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You may have found yourself in a situation where you have multiple windows open and need to get back to the Windows 10 desktop. Simply press the Windows logo key + D to minimize all your open windows and go right to your desktop. You can toggle back to where you were working by pressing those same keys again.
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The taskbar is for pinning apps. You’ll find that if you want to pin anything that isn’t an app e.g. a file or a folder, you will have to look for a workaround. That said, it’s still possible to pin a file to the taskbar. If you’re looking to pin a drive to the taskbar, you will again need a workaround. The good news is that the workaround, in this case, is really simple. Here’s what you need to do.
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Amazon carries a device, called “Echo Input“, that gives you the ability to turn your own speaker(s) into an Amazon Echo speaker where you can give commands, ask Alexa questions and stream online audio and music content. Echo Input adds Alexa to an external speaker and connects via 3.5 mm audio cable or Bluetooth; AND, can hear you from across the room—even when music is playing. There is a button you can press to turn the microphone “off” when you want privacy. The “GOOD” right now is that this device, at the time of this posting, can be had for less than $10.
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Windows 7 had a set of nice, beautiful games including the classic card games with new shiny graphics and some great new games from Vista like Chess Titans, Mahjong Titans and Purble Place. For some reason, Microsoft decided to discontinue these games and offers bloated Modern games from the Store instead. For fans of the original Windows 7 games, here is a simple tutorial to revive them on Windows 10.
Here is something for you to remember: You can open “File Explorer” in Windows 10 by holding down on the “Windows Logo Key” and the “E” on your keyboard.
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When you connect a printer to your PC or add a new printer to your home network, you can usually start printing right away. Windows 10 supports most printers, so you probably won’t have to install special printer software. Additional printer drivers and support might be available if you update Windows 10.
Before you set up a Chromebook account for your child, you should download the Family link account on the device that you’ll use to manage and observe the child. You can download the Family Link app from the official website. Afterward, download the app on your Chromebook, too.
Today’s Thoughts From Rick – “A Tip When Moving Photos From Google Drive to Google Photos”:
Back in July (2019), Google made a change that has had an impact on many of us and how we store our photos. Prior to that date, you could save your photos to Google Drive and they would show up in Google Photos. After that date, any photos you saved in Google Drive “will not” show up in Google Photos. In essence, Google separated the two services. In the present, if you have photos to upload, upload them directly to Google Photos. The dilemma for many folks, including me, is that I had thousands of photos in Google Drive that I need to transfer or move to Google Photos. Google did provide an avenue to do this in Google Photos. If you go to Google Photos, you will see an upload option and under that option, you now see “Google Drive” and “Computer”.
If you select “Google Drive” you will be taken to “Google Drive” where you can select the photos you desire to upload. This is where the fun begins. Google did not provide an easy way to do this which has me wondering if they wanted you to upload the photos, to begin with (???).
A tip I want to try to explain is this: Typically in a file folder (on a computer), if you select “CTRL-A” in combo on your keyboard, you can select all the files. This does not work in Google Drive where photos are concerned. It only allows you to select the first 50, which is not helpful at all when you have thousands of photos. To get around this, what I found is that, if you hold down the “Shift Key”, select the first photo, let up on the “Shift Key”, scroll to the very last photo, hold down the “Shift Key” again and select the last photo; this will select all of the photos. Even this process is not a quick process and you have to be patient for all of the photos to be selected. Another option is to hold down the “Shift Key”, select the first photo, and while holding the “Shift Key”, scroll to the last photo. As you are holding down the “Shift Key” and scrolling, you will see a count on how many photos are being selected. When done either of the processes as I have stated, click on “Upload” and you will see a dialog box showing the photos being uploaded to the Google Photos. It took me a couple of times to practice this, but it does work.
Tell me why Google did not have an option where you could “select all” photos is beyond me. My goal is to move all my photos from Google Drive to Google Photos to reclaim space on Google Drive. It is my understanding, those photos on Google Drive are now being counted toward space being used if they are left there. If you know of a better way of doing all of this, I welcome the solution(s).
