So I woke up Saturday morning to my computer recycling on and off trying to start up it would get to my desktop and then shut down, sometimes. I am new to computering and literally learned how to turn on a computer about three years ago.
I recently garbage picked a newer old computer than what I have and thought it would be a good place to start exploring, instead of crashing the working computer. It is an emachine T3302/Windows XP Home 32 bit/sp3 with about 150 GB hard-drive(89%free space) I cleaned it all up, meaning the program files and such. Followed some suggestions from here on tweaking it. And got it running pretty good. I tried to use the system restore but had lost all my restore points except for the most recently saved point, which of course was absolutely worthless. Then I found out about the chkdsk f/r/ and things seem to be back up and running smoothly. I did lose about 2-3 GB of something off the hard drive????,but so far so good. I am feeling pretty good about myself, I was ready to toss this computer out to the curb, and I fixed it. I learned how to start in safe mode. I learned that you should periodically do a chkdsk in safe mode and I learned not to rely on system restore. So Now I have a few more Questions I need help with.
How do I make a recovery disc or store it on a external drive, so that if I should ever screw up the computer by tweaking it or I get attacked or,or,or, I can recover. And then I found this here on our website
hundreds of things I should have :AVG Free
, Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware
, Spybot - Search & Destroy
, that one I got Clonezilla
, this for backup maybe, driveSMART EWT
, sounds good, Swissknife
, could be useful , WinPatrol
, Dr.Web LiveCD!
, and a relavely new entry ,Microsoft Security Essentials
, and hundreds more, I need help picking, I realize some are specialized apps and other more general, but still I need some guidance. Guidance Hell, I need help.
The questions are:
How to make a recovery disc?
How do I make system restore points on an external hard drive?
What are some good basic security programs?
What are some handy apps to have?
Thanks in advance!