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Why does Google suddenly need to know my birthday?

H. When I logged in to my Gmail account today, Google instructed me to add my birthday, saying that this information is required to “comply with the law.” Is this a legitimate request? I have a Google Account for many years. Why did they suddenly need to know about my birthday? I appreciate any bright information about this photo.

– Ann Cook, Bottle

A: I have not found a legal request for your birthday request from Google. Here is what Google support says. “When you sign up for a Google Account, you may be required to add your birthday. Knowing your birthday helps us use age-appropriate settings for your account. For example, minors may see a warning when we think they have found a site they may not want to see. ”

If you’re like me, you may not want to give up personal information. Fortunately, the entry date is not checked, so feel free to create.

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H. Are you aware of any discrepancies between Norton 360 antivirus software and Malwarebytes Premium antivirus software? I’ve been using both for a few years without any obvious controversy, but since the update to the 2004 version of Windows 10 Home edition, I have come across something recently.

When Malwarebytes first started troubleshooting its license server, they forced me to remove Norton to see if it was interrupting. I did, but the Malwarebytes problem remains. I reinstalled Norton, but first they specifically told me to remove Malwarebytes. I did it successfully, but when I reinstalled Malwarebytes, the license server issue still exists. Malwarebytes told me that I did not need Norton because Malwarebytes “does everything”. I double checked my M / B license key և ID և both are currently valid. M / B is still working on this issue.

But since both products have been working together for a long time AND I had major issues with upgrading to Windows 10 version 2004 (O / S was reinstalled three times), I now blame any anomalies for this upgrade : All my Google search results say that the software should exist together, but their dates are 2019 վաղ earlier. Do you have any ideas?

– Ted Landrett, Samamish

A: I’m not aware of any inconsistency between Norton 360 և Malwarebytes, if you are running a real-time protection in both applications, which could lead to conflicts. In general, it is not a good idea to run two programs that try to detect viruses. They may view each other’s actions as indications of a virus or other malware.

My suggestion is to at least temporarily remove Norton 360 and then reinstall Malwarebytes. If all goes well և If you still feel the need for additional antivirus protection, try Windows Defender. I had no problems running the two programs together.

H. Is it possible to access the նկար picture նկար music file server if the password is lost? I asked Geek Squad և they tell me it requires hacking, which is against their company policy. Also, is there a resource for computer assistance for low-income seniors in King County?

– Karen Lund

A: In fact, if you only want disk files, you should be able to get them without breaking them. Just remove the disk from the server, then use the SATA-USB adapter to connect it to your computer. As long as the disk is not encrypted, it should do the trick. If the disk is encrypted, however, you need a decryption key before entering the data.

For computer assistance for seniors, regardless of income, I recommend contacting the Greater Seattle (KEGS) Computer Enthusiasts at www.kegs.org. They are now meeting around Zoom.

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