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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    Wow, so sorry to hear that you were targeted for an attack. Well, I can now understand why you are so concerned about security. Seems you are now ready for anything though. I intend to obtain the same certifications you currently have, A+, Network+, and Security+.
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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    One of the immediate differences that I noticed after installing BitDefender Total Security 2013 in my Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 guest virtual machine is that I can cold boot, restart, and shut down Windows much faster and it does not freeze or lock up anymore especially during the shut down process. When I had Symantec Norton 360 version 6, shutting down my guest virtual machine usually resulted in long delays or freezes and lock ups. Another thing that I noticed is that I can launch BitDefender Total Security 2013 every time that I double click on the icon. Symantec Norton 360 version 6 did not do this every time. Sometimes, I would never be able to launch it successfully and it is during those times when I had problems during the shut down process.

    I just conducted a full system scan. It only took 38 minutes to complete and my Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 is clean and free of threats and malware. On the other hand, Symantec Norton 360 could complete a full system scan in about 30 minutes or less so it was definitely faster than BitDefender Total Security 2013. This points me to the fact that BitDefender is one of the slower software security suites when it comes to the amount of time that it takes to scan your PC for threats and malware. If it detects infections or threats, then BitDefender will take much more time to clean your PC or it will delete infected files. However, BitDefender can detect over 99.9 percent of known heuristics and signature based malware and it can clean up to 90 percent of known malware. Competitors such as Kaspersky Pure AV and Symantec Norton Internet Security have significantly lower disinfection ranks according to AV-Test.org and other independent anti-malware lab certifications and test results.

    So far, I am enthused about BitDefender Total Security 2013. It is features rich and it is pretty straightforward to use. I am going to continue to evaluate it for the next month to test its efficacy, but my predilection is to purchase it for $79.99 USD by August 15th, 2012. I plan to share the product key and the one year subscription with my family and my best friend if they are interested in making the switch. I will certainly counsel them to do so. I am the Help Desk and Support Technician for my family and my best friend. They always turn to me for recommendations on best practices and specific issues.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    First of all... in regards to the OP my suggestion would be to Dual Boot as detailed in this link.
    http://lifehacker.com/5403100/dual+b...erfect-harmony

    I really like having a share space (without resorting to a thumb drive) that both OS's can touch. I can use MS Office when I am logged into Windows to work on documents and LibreOffice to work on the same documents when logged into Ubuntu.

    Now about security....
    IME Windows Firewall is great as long as the attacks are coming from outside of your machine. If you get any malware that initiates the communication to a machine outside your firewall Windows Firewall assumes you wanted to do it.
    I personally like Sunbelt VIPRE. No... it isn't free but they do have a home enterprise option which is fairly cheap and great if you have multiple machines you want the suite on. Also, out of all the Antivirus tools I've used it appears to have the lowest system performance impact.

    IMHO Windows 7 is just fine outside of a VM. Initially it runs and boots fast but as you add more and more programs and services that start at startup and login it'll get slower and slower.

    Just my $0.02. Take it or leave it.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    As an Ubuntu/Linux absolute beginner this is all above my head. I will say that since I installed Ubuntu 12/04 about a month ago I am finding how much easier it is to use than the Windows 7 or Vista OS the old people who are my neighbours have on their computers and which I am frequently being asked to help them with. I moved from Windows XP when my computer became very slow. I have introduced one neighbour to Ubuntu when they had the same problem as me, and they are getting on very well with it. I love it when I can get something working (usually after numerous attempts) like my Brother printer/scanner. The printer was easy enough, thanks to a very detailed post on an Ubuntu forum - thanks to all you good folk out there who try to help others from your experience! The scanner took longer, but I eventually cracked it by following (and finally getting everything right) the instructions on the Brother support website - thanks to Brother for supporting Linux. Then there are the times when Ubuntu seems to sort itself out just by being left alone. I couldn't get my wireless network card working so I plugged in a usb wireless dongle (which required no installation, unlike Windows XP which required me to run the supplied cd). Then when I was helping the neighbour mentioned above I lent them my dongle and used one from a different manufacturer (again no special installation required). Last week I forgot to plug in either dongle and found I was connected to the internet - the wireless network card had started working without any help from me! I've kept XP on one computer which has Ubuntu installed as well, as a safeguard for running specialised software that won't run on anything else, like my satnav and a tv remote control which sometimes requires programing, but otherwise I am enjoying exploring alternatives to these Windows only programs, all of which (so far) I've found are free. Three Cheers for Ubuntu/Linux and all its advocates.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    Really the only thing keeping me with Windows is the lack of mainstream games for Linux. I work on computers all day so when I come home I don't want to spend the evening tinkering to try to make something run in Wine or some other hacked together method. I prefer to stick with running things natively.

