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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago MoisheP

Yet another reason to move to a Linux distro. BTW, MS ICE (Image Composite Editor) is an excellent panorama tool, but it, too, "phones home" to MS (to share photo at their site, to get ads). Again, thanks for listing these security issues.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago sinks

I'm running vista.any ideas whyim getting diverted to Microsoft windows 10 from my search bar on Firefox.have not long updated 20 updates for Microsoft.theyre a pain in the ass .Linux looks like the way for me

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago Bnice4me

Snowden gave you the proof Micrsoft has put back doors in windows for the NSA. Look it up in Snowdens PDF's.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago grimbles

I submitted my comment mainly because I'm sick and tired off all the FUD, conspiracy theories and general paranoia associated with all this, not to mention the sensationalist headlines. I have the utmost respect for Martin Brinkmann over at Ghacks but, on this occasion, his article is also misleading and includes poor advice.

I could expand on my 40 years background in the industry but not much point really, it's easy to claim but difficult to prove. I also omitted much of the background purely for the sake of brevity.

An extract from the exact same Ars Technica article that you quoted from says this: "most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent".

Can't be much clearer than that, yet, apparently, you chose not to include that vital piece of information.

As for "CEIP" being a vague term; well you included the exact same term (in the quote from the Ars Technica article) and did not see fit to expand on it. I was merely following suit.

Going on the attack does not necessarily make you right Vic.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago Joe A.TT

Users have a right to be concerned. Microsoft isn't being completely transparent and upfront about what the updates do. Do you deny that? Why do you think Martin Brinkman and Peter Bright wrote these articles? Just to spread FUD? You say you have 40 years of experience and you seem to imply that that qualifies you to describe this as FUD and paranoia. Good for you. You should try to understand as well that not everyone has the benefit of "40 years of experience", and not everyone is as "smart" as you to be able to figure out what these updates are about. Nobody would be concerned if everything was clear in the first place, is that so difficult to understand?

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago grimbles

Sure, I can fully understand and appreciate users' concerns but that just re-enforces the need for tech blogs to accurately report ALL the facts.

If you Google "Updates for Windows 7 and 8 add spying", you'll see dozens of links to stories all saying the exact same thing. These tech blogs are not researching or investigating, merely replicating. Why? Because it's a good story. Nobody would care if these updates were being reported as harmless, that does not constitute a headline. On the other hand, reporting that they are somehow sinister is almost certain to elicit clicks and comments. And that, my friend, is spreading FUD.

Peter Bright's Ars Technica article is one of very few which actually puts a balanced and level-headed spin on this - I quote again:

"most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent."

Peter also does not have a problem with the data collection per se and does not see it as spying:

"Collecting information about application errors and the way the operating system is used is reasonable. Having an accurate picture of how people use the operating system is likely to produce a better platform in the future; knowing which applications crash, and why, is obviously invaluable if those apps are to be fixed."

That is what I would call responsible reporting. Did you even read his article?

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago Joe A.TT

Since you think Peter is the most credible I'd suggest you reread the last paragraph of his article.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 4 years 3 months ago scericson

Several of these appear to be resisting removal. KB2990214, KB3021917 & KB3022345 do not offer the uninstall button that the others do. KB2952664 appears to be uninstalling but remains on the list when the process is complete. Is there another way to remove these intrusions?

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Really appreciate the excellent work Vic is doing in keeping everyone updated on Window 10 developments. My plan is to wait until after Christmas then purchase a new laptop to replace my current one which is 5 years old and running Windows 7. I'm not a fan of Apple but the more I read about Microsoft the less I want to stick with them. Some of the mistakes they've made in the past would never have happened if they actually listened to their customers concerns but their arrogance prohibits them from doing that.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago grimbles

Nice balanced report Vic, a refreshing change to all the conspiracy theories. :)

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Try Linux on your "old" PC. You might not want to get a new one.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago wednesday-mac

I put Linux on an old Compaq Presario laptop running XP. The problem I ran into (not Linux's fault) is that the wireless adapter won't hold the internet connection, so I have to use it solo with a jumpdrive because I'm unwilling to wire it into the LAN.

