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Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:24 PM
Posted 02 February 2011 - 12:42 PM
Can anyone possibly provide a comprehensive list of tasks that one should keep up with, to keep their system running safe & efficiently?
- what needs to be backed up & how often - recommended tools to do this
I always suggest that EVERYONE use disk imaging software on a regular basis. This type of backup is best saved to a separate or external drive or to disks. The best such software is Acronis True Image, but it isn't free. The best free alternative is Macrium Reflect.
I defrag weekly, but for most folks once a month is fine.
- any recommendations on other detection programs (other than anti-virus) & how often to have it scan
You MUST have a good antivirus utility installed and resident at all times. Other than that, scanning with MalwareBytes once a week or so is a good idea. I also recommend SpywareBlaster (free edition) as a passive measure for your browser - definitions should be updated weekly
- updates / service packs
You should allow Windows Update to install updates automatically - but only Windows updates, NOT hardware / driver updates. You should always have the latest available service pack installed for your os
- anything else you can possibly think of? I guess whatever you would typically do on your own system.
Carefully blow out the dust from inside the computer (compressed air marketed especially for electronic components is best) at least twice a year. You can also run checkdisk a couple of times a year (To check the hard drive right-click on a command prompt icon and open as administrator. In the command prompt window type:chkdsk /r (then press ENTER). You'll be told the disk is in use and asked if you want to run checkdisk on the next boot. Say yes, exit the command prompt window, and reboot.)
NOTE: Im running Win Vista Home Premium (sp1)
I hope this is the correct area to post this in. If not, i do apologize.
Edited by Allan, 02 February 2011 - 12:45 PM.
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