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Maintaining a clean computer


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#1 mrbjorklund

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:09 AM

Hello.

I just wanted to get some good tips on how to keep a computer clean and maintained good.

Right now I have a fresh installation of windows 7, Avast free is installed and running and I also have malwarebytes anti-malware which I plan to run weekly or so.

Other tools which I will use is diskdefragger.


What more should one use to keep it clean? Is there any good programs that is safe for checking outdates drivers, crap in the registery, etc etc that one can use?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:41 AM

Hi,

Every six months or so do this.

1. Boot to safe mode with networking.
2. Update and Run Malwarebytes
(if you find an infection) 3. Install Microsoft Security essentials
4. Uninstall MS Security essentials (after scanning).
5. Run Windows Updates and make sure all latest security patches/software is install (apart from maybe, office live and rubbish like that)
6. Download and run ccleaner (tick everything on the left apart from the bottom item of "wipe free space", click applications tab at the top, tick all)
7. Goto Start -> All programs Accessories -> Systems Tools -> Disk cleanup and run it
8. Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer. Expand Windows logs, right-click each sub-item and select clear log, click clear
8. Start a command prompt in admin mode and type chkdsk /f/r
9. Restart
10. When started open Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer, check Applications and Systems logs and Google any of the red X errors for solutions.
11. Defrag all the drives.


I would recommend just doing this once every 3-6 months, doing this sort of stuff once a week is just a waste of time.

Cheers.

#3 troublesh00ter

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:42 AM

Hi!! Thankyou for posting!!! This is a good question and I encourage everyone to read along and also offer your own suggestions!!!

It sounds like you've got a good core for computer security. Make sure you remember to run that malwarebytes' scan!!! While malwarebytes' is a great virus scanner, the free version doesn't provide real time computer scanning (which means it doesn't watch your computer constantly)! So you gotta make sure you RUN THAT SCAN!!!
At least once a week like you mentioned or if you notice anything suspicious.

More important than having a full arsenal of security software is safe web surfing. Don't open any strange e-mails!! If you don't know where it came from then don't open it. If it's REALLY important and from someone you REALLY know, then they will send it again. E-mail is an open door for anyone with bad intentions so be careful!
Also as a good practice of safe web surfing is to stay away from risky sites?

But how will you know which sites are potentially threatening? EXCELLENT QUESTIONING!!!!!!!!!

I will recommend this toolbar to you------->>> Web Of Trust (WOT) http://www.mywot.com/
You can also do the reading of it here at this interweb location------>>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_of_trust

Web of Trust is a toolbar/bho that will provide a rating of websites based upon user consensus. What this means is that people----JUST LIKE YOU----have given a rating for any given site that judges several factors:

1) Trustworthiness
2) Vendor reliability
3) Privacy
4) Child safety

Some individuals find Web of Trust obnoxious and annoying but it is actually pretty low key and will only popup at you when the site rating is very low!
Generally you can trust these ratings though because peoples just like yourself have had bad experiences with a website and they don't want you to catch a virus/get annoying pop-ups/have your identity stolen etc...

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I'm looking forware to your response and would love to offer more suggestions. :D

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:09 PM

One of the MRT (Mal ware Response team) members has a good freeware spywareblaster that I install to keep unnecessary changes to my setting for ex it will block programs changing your HOST file and ect

Download Spyware Blaster

To use this software, Install it and Update its database, and enable all protection. There is a paid version the only different it has an auto-update feature

Info from the site
SpywareBlaster doesn't scan for and clean spyware--it prevents it from being installed in the first place. SpywareBlaster prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, dialers, browser hijackers, and other potentially unwanted programs. It can also block spyware/tracking cookies in IE, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape, and many other browsers, and restrict the actions of spyware/ad/tracking sites. With the built-in Check for Updates feature, you can help ensure your protection is up-to-date. SpywareBlaster also includes a System Snapshot feature, which lets you take a snapshot of your computer in its clean state and later revert, undoing many changes made by spyware and browser hijackers.

I use ccleaner and revouninstaller (freeware) MBAM, Spyware Blaster, AVAST 5, Defragger. I am very preventative.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 05:42 PM

Here are the following applications that I use.

1. MBAM - always updated
2. Cloud Antivirus.
3. SuperAntiSpyware ( Load it when i have a problem )
4. CCcleaner ( I run this regularly )
5. Deffragger ( I rarely defrag since I don't recycle )
6. Recuva - used to recover files I ooops deleted.
7. RStudio - when recuva does not work.
8. I use Chrome - rarely use IE do to the exploits.


Basically my PC is working as expected, until it overheats. ( I live in the tropics, having your pc on for 24 hours it sometimes happens )
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 08:43 PM

Simple piece of advice:

While surfing the Internet, make sure you use your best judgment before you visit/save/run/download potentially dangerous (malicious) files or websites.

If you are not sure about something, STOP, look it up on Google, know more about it and then proceed with caution.

Prevention is better than cure, right?

