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#1 ashton_r

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Posted 11 September 2011 - 06:05 PM

Okay so I just wiped my laptop because it wouldnt play a game, maybe because of the antivirus, I don't know. But it's done. What I want to know, before I download ANYTHING, what are good programs to download to help protect/run my laptop efficiently? I want to play games and just do the usual browsing. I havent downloaded or installed anything at all, besides critical windows updates. One thing I will download before I get a reply is a game called mabinogi, and it's perfectly safe and I know I want it for a fact. The OS is Windows 7 Home Premium. Opinions or facts are greatly appreciated.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 06:56 AM

If this was a reformat and clean install, after installing the OS do the following:

1) Install all drivers starting with the chipset driver
2) Install a GOOD anti virus app (there are plenty of good ones - any input you receive will all be subjective). I use Kaspersky AV. Avira and Avast are good free alternatives. MalwareBytes and SuperAntispyware are the best anti-malware apps
3) Download and install all Windows Updates from Microsoft EXCEPT hardware updates. NEVER obtain drivers or hardware updates from Microsoft, only from the OEM websites.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:42 AM

Okay do you know any free antivirus software that isnt those two or AVG? I had them all at a point and it reallly affected my ability to play games. AVG went haywire mostly though. And before, I had Mozilla, but not sure if I should get it again because they update it way ahead of other programs, and it messed up alot of my downloads. Anything I can download to sort of "tune up" this thing? Like improve performance or just plan keep it in good running condition.

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:50 AM

I'm less interested in game playing than security. Avira and Avast are the two best free av's. I'm sure other folks here will be able to answer your question better than I.

As for Mozilla - I assume you mean Firefox. Why do you keep updating it? Just find a version you like and stick with it for a while. I still use 3.6 and am very pleased.

As for "tuning it up" - unless you need more ram just leave it alone. Anything you do is more likely to cause problems than fix them. And as for maintenance, you can do the following:

1) MOST IMPORTANT - use disc imaging software and create images on a regular basis to off-disc media. That way you will always have a safe haven.

2) Keep your av resident and updated at all times.

3) Scan with MalwareBytes and / or Super Antispyware on a regular basis.

4) Defrag every now and then.

5) Don't have more programs load with the OS than you need.

6) Employ "smart computing" (don't visit questionable websites, never open email attachments unless you are certain you know what they are, never download anything from the web unless you are certain you know what it is and that it is "safe", etc.).

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Posted 14 September 2011 - 07:08 AM

I and many others use this.
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/security_essentials/default.aspx
Allans point # 6 is a must. Nothing will keep you safe if you don't use the internet wisely.
IMHO Windows 7 doesn't need or want any 3rd party tune up programs.




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