If anyone knows a Linux workaround through a USB wireless adapter, please let me know?

I'm running Linux and XP side by side on an Acer netbook; am reluctant to make that final leap into removing XP. But all the programs that ran on XP run in Wine on Linux.

I refuse to convert to Windows 10, regardless I've used Windows since version 3.1 (land of the dual floppies). Microsoft tests in the marketplace. I don't want to be part of that marketplace, and the privacy issues/hidden issues yet to be revealed make me extremely wary. That, and having to find yet another third-party program to get their ^$#@Q!!! Start Menu out of my face. I want my OP to be silent and invisible. Windows is getting more and more intrusive.

Linux it will likely be. Here's hoping it's easier to install and tweak in five years.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

I've been thinking of trying Linux on this laptop and using it as a backup once I get a new one. Problem is there seems to be several flavors of Linux and I don't have a geek buddy that could debug the problems I would likely run into. I've always been keen to learn new things but I've also found that one's tolerance for frustration diminishes as one gets older.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Your geek buddies are all in cyberspace. The place to start is http://www.techsupportalert.com/linux where you'll find "How to Replace XP with Linux" which is kind of dated but still good tips, and "Using Windows 7 and Linux on the same computer" which tells about dual booting. Plus one that helps you decide which distro to try first. The best Linux intro article is "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?"
(http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm)
which is really hard to find!

There's a lot of tutorials on YouTube which show you how to install different distros.

Places like linuxquestions.org and the forums for the distro you've installed are good for resolving problems. ubuntuforums.org is also the mother lode for other Debian based distros like Elementary, Zorin, and Mint. Forums are good if you need to converse back and forth with the neckbeards. Just about every problem I've had has been addressed and solved before, so you just need to search for the right thing. I see people asking questions on Quora or Yahoo answers but you can't get a conversation going that way.

Don't buy books. They are obsolete, take up space, and cost money. I'm 68, and my tired brain has figured out some things, but mostly I look on the net.

Just try it (run off a flash drive until you get the feel of it) and you'll see that the learning curve is not like when you first started using a computer. You already know how to do that.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

Wifi dongles are a big sticking point for Linux. Most just plug in and work (check mfrs. website for compatibility). The driver is part of the Linux kernel.
The others, sometimes you can install Windows XP drivers using a package called ndiswrapper. Best to search forums at your Linux distro or your dongle maker.

All my PCs were Windows machines and now dual boot. Over the years I've reduced the Windows partitions to the bare minimum... just in case I need it or sell it. Hey, I paid for it. Mostly I run Mint because it looks like a clean version of XP.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago Sooty

I just wanted to add my thanks to vic for the article and to vandamme for the detailed linux post above.

Like crosseyedlemon I've been unsure which way to jump into linux but after reading the above I now feel I have the confidence to do so. Thanks.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Thanks for the reference sources and info Van. Being over 60 myself, I understand that TBS (tired brain syndrome) you speak of.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

I also have CRS Syndrome, which means Can't Remember Stuff. I don't do well remembering long commands and their switches and syntax.
Linux has a GUI for just about anything you want to do, but it also has terminal commands to do the same thing, but usually more powerful and faster. I can type "sudo apt-get install" faster than I can open up a software chooser program and find the app I want, but if I don't remember the name I have to use that app store. I can click the "windows" button and type in a program name and it loads right up, but if I forget the name I have to rummage through the menus to find it. That's why I like Mint; it has a menu tree like XP or Windows 7, but is much better organized without all the useless extra stuff.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago Geekomatic

Hi Crosseyed!

If you're brand new to Linux, I think you'd find Linux Mint Mate a very comfortable fit. It's quite nice to look at, simple, great support, & is available in 32 or 64 bit depending on your machine.

As has been stated- you can run the system from a USB drive to get a feel for it & then simply choose "install" from the desktop icon if you like it. Be sure to back up your own hard drive data to an external drive before you begin the install & then let Mint have the entire drive (this will overwrite Windows). Here's a simple how-to:

http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2014/05/how-to-create-bootable-linux-mint-usb.html

Most of all- have fun! It's a great OS.

