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Windows 10 tech tip: How to Keep unwanted software off your PC

Posted July 11, 2017 by Dan Madigan

 

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As we provide I.T. support to various clients we are continually cleaning up after click-happy end users. Here's how to keep your Windows 10 machine running faster.

For most people, the most annoying and painful PC problems are self-inflicted. Ordinary end users (those without an engineering degree or 10 years of help desk experience) many times unwittingly install unwanted or even malicious software. The results can range from merely annoying to catastrophic.

One way to protect your business and yourself is to lock down Windows 10 so users cannot install new software unless it comes from a trusted source. When you need additional apps the Windows Store is the place to find safe desktop apps. The selection in the Windows Store is larger than you think.

To choose your level of protection go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features and look for the 'Installing Apps' setting at the top of the page. You have three choices:

  • Allow apps from anywhere - This is the default setting and allows you to install apps downloaded from any source.
  • Warn me before installing apps from outside the Windows Store - When you select this option and try to run a conventional installer for a Windows desktop program you will receive a warning message alert. As an administrator, you can override the setting, but any standard user accounts will need your permission to continue.
  • Allow apps from the Windows Store only - Select this option if you do not want users to be able to install apps from anywhere other than the Windows Store.

Be aware that, even with the most restricted setting here, any conventional desktop programs you install before enabling this restriction will continue to run.  You can, however, set up a PC with a selection of trusted apps and then lock it down so nothing changes without your permission.

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