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I personally don’t care for windows 8 but the new windows defender built in, at a quick look appears to be the same (same binary names) as Microsoft Security Essentials used in older versions of Windows but with the new modern application scanning stuff built in.
I would stick with it myself.
For Windows 8.x, just let Windows Defender do it...it does a pretty good job.
For Windows XP, Defender/Security Essentials no longer works...I installed AVG on a buddy's XP computer...just need to get a few more miles out of the box till it blows and AVG seems to consume the least system resources which matters a lot on a 10 year old computer.
“I speak in a poem of the ancient food of heroes: humiliation, unhappiness, discord. Those things are given to us to transform, so that we may make from the miserable circumstances of our lives things that are eternal, or aspire to be so.” Jorge Luis Borges
A lot of the stuff is actually swiped out by Sean when he's in the office, especially after weekends. If I publish an article in the morning (around 9:00 UTC+1, DST) I usually got it out by the end of the day.
I often swipe stuff out, too - Mostly stuff that was published before, got good votes and has undergone minor changes (So if that is the case for your article, you can publish it at almost any time [Again, UTC+1] and get it through as soon as I glance in).
I will never again mention that Dalek Dave was the poster of the One Millionth Lounge Post, nor that it was complete drivel.
It wasn't the approval process or anything that was crossing my mind, mine don't appear to go through moderation, but go straight out.
Sometimes you can publish an article and it is visible on the front page for hours (the Lastest list, not the moderation queues), other times it is gone in about 10 minutes, depending on how many others have published and how many tips are also published. Tips in the article list is a question for another day!
If you want to compete for the article of the month, time it so that you're article appears at the beginning of the cycle (I'm not sure that's the first of the month though) since the determination of whether the article shows up in the monthly competition is based on votes/rating (I think.)
I agree, I like to publish articles usually in the morning. Also, uncheck the "this is an update." Most people don't know this, and so for a new submission, it shows up as "updated." That sort of sucks because I used to visually filter the front page by new submittals, but since the default is "updated", they always show up as updates since people don't realize they should uncheck this option for a new article.
Also, put your latest article in your sig (which I have not done with my latest article!), blog about it (which I did do) and tell your friends to vote for it. And if you're into anti-social networking, FB and Tweet.