I’m writing this post from “safe mode” as I’m doing a full clean-up of all the gunk that I picked up last week. Yesterday the problem I wrote about last week represented itself and I found myself closed out of my mail service etc. I ran the antivirus and found 7 ad tracking cookies and removed them. I also cleared out my system information files (you go to properties of your computer set up and deactivate system information – at least that’s what you do on XP. Once it’s been deactivated all the files are cancelled. When you turn your system information back on you have a new starting point created the moment you activate the service so that’s the point your computer will go to if you have a problem – like when you add an update and your computer stops working ).
At this point I went into safe mode with network options and began to run various programs to clear out malware and adware following the advice of Malware Tips
While I was waiting to get the job done, among other things, I read this article … kind of got the feeling of “1984” or “Brave New World” reading it : The truth about Windows 10 spying on almost everything you do.
Interesting reading and not a little scary if your interested in having a private life and still using your computer on-line.
I’ve always considered Internet as a sort of huge plaza … lots of people milling around getting to know each other, buying stuff, sharing their lives … but I always remember that it’s like any plaza in the world … there are good guys and there are bad guys, and there are nosy-parkers, spies, con-artists and yes, perverts too.
If you go into a public place, you are always a little at risk of losing some of your privacy. The point is .. how much of your privacy are you willing to give up? The thought of an Ad company or anyone else as far as that goes, rummaging through my private letters and snooping in on my private conversations doesn’t please me at all.
I don’t know the solution … but the article does give some ideas as what to turn off. They did mention as a valid if radical solution converting to Linux products … might be an idea.
I’ve finished my work here and will now be going back to my normal mode with a few ideas whizzing through my head … there might be some interesting points here leading to a story 😉 .
Have a great week!