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    • in reply to: Windows 7 AV solutions beyond EoS #2123859

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      https://lmgtfy.com/?q=kaspersky+ties+to+russian+intelligence

      At some point this past summer or early fall, I got tired of Avast (free) under performing.  Manual context menu scans wouldn’t work even after multiple “repair” & uninstall/reinstalls.

      Next I tried BitDefender (free) thinking it was decent enough by recommendations here.  What I didn’t like about it was that it didn’t have a “quick scan” option.  So it got uninstalled too.

      Avira (free) was where I landed.  It has a quick scan.  While the context menu scan still isn’t 100% I figured it’s better than Avast where I feel I dodged a bullet.

      Avira combined with Malwarebytes & SuperAntiSpyware on demand keeps me confident.  uBlock origin Firefox add-on seals the deal.

      To each his or her own.  It’s tricky finding what works for our own individual needs sometimes.  This topic will be a good thing to have to refer to.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Who would trust a Chinese browser ?

      In November 2016, the original Norwegian owner of Opera sold his stake in the business to a Chinese consortium under the name Golden Brick Capital Private Equity Fund I Limited.

      That surprised me a bit because I only recently found Opera runs faster than Firefox on my outdated Android.  Sadly, it seems the owners may not be trustworthy because the “party” will undoubtably have a say in the matter.

      https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSObiJnNKLa

      My slightly off-topic position.
      What’s also troubling is the lack of choices in that Firefox wants to be like Chrome.I’ll minimize my exposure to all tings “alphabet” related because they only want to abuse my data.Brave might be nice, but it’s not available to my phone until I get a newer one.  If only there was some actual choice in the device matter.  Android or iPhone, shakesfist. Let’s have another browser war.  And while we’re at it, perhaps another type of contest with various mobile OS’s competing for the mobile device market.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: Patch Lady – what about media center? #2040224

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      VLC plays everything on most platforms.  My daily driver for many years.

       

      Also, agoldhammer, there might be a way to get untied from Windows Media Center.
      Give these a read.
      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/win7-media-center-replacement/
      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/search/videolan/

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015207

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      After hiding the previews the SSU (4524445) showed up as expected.

      Rescanned & this showed up.  4524104 .NET pub.date 100819.  It should’ve been installed last month, which is strange.  Update history shows nothing.  The last one being from the september group 4514604 installed 100219 along with the others.  Decided to hide it, rescanned & got another 4514604 dated 091019, WTH.

      Rescan, hide, repeat…

      *4507422 (pub.date 070919) important
      .NET previews appeared too, hiding those also
      *4499408 (051419) important
      *4487080 (021219) important
      *4471989 (121118) important
      *4457920 (091118) important
      *4459924 (100918) optional
      *4345592 (081418) important
      -4340558 (071918) important
      -4099635 (051718) important
      #4055266 (010918) important
      #4076494 (021318) optional
      *4041085 (091217) important
      -4049017 (112717) optional
      *4019114 (050917) important
      -4043767 (101017) optional
      -4014983 (041117) important
      -3205404 (061317) important

      * update notes said installed
      # update notes said ignored
      – update notes show nothing

      Update history 2016 lists separate updates for 4.5.2 (3142030) & 3.5 (3142026) amongst others that year. Same with 2015 which didn’t start until August (3072307). No record of 2014 updates which is strange as this Asus laptop was purchased Nov.2013.

      I’m not overly concerned by this behavior.  Only posting it in case others may have had similar results & might be wondering if it was just them.

      Happy holidays.

       

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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      • in reply to: MS-DEFCON 4: Time to get the November patches installed #2015355

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        AskWoody Lounger

        @abbodi86, thanks for saying that fella.  My notes indicate that there were consistent issues with .NET from late 2017 until August 2018.  Therefore I skipped a couple early on, hence the notation about ignoring.

        I went back & checked my QualityCompat key  and all is as it should be despite not having installed 4056898.  I’m fairly certain that it was also verified Jan.2018 or thereabouts.  At any rate, it’s good to know I’m squared away in that regard.  Still strange that these critters decided to do what they did today, shrugs.

        Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: A few notes about the Brave browser #2013365

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      For what it’s worth, when I did a test for Brave a while back, I didn’t install it.  I used the portable version.  Perhaps others will find that method useful.

      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/brave-browser/#post-1959140

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • in reply to: Patch Lady – did Xfinity go too far? #1982666

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Nothing would please me more than to see comcast lose a chunk of their profit.

      In my town of 150,000 in northern Illinois they are a regional monopoly.  If a person wants cable broadband, they get comcast because no other provider offers it.

      They scam the c*** out of us with their bundles & fees that vary like the weather.  After the promotional offer expires, the bill goes up.