Today’s Tech News Briefs:
Windows 10 build 19033 is rolling out to the “Fast and Slow” rings of the Windows Insider Program; AND, according to the company the version number will be “2004” to prevent confusion with other products, such as “Windows Server 2003.”; Music born from a relentlessly warming planet; AND, “New” Chromebook users can get 3 months of free Disney+…
Today’s Software Pick:
The Great Suspender – This browser extension will make Google Chrome run like butter by suspending tabs you are not using. Highly recommended; especially, if you are someone that opens multiple tabs.
Today’s Android Pick:
Christmas Ringtones 2019 – Is your Android ready for Christmas? If not, you’ve come to the right place. This app has all the Christmas tunes you can think of and then some. Hundreds of Christmas ringtones, preview and install them in seconds. Check daily updates for more.
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Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):
Amazon has the Mission: Impossible 6 Movie Collection Blu-ray + Digital 7-Disc Box Set for $20 with free shipping on $25+ or with Prime…
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“How to “Navigate to Home or Work in 1 Tap with Google Maps” – Even if you’re totally familiar with all the routes you can take to go home or work, you’ll still want to use Google Maps to find the fastest route in current traffic conditions. If you’re on Android, there’s an extremely fast way to do this… Continue Reading @ Gadget Hacks
Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 16, 2019
I have been exploring the various note keeping applications (Google Keep, Zoho Notebook, Simplenote, and Standard Notes ) and thought I had settled on Microsoft OneNote; then, the light bulb went off. Back in August 2019, I had posted an article I had composed titled, “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App“. Folks, what I posted in that article about using a separate Gmail account (from your normal email account) as a note-keeping and note-taking app really does work.
The key is: Use this separate account for note and document storage only; not for email. The most important thing in doing this is to use the tagging feature in Gmail to categorize your notes (see screenshot below). You can let your imagination fly by using all the powerful features associated with Gmail (especially the search function). In the end, I created a cross-platform note-keeping and note-taking app that works hand in hand with all the Google services, on all device platforms, with 15GB of storage; ALL, for FREE. I even prettied up my creation with a theme (that is an option that is built into the Gmail platform). The real beauty is that I can send anything to this Gmail note-keeping account from my phone, my browser and from my main email; then, organize the content accordingly.
Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 18, 2019
Having issues connecting to a WiFi network and getting your Windows 10 PC online? Here’s how to fix the most common problems and hook up to the internet on your desktop or laptop.
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Google Chrome is an excellent browser (PRO); but, at the same time, it is a data collection software apparatus that reveals a lot about you (CON) through your browsing history (and other means). Google Chrome is also key when it comes to owning a Chromebook where the operating system is Google Chrome. What I have found that people do not understand all of this and do not know you can go into the settings in Google Chrome to clean out the history, cookies, etc… that are the tidbits of information that reveals where you have been on the internet. Going through these steps to clear out this data can also be a pain, even for the seasoned user.
The solution that I use, on my Windows computer and my Chromebook, to protect my privacy (and recommend) is a Chrome browser extension called “History Eraser“. Once installed, you simply click on the eraser icon, on the toolbar, then click on “Run Eraser”. It doesn’t get any easier than that and I can guarantee you will see a performance boost, especially if you have not done any browser cleaning in a very long time or at all. I usually run this following each browser session.
There are other settings in “History Eraser” to look at, as well. For example, I placed a “checkmark” next to “Close All Tabs Before Cleaning” to reduce the memory load and to ensure the cleaning process is accurately performed. You will also see “Easy-Medium-Hard” buttons at the bottom of the window. My advice for folks at home is to leave it at the default settings and you will be good to go. The more advanced buttons are more technical in nature and may only get you into trouble.
If you look at the screenshot above you will see that “History Eraser” (by the default settings), cleans out many items and will do it safely. I have been using this software (browser extension) for a very long time and it has worked well for me.
Source: HotCleaner – History Eraser
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I’m sorry for the catchy title, but it is a topic of importance… Today I had someone that wanted me to help them on their smartphone and as I was touching their phone (which was not very well-kempt), I started wondering; How many germs was I coming in contact with? Where has this phone been? Has the phone ever been cleaned? Do they use their smartphone when on the toilet?
