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How often do you stop and think about the apps you’re installing on your computer?

We’re not talking about apps like Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop, which have millions of users and are perfectly safe to use. We mean other third-party apps that, on the face of it, perform useful tasks.

For example, how confident are you that your Start Menu replacement software The 7 Best Windows Start Menu Alternatives and Replacements The 7 Best Windows Start Menu Alternatives and Replacements The Windows 10 Start Menu is a great improvement over Windows 8, but you can make it even better. Here are the best tools for working around or replacing the Start Menu. Read More isn’t spying on you? Are you sure your registry cleaner isn’t causing more harm than good? And are you confident that your favorite free game isn’t loaded with malware?

Of course, most Windows apps aren’t going to cause issues. But there are some, many of which are popular, that you shouldn’t install for various reasons. Here are six Windows 10 apps and programs that you should give a wide berth to.

1. CCleaner

In case you’re not aware, CCleaner is like a beefed-up version of the native Windows Disk Cleanup tool.

The app serves two functions. Firstly, it can act as privacy tool by deleting information such as your browsing history or your recently opened apps. Secondly, it can remove old, unused apps from your system How to Clean Your Windows Computer: The Ultimate Checklist How to Clean Your Windows Computer: The Ultimate Checklist Spending some time cleaning up Windows can yield vast performance improvements. Here's the ultimate checklist for cleaning your Windows computer. Read More . That includes Windows logs, old installation files, and temporary internet files.

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Neither of these features are inherently bad. However, as part of the disk clean-up tool, it also offers a registry cleaner. Registry cleaners are false friends. They make bold promises but often cause more harm than good, especially if you don’t know how to interpret the results.

Furthermore, due to a malware scandal and shady spying features, we recommend that you stop using CCleaner right now Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now Why You Should Stop Using CCleaner on Windows Right Now CCleaner was once a must-have utility, but recent problems mean you should stop using it. Here's why and how to replace it. Read More .

2. iTunes

If you’ve ever spent any time using a Mac, you’ll know iTunes is a terrible piece of software. And if Apple’s flagship music app is terrible on a Mac, you can imagine how bad it is on Windows. Today, the once majestic music app is a shadow of its former self

To be clear, iTunes isn’t going to damage your system or install malware. And it’s not going to spy on you or hit you with a barrage of ads.

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It is, however, a slow, bloated, and thoroughly unenjoyable way to manage and listen to your music. Updates are too frequent and take ages, and essential functions of the app are organized in a confusing way.

Almost any of the mainstream alternatives 5 Awesome Free Music Players You Probably Haven't Tried Yet 5 Awesome Free Music Players You Probably Haven't Tried Yet You don't need to stream music always. These alternative music players for all platforms help if you have plenty of great tracks saved on your hard drive. Read More — such as MusicBee, Winamp, and foobar2000 — offer a better user experience. It can be argued that even Groove Music is an improvement How Groove Music Rivals MusicBee as the Best Desktop Music Player for Windows How Groove Music Rivals MusicBee as the Best Desktop Music Player for Windows Did you know that Groove Music has several great tools for managing and listening to your locally-saved music libraries? We highlight its best features in comparison to competing tools. Read More !

3. Norton Anti-Virus

The sign of a good antivirus is one that comprehensively protects you from all threats and you don’t notice it running in the background. And while Norton’s threat detection is as good as anything else in the industry Compare Your Anti-Virus' Performance with These 5 Top Sites Compare Your Anti-Virus' Performance with These 5 Top Sites Which anti-virus software should use? Which is the "best"? Here we take a look at five of the best online resources for checking anti-virus performance, to help you make an informed decision. Read More , it’s sorely lacking in the second point.

If you search for issues relating to Norton slowing down a computer on Windows, you’ll notice that the top few results are from Norton’s website. They offer a mea culpa, admitting the problem was a reality in the past, but claiming it’s no longer an issue.

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Scroll down a little further, however, and you’ll find hundreds of forum posts from users complaining about the very same issue. Many are dated within the last 12 months.

Don’t take the risk and save yourself some money. Use one of the best free antivirus suites The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs The 10 Best Free Anti-Virus Programs You must know by now: you need antivirus protection. Macs, Windows and Linux PCs all need it. You really have no excuse. So grab one of these ten and start protecting your computer! Read More instead.

