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Pimp my G-ma's Computer

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#1 kelton_b


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Posted 07 July 2005 - 09:57 AM

Well, where do I begin. My grandma's computer is slow, both offline and online. It takes up to 4 to 5 minutes just to start the thing up.
My computer was like that not too long ago till you kind friendly people here at bleeping computer hooked me up with software and now my computer is fast but not way fast, but fast offline.(virus, spywayre and adware free) But still I cant do anything about online (we're in the middle of nowhere and we have dial up (not a good mixture))
But anyways I was wondering if you kind people out there would find me some links to easily download like Avast, AD Adware, Highjack This, and..... CCleaner. So I can PIMP my grandma's computer (make it just a little bit faster and better). Cause she's out of state for awhile and I figured I'd be a kind grandson.
Thanks alot guys.

She has a Microsoft Millenium Me
Norton Anti Virus 2000 (which i tried to run it and it wouldnt let me, it said something about shortcut diconnected, so i tried it through program files and nothing)
Spybot S&D, and I think that's about it.

Thanks again for this and for helping me with my computer when I needed you.

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#2 pchartwell


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Posted 07 July 2005 - 12:59 PM


You'll find everything you could need or want here:

Major Geeks

It sounds like her copy of NAV may have expired. In addition to all the usual anti-spyware/adware/malware you mentioned, you may also wish to d/l and install a free anti-virus package. AVG (free) is one oft recommended.

Do ol' grandma proud.

Oh, and Windows ME is teh suk. :thumbsup: But you might as well get on to the Microsoft site and d/l any patches and fixes still available for it and IE if she's using it.

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Posted 07 July 2005 - 01:35 PM

Freeware AntiSpyware and Security Programs

Software firewalls with freeware versions
Zone Alarm SE: http://www.zonealarm.com/
Sygate: http://www.sygate.com/

Antivirus programs - freeware (you can only use one resident anti-virus program on your computer. More than one will conflict)

AVG: http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_index.php

Avast Anti-virus freeware

Anti-malware freeware (You can run as many of these as you wish. Generally there is no conflict between these and you should always run several)

AdAware: http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/
Microsoft Antispyware Beta: http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/s...re/default.mspx
SpywareBlaster: http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Spybot S&D: http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html
Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool (Win XP and Win 2000):

AČ - Free from http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4281.html . Run it, click Search for Updates, then click Scan.

CWShredder from InterMute
CW Shredder removes some variants of spyware known as the Coolwebsearch Trojan. The Trojan takes advantage of a flaw in a key component of Windows -- Microsoft's version of the Java Virtual Machine -- to install itself via popups often found on porn and illegal software (a.k.a. "warez") sites. Run CWShredder after installing, and have it look for updates. Then click the "Fix" button, and the program will both scan and fix any problems it finds. If your system does not have this kind of spyware, it will give you the good news.
Cost: Free

Hijack This and a variety of other tools for malware and pestware or

Web based online Antivirus and anti-malware scans: (these can be run regardless of whatever else you are using. You must use Internet Explorer to run these.)

Panda Activescan (IE only)

Trend Micro antivirus and malware scan:

Etrust Anti-virus web scanner

Kaspersky Anti-Virus Web Scanner
online trojan scans here -

Start Menu Program Control:

StartUpMonitor: http://www.mlin.net/StartupMonitor.shtml

Windows XP Advisor (will inform you if Win XP will be able to be installed on your computer)

Winsock XP Fix

Programs that are known to experience a loss of functionality when they run on a Windows XP Service Pack 2-based computer

Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2

How to submit a Hijack This log


Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
MBSA is an easy-to-use tool designed for the IT professional that helps small and medium businesses determine their security state in accordance with Microsoft security recommendations and offers specific remediation guidance. Improve your security management process by using MBSA to detect common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on your computer systems.

#4 Ronniebebe


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Posted 07 July 2005 - 02:53 PM

If you install the virus program.Download to save on desktop. Then control panel add/remove and take all of Norton out.Then install your virus program. Avast is one of the best freeware ones out right now. After Norton is out then install from the desk top program.

Then install a firewall and the best one is Zone Alarm. Next install AdAware SE,and Spy-Bot S&D. Then SpyWareGuard, SpyWareBlaster. Put in the new Beta Spyware program by Microsoft its very good.

Go to Microsoft update and install all updates. Do a Disc clean up to get rid of temp.files. Do a defragmentation,this takes a while. And make sure you take the screen saver out ,in its place click 'none' and do the time to never come on. The defrag will be interrupted if its not off.

Get rid of the useless programs she doesn't need. Run TrendMicro or Panda through the computer to check for virus's and spyware,click to repair when you see it.

Get rid of the junk if she has in on the computer such as mywebsearch bar,any smiley .com programs. Any programs related to AOL get them out,there all spyware.

Theres lots you can do.Hope this helps you and have fun. Maybe even better if you have all the disk's do a reformat.This way you start from the beginning. Ron.


#5 thedon57


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Posted 07 July 2005 - 04:10 PM

I see you followed some advice then.
Now installed Microsoft Security Essencials on my Tower with Windows Home Premium 32bit and Toshiba Satellite Pro Laptop with Windows Home Premium 64bit

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