G ;)

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy

Please folks can we keep the comments here relative to the Windows subject matter and deal with any Linux related stuff via the appropriate forum.

I'm happy to provide support for anyone wishing to consider Linux if they send me a PM requesting same. The result will depend on how many ask and what time I can devote to it, but will certainly be enough to get you started. MC - Site Manager.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago eikelein

@crosseyedlemon

I feel your pain, I'm in very similar spot. I have made a choice that so far I have not regretted at ll.

Try LinuxLite https://www.linuxliteos.com It offers everything you may want for the average Facebook, email and Google user.

And OFF topic: TERRIBLE forum system where you can't make real link. Archaic!

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy It was a very respectful and reasonable request to move Linux related discussion into the forum which is being ignored. Consequently anything else Linux related will now be deleted. MC - Site Manager. view
Archive And Search Your Email Offline With This Great Free Program 2 years 9 months ago richdt

Nice find, thanks!

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APTonCD lets you save bandwidth, speed up installations 5 years 10 months ago iamgizzmoid

Hey Dedoimedo,

Do you know if there is anything similar to this for Windows? It would also be helpful for Windows users.

Thanks dude,

Clark

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APTonCD lets you save bandwidth, speed up installations 5 years 10 months ago gzmhanu

Heya Clark, not Dedoimedo but have a gander @ wsusoffline.net ... works pretty great for a majority of Windows updates.

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APTonCD lets you save bandwidth, speed up installations 5 years 9 months ago famewolf

Anything similar for opensuse? zypper also retains a cache of the installed rpm's unless cleaned.

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APTonCD lets you save bandwidth, speed up installations 5 years 9 months ago Dedoimedo I will follow up with additional articles on the subject. For other package managers if and when available. Dedoimedo view
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AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago Pattern-chaser

Is it any good for my Kindle Fire HD?

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AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago Chasl

Not in Canada you say!

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AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago Fairportfan

Probably needs to be rooted.

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AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago tamxir Hi Pattern-chaser As Fairportfan suggests, if your Kindle Fire is rooted, you can install the Google Play Store on it, then you'll have access to all apps on there. Instructions here. http://tapthattech.com/2013/08/how-to-install-google-play-on-kindle-fire/ Otherwise, I've emailed the AppGratis developers and will report back to you once I have a reply in a reasonable timeframe. I will give them a few days to respond/ view
AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago tamxir Not residing in Canada or the USA, I can't easily check app availability in any given country short of getting a VPN and checking each one which is not practical. There are no clues on the Developers website, but I've emailed them to find out, if that was your question. Allow a few days please so I can answer. view
AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago tamxir I haven't heard back from AppGratis following my enquiries on your behalf. That's dissapointing. There appears to be no official direct download so you can install it on your Kindle device. A search revealed you can get a version from 3rd party sites but this isn't recommended as they are not trusted, sources, so this method is at your own risk. view
AppGratis - Android App Free Offers 5 years 10 months ago tamxir I haven't heard back from AppGratis, so I can't answer your question if I understand what it is you are asking if anything. Perhaps other readers from Canada can? view
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AOMEI Backupper 2 years 8 months ago BuckSkin

I recently used AOMEI Backupper to clone a working HDD in one machine onto a new larger HDD to replace a corrupted O/S in another machine; the process went off smoothly and the target machine booted right up and all programs and processes worked fine.
It took just minutes to swap out the drive and be back up and running.
If I can do it, anybody can; AOMEI is very user-friendly.

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AOMEI Backupper 2 years 2 months ago tonyc

I backed up my old laptop with AOMEI Backupper - no problems. I then tried to transfer the backup to my new computer. I wiped off everything from the new computer, Windows 10 OS, files, apps - the lot. Is there any way I can recover my lost OS and other contents of my new computer - an ACER ?

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AOMEI Backupper 1 year 11 months ago speedlever

I grabbed the free copy and took a look at it. Seems pretty straightforward with the exception that if you want to make a bootable clone, you have to buy the Pro version.