Following this experience, I started looking for some information on this and came across a USAToday article from back in February that indicated “Your smartphone is 7 times dirtier than your toilet…” The article specifically pointed out that:
Fecal matter can be found on 1 out of every 6 smartphones, according to a 2011 study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers observed in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal calling devices.
All of the bacteria picked up during your day-to-day activities ends up on your daily dialing devices, and odds are, you don’t clean them often or well enough.
“All cellphones are going to have bacteria on them because we hold them up to our face…
The bottom line here is; you can head off germs by washing your hands frequently and you need to clean and disinfect your phone daily. What I use is Lysol Handi-Pack Disinfecting Wipes that is safe to use on electronics including Smartphones, Tablets and Remote Controls (see full description below).
So, take my advice, keep your hands clean and your smartphones clean… The outward appearance of your smartphone can tell a lot about you…
Lysol Disinfecting Wipes can be used as a convenient way to clean and disinfect your household surfaces. Each pre-moistened disposable wipe kills germs wherever you use it, even suitable to use on wood. No bottles, no sponges, no mess. Kills Salmonella Enterica (Salmonella), Influenza A Virus Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 and Respiratory Syncytial Virus on hard, non porous surfaces in 10 minutes. Kills 99.9% of Viruses and Bacteria. Removes more than 95% of allergens (Pet Dander, Dust Mite Debris and Pollen Particles). Lysol Disinfecting Wipes are also safe to use on electronics including Smartphones, Tablets and Remote Controls.
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When you typically browse the internet with Google Chrome (and other web browsers), the sites you visit are stored in the browser’s history. Also, the sites you visit will deposit and store browsing cookies that keep track of your visits and activity. Both typically serve good purposes; however, what if you do not want to be tracked? If that is the case, then go “incognito”.
Here’s how to go “incognito” in Google Chrome:
A misconception about “incognito” mode:
Even though your browsing history and cookies are not stored on the computer you are working from; websites you visit, your employer or school, or internet service provider can still track your activity via the computer’s IP addresses.
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Don’t throw that old smartphone away. There are many “afterlife” uses…
Most of us can probably eke out a few years with our smartphones, but the upgrade cycle means it’s always tempting to splurge on a shinier model. You can usually save a few bucks by trading your old phone in when you buy a new one, but there are times you might end up with an extra, aging smartphone hanging around. Instead of letting that phone collect dust, reuse it. If it connects to Wi-Fi, it can still be a handy addition to the household. Here are a few cool things you can do with your old smartphone… — Continue Reading @ PCMag.com —
If you own an Android OS based smartphone, you most likely are using Google Photos to archive your photos (and videos) online (at Google Photos). Even though your photos are safely stored online, the question arises, “How do I download all my Google Photos?”. Here at “What’s On My PC” I decided to explore the process that is currently in place to do just that. There is a slight learning curve to this and will require some time; especially if you have years of photos and thousands of photos. For example, in my case, I had 26.6 GB of photo and video content stored at Google Photos that I am still working on. In my case, I had twenty-six 1GB files to download and that is not the end of it. Since I like keeping my photo library organized, I will have to explore extracting the photos and videos from the multiple folders that were included in the downloads. Once I complete this process, I plan to, on an annual basis, download a year worth’s of photos at a time to stay ahead of this.
If you decide you want to explore this, the first thing you need to do is to go to Google Takeout where all of your Google Data is stored. I bet you did not know you could download your Google Data??? Once you are on the site, slightly scroll down to and click on “Deselect all”. If you don’t do this, you will end up downloading not only your photos but all of your data. Continue reading “How do I download ALL my Google Photos?”
For people at home, Microsoft Windows 10 (Home Edition) has an advanced built-in feature that allows you to “temporarily” delay or pause Windows updates for up to 35 days. For your IT Network Managers in the business world, you are most likely running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, etc…; and, in those instances, updates can be delayed up to a year.
