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post #1 of 57 Old 01-23-2007, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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There seems to be a lot of the same questions asked about some computer problems that can be solved using some basic, free tools, to keep your computer in tip top shape. Feel free to add anything you feel is missing here.

First off, run Windows Update and install anything it finds.

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/

Defragment your hard drive often, this is critical to good system maintenance. If you're in Windows XP you can go to My Computer -> right click C: (generally the default name for your main hard drive) -> properties -> tools -> defragment now.

It's also good to run the Check Disk utility that can be accessed through the same tools menu for defragmenting.

Anti-Virus -- You don't need to spend $$ for good protection, there's free stuff out there. AVG and Avast seem to be in the top spots. Pick which one you like best.
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Anti-Spyware -- There's all sorts of crap out there, get it off your machine, you're probably even spamming people and don't even know it. Your ISP may even block your IP from sending email. It's very important to update and scan with this software at least once every 2 weeks. You can run all of these on the same machine without any trouble. Delete anything it comes up with.
Spybot S&D
Adaware

This program doesn't scan, however it keeps some spyware from even getting on your machine to begin with. You have to keep it updated for it to work.
Spyware Blaster

System Cleanup -- This program will get rid of all the unneeded crap on your computer, hence the name. It also comes with a registry cleanup tool that is handy as well.
Crap Cleaner

I hope this helps, I use everything I've listed above and I haven't run into any issues with my own personal machines. Like I said before, if anyone has something to add, please feel free to do so.


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Some things that windows upgrades or adds is annoying to me. Like the genuine stuff.

And i've only really used tune up utilities for the past two years or so, works well for me.

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Some things that windows upgrades or adds is annoying to me. Like the genuine stuff.

And i've only really used tune up utilities for the past two years or so, works well for me.

But those are good programs also.
well you need the wga to get the updates

edit: just realized he posted that in january lol

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haha yeah.

I don't update my windows though. There is no need for windows genuine or service pack 2.

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haha yeah.

I don't update my windows though. There is no need for windows genuine or service pack 2.
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great post ralphie.......if all the students I see each day would read this thread before they come complaining to me I would be a happy man!

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lol SP2 comes with its own popup blocker and it works damn good for a free one.
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LOL @ not downloading SP2..
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I would also suggest adding a better firewall than the one installed in windows xp. A freeware firewall can be downloaded at http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com
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LOL @ not downloading SP2..
No shit, that's like being a girl passed out a rapist convention. You're just asking to get ****ed over.

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I would also suggest adding a better firewall than the one installed in windows xp. A freeware firewall can be downloaded at http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com
Good call, that or ZoneAlarm is a good choice too.

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blow it out once every other month
X2. Dust is a killer.

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great post ralphi yet another sticky for this section

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holy christ you dont need sp2?! Man that is good to know, I guess I dont need sp3 either (soon to be released)? I guess WU is just garbage then....holy jeez I cant belive any one still belives sp2 is bad! and wga?! not that it is good, but if your legit, who gives a sack! Im sure you have 12,000,000,000 things that start up on your pc including myspaceIM and weatherbug.
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holy christ you dont need sp2?! Man that is good to know, I guess I dont need sp3 either (soon to be released)? I guess WU is just garbage then....holy jeez I cant belive any one still belives sp2 is bad! and wga?! not that it is good, but if your legit, who gives a sack! Im sure you have 12,000,000,000 things that start up on your pc including myspaceIM and weatherbug.



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Another good firewall for those who are paranoid about knowing what's up with their connections.

http://www.download.com/Sygate-Perso...-10049526.html

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You're an idiot.

Bro, he kind of has a point... your just leaving yourself vulnerable by not getting updates...

What you said is exactly the same thing as "I never change my oil because the old stuff is still working"
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Help me find the Check Disk utility

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One thing I didn't see mentioned was to defragment your hard drive periodically. Over time, the files on your computer will be split up into chunks as they're moved, deleted, and copied around. This makes the hard have to move around more locating all the parts. Defragmenting puts all the file's pieces next to each other so they can be accessed without as much seeking. Some defragmenters will also put the most commonly used files on the outer portion of the drive where transfer speeds are faster.


