Nikorj wrote: Back in the days Kaspersky had a very good reputation, Don't know if this is still the case as i am rarely using paid real-time scanners anymore.
Well in 2017, the US government discontinued use of Kaspersky products. Apparently it came to light that they were allegedly involved with the Russian intelligence or something, but whatever it is, something happened and it pushed the US government to stop using it, so this suggests to me that the software could hide spyware or do things in the background without your permission, maybe mining, spying, sending data back, who knows, either way there are other sites that have reported issues with the software too, so nope, I'm OK with Google and Microsoft using aggregated data, because they tell you they are doing so, if only people read the fine print
but if I am to be used by Russian intelligence, they better pay me for it
As long as you're cautious and scan your pc regularly there's not so much to be worried off as many off the security holes have been patched tightly on windows 7 and even more with windows 10, Even windows security are starting to annoy me as hell when browsing the net.
This is a misconception you are never too safe, and yes Windows has been patched mainly for vulnerabilities, but that's not the whole story. BTW, I'm on Windows 11 Pro now and much of its security features will still not be enough, it will for windows vulnerabilities, and defender AV whilst better than they used to be is still not up to par with other antivirus software - it's highly recommended to have a good malware and antivirus software for maximum protection. It is a misconception that only people visiting porn and piracy sites need them, I have seen malicious ads and malware on legit sites - don't look far, these wall offers are full of them
I've once purchased a hardware in a local store, Best Buy, some years ago, and the original installation disc was infected with a virus - and no it was NOT a false positive, luckily the antivirus caught it - this was a known issue and after searching the web I read that the product was removed from shelves - you are never protected enough. Unfortunately I see malicious content posted in many legit sites - even on social media - or ANY site that uses ads from 3rd party providers are vulnerable.
The good old days with severely virus infected operating system is (Unless you turn the protection off yourself or if you are my Father) long gone, The new virus we have to fear is called Microsoft and their telemetry services. If it wasn't for gaming, I had switched to Linux long ago.
The whole thing with Windows and telemetry is blown out of proportion - I'm an advanced user, I've never used Windows out of the box, I have always made my own tweaks and trimming of fat, and you if you are proficient in writing powershell scripts, registry, etc, you can do lots, and if you aren't, there are many free tools to turn that stuff off, and for more advanced users they can turn all of it off. I have never had an issue with Windows telemetry, Microsoft does not HIDE it from you, it's just that people do not read. Those same people who complain of windows, are also using web e-mail, google and voice assistants, which are all ridden with telemetry
Google tracks your searches and other stuff, yahoo e-mail tracks keywords in your e-mail to send you relevant ads, voice assistants save your voice requests on their servers, even smart toilets have telemetry
Luckily there are tools to tweak windows to get rid of that. I'm a Windows Insiders member so in my case I cannot disable telemetry, full telemetry is a requirement to receive insiders updates, and believe me, if you are using windows 11, you want to be enrolled in that, to receive the bug fixes and not have to wait for preview or semi annual releases
So people do not like being tracked, what sites they visit, etc, much of this can be turned of in windows, though through windows itself you cannot fully turn off ALL telemetry, only with 3rd party tools - the data collected is aggregate anyway, it's not like Microsoft knows your real name and where you live, and besides, unless you are a fugitive or doing criminal activities online, you should not be concerned about telemetry in windows, because all your online activity is being tracked anyway by 1) your internet provider 2) Google 3) Yahoo, 4) most sites and software you use
If you are not a windows insiders member just use 3rd party tools and turn it off and don't worry about the stuff you can't, it's aggregate. There's far more data collected about you doing surveys here than all windows versions
So the point of this is, any software company that HIDES its telemetry is something to run away from. Microsoft does not hide it, it's just that most people just install windows and F the rest
the telemetry options are just there if you look for them under settings and when you install windows you even have the option to use FULL or just required (minimal) telemetry. So if you are a serial killer, escaped prison, fugitive, you might wanna consider turning off telemetry right now
BTW Darkstar!!, If there is some crap you can't find an uninstaller for, I can recommend "Revo uninstaller" Free and much better than Windows own.
Indeed, that's why I use it - it's something that should be included in all versions of windows, and it's not tied to the Russian mafia or have hidden spyware. I use the paid version of course, the Pro.
You can also run a virtual machine to prevent infections on your real OS, Good for shady sites like!! um you know what i am talking about
You can say it, porn ? Well no, I do not visit shady sites, too busy for that and looking for some stable income now in addition to the survey insanity
but like I said any site that hosts 3rd party content is not safe, you can be vulnerable to viruses anywhere, it's not limited to porn sites or torrents
I don't bother with VMs, that's old school - For safe testing what I do is have separate installations of windows through VHDx, basically only disk is virtualised, the rest is native, for 100% compatibility and performance. I use SSDs now, so my MAIN system install is a normal install, and for testing, I have a VHDx file, all I do is add the entry into the BCD store, and with my SSD all it takes is restarting and selecting the VHDx, and 7 seconds later I am booted to full desktop, ideally is to have a separate SSD drive for that stuff and a dedicated SSD for system drive. Same if you are a gamer, 1 SSD for your system and 1 for where your games get installed into.
The only time I would bother with a VM is if I want to use old software that are not compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10, 11, or for nostalgia
I don't know why Kaspersky would be involved with Russian intelligence or mafia allegedly, but I don't trust them.
I use AOMEI Backupper which is in my opinion one of the best, most user friendly backup software out there, it's made in China, and even that is not involved with the CCP or mafia, totally safe, and better than any of the plethora of garbage I have used before. It's not about the country, I have nothing against Russian software, but companies that hide affiliation, run stuff on your computer without your knowledge is shady at best, I avoid that like plague.
Windows is not one of them because they don't hide it - and most people should understand that a lot of software they use, has telemetry enabled by default, even your beloved browsers, though you can disable it for the most part but it's on by default.
I wouldn't be surprised if electric toothbrushes, and vibrators had telemetry, because after all you know that companies take our safety and well being to heart so they wanna know how we use our software and products to innovate and make it better