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While the authors at MakeUseOf carry diverse preferences on computer OSes, we’ve written in defense of Windows 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You Getting a new computer? One devil urges you to buy a Mac or Chromebook, while the other insists you try Linux. And here's me explaining why you should stick with a Windows device. Read More , explaining why it’s still a viable option in the world of Mac OS X and Chromebooks The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook The Fundamental Advantages Of Using A Chromebook Chromebooks are highly divisive and a consensus about the merits of Google's offering is a long way from materialising. Here are the key advantages of using a Chromebook when compared to Windows and Macs. Read More . Of course, people continue to hate things they don’t prefer using Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Your Apple/Android/Windows Hatred Is Irrelevant, Give It Up Getting upset because someone is buying something you're not interested in benefits no one – so why do we get mad anyway? Read More and so stereotypes about Windows persist.

Today, let’s take a closer look at some Windows myths that have lingered throughout the ages. Not all of them will turn out to be false, but by examining the facts instead of just shouting angrily about “the other people,” maybe we can reach an understanding that Windows isn’t the buggy, virus-laden mess people make it out to be.

Myth: Windows is Not Intuitive

It’s an overused joke by now that Windows 8 made some annoying design choices, and though 8.1 cleaned up a lot of the mess it’s still a good idea to fix common Windows 8.1 frustrations Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations Easily Fix These Common Windows 8.1 Frustrations Windows 8.1 can be frustrating, not just because of how different it is. We're talking about blurry text, laggy mouse pointers, touchpad issues, and SecureBoot problems -- typical Windows annoyances. Here's how to fix them. Read More . However, this doesn’t mean that these issues are exclusive to Windows, as we’re also looked at some big OS X annoyances that need resolved 8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!) Resolved 8 Mac OS X Annoyances (Yes, They Exist!) Resolved Mac OS X computers are the very model of simplicity and usability.When you plug one in and try to do something, it just works. There's no need to mess around with anything. Everything is in... Read More .

Though both operating systems have some quirks, it’s not about counting up how many changes you need to make out of the box. Rather, the takeaway point is that intuitiveness is subjective. Mihir advised those who consider switching away from Windows Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Hey Windows User, Should You Switch To Linux or Mac? Did you ever consider switching from Windows to Linux or Mac? The quick answer: if you're on Windows, stay on Windows—and don't worry about upgrading just yet. Here's why. Read More to think about how invested they are in the environment.

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If you’ve been using Windows all your life, you’re used to its quirks and how it functions, even down to simple things like how maximizing and closing windows works. On a Mac, that’s totally different – and that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, but it takes some getting used to 7 Good Habits Every Mac User Should Get Used To 7 Good Habits Every Mac User Should Get Used To Today we're going to share our favourite good Mac habits, while desperately trying to forget the bad ones. Read More .

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If someone has never used a computer in their life, there could be arguments made for what’s most intuitive at first glance. However, most Windows haters don’t fall into this category and so they don’t consider the subjective nature of this complaint; thus it can’t really be used effectively. There are big perks to being a Windows user that you’ll lose on a Mac 4 Things About Windows That You'll Miss On A Mac 4 Things About Windows That You'll Miss On A Mac Thinking about switching over to a Mac? It's easy to find faults with Windows. But are you aware of the things you'll miss? Read More ; in the end, it all comes down to choosing the best environment for you.

Myth: Windows Gets the Most Viruses

Now we come to a myth that isn’t totally false, but needs closer examination. Contrary to the common cyber security illusion 4 Cyber Security Myths That Must Die 4 Cyber Security Myths That Must Die Read More , Windows is not inherently insecure, meaning that it’s not a glued-together pile of rubbish just waiting to collapse. Rather, Windows is simply the most-used desktop OS and thus the biggest target for attack. If you wanted to write a piece of malware and get the biggest return, which OS would you choose to target?

Windows-Market-Share

Obviously, from this usage graph we can see how huge of a market share Windows has. It logically follows that the most malware would exist for Windows, then, since it has the biggest user base and therefore the most possible targets and highest profit margin. Of course, that’s not to say Macs don’t get malware. Though it isn’t common unless you’re installing unapproved software, you may still see signs your Mac is infected I Think My Mac Has A Virus! 3 Ways You Can Tell I Think My Mac Has A Virus! 3 Ways You Can Tell Is your Mac acting kind of... weird? Whether you're seeing adverts you can't explain, or your system is unreasonably slow, you might think the problem is malware. But you're probably wrong. Read More .

Another qualifier on this myth has to do with the various types of malware What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] What Is The Difference Between A Worm, A Trojan & A Virus? [MakeUseOf Explains] Some people call any type of malicious software a "computer virus," but that isn't accurate. Viruses, worms, and trojans are different types of malicious software with different behaviors. In particular, they spread themselves in very... Read More . Today, traditional viruses aren’t the concern as much as ransomware Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams Avoid Falling Victim To These Three Ransomware Scams Several prominent ransomware scams are in circulation at the moment; let's go over three of the most devastating, so you can recognise them. Read More , adware, and other sleazy software that inject ads into everything you do. And thanks to some loopholes, installing this junk through checkboxes that you accidentally leave ticked OpenCandy: The Reason You Should Never Just Click "Next" OpenCandy: The Reason You Should Never Just Click "Next" Clicking "next" repeatedly is the quickest way of installing apps on Windows - until you find you installed other programs on your computer without realizing it, thanks to OpenCandy. Let's do something about that. Read More is considered totally legal. Most of this affects your browser Let's Put A Stop To Pop-Up Browser Ads Once And For All! Let's Put A Stop To Pop-Up Browser Ads Once And For All! Pop-ups can catch you off guard, and if you're not careful they can create problems. Learn how to avoid them and how to handle them if they do come up. Read More and is somewhat OS-independent; our friends at the How-To Geek have chronicled how the biggest download sites all serve up crapware, and how the epidemic is spreading to Mac OS X, too.

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So yes, Windows has the most viruses. However, using that as an attack on it is like saying people who work outside get the most sunburn. If every OS had the same market share, this Windows complaint would be more valid. However, while Windows continues to dominate, its virus problem is a sad truth but not one that can be used as significant leverage against it.

General Myths

There are plenty of myths that we’ve either looked at sometime in the past or aren’t significant enough to warrant their own section. Let’s take a look at some classic Windows myths that are hopefully dying out.

Registry Cleaning

First, cleaning the registry will not help speed up your computer Don't Believe The Hype: Registry Cleaners Don't Make Windows Faster Don't Believe The Hype: Registry Cleaners Don't Make Windows Faster Much advice has been given on how to keep your computer running smoothly, as well as how to fix it when it has become slow. We have even published a Windows on Speed guide, written... Read More . Regular users should never have reason to look into the registry, and even thousands of “errors” wouldn’t bring the slightest dip in performance Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More . PC cleaning programs such as MyCleanPC (that go so far as to advertise on late-night TV) count every temporary file and cookie on your computer as a “problem” and then scare you into paying them $20-$40 to do nothing of value. Don’t fall for these shysters; learn how to actually clean out old files 6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer 6 Ways to Free Up Space on Your Windows Computer Clutter can be a big downer on productivity. Over time, files get lost, programs go unused, and suddenly, your once spacious hard drive is packed with useless things and you have to clean it up.... Read More and avoid the scams.

Defragmenting

While defragmenting is not useless 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 3 Excellent Defrag Utilities & Why You Still Need to Defragment In 2012 Accessing files from the hard drive is a speed limiting step in operating a computer. Hard drives used to be a major bottle neck and fragmentation of data slowed them down even further. With the... Read More like cleaning the registry, it’s becoming less important as time goes on. If you have a solid state drive How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] How Do Solid-State Drives Work? [MakeUseOf Explains] Over the past few decades, there has been a considerable amount of work in the field of computer hardware. While computer technology is constantly improving and evolving, rarely do we experience moments where we simply... Read More (SSD), you should never defragment the drive as it could cause damage. Those who still have a traditional hard disk drive (if you’re not sure, you can easily find out what you have) can defragment every so often, but the latest versions of Windows do this automatically and so you shouldn’t have to even think about it.

Premium Antivirus

There are plenty of good free antivirus programs out there (save for Microsoft Security Essentials Why You Should Replace Microsoft Security Essentials With A Proper Antivirus Why You Should Replace Microsoft Security Essentials With A Proper Antivirus Read More ), so you don’t need to pay for a premium product. However, you don’t want to run multiple antivirus programs at once; they will at best slow down your system and at worst conflict, miss infections, or cause deeper problems. Stick with just one, such as avast! (our avast! review Stay Protected From Every Type Of Malware With Avast Free Antivirus Stay Protected From Every Type Of Malware With Avast Free Antivirus Comprehensive malware protection doesn't need to cost a fortune. Many reputable free antivirus programs are equally effective as paid ones, and avast! Free Antivirus stands with the best Windows antivirus programs. Read More ). Matt has written at length why AdBlock is poisonous to the Internet It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die It's About Ethics in Stealing Games Journalism: Why AdBlock Needs to Die A simple, free browser plugin killed Joystiq – and is ruining the Internet. Read More , but if you still insist on using AdBlock, don’t use multiple versions. Just like antivirus utilities, you’ll be wasting system resources and bogging down your browser.

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Debunking the Haters

Of course, there are many more myths about Windows that don’t seem to die. If you think Windows isn’t aesthetically pleasing or isn’t customizable, check out the dozens of themes that totally change the look of Windows Get A Windows 7 Makeover With These Awesome Themes Get A Windows 7 Makeover With These Awesome Themes Read More , or give your cursor a makeover Tired Of Your Mouse Cursor? Replace It With Something Fresh & Beautiful [Windows] Tired Of Your Mouse Cursor? Replace It With Something Fresh & Beautiful [Windows] Let's face it, the mouse cursors included with Windows are getting a bit old. While it’s seen a few tweaks over the years, that white mouse cursor has remained largely the same for over a... Read More . Windows isn’t perfect, and it is an easy target for some of the criticisms used against it.

However, by looking at the truth instead of perpetuating falsehood, we can get a better idea of what Windows is really all about and why it doesn’t deserve to be bashed constantly. If you’re a Windows hater, when was the last time you actually sat down and used the OS? Misconceptions built on Windows XP are outdated and are in sore need of an update (just like how XP itself is antiquated Windows XP: What's Happening To It Now? Windows XP: What's Happening To It Now? Windows XP may be dead, but it's not yet gone. Over 27% of computers connected to the Internet still run Windows XP. Here's exactly what "end of support" means for Windows XP systems. Read More , in fact!).

Hungry for more myths to bust? Check out the truth about speeding up your machine How To Really Speed Up Your Computer - Common Myths & What To Do Instead How To Really Speed Up Your Computer - Common Myths & What To Do Instead Suffering from a slow computer? You might not know why and maybe you're trying to fix it in all the wrong ways. Let us help you with tips for a real speed boost. Read More and security fallacies that can be dangerous if followed 5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous 5 Security Software Myths That Can Prove Dangerous Malware is still a thing! Tens of millions of PCs remain infected worldwide. The damage ranges from unstable computers to identity theft. What makes people not take malware seriously? Let's uncover the myths. Read More .

What Windows myths are you sick of hearing about? Do other operating systems carry as many myths as Windows does? Please share your thoughts below!

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