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greenknight

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greenknight last won the day on July 4 2016

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About greenknight

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  • Birthday 03/20/1956

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    Male
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    In the shadow of Mt. St. Helens
  • Interests
    Too many to list - I'm a Renaissance man, though FOSS testing is perhaps most relevant here.
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    United States
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    Windows 10 Home x64
  1. WD scans are working. It's not automatic, it notifies you that it needs to run a scan, click in the notification and it runs. It's doing it every day, apparently that's the default.
  2. WD periodic scanning turned itself back off,but today it's back on again. Yesterday it wouldn't stay on unless I disabled Avira, the icon was still in the system tray but hover gave a tooltip that said it was turned off. Turn it back on, it would turn off again after a short time. I was able to update it - it wasn't auto-updating - and start an on-demand scan, but it shut down before it completed. Disabled Avira, then I was able to complete a scan. Then tried to do a startup scan, another feature it has, but that failed. But today, as I said, it's back on, and it's staying on. But how to schedule scans? There's no clue - but a quick search revealed you have to use the Task Scheduler for that. It sounds like there's some sort of default scanning plan, but no hint what that is exactly - https://www.bing.com/search?q=windows+defender+scheduled+scans&form=EDGEAR&qs=AS&cvid=0e72f3fbe59e4f348335b99df494a72a&pq=windows defender scheduled scans Much as I despise the Windows Task Scheduler, I managed to do it. I've set up weekly scans, starting tonight - we'll see if they work. I think it's more trouble than it's worth. I forgot to mention, I use the built-in firewall but I use a program to provide a UI for it and harden it's settings, called Windows Firewall Notifier. MajorGeeks has a few of these type programs, but this is the one I found I liked best. The current Windows firewall works well enough, but there's no reasonable way to control it. This program fixes that and is very lightweight.
  3. Venturing into the land of Linux

    Linux Mint also has an Xfce edition, for one lightweight alternative. Antergos does look interesting. I looked at Arch, decided it was too much effort, but it sounds like Antergos overcomes that. Might try that out, too. Nice thing about Linux, you don't have to install it to try it out. A big advantage for Arch and its variants is that it's rolling release, it updates continuously. You never have to install a new version to be up to date, which saves a lot of time and effort.
  4. I use Avira, have for several years. It's pretty lightweight, and it's the most trouble-free AV I've used. Ranks high in AV Comparatives' tests. Windows Defender has limited periodic scanning available with the AV installed, to turn WD on fully would require uninstalling Avira. I have had WD scans disabled because I thought it a waste of resources, but I'm giving it another try now. I'll let you know how it goes.
  5. I want to break Cortana - how do I get it to do that?
  6. Antivirus software is increasingly useless

    Here's the latest protection test, they don't come off so well - http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/avc_prot_2016a_en.pdf In the latest file detection test, they do even worse - http://www.av-comparatives.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/avc_fdt_201603_en.pdf
  7. Antivirus software is increasingly useless

    In AV-Comparatives' tests, Sophos didn't do very well. I'm still happy with Avira. It remains among the top performers, and not bloated - they keep adding new features, but they're optional to install.
  8. Antivirus software is increasingly useless

    You're armed with knowledge and caution, tools many people are unable or unwilling to get, and they require some effort. AV is not an adequate substitute for them, unfortunately.
  9. Antivirus software is increasingly useless

    AV has never been more than just one weapon in your security arsenal, anyone that thought it made you safe online by itself was a fool. As for Norton, I can't understand why it's still popular - people just not paying attention?
  10. Ditched Norton years ago, wouldn't touch any if their products with a 10 ft pole. A lot of people bought the story that they were so much better now - suckers!
  11. Windows 10 free upgrade

    No doubt that was the problem. Another reason to do a clean install, if you don't have lots of extra HD space. I just did some research and found out you can remove those recovery files with the Disk Cleanup utility, just select clean up system files. You lose the option to roll back then, of course.
  12. Windows 10 free upgrade

    By all accounts, clean installs generally go smoothly. Glad to hear yours went well. One other thing I should mention, for anyone else who's making the move - it takes up quite a bit more space than Win 7. For my Win 7 install, I created a 50GB system partition and a large data partition, and that was fine - plenty of room. Updated to Win 10, and it filled the system partition right up - not enough space left for defragging, before there were even any updates. I expanded the partition to 75GB, and that has proved to be barely enough - I wish I'd gone a bit larger.
  13. Windows 10 free upgrade

    I did on my desktop, it was a pain. The update process was glitchy, I should have gone the clean install route. Once it was finally installed, it was messed up - opening to the Start menu instead of the desktop (I hate the new Start menu, too), and no desktop shortcuts when I finally got it to display. Eventually figured out it had switched to Tablet Mode and got that corrected. Worse problem was it broke my dual boot setup, Linux Mint wouldn't open, Couldn't even locate its files from the live disc. Win 10 had created a new recovery partition when I was already at the limit for primary partitions, so my Linux system partition was now seen as unallocated space. Nothing for it but to re-install Mint, after revising the partition setup (still have my Puppy disc with GParted on it, so the tools were at hand). Any performance improvement is minor, and it was a big hassle - most of which could have been avoided if Microsoft had provided a warning about the partition thing.
  14. Firefox 64-bit launch?

    They'll be real impressed when you tell them how to get the "secret" 64-bit upgrade. I really don't understand what the holdup is. It's been in the works for a long time - who are these partners that still aren't ready for it? It's hard to imagine how anyone could be that slow and stay in business.
  15. Firefox 64-bit launch?

    Yep, Firefox 42 is available for Win 64, it is an official build. On this Bugzilla page - https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1181014#c24 this was posted: "We won't update the download page with Windows 64 builds for 42. We are waiting for some partner changes before making that public. However, the binaries will be available on the ftp for testing:" - followed by a link. I didn't post anything about it since Mozilla really frowns on sending the public to their ftp site, it can't handle the traffic. I wasn't quite sure I believed it anyway - Fx 37 was originally the target,but it got pushed back repeatedly. But, after months of delay, it's really here - though it's hidden where most people won't find it. Your link isn't to the ftp site, though. Looks like they've uploaded it to the regular download servers, but aren't providing links to it.yet. Don't know how I wound up with 2 different fonts, I didn't change the font. Weird.
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