Re: The Sky is falling

Rod Greene

I agree too. Ever since Windows 7 came out, I have only used Microsoft's anti-virus with no problems.

73, Rod/w7zrc

On Sunday, April 5, 2020, 7:35:19 AM MDT, Gilbert Baron W0MN <w0mn00@...> wrote:

Total agreement here. 

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On Apr 5, 2020, at 2:36 AM, Björn Ekelund, SM7IUN <bjorn@...> wrote:


I can't help noticing you recommend using other than Microsoft's products for anti-malware.

From a security standpoint this may be true (I don't have the expertise to judge) but in the 
past four years I have only had one single case of false positives and one performance 
related issue (which was easily solved using a manual exception) using the firewall and 
anti-malware built into Windows 10 with ham radio software. 

On this and other reflectors I frequently see fellow hams suffering from false positives, 
performance etc. with non-Microsoft anti-malware products. 

So, at least in my particular case, I have been more happy (and spent far less money) 
relying on Microsoft also in this area also. 

Björn SM7IUN

Den sön 5 apr. 2020 kl 00:45 skrev Dave AA6YQ <aa6yq@...>:
+ AA6YQ comments below

Dave is being kind to you guys and I suspect that his sense of decorum prohibits him from saying what he really feels

+ That's not correct. It is the policy of this Group to accept and politely answer all questions, no matter how many times they have
already been asked and answered. DXLab pushes the limits on the use of computing in amateur radio. While interference from defective
anti-malware applications isn't the result of this limit pushing, it's to be expected that many users won't know what to do when
this happens,  and some will take actions that are counterproductive. Chastising users for this behavior will accomplish nothing
other than discouraging future posts, and possibly future DXLab users.

+ Learning how to manage one's personal computer is not the focus of this group, but sharing "best practices" certainly is.
Anti-malware applications are a challenge, because misconfiguring them could result in the exposure and loss of information, which
could in turn produce very bad consequences. Thus I do not provide advice on configuring specific anti-malware applications, and go
no further than to report that in my use of the free version of AVG over the past ~20 years, I have never experienced a malware
infection, or had one of my applications damaged or impeded by its presence. There are other anti-malware applications that are
frequently reported to have similar virtues.

+ Microsoft is not the enemy. Without Windows, there would be no DXLab. In the early 1990s, I established a strategic partnership
between Rational Software and Microsoft to promote our companys' mutual interest in modern software engineering for use in
enterprise computing. We'd made a successful transition from our proprietary computer architecture and operating system to Unix, and
needed to understand the challenges that our new Windows customers were experiencing. I'd gotten my amateur radio license in 1990
and wanted to develop software to aid in DXing; to gain personal experience with Windows, I began using Microsoft's development
tools to build what ultimately became DXLab. I still have friends at Microsoft, one a senior executive who assigned 2 engineers over
a weekend to correct a regression in Windows 10 that prevented DDE (and thus DXLab) from working correctly.

+ Yes, Windows 10 and Microsoft's anti-malware products have defects and deficiencies. My advice is to avoid Microsoft products for
which better alternatives are available. Like anti-malware.

+ Thanks for the offer, but I do not accept donations. I develop DXLab because I enjoy working directly with users to build useful
software. If you absolutely have to make a financial donation, I recommend St. Jude's Children's hospital; they do excellent work
with low administrative overhead.


                 Dave, AA6YQ


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