      They finally got mine up to 96 dollars a month & I had enough.  I only have basic TV & internet.  I complained that this is no way to retain a customer in good standing of over 15 years.  My payments were always on time.  Maybe it’s time I switched to dish network.  When they lowered it to 68 I was gratefully surprised until the following year when the price went up 8 or 12 bucks.  They informed me that they don’t have a flat rate while reminding me that the cost of doing business will increase occasionally.  Don’t I like the speed increase?  Holds tongue, tells them professionally that comcast lost a significant case with the state of Washington & that this is only the tip of the iceberg because there are soooo many other examples of unhappy customers.

      Every year when my rate goes up, I have to negotiate to get it lowered.  They always manage to scare up a promotion that will make up some of the difference, but not all.  Exhausting doesn’t describe it enough.

      Cutting the cord is probably in my future.  If only I could do it sooner rather than later.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: make the threads temporally linear #1982153

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      I used to be a strong advocate of the linear model until I saw Woody’s reply to the quoted post in the OP.

      What I learned from his post was that WoodPress functions better for the greater good as nested.  While I certainly don’t prefer it, I can accept it because having stability is much more valuable to the entire community.

      Thanks Woody, frequently learning here Purg is.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: My solution to the demise of Windows 7 #1980292

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Sitting in the same boat to a degree.

      While I have a few more years to go on my own machine, I help a few Win7 friends out.  We’ve been discussing what the next move is.  Some will go to Win10 because they aren’t too fussy.  Others are going Group W.  A few are switching to Linux, depending on if they can get key financial programs to run on it or some other critical program.  Lots of adventure.

      Meanwhile, I’m confident in the active members we have here in the Linux forums & would not hesitate to raise any questions here.  A really sharp bunch.

      Also, @agoldhammer, there might be a way to get untied from Windows Media Center.  Give these a read.
      https://www.askwoody.com/forums/topic/win7-media-center-replacement/  https://www.askwoody.com/forums/search/videolan/

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • in reply to: How to Mark all Forums/Topics as Read? #1977810

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Something tells me that the feature sought after does not exist.  Funny though, when I click “posts since last visit” I get “Oh bother! No topics were found here!”  This can’t be possible because I don’t log in daily & there should be results.  It tells me there might be a flaw in the way the forum generates the info to display in this regard.

      What I usually do is click “recently active topics” & scroll down for items of interest that say “unread” or “new” perhaps a page or two depending on how far back I want to go.

      “Latest topics” is similar, so perhaps experiment with that one as well & see which one is preferred.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: Disabling Telemetry For Win 8.1 #1973334

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Great Paul, thanks.  It occurred to me that the emptiness of the Application Exerience is what threw me.  Guess that’s a good thing to a degree.

      Diagnostics tracking service was not listed on services list.  Maybe that’s a good thing too.  The uncertainty has me wondering & I’m hoping it’s OK.

      Still not sure about the missing AITEventLog.  Is that an issue or can I forget about it?

      Also, the missing compatability apprasier.  How about that?

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: Where we stand with the September 2019 patches #1969240

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      With all the recent & repeated SSU re-releases, I’m starting to think that dear ole M$ is tampering with them somehow.  Doesn’t seem possible that they can consistently botch it up as often as they have.

      Telemetry maybe?  Or does tired ole Purg need to calm down?

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: Brave Browser #1959140

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Ha, this topic jarred something loose.

      I hadn’t done much with it on my initial test run earlier this summer.  So this topic helped me go a step further.

      My opinion is that it’s a decent browser for those that are thinking about something new.

      The extensions were what I didn’t get into the first go around.  This is what I discovered about that just now.

      Brave uses the chrome web store.  So as long as a person is OK with that, the warning can be ignored.

      Tampermonkey performed as desired.  Now I gotta try another one, just for giggles.

      One can test drive the portable version for easy disposal should things not work out.  It’s the one I was using in this experiment.

      https://portapps.io/app/brave-portable/

      Good luck with the “brave” adventure.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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    • in reply to: How to Mark all Forums/Topics as Read? #1977830

      Purg2
      AskWoody Lounger

      Remember me always gets clicked at login.

      Cookies from AskWoody are allowed.

      My browser history is cleared the first of the month.

      Periodic login just to make sure the forum & my machine get a chance to say catch up.

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

    • in reply to: Disabling Telemetry For Win 8.1 #1974584

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      AskWoody Lounger

      At MicroFix post #1974580 – whew, thanks fella, that’s what I was hoping would be the case.  Not knowing for sure was troubling, so thanks for clearing that up for me.  Now I can limp along a while longer. 

      Win 8.1 Group B, Linux Dabbler

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