To date I have had three PUPs, likely picked up downloading software from MajorGeeks, Softpedia, etc.
Yes I discovered long time ago that Softpedia was one of the kings of Pup's and problems so I've avoided it since.
Basically my system is:
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i7 4790S @ 3.20GHz 42 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
32.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 799MHz (9-10-9-26)
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85M-G (SOCKET 1150) 28 °C
VX2452 Series ([email protected]
2047MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti (MSI) 30 °C
1863GB ATA ST2000VM003-1CT1 SCSI Disk Device (SATA ) 27 °C
1863GB ATA ST2000VM003-1ET1 SCSI Disk Device (SATA ) 29 °C
2794GB Disk drive (USB (SATA) ) 41 °C
4657GB Disk drive (USB (SATA) ) 30 °C
465GB Disk drive (USB (SATA) ) 29 °C
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-222BB SCSI CdRom Device
High Definition Audio Device
With Trend Micro Maximum Security, it also incorporates Windows Defender, and Malwarebytes and CyberaGhost VPN for protection, especially now MS has dumped support for it at the beginning of the year.
It works well and gives me no problems. I know I've gone overkill with 32GB of RAM but I got fed up with everything slowing down and eventually freezing with 8GB so I was determined to fix it permanently.
I watch and download videos from YouTube and edit Vids and upload them to YT as well with no problems.
Internet Download Manager (IDM) is the perfect downloader.
I use Acronis True Image for my backups and it works well with lots of options and tools.
I had a lot of trouble with Chrome so I use Firefox as my browser. I'm happy with it.
Malwarebytes is excellent. I had SuperAntiSpyware as well but had to let it go cause I couldn't afford to renew it at the time, it's really good too.
Thanks for the info about XP Pro. I often thought about the propaganda to get us to update to the newest versions and pondered about taking the risk but always considered safety, security and protection as the main and most important things we can have so I updated.
I'm not going to update Win 7 to 10. Don't like it but I suppose it's what you get used to.
I didn't want to update from XP Pro to Win 7 but I did and love it.
Anyway if I haven't asnwered all you wanted or if you want other info just let me know.
I've haven't been online for a couple of weeks due to unavoidable things hence my slow reply but I'll try to reply to you sooner than that in future.