Windows 10 - Beware! Big Brother Is Watching You
Finally I upgraded and regret it already!
Avoiding the upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10 for the longest time, I finally decided to take the jump and just did it. Stupid me!
Let me tell you why I did it.
It all started about 5 weeks ago when, after shutting my machine down, I got greeted with the common message "Upgrades are being installed...blablabla". There were 19 of them, nothing unusual, and they always took about 4 to 5 minutes in the past.
Not this time though. It took over 20 minutes for the computer to shut down. Rebooting the next morning took about 10 minutes before I was able to enter my password.
From that day on, browsing the web became a 'pain in the you know what'!
The logon to email (Yahoo or gmail) took 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Opening an email took 30 seconds, logon to Google Consol took 1 minute. Many times Google Analytics or Webmaster Tool returned an error message and timed out.
Other sites did not load completely, the little wheel spinning forever, images or videos within the content didn't load at all.
The only thing working normally was working on my sites ONCE I got past the 2 minute wait logging on the Wordpress (I access my site via wp-admin, most of the times).
I tried all the usual fixes; clearing browser cache, history, cookies and whatever there is on the machine to clean. Nothing helped. I got tired of looking at the spinning wheel, and reading the reasons for the delays (left lower corner of screen: waiting for goolgleadsxxxx.com, waiting for iying.com and such).
In addition to all that mess, all of a sudden I picked up malware trojans by the ton, which, OF COURSE, Windows Essential DID NOT pick up, quarantine or remove.
Malwarebyte scans (3 or 4 per day) picked up 112 PUP and 4 Trojans by DNSUnblocker. A nasty little thing that renders websites I visited useless by pop-up ads, which even prevented me from using the 'page return' function. I always had to close the browser, then reopen it, only to have the same thing happen again.
I became suspicious and wondered IF the last Win 7 update had anything to do with this mess, particularly when the annoying MS window, reminding me to upgrade to Windows 10, started to pop up every day when booting up the computer.
Hmmm, in the past, this remainder showed maybe every 5 or 6 days.
Well, 3 days ago I've had enough of the BS and decided to upgrade to Win10. Started the process at 11:00 p.m, learned it takes about 90 minutes, and then, after the download finishes, I can either install Win10 OR schedule the installation.
Didn't happen, my friends. I monitored the download, and once it was finished, the INSTALL process started right away. Screen turned grayish-black, showing a window, and that was it.
No way to stop and schedule the install. It took another hour and 10 minutes before I was asked to enter my password. I was greeted by a blue screen with a bunch of "SHARE this or that with these or those" options, which I was too tired by now to decide upon.
Then my familiar and cluttered desk top appeared. WOW, everything was there, exactly in the same place as before. I've had enough for the night, or morning, as it was close to 3:00 am.
Everything alright then, right?
I cannot find the screen with the SHARE options they show me first thing after the install, nor can I find any other option to check it out. And believe me, I have a bad feeling about that.
Here comes WHY!
First off, let me tell me you that browsing returned to normal speed, no more malware or trojans, and that makes me happy.
However, Windows 10 scares me s..tless! Literally. I was doing some research about a product I am reviewing just 2 days ago. Today, while browsing the web, almost every website I visited shows me at least ONE BIG AD of the product in question. Take a look at Yahoo.
Yea, here it is. I looked at this security system just yesterday, and now this ad (and similar ones with the same product) following me around like my dog.
What Is My Worry?
I am not paranoid but almost sure now that somebody, deliberately, added something to my machine to act the way it did, and literally forced me to upgrade to Windows 10. There is no other explanation that all the trouble just appeared out of thin air, and simply disappeared after the upgrade.
What's even more disturbing is the matter of the advertisement. If THEY can monitor my activities in such a detailed way as they obviously do, WHAT ELSE are they able to do?
What about my passwords to bank accounts, credit card accounts, Paypal, etc.? And most importantly:
If they can do it, the BAD BOYS can do it too!
One more thing that bothers me:
Apple Inc. is in a pickle with our government about the encryption of their smart phones, as we all know.
That raises one or more important question.
Is Microsoft in cahoots with our government, spies on us, and sends reports to some agencies?
Is that the reason for MS pushing the upgrade to Win10 as relentless as they do?
As far as I am concerned, all of a sudden I feel that BIG BROTHER is watching us very closely.