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    I use Outlook 2010 and am not experiencing that...

    I use Outlook 2010 and am not experiencing that issue. Go to File > Options and spend some time customizing Outlook for your use. The Mail section has a part for customizing Message format, which may...
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    Consumer Reports magazine has been impartial...

    Consumer Reports magazine has been impartial since it began in 1936. That's actually one of its core character traits. I used to work in the consumer research industry. Assuming a research survey is...
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    I’ve been a subscriber to Consumer Reports...

    I’ve been a subscriber to Consumer Reports magazine for at least 20 years and during most of that time they have been tracking personal computer failure rates. They survey a large portion of their 7...
  4. Thanks, I'll go with that. "If it's not broken,...

    Thanks, I'll go with that. "If it's not broken, don't fix it" seems to apply here.
  5. KB3102810 is currently not installed on my...

    KB3102810 is currently not installed on my computer, but KB3138612 is. The concern I have is when I run Windows Update, KB3102810 doesn't show up as Important, Recommended, or Optional. Since it...
  6. Susan's article says "There have been several...

    Susan's article says "There have been several Windows Update Client patches that should have helped solve the slow update scans. KB 3102810 (Nov. 3, 2015) was followed by March’s KB 3138612. Ensure...
  7. Have you tried adjusting the characteristics of...

    Have you tried adjusting the characteristics of those items that display in the notification area? Right click on an empty part of the taskbar to get the menu > Properties > Taskbar tab >...
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    Start menu ads

    I don't use Windows 10, but I saw this article and thought it might be useful to those who do.
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  9. I understand that, which is why in my initial...

    I understand that, which is why in my initial post (#30) I started out with "for future reference," since I was just offering a suggestion for the next time someone is thinking about purchasing a new...
  10. I can only speak for Windows 7 Professional,...

    I can only speak for Windows 7 Professional, where implementing the Software Restriction Policy is very easy. I’ve been using this for about eight years with very little trouble. It only takes a...
  11. For future reference, when getting a new...

    For future reference, when getting a new computer, select a Windows OS version that is Professional or higher, rather than Home or lower. Professional or higher includes the Software Restriction...
  12. Besides the PC companies Fred mentioned, a couple...

    Besides the PC companies Fred mentioned, a couple other good choices for custom configuration are http://www.avadirect.com and https://www.pugetsystems.com
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    Opera to be acquired

    Opera Software is being acquired by a Chinese investment partnership:

    http://venturebeat.com/2016/02/10/opera-accepts-1-2b-offer-from-chinese-firms-hungry-for-its-booming-mobile-ad-business/
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    Try experimenting with the Default "File As"...

    Try experimenting with the Default "File As" order. I have Outlook 2010 and to do that I would go to File>Options>Contacts>Names and filing.
  15. A tracking cookie is not malware, so don’t worry...

    A tracking cookie is not malware, so don’t worry about it. The need for separate antispyware software disappeared years ago, so just uninstall Superantispyware. All it’s doing is wasting your time....
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    Some browser security weaknesses were exposed...

    Some browser security weaknesses were exposed last year in Chromodo, but those have been corrected (see attached screen shot). Internet Explorer and Firefox had the same issues. There was also a...
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    Beware Baidu browser

    If you're using the Baidu browser, you may want to consider using something else:

    https://citizenlab.org/2016/02/privacy-security-issues-baidu-browser/


    A couple of the issues have been...
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    I installed Aviator right after it was first...

    I installed Aviator right after it was first released and initially liked it, but it went downhill as time went on and I ultimately uninstalled it. I don't think WhiteHat Security anticipated the...
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    Thunderbird's future

    The last few months I read reports that development of Thunderbird had stopped, but after doing a little research it seems like there is an attempt to create a future for this product.
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    Email client marketshare

    Some interesting data about email client marketshare:

    http://emailclientmarketshare.com

    https://litmus.com/blog/top-10-most-popular-email-clients-of-2015
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    Just because Chrome is discontinuing support for...

    Just because Chrome is discontinuing support for Vista doesn't mean other Chromium based browsers are doing the same. The underlying Chromium code used by Google Chrome is open source, so other...
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    Sheila, If you are letting other people use...

    Sheila,

    If you are letting other people use your computer, then a more secure way to handle your situation would be to use the User Accounts function to create three accounts on your computer:...
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    A standing desk for $22:...

    A standing desk for $22: http://iamnotaprogrammer.com/Ikea-Standing-desk-for-22-dollars.html
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    What I do is have two credit cards, with one for...

    What I do is have two credit cards, with one for automatic billing and the other for discretionary purchases. The discretionary card had multiple incidents of fraud on it over the years while the...
  25. I don't know which version of Windows you use,...

    I don't know which version of Windows you use, but a restart is not required for my Windows 7 Pro if you check "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" and leave "Automatically fix file system...
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