Microsoft Windows is an extremely complex operating system, the target of the criminal enterprise, and as a result, updates are necessary in order to maintain the integrity of the operating system. Often though, these updates run into compatibility issues or the coding of the update may be off just enough that it causes widespread problems. As a result, a good strategy here is to delay the updates; especially if you know beforehand the update is one that is a major OS “feature” update where potential stability problems often occur.
So, how do you delay the updates? I found a good tutorial on this, which is a quick read, and for you folks at home, you will learn where and how to pause updates in a matter of minutes. There are also instructions included for anyone else who has the higher Windows 10 version options.
I do want to add that it is vitally important to allow updates to eventually take hold in order to protect your data and the integrity of the operating system.
How to delay Windows 10 updates, like the November 2019 Update
Do you want to stop Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) from downloading and installing on your computers and other similar devices? The good news is that, if you have Windows 10 Pro or a superior edition such as Enterprise, you can postpone updates for up to an entire year. Even if you only have Windows 10 Home, you can still change some settings and make it delay updates for up to 35 days. Here is how to postpone Windows 10 updates such as November 2019 Update.
If you want to wipe out all the data from your Amazon Fire Tablet, you need to access the Settings app and perform the factory reset process from there. However, in certain situations, you won’t be able to do this – the touch screen won’t work, the system glitches, or most frequently, you forget the pin.
Below my post here is an article from c|net explaining the differences between a Chromebook vs. a Windows laptop and how Chromebooks have progressed to the point that they are a worthy choice; but, when is that choice really worthy.
In my opinion (and experience), a Chromebook is a choice for someone that is pretty much limited to being tied to the internet. From what I am seeing out there in the “real world” of home computing, a Chromebook will suffice for the kids growing up and the parents that are retired. The Chromebooks are lower in cost, simple to operate and very low maintenance. There are no antivirus software to install and updates are transparent. I own a Chromebook and let me tell you, I love it. For what I do these days (i.e. blogging, writing letters, exploring the internet) it gets the job done and gets it done at a lower price point than a full-blown Windows-based laptop. Once you get past the low learning curve, you will be dragging your Chromebook everywhere through the house.
Now again, using real-world thinking here, if you are the high school student, the college student or the working business person, go with a Windows-based laptop. The reason for that thinking is that people in those life categories are using power-intensive applications (Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Video Conferencing, etc…) that are the industry standards. There are ways to use a Chromebook to run these standard applications, but you will get frustrated; whereas, the Windows-based laptop is engineered to handle these applications with ease. With a Windows-based laptop be prepared, as you probably already know, for a higher cost, with a higher learning curve, and a higher level of maintenance.
Below is a video for you folks at home that will walk you through the proper steps of resetting a Windows 10 computer that you are intending on selling, donating, recycling, etc… Manually deleting files and uninstalling software will not remove all your personal data. The reset method, as outlined in this video, will wipe the drive and reset Windows back to factory specs. If you want a more aggressive option, check out “Powerful Software That Allows You To Destroy Data On Your Computer” that will remove everything, including the operating system.
Two things to know:
For you folks at home, I suggest bookmarking this article by “The Windows Club”. You will eventually need it… I added this article to the “Bookmarks4Techs” collection (a speed dial collection of quality tech sites and blogs).
Windows 10 Advanced Recovery option offers recovery solutions which can help you bring back Windows 10 to a working condition. These are extreme solutions when nothing else can be done. That said, before one uses one of these solutions, its a good idea to understand the differences between them. Windows 10 offers Fresh Start, Refresh, and Reset options. Towards the end we also mention the difference between a Clean install and In-place upgrade.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. To help you stay protected online, here are 4-four simple tips to follow:
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Many folks at home don’t know about this; but, when visiting a web site on your Android phone, using Google Chrome, you can toggle from the mobile view of the website to the desktop view (which is the view you typically see on your desktop or laptop computers). Here at “What’s On My PC” I use this toggle on a regular basis. I encourage you to visit “Gadge Hacks”, by clicking on the source link below, to learn more about this and “why” you would want to go to the desktop view.