4. WhatsApp

Did you know WhatsApp offers a desktop version of the app WhatsApp Desktop Client for Windows & Mac Is Only Second Best WhatsApp Desktop Client for Windows & Mac Is Only Second Best WhatsApp released a Microsoft Store app, a wrapper for its desktop app. Notifications and keyboard shortcuts aside, it's identical to WhatsApp Web. Read More ? It went live in May 2016, but uptake has been underwhelming.

You won’t find any practical difference between the web version and the desktop version. Unlike Telegram, you still need to link it to your mobile phone and be on the same Wi-Fi network for it to work. The feature sets are identical, and the two interfaces are indistinguishable.

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And it gets worse. The installed app takes up almost 100MB of space, which is a surprising amount for something with such limited functionality. It doesn’t reflect well on how the developers have coded the app.

Sure, there’s no spyware, no packaged toolbars, and no system issues. It’s just a whole lot of unnecessary bloat.

5. Flash Player

If there’s one app on this list which you absolutely need to avoid at all costs, it’s Flash Player. The once ubiquitous app is more than 20 years old and has a been a security disaster for at least the last decade.

In 2015, Recorded Future gave it the dubious award of “Most Exploited Product.” In the calendar year, it comprised eight of the top 10 vulnerabilities leveraged by exploit kits.

To make matters worse (or better, depending on your viewpoint), in the middle of 2017, Adobe announced it would retire Flash Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash... in 2020 Adobe Is Finally Killing Flash... in 2020 Adobe has announced it's killing Flash. This is it, with Flash going away for good. No comebacks, no last-minute reprieves, gone but not forgotten. Read More , though it won’t be officially dead until 2020.

While its retirement is a good thing, it means Adobe will stop supporting the product. Given the company patched 67 Flash bugs in November 2017 alone, keeping it on your system beyond its end-of-life is a recipe for a guaranteed security disaster.

6. Internet Explorer

Edge might not be everyone’s browser of choice (though it’s not as bad as you might think This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For This Is What Microsoft Edge Is Good For Microsoft Edge is way better than Internet Explorer. It's time to become browser agnostic. We'll show you the unique features that make Edge worth using, even if it's not your main browser. Read More ). However, when compared to Internet Explorer, it looks like the greatest piece of software ever written.

Amazingly, despite the presence of Edge, Microsoft continues to offer Internet Explorer for download. Officially, it’s now dead. Microsoft has said it will not work on any new features for the app. However, the latest update became available in December 2017, suggesting Redmond isn’t ready to turn its back just yet. Old habits die hard.

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Of course, Microsoft will keep the app updated for several years as part of its support policy, but it’s hard to understand why the app is still available for download to the public.

Don’t try and be quirky or cool, Internet Explorer is awful. You don’t want it anywhere near your machine. There are countless better browsers you can use The Best Web Browsers for Windows The Best Web Browsers for Windows What is your default web browser? Even though we're spoiled for choice, the majority of us stick to the tried and tested major players. What are better alternatives for resource use, speed, and security? Read More .

Which Apps Do You Avoid?

You need to steer clear of these six common apps for very different reasons. Whether its security issues, a shocking user experience, unnecessary bloat, or the potential to damage your system, they are all more hassle than they are worth.

Now we want to gather your input. Do you agree with our choices? Which apps would you add to this list? What makes them so repulsive?

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  1. Zoran
    February 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    For me, CCleaner is a must-have program. Regarding other programs from this list, I have Flash (but it is set "per request" in Firefox), I have IE (but I don't use it). I hate Java programs, but I have it installed, since I need it for FreeRapid Downloader.

  2. Amber
    January 28, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    I find it strange that you didn't even mention iOS. It's usually the sole reason people install iTunes. Winamp sure isn't a good alternative for that... No one downloads iTunes to listen to music.

  3. Jacee
    January 28, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    It is still available because a lot of software (Outlook web app when paired with an archival server, for instance) doesn't fully work unless you're in compatibility mode. Then there are enterprises that are still running intranet software that relies on compatibility mode. Then the people that are required to use it for work are stuck with that POS software on their machines.

  4. MoomanShance
    January 28, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Most of the WindowsAppStore system apps I remove from the image I create for work. Most of them are over reaching, and just add to bloat. I disable every single service that I do not need to be running, and run a scheduled task to run every once in a while to ensure they turn back off if they turn themselves back on. Some of the default stuff is not bad for personal use, but the performance gains I've gotten from trimming all the unnecessary garbage out has been beautiful. I would recommend for home users with just a few exceptions.

