended in April and Google pictures would be taking its place. I had Picasa on one of my desktops long ago, and as I recall, it became so bloated and space hogging that I deleted it. Having read of its impending doom, I considered taking one last look at it to see if I might like to just have it installed off to the side for whatever potential reason might reveal itself.   BIG boo-boo!

I guess that most of us are fed up with foistware. I certainly am. But, this lovely program must be avenging its ultimate demise, or something to that effect. I downloaded what I thought was the program, but it was the installation program. Along with my gullible act of innocence, the mere placing of this "installation program", brought with it a hijacking of my primary Firefox browser. First, it hijacked Chrome, which is an infrequently used back-up browser, and converted it to a "fast bestbrowser". But, it also closed Firefox and placed it in a new series of directories, under this same foistware browser.

When I caught on to what was happening, I uninstalled this new browser and the installation program. I might have tried reinstalling Firefox first, to see if that would retrieve it from its hijacked captivity. Iobit's Uninstaller revealed that it had also installed two other programs, which I then removed.

Last, but not least, was the group of folders that held Firefox captive. So, I removed that too, and there went Firefox along with it. Fortunately, I had just completed backing up my drive C:\ with Acronis True Image, so I restored Firefox, along with the rest of the system drive's programming, in almost the exact state things were in when I inadvertently uninstalled Firefox. My Thunderbird downloaded email was still on my server's website, so none of that was lost either.

This goes to show just how ruthless some of the free programs can get, especially in their death throes. A novice computer operator would have had a problem getting their browser back and removing all the malicious foistware.

I think it would be best for most PC users to let Picasa go by the wayside. I still don't know how much worse it might have gotten if I had installed Picasa after the installation program performed its scheming exploitation.


Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for February 2016.

There are six critical and seven important security updates.

General Discussion / A comprehensive weather site.
« on: February 09, 2016, 10:56:34 AM »
A comprehensive weather site.

General Discussion / Change the Audio-Video program to MPC-HC.
« on: January 30, 2016, 04:32:17 PM »
Ralph, First, to mention that the new MS Comfort Mouse 4500 is working great and presumably the double loads and error message problem is a thing of the past.  Doug

Now, another item that I replaced was my audio video player. The foistware "offerings" from the GOT player finally "got" to me alright, so I searched for a replacement. After uninstalling GOT from my computer, I installed the MPC-HC player and got away from the irritation of foistware put over by them, with their every upgrade. When I installed MPC-HC, I found that there is no foistware, as advertised, and the video playback is much improved. Video imagery with jerking and interruptions can really detract from the experience. So, if you wish to consider an alternative to the foistware peddlers, with what I found to be improved performance, you might try MPC-HC:

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