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#1 benjaminavi1994

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:17 AM

:) Hi

I know a good antivirus is required so I have installed Avira and Malware bytes

Do I need a firewall either zonealarm or comdo

Also a lot of my drivers are not upto date like the printer Lan Graphics acrd and plenty more!

Is their any website which could scan my Pc and tell me which require updates secuna is one for software but is it the one for drivers too?

Also is their any way I can know my harddisk is in bad health or have bad sectors

I ran chkdsk it said zero kb in bad sectors so does it mean I have bad sectors or just displaying I have no data in bad sectors

I did some googling and found HDD regenerator HDD tune

Could any one suggest software and their function also :)

Is using tune up utilities or registry cleaners provide a system boost??

Resgitry Defragmenting????

does it boost the system

I have CCleaner Ausologics disk Defrag ( free)

Flashget download manager is good but a lot of people complain it to be spyware/Adware so is their really some problem with the software?

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#2 Broni

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:21 PM

I ran chkdsk it said zero kb in bad sectors

You're fine.

You have good protection programs.
Windows firewall will do.
If you're behind a router, it's even better.
Secunia is a very good way to see, if your programs are securely up to date.

In general, drivers should be left alone, unless you're having some specific problem.
Never use any driver scanners.

Is using tune up utilities or registry cleaners provide a system boost??

Absolutely not.
Registry cleaners/optimizers are not recommended for several reasons:

  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".
Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:34 AM

hi thanks a lot for reply


also what about the bad sectors?

any application that I should run to confirm according to you?

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 12:47 AM

chkdsk didn't discover any bad sectors. You're fine.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:13 AM

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