  5. Roy Smith
    January 27, 2018 at 11:38 am

    I have to use internet explorer for internet banking as Bing is not accepted by HSBC or ABN-AMRO due to security code used. Bing does not give you an option

  6. Murali krishna
    January 26, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Damn, it is very hard to concur with your views at least as far as CCleaner, Norton and Whats App. I have been using these apps especially CCleaner and Norton AV for more than 4 years. Of course, Norton had the bad name for slowing the PC, but it is a case of past and I never faced any problems with these Apps. I am sure you may review your views on these Apps.

  7. Marc Wilson
    January 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Totally agree about iTunes. In fact, it was instrumental in my moving from an iPhone to Android.

    It made a joke of Apple's "It Just Works" nonsense.
    I always found the interface confusing and cluttered, and the operation of it non-intuitive. My daughter once had a Creative Xen MP3 player that cost 1/5 of the cheapest iPhone, and yet the software with it was streets ahead in terms of clarity and usability.

    And the final straw was when I did a level upgrade of iOS (in the days when you had to backup all your content first) and when I came to do the restore, it essentially said: "Those backups you did, which I said were successful? I was lying."

    I contacted Apple support, and their response boiled down to "Sucks to be you!", though they used a lot more words.

    Fortunately, I'd backed up all my contacts to Google. At that point I swore off Apple (as well as *at* Apple).

  8. Hector
    January 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Can you suggest some source of specific information about the great damage caused by flash? I mean, numbers and comparisons with other dangerous software.

  9. James
    January 26, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Hmm, I have every single one of those. No problems so far.

  10. Claudia
    January 26, 2018 at 11:55 am

    I concurr that most of this article is hogwash. CCleaner is one of the best tools around and I have used it for years. It is true that making changes to the registry can be dangerous if you don't know what you are doing, and I have seen a lot of bogus registry cleaners, but CCLEANER is the best one for that. And any app can be targeted for malware. Norton antivirus I completely agree with, it is bloated and slows down the system. Itunes is needed if you own Apple devices, Flash player is still in use on many websites. Whatsapp is nothing more than the web version of the phone app. And internet explorer is not "dead", and you cannot avoid keeping it away from your machine because it is still very much a part of Windows.

  11. José Pedro Filipe
    January 26, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Although I know Internet Explorer is slow and outdated unfortunately is the only browser I can use for a specific work related application. I need to use two websites for work (Legal related; for submitting documents to a court and the Portuguese tax authorities website). Both use Java web applications which is only available on IE as far as I know (Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Opera...none of them support Java).

    • Marc Wilson
      January 26, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Edge does support Java, though you have to force it through various levels of argument. You can also install things like IETab for Chrome, which uses IE's rendering engine without the horror of having IE installed.

      • Bob Butschle
        January 27, 2018 at 2:13 am

        As Jose mentioned, I have a website I need to connect to for secure file transfers that use Java web apps that will only run in IE. So, will IETab allow Java in Chrome? (I know probably a dumb question), and if so, does it cause all of Chrome to accept Java, or just the tab selected with IETab? It's the only site I need Java for so being able to avoid IE altogether would be desirable.

        • Marc Wilson
          February 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          When you run IETab, you're running an IE process within a Chrome tab- so the permissions etc are as appropriate for IE. It has no effect on other non-IE tabs. It just means you can have IE for those odd sites that won't play nice with anything else, without having IE as an installed browser (the engine is always there, I believe, as it's baked into the OS). It also means you can just open up another tab (albeit with a different action) rather than opening up another browser.

  12. Nathan Keith
    January 26, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Too much of a rant without good thought or logic.

    Example: Flash Player: use it all the time without problem because I only logon as a user never an administrator. I never give any SW permission to modify my system unless I have asked for the SW. Running as an admin, as most. people do, is the root cause of most computer problems.

    • Marc Wilson
      January 26, 2018 at 4:52 pm

      Chrome asks permission before allowing Flash to run in a page: I don't let it run unless (1) I'm actively expecting it and (2) it provides some required functionality, not just some advertising or razzmatazz.

  13. John
    January 26, 2018 at 5:13 am

    With a few exceptions, iTunes is a completely competent podcatcher. I've been using it for years to do nothing more than grab podcasts from iTunes which I then transfer to a USB drive to listen to at work. Yeah, it's a piece of bloat, but it's not horrible. And what alternatives do you suggest to purchase/download songs that are ONLY available from Apple? (Yes, there are many.) Yeah, that's what I thought.

    And instead of "Norton AntiVirus" you might as well say "ANY third party antivirus suite". They're all bad and they're all more threats than the viruses themselves. Let me guess: a Norton competitor is a sponsor here maybe?

    This article is why ad blockers exist.

  14. Dennis
    January 25, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    A very poor article and pure click-bait. Like others have noted iTunes has no alternative is important if you have any iOS device. CCleaner is one of the best free Windows utilities with a decent track record for years. WhatsApp is great when you want to use the service on a computer without switching back and forth with a mobile device. You also didn't even bother to mention an alternative with your only grouse being the a mere 100mb app size. Is that an issue with todays HDD sizes being over 1TB? IE comes with Windows, why go through hassle of removing it when you can use an alternative browser. Half your article is poorly researched and quite frankly crap. Wasted 5 minutes reading plus the effort to write this...

    • Mackie
      January 25, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Agreed. CCleaner is an excellent alternative to most of Windows' build-in maintenence tools, and iTunes is basically a requirement if you're heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem. IE is pre-installed on literally every single Windows system in existence; You can't install something if it's pre-installed. And while I don't use WhatsApp I always appreciate a solid desktop companion to a mobile app, and to be honest your argument that you shouldn't install it simply because of it's massive 100MB install size is ridiculous.

      I do agree with you about Norton AV, though. That shit is garbage, and has been for a loooooong time.

    • Steve
      January 25, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Actually, there is an alternative to iTunes. Not perfect I admit but it does work and is way better than iTunes. I own 1 Apple device, an ancient Touch 2 iPod and use Copytrans Manager. It has paid and free components and I find the free part does the job.

      It installs iTunes so you can get the driver on your system and then removes iTunes and leave the driver behind and gives you its own interface as the file handler which is pretty simple and clean.

      Whatsapp has a web version that works fine and requires no install whatsoever. You sync your phone with your PC via wifi and a QR code and that is it. Even works fine at work where it is not possible to install apps. You will also note that the question was more about why a chat app needs a 100MB install rather than how much HDD space is needed.

      Ccleaner is fine as a cleaner BUT the warning about reg cleaners is perfectly valid and sensible. If you don't know what you are doing, don't screw with the Reg. Always good advice.

      I have never trusted Norton since its disk destroying days on old Macs (pre OSX) Power PCs

      • pmshah
        January 26, 2018 at 3:47 am

        I used to be an absolute fan of Norton utilities. They had THE best defragmentation and hardware test application. When I laid my hands on NDOS I was totally sold. I moved away from Norton when Peter Norton sold it to Symantech who made a total mess of it. Ditto with original Partition Magic. I am not sure what the name was of the very first non destructive partition resizing application that came out in mid to late 90s.

    • pmshah
      January 26, 2018 at 3:28 am

      I use WhatsApp on desktop extensively since I find it a whole lot easier to type. I however do not use dedicated application but web.whatsapp for the purpose. I also use portable apps as far as I can. At one point of time I used CCleaner for uninstalation purposes but have shifted to Geek uninstaller which does a far better job. Am happy with Eset Smart Security with no issues over past 6 years.

    • Amber
      January 28, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Whatsapp's alternative is its own web version. That's why 100mb is absolutely a waste, because you don't need to download it to have the exact same features.

  15. Mark J
    January 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I don't disagree with your overall assessment of What's App.

    It was, though, the only way our son could find to keep in contact with us while he was serving in the military while stationed in the middle east. The area where he was serving had no cell service and sparse WiFi. What's App allowed him to text using whatever WiFi he had available. Most everyone in the military there had this app there to keep in touch with loved ones back home.

    This not a 5-star app, but in this case, it was a lifeline.

    • Amber
      January 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Wouldn't any chat app work for that, though? There are definitely better alternatives (especially Telegram - I've found that when browsers can't open anything and whatsapp gave up on trying, I can still use Telegram to message people even with the faintest internet signal)

  16. Jonathan
    January 25, 2018 at 3:27 pm

    CCleaner, if properly used, can be an excellent tool for keeping one's computer working well. ANY tool, if used improperly, can be a "weapon".

    iTunes as a music player/manager? It's only value is for moving content onto and off of iOS devices and performing backups. And until Apple decides to make a more streamlined way of doing this, iTunes will continue to be a necessary evil for those of us who realize that the "Cloud" is just someone else's computer.

