Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams
July 29, 2020
Protect Yourself From Tech Support Scams
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I checked off the Windows 7 updates I want to install from the list of available updates but when I click "OK" I get the screen that says "Install Windows 10" instead of "Install Updates". How do I get around that so I can install my Windows 7 Updates?
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Microsoft has turned a decades-long respected process — Windows Update — into a malware distribution system. It is for all intents and purposes forcing innocent and content Windows 7 computer users into “upgrading” to its new Windows 10 version. It promises
to allow return to Windows 7 within 30 days. That return process is flawed and leaves your computer virtually unusable and requires re-installation of Windows 7. For some owners without a re-usable Microsoft product key or a factory restore partition on
their computers, it results in a useless thing that used to be a computer.
Windows 10 is a completely new and very different Windows. Nothing like anything you have used before.
It is primarily an advertising/sales vehicle. That’s the keen motivation and reason it is free.
By adopting Windows 10, you sacrifice any privacy — essentially, anything on your computer is Microsoft’s and its partner’s to use as they see fit.
Windows Update becomes non-optional. You, as owner of your system no longer have control over what happens to your computer. Microsoft will re-make Windows (on your computer) into what serves its purposes without asking your permission or opinion.
Windows 10 as a system is still full of un-fulfilled promises and bugs. Many of your programs will not run on Windows 10. In fact, the “upgrade” process removes some.
So, if you like Windows 7, and most do very much so, I advise you to reject Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. Be advised that Microsoft has committed to support Windows 7 until at least January, 2020. Most of your current computers will last that
You must adopt a protective stance to prevent your Windows 7 system from becoming something you do not want.
I advise my clients to change the Windows Update Setting to Never check for updates. Once a month, on the 2nd Tuesday, they will get an email from me advising to manually start WU and then hide every update except for ones specifically
labeled Security. In other words, only security updates will be applied. In all of 2015, not a single update that was not security, was something that improved Windows 7.
Some may scoff at this idea. Well they are incorrect. Never means you are never giving Microsoft a chance to decide what you download and install. It does NOT mean you will never update. The difference is that now you take control and the responsibility
of updating of Windows and Office.
Some may believe that Microsoft would not do such a stupid thing.
If you see the Windows flag on the bottom right of your screen, chances are pretty high, your computer already has the Win10 files. Even if you do not, it may be on your computer shortly anyway. Here are instructions on how to rid yourself of it:
It will allow you to prevent any future operating system upgrades and delete downloaded Win10 files, but it will
notremove any of Microsoft’s installed or attempts to install spyware.
This process works, but it only works if you do all the steps and do them in order.
Take Windows Update off automatic — Nevercheck for updates
Windows Update, Installed updates, WAIT a long time till you see the green bar complete its long trip to the right
Now, search for each of the listed updates, uninstall them. You must wait until the list is re-created each time.
If there are others you want to uninstall, click Later
Then, clear the search box and after the list is again displayed, enter another KB number.
Restart the PC. It may take a long time to process this.
If you choose “check for updates, but let me choose whether to download and install them”, Microsoft will download “important” updates like KB3035583 to your computer. It will be pre-checked — selected. Unless you check Windows Update (WU) and discover
this BEFORE you shut down, it will install it during the shut-down process. Hiding accomplishes nothing.
This is more than annoying. It goes way beyond that. It is underhanded, dishonest and just plain wrong for Microsoft to do this. There is no offer to accept or refuse. There is no informed consent. There is not even an idea of what it is your getting
and what the result is if you change your mind.
List of updates that if already installed should be removed: