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Thousandth Son
21-05-2005, 18:58
Well I am bored, and figure that it is pretty important for most of us to protect our computer as well as keep it in tip-top shape. So here is a collection of ideas, software, and to-do's that I use to make my computer run faster. Posting of your own idea's is encouraged, but I would like to keep this thread small and easy to navigate. So mostly we are interested in actual stuff that helps, not small talk. So keep your posts limited to: Ideas (and how to execute them), Software (Links or places where to get them), Reviews on the Ideas, or personal experiences. Hopefully we can get this stickied or something. :p


1. Get a firewall. These are very important in keeping hackers, and other nasty's out of your computer. I personally use McAfee, which is pretty good. You can purchase it at: McAfee Firewall (http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=101&WWW_URL=www.mcafee.com/myapps/firewall/ov_firewall.asp)

2. Get rid of Spyware, this causes your computer to slow down if you have too much of it. I recommend Spybot, after a few scans and immunizations, your computer will be Spyware free. I personally use Spybot, which has done nothing but good for my computer. But you have to remember to update it as frequently as possible. Spybot Search and Destroy (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html)

3. Ger rid of Adware, this causes your computer to slow down if you have too much of it. I recommend Ad-Aware SE, I recommend you scan about once a week, just to keep the adware from building up. The first time that I used adware it removed an enormous amount of adware, which made my computer's speed increase noticably. And a quick notice: adware is different then spyware, so you want to be able to handle them both. Once again remember to update. Ad Aware SE (http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/)

4. And there are those pain in the **** Processes that Windows is always
running, but nobody knows what they are for. Well I have a way to get rid of them, it is called CrapCleaner. It deletes these and frees up a large amount of Hard Drive, RAM, Processor Speed, as well as internet history (IE Porn, so people will never know what you dirty kids have been up to ;) ) . Get Crap Cleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) .WARNING: This will also Delete Cookies, unless you specify otherwise.

7. Remember to Defagment your Hardrive, this is very important in keeping your computer running faster. You can use this by going to your Control Panel in windows.

6. And lastly but not leastly, Virus's. I haven't had a huge problem with them, but they do exist, so I recommend you get one. Either Norton or McAfee work really well. McAfee (http://www.shopmcafee.com/dr/v2/ec_MAIN.Entry10?V1=630796&PN=1&SP=10023&xid=43625&DSP=&CUR=840&PGRP=0&CACHE_ID=0)

Hopes this helps.

Rabid Bunny 666
21-05-2005, 19:19
thanks dude, got most of them anyways

anarchistica
21-05-2005, 22:54
I considered doing something similar as well. :p

Free virus-scanner and virus-guard software: Anti-Vir (http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html)

Free firewall: ZoneAlarm (http://www.zonelabs.com/store/content/company/products/znalm/freeDownload.jsp)

Never want spyware again?

Get an alternative browser. A good one is Mozilla Firefox (http://www.mozilla.org/). It makes you immune to the many holes in IE, gives you the option of tabbed browsing, has a very handy quicklaunch bar and a built-in pop-up blocker as well. Do keep IE at hand though, you sometimes (though rarely) run into something Firefox can't handle (happened to me once).

Combine it with the in the first post mentioned Spybot S&D (http://www.safer-networking.org/en/download/index.html) and, more importantly, Spyware Blaster (http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/downloads.html) and you will never again have spyware on your computer. In fact, i never run Ad-aware or Spybot S&D these days, because they simply don't find anything.

Also, aside from defragmenting your harddisk, run Scandisk at least every month, it fixes errors on your disk.

Sgt John Keel
21-05-2005, 23:21
Am I just stupid, or are the CrapCleaner link misdirected or do I have to pay for it? (And no, I don't want it for the porn :rolleyes: )

/Adrian

Grimtuff
21-05-2005, 23:53
Am I just stupid, or are the CrapCleaner link misdirected or do I have to pay for it? (And no, I don't want it for the porn :rolleyes: )

/Adrian


methinks he put the wrong link in, here is the correct one: Crap Cleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/)

Frodo34x
22-05-2005, 12:04
Rather than use the windows Defragment, I would advise Executive Software Diskeeper (http://www.executive.com/coverpage.asp)

Brother Munro
22-05-2005, 12:14
How to protect a Windows computer - never connect it to the internet, then buy a Mac ;) :p :D

Gaebriel
22-05-2005, 13:58
The most important one : Keep your system updated (http://www.microsoft.com/).
(Be aware you need a valid product-ID these days.)

Virus protection : AntiVir (http://antivir-pe.de/) - the best I've ever seen. English version as mentioned above by anachistica.

Firewall : Kerio peronal firewall (http://www.kerio.com/kpf_home.html), though I haven't tested too many.

Sensible browsing : Do not klick everything that can be clicked, do not install anything you do not direly need.

I've been Virus, Ad-, and Spyware free for years...

grizzly ruin
23-05-2005, 16:01
Free virus-scanner and virus-guard software: Anti-Vir (http://www.free-av.com/antivirus/allinonen.html)



Virus protection : AntiVir - the best I've ever seen. English version as mentioned above by anachistica.

How does this anti-virus compare to either Avast! or AVG?

I'm currently running both of those, they seem to be decent enough and only once in a while avast will turn up something, AVG rarely turns up anything.

anarchistica
23-05-2005, 16:55
Generally Avast! and Anti-Vir are seen as the best too, with AVG and Bitdefender taking a solid second place.

Drabant
23-05-2005, 19:21
I can really recommend Kerio which Gaebriel mentioned. It will even set up and access list which programs are allowed to start, or start other programs. And it can keep track of which binaries have changed, so you get a pop-up if the executable has changed. That has really helped me a couple of times against some really nasty "spyware".

rogal_dorn
24-05-2005, 05:53
But most of all, be sure to update your spyware, adware and virus programs as well. It's no good having all the latest software if it is horrendously out of date, (as I've told my clients many times over).

Wraith
24-05-2005, 10:15
This site details all the infor in this thread and more... (http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html)

Thousandth Son
25-05-2005, 05:54
Just also as a question to those wiser than I, are Free products just as good as paid for ones? What are some of your experiences?

grizzly ruin
25-05-2005, 15:24
Just also as a question to those wiser than I, are Free products just as good as paid for ones? What are some of your experiences?

Well,

Spybot Search & Destroy
Spyware Blaster
Ad-aware SE personal
Avast! Anti-virus
Zone Alarm

Are all free programs, and they are pretty good.

Spybot, Spyware blaster and Ad-aware aren't only good, they're some of the best things going I think.

alterion
25-05-2005, 22:10
whttp://www.dublove.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/viper.rar to diasble all the processes you don't need.. and xp-antispy ( soory no link) for stopping all the dodgy ms spy triack also tuexp (again no link) to really speed up your pc.. and diskeeper lite ( sense a theme developing? HINT: try google) for free quailty defrag
oh and the best anti spyware is the ms anti-spy beta.. but i personally use all 3 main free ones..

anarchistica
25-05-2005, 22:20
Just also as a question to those wiser than I, are Free products just as good as paid for ones? What are some of your experiences?
Often better. Think of Norton Suite that conflicts with itself and the countless crappy anti-virus/spyware program people try to make you pay for.