    • Nick
      January 25, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      Concur re: CCleaner. When they had their issue, the were up front about it immediately. They explained what happened, and got a fix out there within a day or two. I like the product a lot and have used it for years

    • ttown
      January 26, 2018 at 6:17 am

      I use a tool called iSyncr to sync itunes with Android. I don't have an Apple device. I used to have both a Mac and ipod but use Windows and Android now but still like iTunes for managing music that I buy on Amazon.

  17. DANIEl
    January 25, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    I agree with the writer on not using CC Cleaner. I had it on my windows 10 and it forced a green screen that I could not get closed. Nothing helped and I had to bite the bullet and just get a new computer. Luckily, I have everything backed up but it was still a waste of my money.

  18. David
    January 25, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    And the recommendation to not use CCleaner? Hogwash. You can't blacklist an app just because it's had an unfortunate malware incident. That has happened more times than you probably realize. Even major Linux distributions have fallen victim to that. Their response to that incident, as you pointed out, was entirely appropriate and reasonable.

    Nor can you blacklist an app just because it allows uninformed users to shoot themselves in the foot. I agree that if you don't know what you're doing then you should avoid things that touch the registry, but many MANY of us know what we're doing. I've used CCleaner for over a decade myself and have never had a single bad experience with it.

    • Tommy
      January 25, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      Most of this article is hogwash tbh.
      Ccleaner as you said, fixed the malware issue within days and ALL programs out there can fall victim to a similar malware.
      Itunes has NO alternatives if you wan't to update your catalog, and hardly anyone uses it as their default player.
      internet Explorer is only really used on older systems by people who don't know any better. But some systems can't be updated because of hardware compatibility issues so again NO alternative.
      And well WhatsApp, i have never used it but arguing that 100mb space is the only downside does not seem like much of a downside compared to other apps on the market.
      I do however agree that Norton is unwanted trash.
      Windows defender and using your brain is the only proper antivirus solution.

  19. David
    January 25, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The main reason Microsoft keeps IE alive is because of business. Many large enterprises have software (much of which is poorly written) that only runs in IE. For many years, IE ruled the corporate roost, and it was considered THE business browser. Large enterprises (especially in the days before open-source was as prevalent as now) wanted standardized software across their organization, with a single provider to go to for support. Other options like Firefox, Opera, and Netscape/Mosaic before them were considered unimportant and prohibited. Which led to an awful lot of poorly coded IE5 and IE6 based sites and apps.

    I know, because I've worked in software development for such a company for 24 years now. Some of the software we wrote many years ago was (poorly) designed around IE, because in the early days of web app development IE5 and then IE6 were the ubiquitous corporate standard; there were no nascent web standards, and new-to-web developers didn't understand the consequences of their actions because IE was the company standard and the only browser they were familiar with. We have been slowly retiring these old web apps, but it takes time for a large company with hundreds of apps and sites.

    Not only that, but to this day we still run into commercial apps provided by 3rd parties which require IE. That's especially egregious in this day and age, but you'd be surprised how many shoddy software vendors and contractors there are out there.

    Microsoft well understood that they couldn't force IE out and keep their very large and lucrative enterprise market happy. Thus their introduction of Enterprise Mode, a feature most of you probably don't know about, because it's not enabled by default and intended for businesses with this problem. It allows companies to adopt Edge as their new default browser but it will redirect to IE11 with specific compatibility modes per URL. This URL list list can be centrally managed and controlled, as we do here at my company.

  20. Gordon
    January 23, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I use IE because I haven't found a browser with all the necessary menu pull downs. For example- using a very simple editor to view, change and design web source code with a maximum of 2 mouse clicks

    • bern
      January 25, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      IE has been a crap browser for years. I'm amazed it hasn't been withdrawn long ago and you are the only person I am aware of using it.

    • Amber
      January 28, 2018 at 11:29 pm

      Zero mouse clicks: press F12 on Chrome or Firefox.

      • Gordon
        January 29, 2018 at 9:35 am

        I guess I'm not clever enough to figure the F12 use out. When I try this I get just 6 lines of a 500 line web page. What you have to do to get the whole page I haven't managed to figure out. And it is also not a simple editor of my choice as I require. Also Firefox is unuseable for other reasons, some websites it simply doesn't show at all! And I have issues with Chrome as well.

