Anyone Else?

As our dependence on the digital world increases, I know one of the looming fears we all face is a cyberattack.  I mean people can easily visualize multiple scenarios where foreign governments steal corporate secrets or directly attack our nation’s infrastructure, like the electrical grid.

We also fear being personally hacked.  And I don’t know about you, but I’ve had credit cards hacked twice and my SS number stolen and used for false tax return filings.  How those hacks were accomplished?  I can’t say for sure.

But something, perhaps less serious, and more of an annoyance seems to be happening to my personal computers on an almost daily basis.  It’s the war being waged between Microsoft, Google, and Firefox, just to name a few.  It seems the big boys are engaging in a competitive dance for our use and viewership.  This battle is a little more insidious and it’s designed to force compliance or acceptance of one product over another.

It seems the “routine” updates I’m receiving have been weaponized.

That’s right.  Designed to seek out and destroy the other products, and do it so often that you’ll be coerced into switching simply to avoid all the hassle they’re creating.

So specifically, what happens after I get an update is:

My other web browsers are deleted or disabled;

All of my web bookmarks are erased;

All of my product licenses and agreements to the terms of use statements of software products are erased;

All of my registering of software products is erased;

All of the acknowledgements of privacy statements are erased;

and,

All of my saved passwords are erased.

What this means is that each time I go online, I have to reload the web browser I wish to use, sign off on their license agreements and terms of use and privacy statements, and then maybe, just maybe I can recover my web bookmarks.

Then if I launch software I own, like PowerDesk or my photo editor, I have to re-register it, and accept their terms of use and privacy statements as if I had just originally installed the product.  Ironically, often, this includes software products that are licensed by the same company sending the malicious updates.

If I navigate to my most frequently visited websites, I have to reenter all passwords that were saved. Again, a bit of a hassle since I now have so many passwords to login on to so many different sites.  Those sites no longer recognize my computer so my email inbox fills with notices of “new login attempts.”

All and all, it’s a bit of a pain in the ass.  And I still haven’t succumbed to this not so subtle pressure to switch to other web browsers or products.  I mean, even if it’s a good product, I’m becoming less and less likely to use it just out of my own stubbornness.

I was just curious if any of you are experiencing these same types of things???

LOGOz

Photo:  Yes surfing the web is, on some days, is like driving down an undeveloped or unmaintained roadway.  Or one that’s been purposely destroyed to make the driving more difficult . . .

15 thoughts on “Anyone Else?”

  1. Wow!
    I’ve had similar problems in the past, but not for a long time, although I’m only using Microsoft and Google for most things so I suppose there’s little to conflict. Those of us with little technohow tend to stick with the easy options.
    I did recently download a browser called Brave to my mobile after reading about it on someone’s blog, but I don’t use it enough to be able to give an informed opinion yet. I have to say that Defender’s been a lot less hassle than Norton used to be update-wise. Sad, but true.

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    1. I’ve found Norton and McAfee to be pretty unhelpful. I use Zonealarm for protection and it doesn’t interfere with any of my programs. These problems immediately follow updates from the biggest market share business – and only on MS10. I have MS7 on my desktop, but MS is now discontinuing support for that to force users to buy MS10

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  2. I downloaded Win10 back when it was free and support for NT was about to be discontinued – not too many years after I retired. (I’d avoided Win7 because of problems with it at work.)
    The hardest time was when my pre-retirement laptop packed up. I’d bought it through work and they’d loaded all the university’s software on it when I was still an employee. On my replacement laptop, I had no Office suite, Acrobat Pro, Photoshop… unless I was prepared to pay for them.
    Mostly I didn’t, but those I did purchase civilian versions of (the basic 3 MS Office programs) weren’t a patch on the all-singing-and-dancing versions I was used to.

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      1. Window XP was my favorite. Microsoft are thieves. They make a few decent programs, then screw every other one up. When you buy a laptop or computer, it ought to just come with it. Instead they give you these crappy bundled programs that only take up space and probablly have viruses. I was thinking you may have some kind of virus that causing you issue. I’ve lost dozens of computers to them.

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      2. I agree, XP was their most stable platform, but I’ve gotten used to all of them over time. I have really good virus, spam, phishing and malware protection – multiple programs. The only time things get messed up is when MS does an update. Things have been smooth the past few days – knock on wood 🙂

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  3. I had a similar problem: I wanted to get rid of the annoying advertisement a few weeks ago and deleted all cookies from the browser cache.
    Fortunately, my bookmarks seem to be stored somewhere else – they were still there. But I had to register again on every website. I’ve had a hard time with that. I’m using the Safari browser. Now I’m using Safari’s content blocker again, even if I get problems with some websites.
    There’s just too much flashing advertising.

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    1. I agree, and the advertising is not only annoying, but it consumes memory and bogs down our computers. And it reveals the constant tracking of our digital footprints. I recently got Ccleaner and am amazed at how many trackers it catches and deletes daily – usually I pick up some 300 trackers each day I go online.

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