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AOMEI Backupper 1 year 10 months ago MyCsPiTTa

@AndyR: why is your preference for AOMEI? Sure, it's pretty good for free, but without the (paid) feature of managing backup schemes, it's crippled almost beyond use. [commercial references removed as per site rules]

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AOMEI Backupper 1 year 5 months ago Hm

I could not locate the differential & incremental backup options in this version (which I presume is the latest), maybe its something I've missed...

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AOMEI Backupper 1 year 4 months ago dalmas

Please: do NOT utilize it. After some usage it REQUIRES to buy the licence. Moreover during the uninstallation process (by using Revo Uninstaller Pro) I had some issues (even if I'm not fully sure it is just an AOMEI issue). Windows was not anymore able to boot. I had to restore the system to a previous Restore Point.
Finally, to fully remove it, I had to utilize Total Uninstaller with a valid license to (hopefullly) completely uninstall it (still NOT 100% sure): even if the Installation Directory was there, and I can see uninst000.exe, by double clicking on it the system says it is no there !!!
Alternatively, BEFORE installing it just google "AOMEI how to safely uninstall/delete".
Worst experience ever. Marco

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Anti-Twin 2 years 6 months ago footpatrol

The link above goes to a page for the company that just lists a table of contents but goes to ads.
This needs to be checked out so one can find out more about the program prior to downloading.

The download link seems to go to an actual site, however.

Correct site for info should be: http://www.joerg-rosenthal.com/en/antitwin/

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Anti-Twin 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee Appreciated your kind feedback footpatrol. The link has now been updated. view
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Antarctic Glacier Ice (Wallpaper of the Week) 5 years 8 months ago Sgluber

"If you're somewhere with warm weather this wallpaper provides a visual cool down."

Thank you rhiannon, THANK YOU SO MUCH! :-D

And let me get one more ice cream! X-D

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Antarctic Glacier Ice (Wallpaper of the Week) 5 years 8 months ago rhiannon You're more than welcome. :) You mentioned you wanted a "cool" wallpaper so I went looking for one. I'm glad you like it. view
Antarctic Glacier Ice (Wallpaper of the Week) 5 years 8 months ago Sgluber

Exactly!

I am happy with your remembrance and kindly! :-)

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Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 4 years 9 months ago TheIntersect

Now it would be great if either of these 2 programs would show real-time and/or average bandwidth usage! I often am wondering what device is hogging the internet.

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Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 4 years 9 months ago rob.schifreen It can be difficult to find out what device is hogging the internet. If it's a wired device, then your router should be able to give you a breakdown of usage by port. view
Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 4 years 8 months ago lowndesw

What about NetWorx, shown on the same download list as WiFi Guard??

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Another Way To Keep Tabs On Your LAN 4 years 8 months ago fandango

Nirsoft's Network Manager displayed everything including showing separately 2 external hardware drives plugged into a couple of the Pc's.

SoftPerfect's WiFi Guard identified less items connected to my Lan than Nirsoft. In particular it scorned my android devices and was contemptuous of my wifi printer.

So my vote for Nirsoft if only because no one likes to have their peripherals belittled

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Another Way to Free up Space on a Windows Hard Drive 6 years 2 months ago Jojo Yee Robocopy has a GUI version written by a Microsoft engineer Derk Benisch available here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2006.11.utilityspotlight.aspx Ken Tamaru of Microsoft subsequently developed a free utility RichCopy, offering a number of improvements over RoboCopy GUI. You can get it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.04.utilityspotlight.aspx view
Another Way to Free up Space on a Windows Hard Drive 6 years 2 months ago Jero

Hey Jojo. While I was reading the article on robocopy, I was thinking, I wish someone would make a GUI. I haven't used the command line since dos. I get to the end of the article, and find you have granted my wish. Thank you for posting this!

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Another Way of Helping this Community Website 5 years 10 months ago martyjs

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago JohnBurns

This is a great program. Just be sure to download the "lite" version which is free of any adware. There will be several choices for download, but make certain "lite" is one you download. I have used it for quite some time and never had a problem....plus it's very reliable for update info.

