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RAGLM Board > Computer Corner > Windows 10 and a Microsoft Virus???
8/29/2015 9:27:36 AM
Win 10 FeedbackReply: Nathan
        Thanks for the feedback on it. Good to hear. I will have to move to it eventually and I am sure it will be their best one yet. They always skip one to get you to buy the latest. 3.1, 98s, ME, Vista, 8.x and it will continue. Best ones where in between Win4Workgroups, 95/98, 2000, XP and 7.

Please know my post was simply intended for those that wanted to know why their Windows 7/8 machines have slowed down and wanted to know the facts about what was happening. I can not speak on the OS benefits or downfalls as I do not own it yet, only what it has done so far.

Again, I know I will have to move to it and in fact have found that some new .Net components will only work on it so I have no choice. I always keep my old boxes for a few years simply because I am a developer and can not depend on instability of new OS's etc. until the bugs are fully worked out.

PLEASE let us know how it pans out for you. Let us know what you like and do not etc. Glad to see this category getting some use finally. I am hopeful it will be a great OS usually after sp2+.
8/28/2015 10:55:40 AM
We love windows 10 Reply: STEVE
Our whole family downloaded windows 10 the day it was available. The only thing you will need to do is reinstall your anti-virus, ours is Norton 360 Premier. No issues whatsoever on six PC's in our family and has not bogged down any of our computers. It does have a voice recognition feature and you can turn it off easily
We ran it by two computer tech members of our family first before we downloaded with concerns about the new operating system and he gave us the green light.
Overall we liked windows 7, I think everyone did, windows 8 was 
terrible, window 10 is great.
8/27/2015 6:29:46 PM
I also thank you, Nathan!Reply: Gayle Geer
This is the first I've heard about it. We have decided to wait a long time to upgrade to Windows 10 so we can find out what is going on with it.  So glad we waited!  (Even if it is "FREE")
8/27/2015 1:22:55 PM
Thank you, Nathan ~Reply: Willow
An excellent post.  And so clear and explicit!  Thank you
8/27/2015 12:00:11 PM
Windows 10 and a Microsoft Virus???Post: Nathan
So I felt I had to share this one with you since I have had a lot of residents and friends ask me about this and quite frankly was more than annoyed by it myself.

Microsoft recently release a Windows Update to all previously supported versions. KB3035583. In short this is a legal virus from Microsoft. What they have done is take over your computer in small ways to force you to eventually upgrade to Windows 10 hence becoming their first guinea pigs as always. 

For the record, I am a big fan of new technology and love to be one of the first to test etc. However my personal privacy trumps the tech side of me. As with all new appliances, the new version of Windows will have voice activated commands. Really cool, however most fail to recognize that a device can only work with voice recognition if it is always listening for commands. That as well as the new iris, bio-metric logins, I will just stick with Windows 7 for now thank you. But I digress.

For those that do not care for the free upgrade and want there computer back, I have included a few tips I hope you find helpful.

Symptoms of Microsoft's recent update include but not limited to:
  • Automatically adding around 5GB of junk on your machine that you can not remove without some technical ability. See Link Below. Sounds like a Worm to me.
  • A startup program that is always trying to sell me Windows 10 free upgrade. Sounds like a popup to me.
  • Starts to install Windows 10 without your consent or knowledge in the background.

Anyways, I have included a good article I found that will help you remove this virus. Yes because you agreed to Microsoft's updates it is technically not called a virus.

This should work for Windows 7 and 8:
How to Remove GWX

As for the ghost files, they can be removed form an elevated command prompt with some short commands included on the link below.
Ghost Files Removal

I personally have done it successfully and am much happier since and my computer is noticeably faster again. Just my personal experience. I hope this will encourage you to learn more about this issue.
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