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

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  • Windows 95

    0 0%
  • Windows 98

    1 4.00%
  • Windows 2000

    1 4.00%
  • Windows ME or Vista

    2 8.00%
  • Windows XP

    2 8.00%
  • Windows 7

    4 16.00%
  • Windows 8

    0 0%
  • Windows 8.1

    2 8.00%
  • Windows 10

    13 52.00%
  • I have an APPLE computer

    7 28.00%
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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    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!
    Does windows defender have an antivirus component to it?
    Last edited by steezer; 27th May 2017 at 04:21 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steezer View Post
    Does windows defender have an antivirus component to it?
    Hi Steezer! You have asked a great question! Thanks for that.
    In Windows 8 and 10 it does come with anti-virus protection according to reports. It is a very good program that is non-intrusive and protects in real time. However, it may be the preference of some computer users to use something other than Win Defender if they feel it may offer even more protection. In general, if something is working for you without any problems then imho that is a keeper, if not there are always alternatives. But Windows Defender over-all does a pretty good job in protecting the system and has daily definitions that can be downloaded and installed quite easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    Feel free to join this conversation if you have any questions or comments about either.
    Why does Stephen Hawking's voice synthesizer still sounds like the text-to-speech generator that came with my Apple from the early 90s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    Hi Steezer! You have asked a great question! Thanks for that.
    In Windows 8 and 10 it does come with anti-virus protection according to reports.
    Defender provides anti-virus protection for Windows 7 as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tedminator View Post
    Why does Stephen Hawking's voice synthesizer still sounds like the text-to-speech generator that came with my Apple from the early 90s?
    Perhaps this article may shed some light on the subject.


    Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade: How the Physicist's New Speech Software Works - ABC News
    By Alyssa Newcomb

    "Stephen Hawking's computer speech system got a modern upgrade from engineers at Intel who added predictive text to the decades-old program the scientist uses to communicate with the world."
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    Here's some news about a bug that everyone should be aware of!

    Critical Bug Can Crash Any Windows Version Except Windows 10
    By Bogdan Popa

    "This is where the new bug kicks in. Even though attempts to access $MFT are blocked by default in any Windows version, it appears that pointing directly to this file name in Windows 8.1 and older could cause the operating system to hang or return a BSOD."
    "The path that appears to lock the file is c:\$MFT\123 and running it in Internet Explorer causes Windows to freeze, with no new apps allowed to launch after that. This is because the operating system locks the file and never unlocks it to block any other attempt to access the file system, but at the same time, it also blocks other programs from launching."
    "Microsoft is aware of the bug, the aforementioned source notes, but there’s still no word on a possible patch, with the company likely to wait until next month’s Patch Tuesday to fix it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Defender provides anti-virus protection for Windows 7 as well.
    Thanks for your comment. But actually, Windows 7 does not have Windows Defender. It has Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Here's more on that.

    Protection for your PC
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...tials-download

    "For a PC running an older version of Windows 7, you can download Microsoft Security Essentials for the low, low price of free."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    Perhaps this article may shed some light on the subject.


    Stephen Hawking Gets an Upgrade: How the Physicist's New Speech Software Works - ABC News
    By Alyssa Newcomb
    Cool, but yeah they didnt change the robotic 'voice' though... still sounds like the 90s tech. I guess it's now so associated with Hawking that they kept it the same.

    Hehe I used to leave prank phone messages back then using that same Stephen Hawking 'voice'.. "Hello, this is Stephen Hawking. You have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics"

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemoWhip View Post
    Thanks for your comment. But actually, Windows 7 does not have Windows Defender. It has Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Here's more on that.

    Protection for your PC
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...tials-download
    It's a different name for the same software. "Defender" began as an anti-malware package for XP, but MS began offering full AV protection with MSSE, and then renamed the security suite to Defender with the release of Windows 8. Whatever you call it, Microsoft has offered full AV protection since the release of Windows 7.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    It's a different name for the same software. "Defender" began as an anti-malware package for XP, but MS began offering full AV protection with MSSE, and then renamed the security suite to Defender with the release of Windows 8. Whatever you call it, Microsoft has offered full AV protection since the release of Windows 7.
    Yes, and just as I was saying.

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