There are options which allow you to chose to include "Beta" if you wish. Check out the "Tools" tab and make sure you chose the ones which will accomplish what you wish to do. You can "ignore" programs if you feel they don't need to be updated -or you can "skip" updates for a week, month, etc. There is also an "Options" tab which can help you set the program up as you wish - like start with Windows, etc.

Also, if you feel an item is reported in error, you can right click it and report "error" or "Beta" if you wish. I recommend it - Kyle Katlin is very responsive to notifications of errors, etc. Thumbs up!

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

The lite version of Sumo is not free of adware as previously stated. If you extract the "sumo_lite.exe" file without installing the program, there's a file called "itdownload.dll" in the package. This file usually downloads a toolbar of some sort or other adware. Sometimes there's an opt out feature in the program before installing. In the "install_script.iss" file (this file is like a bat file that tells the program installer what files to install where as well as what registry strings to put in the registry), there's the following (it appears as if there's an opt out selection for the Relevant Knowledge adware but unless you use a good uninstaller to monitor the install, you never know what's being installed):

en_1.RKDescription=includes RelevantKnowledge
en_1.RKDescription2=Active participants in RelevantKnowledge are recognized with a tree donation. RelevantKnowledge.com/trees
en_1.RKDisclosure=In order to provide this free download, RelevantKnowledge software, provided by TMRG, Inc., a comScore, Inc. company, is included in this download. This software allows millions of participants in an online market research community to voice their opinions by allowing their online browsing and purchasing behavior to be monitored, collected, aggregated, and once anonymized, used to generate market reports which our clients use to understand Internet trends and patterns and other market research purposes. The information which is monitored and collected includes internet usage information, basic demographic information, certain hardware, software, computer configuration and application usage information about the computer on which you install RelevantKnowledge. We may use the information that we monitor, such as name and address, to better understand your household demographics; for example, we may combine the information that you provide us with additional information from consumer data brokers and other data sources in accordance with our privacy policy. We make commercially viable efforts to automatically filter confidential personally identifiable information and to purge our databases of such information about our panelists when inadvertently collected. By clicking Accept you acknowledge that you are 18 years of age or older, an authorized user of the computer on which you are installing this application, and that you have read, agreed to, and have obtained the consent of all computer and TV users to the terms and conditions of the Privacy Statement, User License Agreement (ULA), and Patent Notice.
en_1.RKOptionYes=Accept
en_1.RKOptionNo=Decline
en_1.RKPrivacy=Privacy Statement, ULA, and Patent Notice
en_1.RKPrivacyURL=http://www.relevantknowledge.com/RKPrivacy.aspx
en_1.RKRequireCheck=Please select an option before clicking next.
en_1.RKSurveyCaption=Short Survey
en_1.RKSurveyDescription=Please answer these questions.
en_1.RKMessageCancel1=Please complete this short survey.
en_1.RKMessageCancel2=This survey does not ask you any personal questions and should not take more than 5 seconds. Are you sure?
en_1.RKMessageVerify18=You must be able to certify that you are 18 or over to be eligible for the incentive associated with this offer.
en_1.RKSCR1=Are you a male or female?
en_1.RKSCR2=What is your age?
fr_2.NameAndVersion=%1 version %2

The portable zip file of the Sumo doesn't appear to include the Relevant Knowledge adware, but there's alwsys the possibility that some code has been written to the main exe program file that might initiate a download of something in the future.

Emisoft had classified Sumo as adware:

http://www.emsisoft.com/en/malware/Adware.Win32.SUMo-remove.aspx

Wilder Security comments about Sumo and Relevant Knowledge from last year:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/sumo-malware-or-not.340269/

Description of Relevant Knowledge from several years ago:

http://www.ghacks.net/2009/05/18/about-relevant-knowledge/

To the credit of KC Software, on the download page that mention that Relevant Knowledge or Somoto adware is included but they state that the lite installer is free of this stuff, when clearly it isn't if it's written in the install script.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago JohnBurns

I believe you are incorrect. The "lite" version as opposed to the "RK" version which your are discussing above.