Open the Chrome app and tap the three dots in the top-right corner. When you do this, a menu will pop up. Here, you will see the button “Desktop site” — tap on this to turn on desktop browsing. When you do this, it will make the website load like the desktop version.
In 2020, Windows 10 is getting a new feature that will allow users where they can download their operating systems from the cloud and increase the speed of a recovery process. This new cloud recovery or cloud reinstall feature is going to be very useful for Windows 10 users and will make the life of the user with the high-speed internet connection super simple.
When we paint a room in our house we get that feeling that we have something anew. You can do the same thing with your Windows 10 computer by changing the theme. I have found over the years by assisting people with computers that they will stay with the same color schemes, backgrounds, etc… during the entire life of owning their computers. Much of it has to do with being fearful that they may mess up the operation of their computer.
With Windows 10 you are given many options (themes) to change the appearance of what you are seeing and I encourage people to take advantage of that to give you that feeling of anew.
In Windows 10, the simplest way to get started with changing the theme on your computer is to simply go to the desktop, right mouse click, and select “Personalize” on the menu.
In Summary, all-in-all, this is a simple process that you can easily learn to make using your computer a more enjoyable experience.
Hiding a comment means it will disappear from your point of view. However, the person who posted it, along with any of your mutual friends, will still be able to view it. But what kind of comments are worth hiding? Well, maybe the ones that could spoil a TV show you’re watching, for example. And finally, reporting a comment is kind of like a citizen’s arrest. Well, not really… but it does mean that if you see an offensive comment, you can flag it to the Facebook police who will then decide if it has violated its community standards. If it does, it’ll be deleted.
If you are big into the Microsoft applications, you may want to take a look at their new “To Do” list app… You can read more about the app and instructions on how to download to your computer and mobile devices by clicking on the source link at the bottom of this post.
To Do helps you manage, prioritize, and complete the most important things you need to achieve every day
Source: Microsoft to do list app
The CHKDSK (Check Disk) command has been around since the beginning of computers. Below is some quoted text from a website called TechJunkie where I found an excellent writeup on CHKDSK and how to use it. To read the full article, click on the source link at the end of this post.
Because CHKDSK has been updated and upgraded repeatedly with each new generation of storage hardware, the program continues to work correctly to analyze and repair hard drives of any sort, even on the most modern OSes and using the most advanced drive technologies.
The same process that used to be executed to analyze a floppy disk holding 160K, can today be executed to analyze a solid-state, all-electronic SSD holding 15 terabytes.
Millions of Windows 10 users still have mechanical hard drives in their PCs. To keep them healthy and to help investigate any unusual behavior, try the venerable CHKDSK command. Here’s how to…
Did you know that both Google Maps and Google Earth include tools that will automatically measure both distance and area for you? No more guessing distances based on the map scale. Now you can measure precise distances of travel, exact property plot sizes, and even the land area of entire states or provinces.
Google continues to revamp and improve its map product with features like augmented reality and contextual location suggestions, but there are a ton of customizable tools and hidden functions already baked into Google Maps that you may not know about.
Spotty signal around the house? Follow these tips to get the most out of your Wi-Fi.
Facebook is not synonymous with “the internet,” but it boasts one of the world’s most complex and multi-faceted websites. It rivals many standalone software apps with the sheer amount of personalization, tweaks, and tinkering available to visitors. In fact, there are so many things you can do on Facebook.com that you can’t know about all the official, baked-in, easily accessible functions just a few clicks away. Read on to awaken your inner social superstar.
If you use Microsoft’s OneDrive, did you know there is a personal vault (protected area) in OneDrive where you can store your most important or sensitive files? I totally forgot about the newly added “personal vault” and happened across it while browsing my OneDrive files. It was at this point I needed to know the basics in setting up my “personal vault”.
Here is what you need to do:
Personal Vault is a special folder in your OneDrive that’s protected by an extra layer of security. You’ll need to set it up separately on each device where you want to use it.
If you don’t see the message or you dismissed it, browse to your OneDrive and select the Personal Vault folder.
