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#1 dryhter


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Posted 01 August 2010 - 04:28 PM

Hey everyone,
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 , McAfee , BitDefender , Ad-Aware , 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!
Chips and shavings,

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 01 August 2010 - 06:11 PM

Manual T3302, page 43 covers restoring your system.

I believe that you are far too late to make recovery disks per eMachine instructions.

I don't use System Restore, so I can't say much about it...but take a look at All About System Restore in WinXP - http://bertk.mvps.org/ AND System Restore Info - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...%5BLN%5D;267951.

Home Computer Security - http://www.cert.org/homeusers/HomeComputerSecurity/

Help Prevent Malware Infection - http://www.microsoft.com/windows/ie/commun...protection.mspx

Tips To Protect Against Malware (Quietman7) - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/270069/infected-with-antivirus-system-pro/

Antivirus, Antimalware, And Antispyware Resources - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/405/antivirus-antimalware-and-antispyware-resources/


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Posted 01 August 2010 - 08:56 PM

I would advise an external drive which comes with an USB jack.....plug it in and right click the files you want to move over... and hey presto! you have everything you want to save...pics, information etc... safe on the external drive which you unplug when finished...keep adding as you go along

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