Windows will rid your computer of deceitful cleaners


Microsoft today rolled out cumulative update KB4058258 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and bumps version 1709 to Build 16299.214. Between December and January, the latter only decreasing by 0.3 percentage points to 41.86 per cent.

"This is a breakthrough for Microsoft", commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter.

As it did previous year for Windows 10 1511, Microsoft is adding six additional months of support for its latest three Windows 10 updates (1607, 1703 and 1709).

Windows Defender will soon be getting an interesting new string to its bow, with Microsoft adding protection from PC cleaning or optimization utilities that try to nag and generally coerce the user into an upgrade. That said, Redmond was a bit too ambitious with its goal of hitting one billion Windows 10 installations just three years after launch, scrapping those plans in 2016. Since October previous year, the analyst company's figures have shown the gap between Windows 10 and Windows 7 narrowing.

Microsoft Patch Nukes Bad Intel Firmware
Microsoft has disabled a recent Intel fix for the Spectre CPU flaw after the update caused some systems to unexpectedly reboot. The new patches expected to properly mitigate against Spectre and Meltdown while preserving overall system reliability.

That's despite Microsoft offering extended support for the two operating systems until 2020 and 2023 respectively.

Though not directly related to Office 2019, Microsoft also made some changes to Windows 10 servicing.

After installing this update, some users may experience issues logging into some websites when using third-party account credentials in Microsoft Edge. Originally launched in August 2001, Windows XP only fell below five percent usage worldwide in June of 2017 according to StatCounter. Makers of crapware have always been in operation and regularly prey on unsuspecting users of Microsoft products to make money.

And despite the free Windows 10 upgrade offer, StatCounter's figures show that it has taken Windows 10 slightly longer to usurp Windows 7 than it did for Windows 7's userbase to outgrow that of the then popular Windows XP. With this rate, it will take at least 3 to 4 months for Windows 10 to get over Windows 7. While on the other hand, NetMarketShare reports that Windows 10 is slowly increasing its user base, but the operating system is still not very close to Windows 7.