Published: Fri, February 02, 2018
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Windows Defender to Delete Programs That Scare Users Into Buying Upgrades

Windows Defender to Delete Programs That Scare Users Into Buying Upgrades

The idea is that Windows Defender, the built-in security and antivirus app for Microsoft's OS, will employ certain "evaluation criteria" to pick out apps which are identified as either unwanted software or straight-out malware.

The company's research arm StatCounter Global Stats found that Windows 10 PCs accounted for 42.78% of worldwide internet usage by desktop computers, compared to 41.86% running Windows 7. The latest figures from Microsoft showed there were 600 million active monthly users of Windows 10.

However, future versions of this new Windows will feature CShell - a new legacy operating system across all devices.

However, in January, according to StatCounter, Windows 10 finally claimed the top spot.

Microsoft has made a decision to crack down on the growing number of free programs that claim to scan computers for errors and then pressure anxious PC users into upgrading to paid versions for a cure.


Nearly three years after Windows 10 was launched, the number of computers running the OS has overtaken Windows 7 for the first time, according to web analytics firm StatCounter. That said, Redmond was a bit too ambitious with its goal of hitting one billion Windows 10 installations just three years after launch, scrapping those plans in 2016.

The current version of Windows 10 will be staying for a while, but the users who want to try out this Polaris have to start fresh. Windows XP is third with 7.27% and Windows 8.1 with 6.41%.

Following both these major players are Windows 8.1 at 8.72 percent, Windows XP at 3.36 percent, Windows 8 at 2.44 percent, and Windows Vista at 0.74 percent. Defender will detect such software and remove it starting March 1.

StatCounter Chief Executive Officer Aodhan Cullen describes the fact that Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 as "a breakthrough for Microsoft".

If you or your business was planning on upgrading to the Office 2019 productivity suite when it's released later this year, Microsoft has announced that it will be leaving out a large swath of its customer base. Originally a part of Windows 7 in 2009 and continuing until now, HomeGroup was a way to share files a.

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