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New laptop: what to do first?

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#1 jboland17


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:00 PM

After years with Macs, I bought the HP Envy 3070. Just turned it on and wanted to know what to do first:

Are there extra programs from HP I can delete?

Settings that will enhance my experience?

What's the best anti-virus software to download?


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#2 RedDawn


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:10 PM

Just turned it on and wanted to know what to do first:

Update! Update! Update! :)

Install all available Windows security patches.

Update all third-party programs installed, especially the likes of Adobe Flash Player, Adobe Reader and Java, as outdated versions of these programs are a big security risk. Secunia PSI can help you with this task.

Create a set of Recovery Disks. The recovery discs are used to start up (boot) the computer and recover the operating system and software to factory settings in case of system instability or failure. Your system may automatically prompt you to do this, or you can consult the links below for manual instructions.

Youtube tutorial
Creating Recovery Discs or Saving a Recovery Image to a USB Flash Drive (Windows 7)

Are there extra programs from HP I can delete?

I don't what you have installed, but this choice would be yours to make anyhow. Only you can decide what programs you will use or not.

Programs such as PC Decrapifier and SlimComputer can assist in removing unnecessary or unwanted junk that may come bundled with a new system.

WARNING: To avoid disaster, be sure to create a System Restore Point and research any items you wish to uninstall, or action you intend to take, when using either of the above programs.

Settings that will enhance my experience?

What's the best anti-virus software to download?

Best Practices for Safe Computing - Prevention
Choosing an Anti-Virus Program
Replacing your Anti-virus - Why should you use Antivirus software?
Choosing a Firewall
Supplementing your Anti-Virus Program with Anti-Malware Tools
How Malware Spreads - How did I get infected

Gizmo's Guide to Securing Your PC
The Editors' Choice List: Our Selection of the Best PC Freeware

Should be enough there to keep you busy for a little while :whistle: :) .

#3 guit30


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Posted 02 July 2012 - 06:29 PM

Kudos to Red Dawn, We have the best support people here, great site.
Why did you ever change from mac, I have heard they are like the Gold Standard amongst computers??

I don't get it, you want a computer that is going go get viruses, slow down, and everything that can go wrong will go wrong,Could I ask, if you do not mind?


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#4 hamluis



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Posted 02 July 2012 - 07:15 PM

You just might...read the owner/user manual...it's written to be useful.


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