If you’re using text or email, you’ll need to find the text or email message and type in the code that you were sent.
Click the source link below to learn more about uploading files to your personal vault; moving files to your personal vault; and/or, unlocking or locking your personal vault…
What is a blue screen in Windows? How do you fix blue screen errors? Here are several fixes for this common Windows problem.
What’s commonly called a blue screen of death is technically known as a stop error or fatal system error. This occurs when the operating system crashes, meaning it ran into some issue that prevented it from running safely. When this happens, Windows displays a blue screen with some information about the problem and then restarts.
Image-sharing via Google Photos is hard to beat. What’s more, the service/app is fully integrated with different social media platforms. It allows you to easily add photos and share them with other…
Google Docs is a powerful text editor. It is easy to use and has a pretty intuitive layout. It has many features and options routinely found in desktop word processors, which is pretty impressive considering it is a web-based app. The roster also includes the ability to change the page orientation. In this article, we’ll explore the Landscape side of Google Docs and take a closer look at other page setup options.
MapScaping is a website which offers free printable folding paper globes. A lot of people are fascinated by maps and it can also be a great way for kids to learn about the world map. Parents or even teachers can take this up as a project or activity for their kids or students.
When you’re troubleshooting your computer or installing a new operating system, you may need to “boot from a disc” or USB device (like an external hard drive or flash drive). Here’s what that means—and how to do it.
Per a GSuite blog update, it may take a while (up to 15 days) before you see it on your device(s).
Below is how to enable dark mode in Android and iOS.
How to enable dark theme in Gmail on Android:
How to enable Dark theme in Gmail on iOS:
A feature I use on a regular basis is “tab pinning”. I use this feature to keep a tab open, even if I close and reopen the browser. For example, I may pin a tab to a website that is streaming music so that it remains open while I am working. When you pin a tab, it will automatically pin to the far left in the tab order and the tab will be smaller in size (to save space).
So, how do you pin a tab?
Right mouse click on the tab you desire to pin and select “Pin Tab”. You can pin more than one tab at a time.
To unpin the tab, right mouse click on the pinned tab and select “Unpin Tab”.
Below is a screenshot where the arrow is pointing to a tab I have pinned in Google Chrome.
As of September 20, 2019, ZDNet is reporting that the upgrade process to Windows 10 still works. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 I would give this a shot ASAP!
Today, more than three years after the free upgrade offer supposedly ended, you can still upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and claim a free digital entitlement, without being forced to jump through any hoops.
After a conversation with a seasoned tech on the What’s On My PC Facebook page about our thoughts on Antivirus Software, for which we decided is the biggest scam in the industry, I went on the hunt to find antivirus and malware uninstallers. Why? Most people at home do not know that these antivirus and malware software installations are very comprehensive in their very nature and are not the same as installing or uninstalling normal software. Also, a common practice I have seen, as well as the tech on Facebook I was conversing with, the home-based computer user will often let a subscription run out and then install another antivirus product right on top of the other. This is a big “NO NO”; unless the antivirus or malware product you intend to install specifically states that their product can co-exist with another. Installing another antivirus or malware product on top of another will cause problems to surface and will slow down your computer.
It is important that any previously installed antivirus or Malware software is uninstalled from your system before installing another product. Typical uninstallation using the Windows removal tools (Add/Remove Programs) is often not enough to completely clean your computer.
This is where this list of uninstallers comes into play. Typically if you have a specific product installed that you want to uninstall, you would go to the products web site and locate their uninstaller. The problem I have experienced with this is that they bury the uninstaller in the site, making it difficult to locate because they don’t want to lose you as a paying customer.
Why buy Antivirus Software when it is included in Windows 10? I would not have said that a couple years back. Windows Defender has progessed to the point that it is the only antivirus software I have installed on my PC. CLICK HERE to see why. With that being said, learn how to schedule a Windows Defender scan (see source link below).
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Microsoft has provided Windows 10/8 with built-in security software, Windows Defender. It’s free, easy to use, and has great features like other competitor antivirus software in its class. In this post, we will see how to schedule a full scan in Windows Defender