[Hidden-tech] Got my PC today. How do I get it exchanging files with the Mac?

Sam McClellan sam at itabix.com
Sun Mar 18 12:02:02 EDT 2018

Yes agreed, Defender isn't enough. We've used https://avast.com on our 
and our client's computers for years and it's been great other than a 
short dabble they had with installing a third party program in a not 
entirely above board way for a short time. Avast has a paid version that 
does a lot more including anti-malware. We've never had a problem with 
avast slowing down or crashing a computer, unlike Norton and McAffe.


On 3/18/2018 8:58 AM, Tony Gomes wrote:
> Good point Ed,
> While Windows 10 does come preinstalled with defender (their version 
> of an anti-malware/antivirus in one); it's real life capture  and 
> "defend" rate has been less than acceptable. Independent rating and 
> reviews put it as: "using a hoodie as a means of warmth during a 
> blizzard, while it might be warmer than just a t-shirt, it isn't 
> handling real life".
> Some users have even experienced and reported legit software being 
> uninstalled due to it being flagged as virus/malware, software that 
> usually is a competitor to one of Microsoft's products.
> You can leave it on if you like and use it, it is better than "just a 
> t-shirt".  I've found that the combination of one of the free 
> anti-virus versions (that get tested and rated every year publicly); 
> and an anti-malware product (malware isn't considered a virus, the 30 
> browser add bars that have been installed over the years from various 
> sites/programs are not malicious code written to take over your 
> data/machine, just annoyances trying to make money), the combination 
> of those two products can drastically reduce the chances of 
> infections/issues.
> There are other add-ons you can install for your browsers ( mainly 
> chrome and Firefox browsers) to further give you anonymity and further 
> prevention, but the combination of anti-virus + anti-malware should 
> cover 95% of the common stuff.
> The other thing to keep in mind is that both of these products 
> combined don't stop everything, they usually get updated once a new 
> virus has been found by a large margin of people, so if you happen to 
> be the first few that catch it... there's nothing preventing it.
> The way I explain it to people is: it's like the flu/cold, you can eat 
> right, excercise, take multi-vitamins, get the flu shot, wash your 
> hands like crazy and avoid sick people; while you might be better off 
> than the person that did nothing, you're still not immune to it, you 
> just drastically reduce your chances. And it's the same for computers. 
> No software will prevent it from happening, just reduce it. And 
> nothing replaces good surfing/email habits.
> Hope this helps,
> Tony
> From: Edward Bride
> Sent: Friday, March 16, 8:50 PM
> Subject: Re: [Hidden-tech] Got my PC today. How do I get 
> itexchangingfileswith the Mac?
> To: 'Hidden-Tech Tech'
> Not to scoff (I know it’s Microsoft), but doesn’t Windows10 come with 
> anti-malware software?
> Ed Bride
> *From:* hidden-discuss-bounces at lists.hidden-tech.net 
> <hidden-discuss-bounces at lists.hidden-tech.net> *On Behalf Of *Tony Gomes
> *Sent:* Wednesday, March 07, 2018 11:01 AM
> *To:* Hidden-Tech Tech <hidden-discuss at lists.hidden-tech.net>
> *Subject:* Re: [Hidden-tech] Got my PC today. How do I get it 
> exchanging files with the Mac?
> There are a bunch of free antivirus programs out there, or even paid 
> ones with free variants. The top two for the last decade or so are: 
> AVG and Avast. Recently Avast baught out AVG so they are owned by the 
> same company but still two separate products.
> I've been using both for years but have found that AVG seems to be a 
> little more "hefty" to run as of the last 2 or 3 years, so I've gone 
> to Avast. Just be careful/mindfull because both products try to 
> install a bunch of other stuff to "help" you out. And make sure to put 
> either of them into "gaming mode" so as to stop anoying pop ups.  With 
> either product they kind of want you to run manual scans but there is 
> a "burried" way to set up scheduled automatic scans, a little Google 
> and you'll find it.
> Pair that with Malwarebytes Anti-malware (free to use in manual mode, 
> pay mode for schedules and live services), and this should cover 99% 
> of everything you run into that's bad.
> Hope this helps,
> Tony
> From: Shel Horowitz
> Sent: Wednesday, March 7, 9:39 AM
> Subject: Re: [Hidden-tech] Got my PC today. How do I get it exchanging 
> fileswith the Mac?
> To: Hidden-Tech Tech
> Thanks, everyone. I don't have iCloud (always been a bit suspicious of 
> Apple's data grabs) but I do have carbonite. I should be able to make 
> it work that way or via the router. I also found a nice list that 
> gives the basic keyboard commands.
> Three more questions:
> My machine came with McAffee but they want to charge me annually. 
> What's a good freebie virus protection?
> In Gmail, what's the keyboard command to send a message?In a browser, 
> what are the keyboard commands to zoom in or out?
> Grateful, as always,
> Shel Horowitz - "The Transformpreneur"(sm)
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