Brian from Torrevieja asks:
I apologize but I think you have covered this before but I can’t find the original article. I bought a new Lenove laptop running Windows 10 which came with a trial version of Microsoft 365 Office app which was already installed. I rather like it but it is now saying it will expire in 14 days and its €100 to buy which seems a bit excessive as I only write the odd letter now and then. I have tried the free Open Office but its way too complicated for what I want to do and I remember you recommending an alternative.
Hello Brian. There is free basic word processing app bundled with Windows called Wordpad. This will do pretty much does everything that most of us require, plus it is laid out very similar to Microsoft Word. Click in on the start icon and type WORDPAD and then double click on the top one in the list that pops up.
Josh via email asks:
Hello, I have read many times your suggestions to run Malwarebytes but when I have run the scan the number of items listed is very long and very daunting! Are there any things I should watch out for?
Hi Josh. Malwarebytes will find things like Spyware and Potentially Unwanted Programs (PUPS) and it will often find a lot of things which have built up simply by using the internet. I always leave Malwarebytes to get on with its job without even looking at what it has found and I’ve yet to run into any problems after all these years.
Karen via email asks:
I am thinking of uninstalling AVG free from my computer as it is slowing it down on startup. I can't seem to disable the update on startup. I have CCleaner, Malwarebytes and Spywareblaster (free). Is that enough to keep it safe, and am I wrong to blame AVG? It seems worse since I updated it recently. I have version 16.
Hi Karen. AVG used to be my favorite free antivirus program but it does seem to have gone the same way as a lot of the old ones and is so over bloated it seems to cause as more headaches than it fixes. You will still need an antivirus program alongside the two anti spyware programs so once you have uninstalled AVG the built in Windows Defender should switch itself on automatically. Type DEFENDER into the search bar to check its status.
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