A note on AVG: It's really become the Norton/McAffee of the free AV world. Avast and Antivir are much better options. The best AV program out there is supposed to be Eset NOD32 (will work on 64-bit systems), but it's not free. Also Norton 2008 is said to have come a LONG way in resource usage and effectiveness, though I haven't experienced it first hand.
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A note on AVG: It's really become the Norton/McAffee of the free AV world. Avast and Antivir are much better options. The best AV program out there is supposed to be Eset NOD32 (will work on 64-bit systems), but it's not free. Also Norton 2008 is said to have come a LONG way in resource usage and effectiveness, though I haven't experienced it first hand.
x2 on this, I recently switched back to Avast because AVG was just getting real resource heavy and for some reason it would always say that it couldn't download updates and I'd have to manually download them through the AVG updater (this happened on 2 separate machines, on 2 separate connections). Now I just have to remember to disable the Avast! update sounds so it doesn't randomly scare the shit out of me anymore.

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x2 on this, I recently switched back to Avast because AVG was just getting real resource heavy and for some reason it would always say that it couldn't download updates and I'd have to manually download them through the AVG updater (this happened on 2 separate machines, on 2 separate connections). Now I just have to remember to disable the Avast! update sounds so it doesn't randomly scare the shit out of me anymore.
that shit got me the first three times, now it's just another function of my computer I've gotten used to

on that note, Avast is probably the only AV program I'll ever use, as everything else I've tried either 1. didn't work right, or 2. sucked up every usable resource I had in order to run.

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I see some very good advice in this thread, though I'd like to add a few suggestions of my own. First, one of the strongest free adware/spyware/malware cleaners I've seen/used is Malwarebytes (http://malwarebytes.org). I've personally seen Malwarebytes kill the latest variations of Antivirus-360/Antivirus-2009 norton clone viruses.

As far as anti-viruses, I can personally vouch for Eset's NOD32 being one of (if not THE) best anti-virus program around. Their "Smart Security Suite" on the other hand, can get out of control if you're not careful... The standalone antivirus is deffinetly the way to go though.

As far as the prior comment about Norton 2008 being somewhat respectable, I have to disagree. While the statement about less resource usage may be true, it still eats up system files - and if not careful, can take over a whole system. I've seen it happen, and fixed it NUMEROUS times. Ever since the buy-out from Symantec, Norton has been nothing but a downfall. If anyone has a Norton variation, and would like to remove it to install another antivirus (like NOD32), you should follow these steps:
- Uninstall using Add/Remove Programs (XP) or Programs and Features (Vista)
- Download and run the Norton Removal Tool. It is developed and hosted by Norton, it can be trusted.
- After the removal tool has completed is business, run CCleaner (show in the first post) before installing your new anti-virus.

I also didn't see mention (maybe I missed it) of Safer-Networking's Spybot Search & Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html). It's another extremely powerful free spyware scanner/remover.

I also have some Vista tips: User Account Control is not your enemy... Please, leave it enabled! At first it may seem like an annoyance - but it really does help protect you in so many ways. Clicking "allow" or "block" isint that much work anyhow... Also, keep it (and Windows XP or any other version for that matter) up to date, like mentioned above. Dozens of security updates are added to the Windows Update database monthly, for a reason.

And one last thing, for those of you using Limewire, Frostwire, etc: STOP! Peer-to-Peer file transfer clients are the DIRTIEST programs in the technology world. They're like prostitues: Free, Quick, and Easy - but when you get done you WILL have some disease (or virus/spyware in this case).

Sorry for the long post, but I feel this information is vital to safer computing. Enjoy your technology, and safe browsing!


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you guys are forgetting

the #1 enemy of computers is..............HEAT

blow your computer out with canned air or a air compressor every month or 2, ive seen to many computers "blow up" due to excessive heat I.E : heatsink clogged with dust / hair

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the #1 enemy of computers is..............HEAT

blow your computer out with canned air or a air compressor every month or 2, ive seen to many computers "blow up" due to excessive heat I.E : heatsink clogged with dust / hair

its just that simple to save your precious $1000+ computer you bought at bestbuy


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the #1 enemy of computers is..............HEAT

blow your computer out with canned air or a air compressor every month or 2, ive seen to many computers "blow up" due to excessive heat I.E : heatsink clogged with dust / hair

its just that simple to save your precious $1000+ computer you bought at bestbuy


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first of all i didnt read through everything, but i dont agree with the running updates and installing everything. i have had nothing but problems with my comp for 2 years, and finally figured it out, it was the updates. they arent always the best, it depends on way too much stuff. if you have upgraded at all, added programs or games, pretty much anything. so i just want to let everyone know that is bad advice.

