View Poll Results: What Windows Operating System Do You Have?

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  • Windows 95

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  • Windows 98

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  • Windows 2000

    1 4.00%
  • Windows ME or Vista

    2 8.00%
  • Windows XP

    2 8.00%
  • Windows 7

    4 16.00%
  • Windows 8

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  • Windows 8.1

    2 8.00%
  • Windows 10

    13 52.00%
  • I have an APPLE computer

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    Quote Originally Posted by aboutenough View Post
    My wife still uses a Windows 7 computer. Just wondering if AVG and spybot are enough to keep them secure at this point? What do you recommend ?
    There are a host of Anti-Virus software products available today. The important thing is to use a good Anti-Virus product due to current and impending threats. AVG has been listed as one of the good ones and I believe it is also free to obtain. Another one is AVAST that comes highly recommended. I do not use either of them but many others do. If AVG is working good for her then that says enough right there. If not, there are others available to look at. But since she uses Windows 7, be aware that that OS has been the one that has been currently hit the hardest by ransomware. Therefore, extra precautions should be taken such as always being sure that the latest definitions are downloaded and that her system runs a SCAN frequently.

    As for Spybot, that is a long-time product used by many and apparently still going strong. The only thing I've read that some may have some concerns with is that it has become bloated with stuff over time. But again, if it is working and not giving any problems then that could be a keeper!

    Another very good Anti-Spyware product (that is free as well as for purchase) is SUPER ANTI-SPYWARE. It downloads fast and works great! The free version does a very good job though the new definitions have to be manually downloaded but that isn't a biggie. They do keep up with what's a threat out there so expect to find multiple-downloads of new definitions throughout the day. Great Product!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    That's good to know! Glad you were contacted about that to give you the opportunity to protect your computer and email client.

    Let me ask you this. Since you now have Windows 10, there has been talk that it contains some spyware. Have you noticed any difference in anything or were you aware of that?
    I am not experiencing any symptoms of being infected with spyware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    I am not experiencing any symptoms of being infected with spyware.
    @Babba Here's a report about the matter. Worth reading!

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 has permission to watch your every move
    By Vijay Prabhu

    https://www.techworm.net/2014/10/mic...very-move.html
    Last edited by DemoWhip; 25th May 2017 at 08:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    @Babba Here's a report about the matter. Worth reading!

    Microsoft’s Windows 10 has permission to watch your every move
    By Vijay Prabhu

    https://www.techworm.net/2014/10/mic...very-move.html
    That cat has been out of the bag since we all hooked up online.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    That cat has been out of the bag since we all hooked up online.
    Even your "graduate cat" agrees!

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    Exclamation New Android Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Your Data, Google Is Aware of the Issue

    Android News! Do you have an Android device?








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    New Android Exploit Lets Hackers Steal Your Data, Google Is Aware of the Issue
    By Marius Nestor

    "Called Cloak and Dagger, the exploit could allow hackers to steal your information by creating a malicious app that only needs to set two permissions, namely BIND ACCESSIBILITY SERVICE ("a11y") and SYSTEM ALERT WINDOW ("draw on top"), to log keystrokes and steal your passwords and other sensitive information."
    "It's a fact that's not that easy to force users into enabling accessibility permissions, but skilled hackers can trick them into doing so, and once they activate both permissions, they'll be able to install software, steal data from installed apps, and basically take full control of your Android phone without you even knowing."

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    Exclamation Web Browsers and Email Client Discussion

    There may be interest in discussion on Web Browsers and Email Clients as some have expressed an interest and questions on that. Feel free to join this conversation if you have any questions or comments about either.

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    Anyone gotten calls from a person with a South Asian accent (Pakistan/India) purporting that they have detected that your computer's Window's have been infected with a virus? And, for a fee and some ID information, they'll help you remove the virus?

    Bullshit. It's a scam. Those clowns target areas codes and call from area code 844, which if you answer, your will pay for the toll free call. If you follow their instructions you'll implant a virus on your computer.

    My suggestion, if you have caller ID and you receive a call from area code 844, don't answer it. And Windows has warned of such a scam. Don't give personal or financial information to these clowns. Hang up.

    Cheers,

    Bourne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bourne View Post
    ... My suggestion, if you have caller ID and you receive a call from area code 844, don't answer it. And Windows has warned of such a scam. Don't give personal or financial information to these clowns. Hang up. ...
    The bit about paying for 844 area code calls... that's not true. There is no way that you will be charged for answering a call from ANY area code; not unless you verbally accept a collect call. 844 is just a toll-free code, just like 800, 888, 877, and a few others.

    If you get a call from any area code, and they tell you they're from Microsoft, it's a scam. That simple. Area code doesn't matter. Vocal accents don't matter. No one from Microsoft will ever call you regarding your computer.

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    It's a lot easier to change your habits than to make your computer perfectly safe.

    But the OS under Windows is less important than a user with sound habits.

    1) Don't pursue multiple sites and sources based on curiosity alone. If a site is unknown, it's suspect.
    2) When you ignore step 1, be ready with the old 3 fingered salute. Ctrl Alt Del will bring up your control panel. Disable the suspect process. Never trust sudden,unexpected pop-ups, especially those that tell you there is a virus and ask you to pay for their solution.
    3) I use malaware bytes to keep me from visiting bad sites. But if you follow steps 1 and 2, you can just run the free version from time to time to weed out data miners like Pup.

    I use XP, 7 and 10 on various machines and I still like XP the best. 10 wants too much control.
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