Good luck! :huh:


Edit:

Looks like goose90proof, addressed the concerns over unsafe websites and email attachments.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 07 July 2010 - 08:47 PM.

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:15 PM

Here are the following applications that I use.

1. MBAM - always updated
2. Cloud Antivirus.
3. SuperAntiSpyware ( Load it when i have a problem )
4. CCcleaner ( I run this regularly )
5. Deffragger ( I rarely defrag since I don't recycle )
6. Recuva - used to recover files I ooops deleted.
7. RStudio - when recuva does not work.
8. I use Chrome - rarely use IE do to the exploits.


Basically my PC is working as expected, until it overheats. ( I live in the tropics, having your pc on for 24 hours it sometimes happens )


Why would you leave the comp on for 24 hours at all?

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 11:22 PM

Hi,

Every six months or so do this.

1. Boot to safe mode with networking.
2. Update and Run Malwarebytes
(if you find an infection) 3. Install Microsoft Security essentials
4. Uninstall MS Security essentials (after scanning).
5. Run Windows Updates and make sure all latest security patches/software is install (apart from maybe, office live and rubbish like that)
6. Download and run ccleaner (tick everything on the left apart from the bottom item of "wipe free space", click applications tab at the top, tick all)
7. Goto Start -> All programs Accessories -> Systems Tools -> Disk cleanup and run it
8. Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer. Expand Windows logs, right-click each sub-item and select clear log, click clear
8. Start a command prompt in admin mode and type chkdsk /f/r
9. Restart
10. When started open Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer, check Applications and Systems logs and Google any of the red X errors for solutions.
11. Defrag all the drives.


I would recommend just doing this once every 3-6 months, doing this sort of stuff once a week is just a waste of time.

Cheers.


You should keep MSE installed all the time, but you CAN take it off startup if you dont want it running.

You SHOULD have it running all the time if you dont have an Anti Virus program that does Real Time protection.

and some of the stuff in your guide is almost unnecessary....you dont NEED to run in safe mode. Your guide is like the guide for removing a big virus.....

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 07:57 AM

mrbjorklund I'm not going to give you a long list of things just some basics. Have a active antivirus and firewall program of your choice. Use Malwarebytes anti malware and Super Anti Spyware free on demand. I would also agree with ReviverSoft post 10000000%. You are your computers first line of defense.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 12:09 AM

I use Comodo firewall, which is free. Basically, you have to OK everything that wants access to ANYTHING, such as the internet or registry keys. It gets annoying but you see how some programs access the internet when you never would have expected it, etc. Also, if you know you are infected you can set it to super strict or block all. Use anti virus. I use Avira, which is free. Keep programs updated. I use Secunia PSI, which is free and scans all programs for updates and provides links to update pages. http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/

I also used to use Threatfire, which is additional antivirus security that is meant to be ran at the same time as a regular active antivirus, but I stopped using it because it somehow conflicted with my firewall.

For anti spyware I use ad-aware, which is free.
That's all I got.

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Posted 09 July 2010 - 08:33 PM

^ I would suggest SuperAntiSpyware over Ad-Aware, simply in terms of usability and effectiveness.
MBAM does a good job too.

However, you still need to have an effective Internet Security/Anti-Virus program installed on your computer, to complete the protection circle.

A personal Firewall program is recommended if your Internet Security programs lacks one or isn't effective enough.
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Posted 10 July 2010 - 07:16 AM

I have read many good things from people using Microsoft Security Essentials and the Windows 7 built in firewall. If I didn't already have paid for versions I would use this combination.

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Posted 30 August 2010 - 03:29 AM

Hi,

Every six months or so do this.

1. Boot to safe mode with networking.
2. Update and Run Malwarebytes
(if you find an infection) 3. Install Microsoft Security essentials
4. Uninstall MS Security essentials (after scanning).
5. Run Windows Updates and make sure all latest security patches/software is install (apart from maybe, office live and rubbish like that)
6. Download and run ccleaner (tick everything on the left apart from the bottom item of "wipe free space", click applications tab at the top, tick all)
7. Goto Start -> All programs Accessories -> Systems Tools -> Disk cleanup and run it
8. Goto Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer. Expand Windows logs, right-click each sub-item and select clear log, click clear
8. Start a command prompt in admin mode and type chkdsk /f/r
9. Restart
10. When started open Start -> Control Panel -> Administrator Tools -> Event Viewer, check Applications and Systems logs and Google any of the red X errors for solutions.
11. Defrag all the drives.


I would recommend just doing this once every 3-6 months, doing this sort of stuff once a week is just a waste of time.

Cheers.


You should keep MSE installed all the time, but you CAN take it off startup if you dont want it running.

You SHOULD have it running all the time if you dont have an Anti Virus program that does Real Time protection.

and some of the stuff in your guide is almost unnecessary....you dont NEED to run in safe mode. Your guide is like the guide for removing a big virus.....


Is MSE a substitute for an Anti-Virus????

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Posted 31 August 2010 - 03:29 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx is a web site that will help you.




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