Is it true that Outlook Express is not compatible with Windows 7? I used Outlook Express e-mail with Windows XP but can't seem to get it to work with Windows 7.
Yes, that is true. Outlook Express will not work with Windows 7. The replacement is Windows Live Mail (http://explore.live.com/windows-live-mail). You will be able to transfer your older Outlook Express e-mails into Windows Live Mail, but Outlook 2010 comes with your Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, and that would be my recommendation. Here is a Microsoft Knowledge Base article on how to move your Outlook Express e-mails to Outlook 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/291602.
Seems I have read many times you saying that Windows Defender is at least as good, if not better than, any antivirus, and it is free and you get automatic updates. I have also seen your many references to Malwarebytes. I have both on my systems, though I rarely run the scan with Malwarebytes. Should I delete one of them? And, if so, which one? My PCs are slow.
First, let's get the product names corrected: Microsoft Security Essentials is the Microsoft antivirus offering. Windows Defender is an obsolete stand-alone antimalware program. Security Essentials already contains both antivirus/antimalware protection. When installed, it automatically disables Windows Defender, but I always recommend removing Windows Defender completely through Control Panel, Add/Remove programs just to avoid confusion.
The Malwarebytes Antimalware that I've recommended many times in this column is the free version that only runs on demand (when you purposely run it) and closes after you've scanned. Why have both? Regardless of how good your antivirus program is, it is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. That would be the PC user. Under normal circumstances, with UAC enabled (User Account Control) and a properly updated and configured Internet browser, nothing gets installed without your permission. Still, people do silly things and that is how PCs get infected.
In those cases, a freshly installed Malwarebytes Antimalware program scan is better at finding and eliminating the virus. If your PC is slow, you probably have too many things running at once. Chances are your number of startup programs has grown. You can use the Microsoft System Configuration Tool already on your PC as MSCONFIG, to examine which programs are running automatically when you start Windows. I also recommend another Microsoft program that is a little more sophisticated, Autoruns, free at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.
Either of these programs will help you examine and possibly disable at startup the unnecessary programs running on your system. Autoruns will also give you more information about what the programs are and where they came from by right-clicking the process and selecting "Search Online."
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