169w ago - When you are installing updates over the next week or so be aware that Microsoft has finally released their anti-piracy update (KB971033) which can cause issues for many Windows 7 users, even those who got their copy of Windows 7 legitimately.
To quote: "For those of you who have a pirated copy of Windows 7 or have bought your computer from Dell, Best Buy or Gateway where Windows 7 was pre-installed you may want to stay away from this update.
While it isn't supposed to make your operating system unusable, it will keep asking you to pay for it and will also make your wallpaper a boring blank solid color.
So before you decide to just install all of your updates when you shut down your computer make sure you check to make sure the file isn't downloaded and ready to install. This is of course if you did not install the operating system yourself or pirated it."
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i had avast for a while. but one thing i hate about it sometimes sees cracks as viruses and asks me wither to repair delete quarantine or leave it as it is. i say leave it as it is but it already corrupts the file so i cant use it anymore.
I use Avast pro 4.8 as i did try the one you mentioned but it takes up more resources and is slower on getting usb sticks etc ready as it scans it first and slower than avast by a long shot and makes the pc a little slower also, were as Avast doesn't do that and works very fast in those cases, but i am getting a little off topic so i will quit while i am ahead.
Even though the KB971033 update is listed as an important update, you can right click on it and hide it (essentially ignore). From then on when you run windows update it will show as up-to-date (not 1 important) until they release other updates that you may not have. KB971033 will no longer show in the list of updates, and thus no accidentally applying it.