The easiest way to get rid of the adds in the W10 Start Menu is with Start10.
But say you haven't gotten Start 10 (not here!), there are other places it will appear: Your desktop and file explorer.
Here's a quicky video tutorial from TechRepublic on how to rid yourself of the nuisances: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/windows-10-gets-even-more-ads-heres-how-to-disable-them-all/?ftag=TRE684d531&bhid=23906934820265111040450294515746
"Adguard is a third-party web service that allows you to download Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office ISO images from Microsoft services directly....One of the better options to get those is provided by the Windows ISO Downloader program for Windows. You may use the program to grab ISO images of Windows or Office versions or editions straight from Microsoft servers....The Adguard website offers an alternative. If's biggest advantage over Windows ISO Downloader is ...
Still no real "super winner"...each has pluses and minuses.
There are those who use Windows' included firewall and Defender and are happy with them. Others prefer to add one of the 'free' antivirals like Avast (it has a 'paid' version as well).
There are sites like The Top 10 and Tom's Guides which review software...and express their opinions, but it comes down to what works best on your system and what you can afford.
How can you know ...
More meanderings and a really good find for the photographers among us.
Lightroom (Adobe) is a great piece of software for image improvement.
The article linked gives five alternatives which are free. I'm playing with two of them at the moment, and they are: RawTherapee and LightZone.
You can read about them on their sites. There are screen shots as well as help pages. Steep learning curves, but really good software.
Wow! Adobe KnowHow has a ton of courses (on its software, of course)...some are free some are paid.
However, there's a programming course for absolute beginners...free...
Anyway, won't cost you anything to take a look.
Stumbled across this quite by accident...so, here it is.
The catalog can be found here: https://software.nasa.gov/NASA_Software_Catalog_2017-18.pdf
It's far too long to quote, but there's just about anything you could want or need...
"The NASA catalog also contains some super software which can help ordinary computer users. Here are some of the popular tools that have been open sourced by NASA:
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