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  • lakeside53
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    Pay? I have used the free Microsoft Defender (was "essentials") for years. No issues.

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  • MrWhoopee
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    I like Chrome, it is my go-to browser. Still use I.E. sometimes. Never really loved Firefox, though I don't have anything against it.

    I don't believe anyone mentioned Unchecky (https://unchecky.com/), which automatically unchecks the pre-checked boxes in an installation and warns you if you check them. It's small, light and unobtrusive. I install it for all of my elderly clients, helps reduce the unintended crap that hitch-hikes in.

    I used and recommended AVG Free for years, until I encountered a root-kit on a client's machine that had gotten past and disabled AVG. I reinstalled AVG, but it couldn't find the virus. I then installed Avast Free, which immediately found and removed the offender. Used Avast until the upgrade offers and non-essential pop-ups (Warning! You have gunk in your browser!) caused too many unnecessary calls from clients. Switched to Panda Free, which I like and still use, though I am starting to switch to Bitdefender Free due to better ratings.
    Last edited by MrWhoopee; 12-02-2017, 01:10 PM.

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  • Glug
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    Originally posted by ed_h View Post
    Who runs Linux as their primary OS?
    I do. For over 20 years.

    When I need windows for an important application, I run a corporate edition of win7 or xp in a virtual machine (virtualbox). It does not have access to the network. If I need to try or use a 'new' windows app, I install it in a new virtual machine so it cannot interfere with my other key apps.

    If I want to try a new version of linux, I install it in a vm. Etc.

    Web browser auto update under linux? That is not allowed - they do not have the ability to write to anything except the download directory.

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  • wendtmk
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    Originally posted by ed_h View Post
    Who runs Linux as their primary OS?

    I run it on a side machine, and am trying to slowly move off my Win7 machine. Just one or two more annoyances with MS, and it will move to the side machine.

    Ed
    Been running Ubuntu Linux on my desktop/laptop for years. Currently running v16.04 LTS.

    Mark

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by dave_r View Post
    Firefox just came out with v57.0.1 yesterday or the day before.
    Yeah... I realized I was thinking of another program that was updated recently.

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  • Arcane
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    I haven't used an anti virus program for at least a decade. I do use Sandboxie instead after being made aware of it by Evan. I figure the money I have saved over the years will buy my next computer when this one dies of old age.

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  • danlb
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    Several of us do. I'm running Ubuntu on a Dell laptop and have no problems with it. The original disk drive with Win 8 is on a shelf in my computer room. It booted into windows exactly 4 times, and that was to get it through all the initial downloads and updates. After that I popped the SSD drive out of my old Sony laptop and put it into the Dell.

    Boots fast. Runs silently. Even the touch screen works well.

    Dan

    P.S. I do have a working Win7 laptop in the back room for "just in case". That's just in case I run into software that I NEED to run on windows. It has not been booted this year.

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  • RichR
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    Originally posted by ed_h View Post
    Who runs Linux as their primary OS?
    I do.

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  • ed_h
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    Who runs Linux as their primary OS?

    I run it on a side machine, and am trying to slowly move off my Win7 machine. Just one or two more annoyances with MS, and it will move to the side machine.

    Ed

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  • dave_r
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
    It updated again today, but did NOT install "Chrome".... says it is 57.0.1 though, which is what I thought it was before.....
    Firefox just came out with v57.0.1 yesterday or the day before.

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  • J Tiers
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    It updated again today, but did NOT install "Chrome".... says it is 57.0.1 though, which is what I thought it was before.....

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  • loose nut
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    If you do read the EULA then somewhere in there it says by agreeing to use this software we can download anything we want into your "puter IE: annoying programs designed to drive you mad and generally bugger up your machine, put in spyware to copy all your private info so we can blackmail you later and steal all your money. You also owe us your first born son which you will deliver to us, in China, at your expense. All that for marginally useful "Freeware".

    Anything you get for free on the net, Ain't.

    You gota love the future. Unfortunately it is here.

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  • kc5ezc
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    All here have referenced AVG, AVAST, Norton, McAfee, and win defender.
    Anyone have anything to say about AVIRA?
    Has worked well for me for several years.
    They do however try to sneak in a Chrome install sometimes.

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  • J Tiers
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    Originally posted by flylo View Post
    Just telling what works for me. Sounds like you're about to have a stroke, must be computer withdrawl. .....
    Oh stow it.... I mean that in a nice way

    No, my computer does not have a drawl...... nor does it drool, that's the neighbor's dog.

    Stroke? What? Where would you get that? Most of the folks complaining about the push installs are a lot more hot headed than me.... Took maybe 3 min to uninstall "Chrome". If this install gets to be a habit with AVG, I will just uninstall THAT and deal with it.

    No, it's just resigned disgust with this BS..... Your computer is no longer just a useful tool for you to use, it is a profit center for someone else whom you do not know..... and in many cases, do not WANT to know.

    Push installs, bogus emails several a day that want you to click on a link for the email "that could not be delivered", or the link for the package tracking when there is no package, etc, etc..... All sorts of attempts to exploit internet users in some destructive way by anonymous ill-wishers.
    Last edited by J Tiers; 11-29-2017, 01:59 PM.

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  • flylo
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    Originally posted by J Tiers View Post
    WTF, Dude?

    Chrome with adblock, FF with adblock.... did you actually have , like, some sort of point and stuff?

    FF is not in the dark ages just because "Gungle" didn't write it.

    Save your ire and spleen for the folks who are still using XP, if you want to sneer at those who do not adopt every new thing instantly.....
    Just telling what works for me. Sounds like you're about to have a stroke, must be computer withdrawl. Maybe take a week off & go fishing, hunting or go work in the shop if you have one & know how. There is life beyond the keyboard

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