        • Amber
          January 29, 2018 at 9:50 am

          You mean you want just the editable source code and not the live preview? Resizing the code's box so it takes up the whole screen should work.

          But if you work with outdated websites, using IE does make sense, although Chrome has an extension to emulate IE that could also work.

  21. gtmark1
    January 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I do not use much of what you mention here. I keep the Windows' browsers as backups. And it is good to clean those as they are used for updates by various software. Don't expect Windows Cleanup to carry the load. CCleaner is excellent at picking up and removing all browser leftovers. Using the " clean cache upon closing " option does not do as much as CCleaner does- even the free version. Thus I do reccommend everyone get CCleaner. I have been using CCleaner for over a decade now- the free version. It has never caused my PCs to screw up. And it has helped to speed up browsers which became slow due to temp files and other buildup in Firefox and Chrome

  22. Fik of borg
    January 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I can think of one use of IE: managing DVRs.
    Most DVR use IE-only plugins (or local managing or propietary programs)

  23. Hello Vera
    January 23, 2018 at 8:51 am

    I still prefer to use programs over apps on my laptop and found nothing wrong with CCleaner or Whatsapp Web

    • dragonmouth
      January 23, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Programs ARE apps. Two different names for the same thing.

      • Paul
        January 25, 2018 at 2:34 pm

        Or more to the point: apps ARE programs.
        ;-)

        • dragonmouth
          January 25, 2018 at 2:41 pm

          To-may-to, to-mah-to.

          Programs existed long before the concept of "apps" was even thought of.

    • Amber
      January 28, 2018 at 11:32 pm

      The article isn't about Whatsapp Web, it's about Whatsapp Desktop which is exactly the same as the web version with the additional feature of using 100mb and writing on your registry. It's useless.

  24. Lou
    January 23, 2018 at 1:54 am

    Who uses iTunes as a music player? It's used to transfer music to iOS devices.

    • KeithC
      January 23, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Exactly! And until my iPod Classic totally fails (and it has had a replacement logic board and 500GB SSD upgrade), I don't think there is really any alternative

      • Gene
        January 25, 2018 at 8:38 pm

        I have an old iPod Nano and use MediaMonkey to manage its music library from my Win10 machine. Don't know whether it works on a Mac.

        • KeithC
          January 27, 2018 at 4:05 pm

          Thanks! I'll look into that

  25. Davin Peterson
    January 22, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Internet Explorer 11 still comes built in with Windows 10 for compatibility, You can remove it by going to Control Panel - Programs - Uninstall - Turn Windows features on/off and turn off Internet Explorer 11.

    • Weyrleader
      January 23, 2018 at 2:07 am

      For those of us who are blind/visually impaired and need to use text-to-speech (TTS) software like JAWS or NVDA, IE is the best browser whether we like it or not. All other browsers (chrome, firefox, opera, maxthon, seamonkey, etc.) do not work well with TTS software. WE are the public that M$ keeps IE around for.

    • Weyrleader
      January 23, 2018 at 2:13 am

      For those of us who are blind/visually impaired and use text-t-speech (TTS) software like JAWS or NVDA, IE is the most compatible browser and works the best with TTS software. I have tried many other browsers like chrome firefox, opera, maxthon, seamonkey, etc.). None work well or nearly as well as IE. WE are the public M$ keeps IE around for.

  26. dragonmouth
    January 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    "how confident are you that your Start Menu replacement software isn’t spying on you?"
    How confident are you that your Windows isn’t spying on you?
    Why worry about those other apps when Windows itself is a questionable software?

    • Marcin Freitag
      January 25, 2018 at 10:11 am

      A decent hardware firewall is good enough to mitigate spying.

      • dragonmouth
        January 25, 2018 at 1:16 pm

        That may be true except for two very important points:
        1) A large number of users do not have the skills to install and maintain a hardware firewall.
        2) Companies like MS or Google should not be spying on their users. You expect spying from hackers and other no-goodniks but not from a company that provides your O/S.

      • Marc Wilson
        January 26, 2018 at 5:00 pm

        I'd also recommend "Anti-Beacon", from the people who brought you Spyboy Search & Destroy. It's a free download, and it can kill off all of the so-called "telemetry" leaks in Win10 (and the latest versions can do the same for 8.1, 8 and 7 too). All of the options have individual switches, so if you really want Cortana, you can keep it- but if you prefer Windows *not* to record everything you say near your laptop, you can disable it.