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first of all i didnt read through everything, but i dont agree with the running updates and installing everything. i have had nothing but problems with my comp for 2 years, and finally figured it out, it was the updates. they arent always the best, it depends on way too much stuff. if you have upgraded at all, added programs or games, pretty much anything. so i just want to let everyone know that is bad advice.

No, you don't have to install everything, but it is highly recommend to install the most critical updates. These are fixes for known security holes.

Windows updates has nothing to do with other programs, or even hardware upgrades. It only updates Windows system files from Microsoft. It will not touch your games or applications (except for Office, if you allow it). I haven't seen a computer have problems with WU since Windows 98/ME, with exception to XP SP2 (that was a major deal though).

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Here's a nice defragger program on the free.
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Ccleaner is a better program for this, plus it includes a fairly decent registry cleaner as well.

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Temp files, downloaded Internet files, and old, unused files can take up room on your system, so regular disk cleanup and computer maintenance should be part of your regular computer maintenance. Click open My Computer, and single-click the Local Disk icon with the right mouse button. Select Properties, and click the Disk Cleanup button. XP will scan your system looking for areas that need cleaning. Once its done this, chose which areas you want cleaned by clicking them on the provided list, and then click the OK button. Disc Cleanup deletes some files and compresses others. As this makes changes to your computer, it's a good idea to use a PC health scan as the next step in your computer maintenance.

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I just loaded this, http://www1.k9webprotection.com/ and though it was setup to
protect kids, one can configure it to detect certain malware, spyware,
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I Dl'd the Ccleaner version called "defraggler" it has worked well so far and is pretty fast.
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Found a nice program called granola, its an energy saver, and helps battery life on laptops> ive used it a few days and it works pretty good.

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A little of common sense goes a long way too
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Im a person that just wipes everything clean and reinstalls windows every 6 months. Never done wrong by me.
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Being this thread is old like me. I use these to protect my units and they
have never been bugged.

Avira Prem for anti virus.
Combofix for stubborn bugs
Kaspersky TDSS Killer for boot kits/root kits.
Malwarebytes for scans
SuperAntiSpyware for scans
Rkill for reg probs
save for Avira which runs around 25.00 to 35.00 a year.

Be careful with Combofix. It's bleach to bugs, but one wants to
back up important files

All are free from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/combofix/

Biggest deal is to get the RUN command on your menu, then type in MSCONFIG.
Go to "startup" and see what's starting up when you boot. Anything you don't recognize
uncheck the box. I run only the very basics. If one wants a program or app to start
simply click the icon.

If your tired of seeing the waving windows logo on W7 you can go to BOOT and check the box
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This Sticky needs updated!

SSD;
~NEVER DEFRAG
~NEVER RUN CHECK DISK

HDD;
~Disk cleanup
~Start > Run > CMD (as Admin) > Check Disk
~Newer versions of Windows allows you to set Defrag on a schedule and don't need to be done by you

Protection;
~A low resource AntiVirus - update frequently - run once a month
~A decent Anti Spyware/Malware program - update frequently - run bimonthly

Turn off background software thats using resources (RAM) when you're not using them;
~Start > Run > Microsoft Configuration Utility (turn off startup items you do not use)
~In Windows 8 ^ is done through Task Manager

Backup your data;
~If it's not a program you use, but maybe Music/Pictures/Software Repository/etc put it on an external or secondary hard drive - Don't clog your C: drive with needless sh*t

Computer Case;
~Dust it out often, make sure to keep it clean
~Make sure it has proper ventilation, to much is bad, to little is bad. Use good fans, but don't fill the case with them. To many fans can be almost as bad as to little.

If you work on PC's for a living or work on your own, I recommend doing a format/reinstall of Windows every year or so. This way any empty folders from old unused programs, cookies, etc left in random area's are just dropped and written over. Linux and MAC OSX are a different story.
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I'm curious as to why you say don't vent the case too much or run too many fans. Never in my life of working on computers have I heard of that being a bad thing and never have I noticed any kind of negative effects from running extra fans.



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Too many fans draw more dust, thats about all I can think of.

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