Stop Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading & Disable Automatic Updates

Windows 10

Stop Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading

So you do not want to go to Windows 10 as you are happy with Windows 7 or 8 but the Windows 10 upgrade keeps nagging you or downloads when you don't have the data to cope with the download.

Here are links to explain how to stop the upgrade from downloading:

How To Stop The Windows 10 Upgrade From Downloading On Your System

Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

You may be on an internet connection that only has a small amount of data but Windows updates are using all your data.

Even though I strongly believe you should leave Windows Updates to download you can prevent Windows 10 from doing this automatically.

How To Disable Windows 10 Automatic Updates

How To Prevent Windows 10 From Automatically Downloading Updates

2 Apps & 1 Piece Of Annoying Technology

The Leaving Work App

Let’s say you like to let your spouse , partner or family member know when you’re on your way home from work.

It’s easy enough to send them a text, but Leaving Work can do this for you automatically.

You download the app, allow it access to your location, then save your recipient’s phone number. The app figures out when you’ve left work by accessing your GPS location.

When it detects you’ve left work, it will automatically text the number you’ve saved.

You can customise the text of the message, and you can also set the hours during which the app works (helpful if you leave the office for lunch).

You can also pause it whenever you feel like it. There’s no need for the recipient to have the app installed, either; they will just get your message as a regular text.

App Store link 

The Sip & Slide Whistle Spoon 

he soothing sounds of music. When paired with a nice meal, the notes waft through the air, mingling with the scent of the food, creating an atmosphere that is at once delicate and intimate.

And then there is the slide whistle. The comedic counterpart. 

The Fred & Friends Sip & Slide ($12) is a combination slide whistle and a spoon. The novelty utensil has all the things you would want from a spoon, It also has something one might not expect from a spoon: a whistle


A new chat app called Pooductive aims to create a miniature social network specifically for anyone who gets bored while they are doing a number two, and want to talk to people in the same position.

The free iPhone app, facilitates one-on-one or group chats based on your location. You can choose to message people nearby or be connected with users in other cities or countries.

"The fact that there is only little to do whilst tending to ‘number two’ is common knowledge, and truly a first world problem," the developers write on Pooductive's website.

"Think of it as a magical place where people from around the globe can anonymously meet to enjoy their time of zen, peace and tranquility together, by conversing, philosophizing and sharing ideas with each other. You could simply call it a messaging app if you wanted to, but it’s so much more."

App Store link

Is The Link I Click Safe To Click ?

Cybercrime - malware

Many people are concerned and with good reason that when they click a link on the internet it may lead to a " malware infested demon ".

So what can you do ?

First have a look at the ' Web Of Trust " extension that you can install for all your browsers , IE , Chrome , Firefox : Web Of Trust

WOT displays a colored traffic light next to website links to show you which sites people trust for safe searching, surfing and shopping online: green for good, red for bad, and yellow as a warning to be cautious. The icons are shown in popular search engine results, social media, online email, shortened URL’s, and lots of other sites.

If you are after more suggestions here is an article that may assist you further:

8 Ways To Make Sure A Link Is Safe Before You Click it 

A Couple Of Pieces Of Windows 10 Advice

Windows 10

So you decided not to wait and want to update to Windows 10 well here are a few things to check before making the jump.

Malware - Virus Infections

If you have any sign of these you may want to get this fixed before installing

The Compatibility Checker

See if your computer will actually run Windows 10 with no issues , run the checker 

Instructions here : Will Your PC Run Windows 10


Do not assume that everything will go well , make sure you back up before installing because things can and have gone wrong.

The Next Version

Be aware that there is an updated version that should fix a lot of the ' niggly " issues arriving in Oct.

Ashley Madison Hack - What Can You Do

Ashley Madison - Advertiser Story

The users of the site Ashley Madison have had their details leaked by the " Impact Team "

The hackers, who called themselves the Impact Team, demanded that Avid Life Media, owner of and its companion site Established Men, take down the two sites.

A data dump, 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted to the “dark” web using an Onion address accessible only through the Tor browser. 

The files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs.

Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump, going back to 2007.

The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not credit card numbers; instead it includes four digits for each transaction that may be the last four digits of the credit card or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge.

The data also includes descriptions of what members were seeking.

In the last few hours a site has appeared that you can check if your email address is there

Check Your Email Address

So what should you do if you used Ashley Madison

  • Change your email address – do not use that one again
  • If you used an email account associated with your employer tell them it may have been compromised and you need a new one
  • If you used a credit card – advise your bank that you may need a new one and keep an eye on your bank statements

Look For Genuine Support On Google - Be Wary Of Remote Access

Microsoft Support

If you have an issue with Microsoft , Apple etc and you Google for support be aware that you may end up contacting a paid advertiser and not who you were searching for.

If you see the yellow AD as in the above example , this is a paid ad , the GENUINE ad and contact details are below this for Microsoft.

Be wary of these ads as they may want to logon to your computer to fix issues which with companies you know nothing about should be avoided.