Is Windows 10’s built-in security all the free you need?

Here’s an update to a topic discussed in my January 31, 2019, post “Best PC anti-virus — free or not” and whether Microsoft Windows 10’s built-in Windows Defender is adequate for many PC users. PC World > “Windows Security review: There are better options, but not for the ‘price’” – Windows Security (nee Windows Defender)… Continue reading Is Windows 10’s built-in security all the free you need?

Best antivirus protection for Windows 10

UPDATE OCTOBER 19, 2019: “The best antivirus protection of 2019 for Windows 10 – Your PC needs protection against malware, and free antivirus software may be enough. Here’s the best antivirus protection to get for Windows 10, and what’s worth paying extra for” by Clifford Colby (October 19, 2019). CNET’s “best” recommendations stand from last… Continue reading Best antivirus protection for Windows 10

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout

We’ll explain why Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is worth your time in our review. Here’s what’s different this time around: There’s new hardware, too. PC World today shared the news that Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update review: This could be Microsoft’s biggest Windows yet.” As… Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update rollout

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — privacy tweaks

In this PC World article “Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will add helpful privacy setting tweaks,” senior editor Brad Chacos notes that: Privacy concerns have plagued Windows 10 since its launch. It’s no surprise: The operating system is designed to ensnare you in Microsoft’s services, and you can’t stop it from sending Microsoft basic telemetry… Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — privacy tweaks

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — notable features

Have you installed the Windows 10 Creators Update on your PC yet? In my lab, I’ve installed the Creators Update on a variety of Windows 10 PCs, from cheap or midrange to powerful quad core models and from 7 year old to 2016 models. This PC World article “The 11 most intriguing Fall Creators Update features in Windows… Continue reading Windows 10 Fall Creators Update — notable features

Windows 10 data collection — privacy matters

Checking and tuning your Windows 10 settings is highly recommended. I typically do this when helping clients upgrade to Windows 10 or set up a new PC. Windows 10 moved many settings from control panels to the Settings app. There’re lots of privacy settings, as I’ve mentioned previously. I follow news about how companies collect data from PCs and other… Continue reading Windows 10 data collection — privacy matters

Windows 10 Creators Update

So, congrats if your PC is running Windows 10. Whether you are interested or not in Windows 10 releases, ready or not, here comes the next edition: Windows 10 Creators Update, which will start rolling out (over a period of weeks or months) to the general public on April 11. Most of us will see this release… Continue reading Windows 10 Creators Update

Windows Updates — release history

With Windows 10 for most people, Updates are delivered automatically. It’s easy to see your Update History in Settings — what was installed. For example, Cumulative Updates, Security Updates for Adobe Flash Player, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool installs. But how can you tell if somehow you missed some? Or, perhaps you’re interested in when… Continue reading Windows Updates — release history

Windows 10 Anniversary Update — takes awhile

Well, Microsoft’s free Windows 10 Upgrade offer for Windows 7 and Windows 8 expired at the end of July. If you recently upgraded before that deadline, be prepared for another major Update, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Yes, it’s been over a year now since Windows 10 was released. Be prepared to set aside around… Continue reading Windows 10 Anniversary Update — takes awhile

Ready or Not — free Windows 10 Upgrade ending soon

If you’re still getting nags on your PC to upgrade to Windows 10, then either I hope that’s an oversight you’ll address before the end of July, or you really do not want the Upgrade. PC World’s article “10 reasons to reject Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade” summarizes why some people are not upgrading. However,… Continue reading Ready or Not — free Windows 10 Upgrade ending soon

Windows 10 Upgrade — can you still say no?

As indicated in my January 20 post, Microsoft is aggressively pushing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10. Well, yesterday the situation became more interesting. The Upgrade status was changed from “optional” to “recommended.” What does that mean for you? Here’re some articles which answer that question. Microsoft starts pushing Windows… Continue reading Windows 10 Upgrade — can you still say no?

Windows 10 Upgrade — a warning if you really don’t want it

UPDATE 2/2/2016: PC World yesterday noted in their article “It begins: Microsoft starts ‘recommended’ rollout of Windows 10” that: Many users of Windows 7 and 8.1 will start seeing a more aggressive push to upgrade to Windows 10 in the coming days, as Microsoft starts to roll the new operating system out as a recommended… Continue reading Windows 10 Upgrade — a warning if you really don’t want it

New PC ? — what to do first

If you got a new PC for the holidays, congrats. What’s next? Windows 10, Cortana, customization, updates, privacy settings, another browser, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free, backup, … fun. As for prior years, PC World posted several articles about what to do first with a new PC. 1. “Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks” Here… Continue reading New PC ? — what to do first

Creepy aspects of Windows 10’s privacy settings — more from PC World

Windows 10 is a “winner” in most ways, especially for those moving from older Windows versions (and who invest the time to prep and complete a successful upgrade). However, as I’ve noted in prior posts, news about its “out-of-the-box” settings persists. And that’s a good thing. For many people, those settings may pose privacy issues.… Continue reading Creepy aspects of Windows 10’s privacy settings — more from PC World

Best anti-virus app for your new Windows 10 PC?

Now that you’ve upgraded to Windows 10, you might want to review what computer security apps (programs, software) you’re using. If you’ve followed my blog, you already checked that your previous anti-virus / anti-malware apps are running okay. And you’re also using two apps: a top branded app and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware (free or premium). Just… Continue reading Best anti-virus app for your new Windows 10 PC?

Getting Started with Windows 10 — Microsoft’s “Welcome to Windows 10” email

After upgrading to Windows 10, you should get an email message from windows@communication.microsoft.com with the subject “Getting started with Windows 10.” This might take a few days. Here’s a summary. Lots of smiles (see the linked pdf for photos in their message). This is the first in a series of emails designed to help you… Continue reading Getting Started with Windows 10 — Microsoft’s “Welcome to Windows 10” email