From the KC Softwares Site:
Download Regular installer. May contain sponsors like Relevant Knowledge and/or Somoto.
NoRK NoRK installer. Does not contain RelevantKnowledge but may contain Somoto .
Lite Lite installer. Does not contain any sponsor.
Zip Portable (Zip). Does not contain any sponsor.

I run Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Pro, HitmanPro and never have had any malware indicated from the site (in over 3 years now - Windows 7 and Windows 8). There is NO opt out in the "Lite" nor are any toolbars installed.

Please check it out and let me know if you find something else. Thanks

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Burn-IT

It is full of malware and viruses according to Avast when I installed it.

Removed immediately and now I have to do a full system scan.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago George.J You shouldn't have downloaded the installer as mentioned in the article which contains adware. Correction: Only download the portable version. http://i.imgur.com/jkjb7CI.png view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

I'm not sure if you're replying to my post or the one that said Avast flagged it, but if extract the setup file yourself, you'll see that a file called itdownload.dll is included in the lite version and a script for Relevant Knowledge is included in the install script, regardless of what the software vendor states.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

Just to correct Rob Schifreen's instructions, the Nork version also includes the Relevant Knowledge script and the itdownload.dll file that's in the lite version as explained here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/another-program-check-software-n...

The only one that doesn't is the portable version and once again, we don't know what code is in the main program exe file that might phone home and download some "goodies" at a later date.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago George.J Sorry, it was me who added the warning. I've updated the screenshot and the warning now. Edit: Thanks for your comment, I've read it now, and will update the article to download only the portable version. view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago redstick

I'm surprised to hear about hitch-hikers on the Lite Version of SuMO. I have use it without incident for quite a while -- earlier, I had used the "NoRK" version, watching the install sequence very carefully.

Sumo is good, but takes a bit of getting used to. It updates almost weekly (so the install version is significant). You will get a few false positives, as well as suggested 'updates' for files embedded in other programs that are inaccessible. When I DO find an update, paranoia requires that I go directly to the program's own site.

All that said, it is an excellent program, especially when augmented with Ninite, FileHippo, and PSI.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago MoisheP

The app correctly found about a score of programs needing update, though I thought I had carefully kept my system up-to-date.
Thanks, Gizmo, for the adware warning -- the portable Zip version shows no issue on VirusTotal,MalwareBytes or Avast! BTW, all the .SPK files except your own language may be eliminated.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago JohnBurns

I am only speaking from actual use of this app - and I have not experienced what you stated when using the "Lite" version. I am not arguing with you - just stating my experience over the last 3 years backed up by MalwareBytes scans, HitmanPro Scans and Windows Defender Scans. I agree the other versions contain some undesirable toolbars and files. I will continue to use it - with my selected settings.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago George.J I don't think VirusTotal reports are helpful in this case, because the standard installer and NoRK versions shows clean for me on Virustotal Standard: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a30f945e95d23935d2566589aff2de526aed0... NoRK: https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/a7caf79c377d40fc34351dbcfc741bac0c205... Only behavioural blockers will be able to identify such adware, I think. view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

I didn't intend for you to think that I thought you were arguing. Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression. My opinion of these programs is that if one is going to use them, you're better off getting a good unpacker like Universal Extractor, updating it's individual unpackers, and extracting all programs if you can. In this manner, you can remove the offending ad-ware and run the program as a portable.

My policy is if I can't extract the setup file, I don't use the program (unless it's something I've actually paid for, which is rare these days). Even if buy software, it's always free after rebate.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago JohnBurns

Thanks for review - a good point to remember is just be careful what you select when downloading anything.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago beergas

Thanks. Ran, fast, but nothing needed updating after having used PatchmyPC other day. Also enjoying Dashlane (LastPass type password system).

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Kyle_Katarn

Hi !
Very nice & tricky catch !
it_download.dll was packaged but NOT executed in the LITE version (no sponsor installed nor downloaded).
This has been fixed in all the builds i've just re-uploaded to my website.

Thanks for reporting !!

