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NEWS “While Microsoft does not endorse the use of these tools with Windows, we do not view them as unwanted or malicious,” the company said in 2016. At the time, Microsoft began blocking optimizer or cleaner apps that didn’t spell out what they did, in part to prevent customers from paying for something that they didn’t understand. (Typically ‘cleaner’ apps will scan your PC, uncover what they consider to be errors, and offer a paid version to rectify the situation. But ‘innocent’ temporary Windows files were sometimes swept up in the scan, to Microsoft’s annoyance.) Now, Microsoft is cracking down even further. Cleaner or optimization apps are fine, as long as they explain what they are doing. But if those apps use “alarming or coercive messages or misleading content to pressure you into paying for additional services or performing superfluous actions,” they’ll be blocked, Microsoft says. Remember, you can run Windows Defender and a third-party antivirus app simultaneously, so each can be on duty. Additional criteria that will trigger the removal include notices that the paid offer will expire in a limited time, or that no other errors (such as an antivirus program) will clean up the problems. This will mean fewer tech-support ‘calls’ to family members. Scareware that preys upon the fears of less technically savvy is disgusting. Yes, Windows isn’t perfect, and there are utility developers who genuinely improve Windows’ functionality and feature sets. But those apps that vaguely warn of problems with your PC, then offer to fix them for a price, can cause more trouble than simply refreshing your PC. 18 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018 Worldmags.net

LG gram 15 (2018) £2,279 inc VAT from fave.co/2BToJ4w REVIEW The quest to create a thin and light laptop that delivers great performance goes on, and LG has updated its Ultrabook with an 8th-generation Intel chip, and more. Read on for our thoughts. Design It’s commonplace in the laptop market for new models to come with the same design as previous generations, with new internals, and that’s the case here. Worldmags.net MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 19

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