    Now that this is official it looks like I might finally be able to make a complete switch.

    http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/0...left-4-dead-2/

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    I too am eagerly waiting for Valve Corporation to release Steam Client for Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Support GNU/Linux. Currently, I use Codeweavers' CrossOver for Linux 64 bit version 11.2.0 to download and install Valve Corporation's Steam Client for Windows and I also installed Sid Meier's Civilization 5 with some additional DLCs.

    I did purchase and install the Humble Indie Bundle V this morning.

    I purchased BitDefender Total Security 2013. I activated it on my father's SONY VAIO notebook PC running Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium Service Pack 1 and my Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 within my Oracle VM Virtualbox guest virtual machine.

    Everything works.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    BitDefender Total Security 2013 is unbelievable. Yesterday, I finished setting it up and configuring it for maximum security. It took me 5 minutes to do this. Everything is turned on and everything is synced with my BitDefender account on their website. I have anti-theft features and capabilities in Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1. I have intrusion prevention system including host intrusion detection system and network intrusion detection system. I have file encryption using AES CBC 256 bits 14 rounds SHA-512 hash algorithm. I have the capability to check for known vulnerabilities. I have anti-spyware capabilities. I also purchased, registered, and activated Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Super Anti-Spyware Professional along with QFX Software KeyScrambler Premium and WinPatrol PLUS. My Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 guest virtual machine is fully hardened. There are no corrupted folders or files. SFC /checknow came up clean. I have no known threats, infections, or malware according to multiple scan results. I am connected to WiTopia personal VPN PRO most of the time through the OpenVPN protocol and I use Blowfish cipher CBC mode of operation at 256 bits 16 rounds with SHA-512 hash algorithm for my encrypted and secured tunnel.

    The truth is that my Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Service is even more hardened. I carefully followed the security stickies and I implemented almost every single thing including HIDS, NIDS, firewall using GUFW, and I disabled unnecessary services and I uninstalled unnecessary software applications. Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit LTS is fully hardened. I even use GRSecurity kernels when I am about to do something sensitive by rebooting my System76 Lemur Ultra.

    When I am done with my Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator IT certification examination, I am going to pursue Ubuntu certifications in January 2013. I want to become Ubuntu certified and it is fitting now that I have a System76 Lemur Ultra which is certified to run Ubuntu 64 bit GNU/Linux.

    Needless to say, all of this is expensive and it is time consuming. However, I already was attacked and the cost was overwhelming. Today, I am a very mobile and hard target. It is going to be very time consuming and expensive to target me and my data. That's what it comes down to: time to react appropriately to an attack.

    One thing that I failed to mention is that Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro will feature two passwords: a 4 digit PIN and a picture password. You can draw points on a picture to log in which defeats key loggers. You can change the picture and draw up new points on the picture to log in. It is simpler, easier, and it is much more secure.

    I think that I will upgrade to Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit and Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro and Microsoft Office 2013 64 bit Professional Plus this October 2012. It will be a terribly expensive month, but this seems to be the direction that I am heading towards. This means that I will be ready for the next 3 years for Montclair State University.

    I have the IT certifications and the limited work experience to work for the US government like the Department of Defense. I also have certified, authorized, and approved software products to bring my own device into any corporate or government environment. I know that I meet and I most likely exceed recommended requirements for trustworthy computing.

    However, it should be stated the I will have to stick with what I already have. It will take time before another Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit LTS is released in April 2014. DoD has not reviewed Microsoft Windows 8 yet. They have not certified, approved, and authorized new PCs with Microsoft Windows 8 pre-installed into their production environments yet. At this time, there are a limited number of hardware devices and software applications that are certified to be compatible with Microsoft Windows 8. It has not even been released to manufacturers yet. So, the consumer market is the target customer. Microsoft Corporation is focusing on the consumer market quite heavily with Microsoft Windows 8 especially with the new Metro User Interface. Consumers will be the early adopters and they will pay for the research and development costs. Microsoft Corporation will offer upgrade paths for existing Microsoft XP, Vista, and 7 customers and Office 2003, 2007, and 2010 customers alike.

    When I do get accepted to Montclair State University which is one of my alma maters, I can elect to become a higher education customer and I can get special discounts off Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro and Office 2013 64 bit Professional Plus through Microsoft Student. I get access to Microsoft DreamSpark for one year for free.

