[Updated 12-17-2015] 360 Total Security versus Glary Utilities: Battle of the 1-click cleaners? Not really.

[Updated 12-17-2015: ZDNet has published a first-impressions review of this product which is worth checking out.]

This is not the most equal comparison since each program does not perform the exact, same function. 360 Total Security is a highly rated antivirus  and Glary Utilities is a comprehensive cleaner/optimizer, but there is overlap and both are Windows 10 compatible. The shots below show what each finds pre-cleansing.

360 TS pre GlaryGlary pre 360 TS
Glary checks more categories and finds more so it was executed first. Then a rescan with 360TS shows that about 70 MB of junk still remained.

360 TS post Glary

Again this is like comparing apples to oranges so to say that one is better than the other is not prudent. Use them both, they work well together with no adverse interactions. 360TS is a fine daily or weekly cleaner while Glary is still king and great for that monthly or quarterly operation. Happy computing!

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Don’t want mandatory Windows 10 updates? Microsoft has a tool to block some | Windows Central

Don’t want mandatory Windows 10 updates? Microsoft has a tool to block some | Windows Central

This isn’t a total fix but more of a workaround. For us in the pre-Windows 10 crowd, who are picky about what Windows does and when, it will be hard to get use to always-installed updates. Although it is understandable why force this upon users – for one congruent security patching – problems have already surfaced as outlined in this Forbes article.

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How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 | Windows Central

How to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10 | Windows Central

Windows 7 users migrating to 10, the start is just days away! Here is more great information from Windows Central you should familiarize yourself with BEFORE the upgrade.

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Cheetah Mobile: Hacking Team can remotely control computers and smartphones

http://www.cmcm.com/blog/en/security/2015-07-17/685.html

No matter what follows please believe that this data breach is bad for many but – in motivation – could someone have been trying to right a wrong? Maybe, more below.

First the confusing irony, a surveillance company called Hacking Team is hacked and nearly half a terabyte of it’s data is leaked. What’s bad is that this company knows how to get into Apple iOS, Google Android, or Windows phone or computer. The crux? Hacking Team is known for having nefarious dealings with questionable governments, police states, etc. – go ahead, read on Wikipedia and see if you like them now.

Excuse the analogy but this sounds like the Edward Snowden/NSA debacle all over again. Is it possible someone was trying to expose what this company was up to? Sure. If so, unfortunately Pandora’s box had been left wide open for hackers, crackers and your cyber-savvy grandmother to access personal information. This has now become a foot-race as to who can analyze the leak first, the security industry or cyber-criminals. I would normally say happy computing but instead I’ll say, good luck.

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Three practical reasons to use your browser’s private mode | PCWorld

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2106766/three-practical-reasons-to-use-your-browsers-private-mode.html

There is no silver bullet or one-click protection for online security. It requires vigilance at all times on multiple fronts and this tip is in no way a cure-all but it will help reduce the size of your digital footprint. If the hounds of crime ever start to track your scent why not leave as few breadcrumbs as possible.

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In Chrome it’s called Incognito, in Internet Explorer it’s InPrivate, but no matter what browser use this mode. Yes it will slightly inconvenience users, for example, saved IDs and passwords may not work, sites may not remember your geo-location but in the long run you will be safer. Happy computing!

New incognito 3

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JAVA update: Do you like using Yahoo?

Unless you want the Yahoo-experience for your web browser – default search engine/home page – pay attention during the installation of the latest Java update. If you do not opt-out then that is exactly what you will get.

Java Setup/Yahoo opt-in

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Windows 10 Questions and Answers you need to know before upgrading | Windows Central

A really good collection of questions and answers about the pending, free upgrade to Windows 10. To be honest, the more I read the less inclined I feel to go through with it. Anyone who’s previously upgraded knows it is never a 100% transparent process, something is always lost in translation. I have already advised my father that upgrading may not be the best decision for him.

http://www.windowscentral.com/windows-10-questions-and-answers-you-need-know-upgrading

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