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  1. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    Over the weekend I decided to delete Microsoft...

    Over the weekend I decided to delete Microsoft Antimalware (MA) and Microsoft Security Client (MSC), whose names I had modified slightly so they didn't exist.

    A new version of MSC had been...
  2. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Right you are.

    Right you are.
  3. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    I doesn't know and doesn't know the relevance.

    I doesn't know and doesn't know the relevance.
  4. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    EyeInTheSky, M$ (Steve Ballmer maybe) decided...

    EyeInTheSky, M$ (Steve Ballmer maybe) decided years ago that it had the right to tell us how to use our computers, so that's why threads like this exist.

    Fabler2, if it does something for you have...
  5. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    I've taken a look at the suggestions provided. ...

    I've taken a look at the suggestions provided. The tutorials generally are pretty old, and M$ keeps changing how the 'update' process works. Again, all we seem to have access to now in Settings is...
  6. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Thanks, guys. My Member info in the left pane...

    Thanks, guys.

    My Member info in the left pane does show that I have Pro, not Home. I went to M$ Store and changed the setting to not update automatically. And it shows a history of downloads, so...
  7. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Thanks, dalchina, but that's more than I want to...

    Thanks, dalchina, but that's more than I want to get into. But again, if somebody can tell me how to gain more control over the general update process, I'll certainly listen to that. Lots of...
  8. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    RobbyK, the only Start menu entry I have for Xbox...

    RobbyK, the only Start menu entry I have for Xbox is Xbox Game Bar. I went into Settings and saw a couple places where, in theory, I could uninstall Xbox. I've done what I can do; whether it did...
  9. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    I'll mark this issue as 'Solved.' Thanks to...

    I'll mark this issue as 'Solved.' Thanks to those who responded.
  10. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    NMI, checking, what I found is this: 338983 ...

    NMI, checking, what I found is this:

    338983

    I clicked on all the others days that have entries; none have the exact entries you mention, but I get the point. Not that I ever thought about it,...
  11. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Thanks, NMI. I may have been in Windows Store...

    Thanks, NMI.

    I may have been in Windows Store a time or two just out of curiosity, but I've never gotten anything from there. I certainly don't have anything 'Xbox' on my machine that...
  12. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Thanks again to dalchina and now to Brink. No,...

    Thanks again to dalchina and now to Brink.

    No, I haven't installed any "apps." I went to Gaming in Settings. The Xbox Game Bar setting was toggled to 'On.' I turned it off and unchecked a box...
  13. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    Thanks, dalchina. I neglected to mention that...

    Thanks, dalchina.

    I neglected to mention that I was so concerned about this that I did 2 security scans on the computer before I used it for anything.

    I don't own an Xbox, never used an Xbox,...
  14. Thread: What The Hell Is THIS? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 26 Views 2,634

    What The Hell Is THIS?

    Friday night, after a day in the salt mines, I came home, awakened computer from a much-deserved slumber, and saw this!:

    338934

    I didn't click on anything. I was able to 'X' out of the ones on...
  15. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    I did mention Defender/MSE in my OP. I don't...

    I did mention Defender/MSE in my OP. I don't keep up with that now, but I assume at least one of these is used in W10. For now, I've slightly modified the folder name of Microsoft Antimalware and...
  16. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    I didn't say I was in a hurry; 6 years is not a...

    I didn't say I was in a hurry; 6 years is not a "hurry." I don't want garbage on my machine. Anything that hasn't been used in 6 years and was produced by software (Microsoft Antimalware) I no...
  17. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    Thanks for the quick response. Still would like...

    Thanks for the quick response. Still would like to get more peoples' input.
  18. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    Paul, thanks for responding. I assume you're...

    Paul, thanks for responding.

    I assume you're talking about the MetaStore folder, or is it Microsoft Antimalware? Thanks.
  19. Thread: Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff? by vanp
    Forum: AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security
    Replies 11 Views 1,542

    Can I Delete Old Windows Security Stuff?

    The folder at the end of this path--C:>ProgramData>Microsoft>Microsoft Antimalware>Scans>MetaStore--contains 4 folders named 1, 2, 3, 4. Each of these 4 folders contains a few to a few dozen...
  20. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    OK, it's been another week now. The computer has...

    OK, it's been another week now. The computer has been re-started maybe a couple, three times; no new folders have been created, and nothing bad has happened. Basically, RickC had it nailed in post...
  21. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    MeAndMyComputer and jbcarreon123, thanks for...

    MeAndMyComputer and jbcarreon123, thanks for your input.

    I'll put this thread to bed over the weekend if there's nothing new to report on or discuss by then.
  22. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    Thanks again, RickC. Didn't know things were...

    Thanks again, RickC. Didn't know things were that complicated; should have known better, I guess. I'll be extra careful about deleting temporary stuff.
  23. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    Thanks, RickC. Actually, that's way more detail...

    Thanks, RickC. Actually, that's way more detail than I was hoping for. I may leave them alone since it's only 4 files. Is it accurate to say that it's safe to delete ANY temp file as long as the...
  24. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    All right, the deed is done. I deleted the 2,713...

    All right, the deed is done. I deleted the 2,713 'tw-' files and left them in Recycle Bin. I then went to Task Scheduler and disabled the 'Logon' task. Then I restarted the computer. No problem...
  25. Thread: Can I Delete This Nonsense? by vanp
    Forum: General Support
    Replies 76 Views 80,601

    Again, thanks to everybody who has responded. ...

    Again, thanks to everybody who has responded. Can't believe this topic is up to 6 pages. Chalk it up to M$ stupidity, I guess.

    So, apparently this idiocy is caused by turning on the computer. I...
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