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#1 hd choppin

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:16 PM

I have a brand new computer for the first time in 8 years. I am a rookie. Its an Acer Aspire from Staples. I'd like to trim what I don't use and be sure I keep the rest nice and secure. I currently have McAfee anti virus...it came free for 45 days with the computer. The last time I had correspondence with you folks you also showed me many useful programs to help navigate the computer and keep it secure. Things like "search everything" and free anti-malware programs. I guess I just need someone who knows to guide me through the setup.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 12:49 PM

1) Get rid of McAfee and replace it with ANY other anti virus. McAfee products are worthless.
2) You can download and install MalwareBytes and / or Super AntiSpyware. They are the current best of breed anti malware apps (not anti virus - you still need one of those).
3) Download and install SpywareBlaster, update the definitions weekly, then click on Enable to protect the browsers

Not sure what else you want to know.

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Posted 25 April 2011 - 01:10 PM

I'm guessing that when you say that you want to trim what you don't use that your are referring to what Acer has added, not any parts of Windows 7? I would hold off on this till you have had a chance to explore and play around with what you have before removing anything.

As Allan suggested, Malwarebytes and Superantispyware are two good programs. Neither is active, so you will need to update them each time before you run a scan.

Avast is one of the better free anti virus program out there, currently. I use it and do recommend it.

You are also going to need a firewall. You can use the one which cam with Windows, but I have a preference for Comodo which also is free.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:02 PM

For the cleaning up part of the computer, try http://www.pcdecrapifier.com/.

+1 for getting rid of McAfee.

For ultra safe browsing...sandbox your browser with http://www.sandboxie.com/.

I feel the built in firewall in Windows is sufficient if you're behind a NAT router. Even if the computer is hard wired I'd still recommend a router. IMO, any software firewall running on your system (which is on the same playing field as a potentially malicious program) is not very reliable.

Obviously the router needs to be properly configured including turning off UP&P.

Test your router for unwanted open ports at http://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?rh1dkyd2.
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Posted 30 April 2011 - 08:56 AM

Thank you to everyone for the information.

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Posted 30 April 2011 - 10:43 AM

Pcdecrapifier is a registry cleaning tool.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers 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.

• 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.

* Ed Bott's Webog: Why I don’t use registry cleaners
* Do I need a Registry Cleaner?

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