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago vandamme

Thanks for reminding me why I use Linux. It updates all my apps safely and easily.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Chaturanger

I used Sumo for years...excellent software!

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Bluesmanuk

I tried out the portable version and was surprised at just how many apps seemed out of date, which I found odd because I do weekly checks.

So I decided to check a few against the official sites and the very first 3 that I checked all confirmed that I was using the latest versions, despite Sumo stating that there was an update for a version that the developers themselves had not released.

This raised warning signals for me to wonder whether these supposed updates are hacked and could include malware.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago godel

It's my understanding that Secunia PSI only lists updates where there is a security problem fixed, not just bugs squashed or extra program features added.

Edit: Glary utilities also has a function to search for new program versions. It's in the up-arrow icon (white arrow on blue background) on the bottom line of the main screen.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago BearPup

In the For What Its Worth category: I downloaded the sumo_lite version with no problems, and my scanners found nothing suspicious. The program found 76 programs, none of which needed updating; plus a dozen more that it said it couldn't tell if they needed updating or not.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago BearPup

Thanks for the tip about Glary Utilities - knew there was a reason for keeping my Pro License!

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago George.J Normally SuMo finds updates correctly. Probably what you're finding are beta versions. You can uncheck beta version update checks by going into Settings->Uncheck "Allow Beta versions" view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Samui Ian

Unfortunately I have to report that Avast went apeshit during installation. Reported 55 "Threats". I installed the full version but declined the additional software. Avast kicked off at the final stage of installation. I uninstalled it immediately after it had finished installing.

I've seen the other posts about only installing the 'Lite' version and I may give that a go but KC software do state that any additional software can be "....easily rejected during installation and/or removed using Add/Remove Software control panel afterwards, independently from KC Softwares products."

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Bork

I just came across this website. I found free software monitors are reviewed here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-software-update-monitor.htm
Then I found this article, which seems to add nothing to that. The overall review of software monitors is much more upfront about SUMo's inclusion of Relevant Knowledge, which some commenters seem concerned about. Plus it compares the different software. So why this duplicate article? What am I missing?

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago crosseyedlemon

I have used SUMO for several months and find it fairly useful. A program listed in Gizmos "hot finds" a few months ago called Unchecky is quite handy for dealing with the bundled software problem that we sometimes encounter.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for the reminder about Unchecky crosseyedlemon, here is the link to that article. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/automatic-warning-if-youre-about... view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Not everyone searches for a full review or is prepared to read all of it so these articles are intended to bring not just new as in just released material but established software apps many users will not have heard of. The reason why Sumo was written up is contained in the opening paragraph. MC - Site Manager. view
Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

What you're missing is that in the comments to this article, the statement in the previous one you referred to that the "lite" version is free of ad-ware is erroneous. The author in the article on this page corrected his original recommendation to reflect that the lite version has Relevant Knowledge ad-ware after he read the comments I posted.

Here's the paragraph from the software update article you linked to:

"WARNING: Should you decide to download SUMo, please ensure that you download the "Lite" or ZIP/7z version...The full version comes with a program called Relevant Knowledge, which is detected by most security software as spyware. The "Lite" version is identical to the full version, only without the spyware, and therefore deserves to be on this list"

That part of his article is inaccurate as the lite version is packaged with Relevant Knowledge and has the same toolbar file (itdownload.dll) that's in the Nork version. For more details see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/another-program-check-software-n...

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago original_steve

What's your website? If it's KC Software, I downloaded a slightly smaller (2 kb) Lite version setup file with a different hash than the previous one and it had the same ad-ware and iss script included in the package. According to the date stamp, the setup file was updated last night but the Sumo program version is still the same one from May 1, 2014.

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 5 years 6 months ago Spiff

@ original_steve,

Kyle_Katarn is the developer of the SUMo software, and http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?sumo is the website.
I think the developer really meant to clean up the SUMo Lite installer package, yesterday, but I guess inadvertently not all components of the adware installation script were deleted.
Perhaps it could be helpful if you could contact the developer directly?
For KC Softwares' technical support e-mail address, see: http://www.kcsoftwares.com/?contacts

Best regards

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