    It may be advantageous for me to wait until January 2013 to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro and Office 2013 64 bit Professional Plus as a graduate student at Montclair State University. By that time, two months will have passed and the most critical and important and recommended hot fixes, patches, updates will be released for both software products. I have until January 31st, 2013 to upgrade as my final deadline by Microsoft Corporation. All that I need is a valid Montclair State University .edu e-mail address to redeem my discounted software products.

    The only problem is that I will have to provide myself with help and support for the next three years for Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro and Office 2013 64 bit Professional Plus. If I run into a problem, then I am on my own to solve it. Microsoft Corporation will only offer me a limited 90 day support period if I upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro. I will have to purchase support from Microsoft Corporation for both Windows 8 and Office 2013 if I want their official help and support. In the end, I may very well purchase a one year support contract and I will renew it next year thereafter.

    These are the travails of owning the latest and greatest.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    http://crave.cnet.co.uk/software/win...ober-50008656/

    Microsoft Corporation will launch Windows 8 on October 26th, 2012.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    I am debating whether or not I should upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro on October 26th, 2012 or not. There are a couple of new security features such as the PIN and picture password along with Secure Boot technology, but that will only be applicable for computers with UEFI and when Microsoft Windows 8 is installed bare metal. I am leery of installing any version of Microsoft Windows bare metal. I have found that it is not totally reliable especially when major updates are being installed. I know that Windows 8 will have amazing cold boot, restart, and shut down performance. It will be especially fast on my Crucial M4 SSD. I only have a limited time to make my decision to upgrade for $39.99 USD or not. Afterwards, it will be expensive to upgrade probably over $100.00 USD.

    I am seriously contemplating doing two major operating systems upgrades this October 18th and 26th, 2012. I am thinking about upgrading to Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit and Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro. I read about the new features in Linux kernel 3.5 which is expected to ship with Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit. I also like the new desktop web apps feature as it helps me to synchronize my data especially my pictures to Flickr, Facebook, and Google. Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit will also feature support for UEFI and Secure Boot technologies. So, it will be possible to use it on my brand new System76 Lemur Ultra notebook PC (lemu4). The advanced security features provided by both OSes are quite interesting to me and they will be welcome if I decide to upgrade. The cost is nominal in terms of time and money. I can afford to spare a couple of hours in October 2012 to perform both upgrades and $39.99 USD of my money. This will give me the latest operating systems and software applications for the next few years. I can continue to use Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro until October 2015.

    The only problem with upgrading is that I will not get help and support from Montclair State University for Microsoft Windows 8 64 bit Pro. I will have to give myself help and support for the next 2.5 years.

    I have to think about these two important decisions quite carefully. So far, nothing is broken and everything works right out of the box. I have no complaints with Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit Long Term Service and Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edtion Service Pack 1. I like the way that my critical software applications work properly right now.

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    Re: Living with Microsoft Windows 7 for the next several years

    I made backup copies of my Virtualbox VMs folder onto my Western Digital My Passport 2.0 TB USB 3 Portable and Kingston DataTraveler HyperX 128 GB USB 3 thumb drives. I keep these backup copies up to date every Microsoft Patch Tuesdays each month.

    I am seriously thinking about getting rid of Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 64 bit guest virtual machine off of my Crucial M4 128 GB SATA III SSD. I rarely use it. In fact, I dislike Microsoft Windows. My contempt of it is growing daily. I keep up to date with security threats and vulnerabilities and most of them point to Windows users worldwide. It is true that running it in a guest virtual machine is much safer and more secure, but do I really need Microsoft Windows 7 for my degree program at all? Montclair State University can register my System76 Lemur Ultra Thin (lemu4) onto their network manually through their Networking Support group. All I need to give them is my unique MAC address and I am done and I can get online.

    Windows is very expensive software. My current fixed monthly income budget limits my ability to use it and purchasing third party software applications can be prohibitively expensive. Now that I have made the transition to Ubuntu, I prefer it and it is much less expensive. I can afford the cost structure with Ubuntu. All I really need is Codeweavers CrossOver for Linux 64 bit, WiTopia personal VPN PRO, and OpenDNS Home VIP service. That should cost me well under $125.00 USD annually. I use free and open source software alternatives as much as possible because it suits my needs and my budget.

    I think that I am going to sit on the sidelines when Microsoft Windows 8 launches worldwide on October 26th, 2012.

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