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What do you use to keep your computer running smoothly?


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#1 bryan123456789

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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:11 PM

What do you use to keep your computer running smoothly and secure?



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 12:31 PM

As in programs/utilities?  Are you asking for a home user or for a business setup?  What all is the computer being used for?



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:16 PM

yes as in programs/utilities.... home user



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 01:59 PM

Antivirus:

Free - Avast is good

Paid - Kaspersky Internet Security

Tools:

CCleaner (all but registry function)

Auslogics Disk Defrag



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 02:37 PM

In addition you should have a firewall, either what Windows 7 provides or a free program like Comodo.

 

BKSeoul has suggested CCleaner and rightfully excluded the use of the registry cleaner, but Bleeping Computer does not endorse the use of registry cleanser or optimizers.

 

 

The following was originally posted by Animal, one of our Site Administrators.
 
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.
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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.
 
 
Defraging the hdd should be done, the more you add applications or programs, the more often you should defrag the hdd.  If the is a SSD you will not need to defrag it, and shouldn't attempt to.
 
Windows Disk Cleanup tool will help reduce accumulated redundancies.
 
Temp File Cleaner by Oldtimer is another good tool for cleaning unneeded files.
 
Keeping the computer physically clean is just as important as any of the other precautions.
 
Most important of all, if you have something happening which you do not understand don't hesitate to ask for help.

Family and loved ones will always be a priority in my daily life.  You never know when one will leave you.

 

 

 

 


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Posted 31 October 2013 - 04:29 PM

Chkdsk /r does more good on a system....than any 3d-party program, outside of a firewall and an AV application.

 

It would also be useful for every owner/user to learn how to use Event Viewer to check the system's functional status.

 

Old article...but still applies:  What is the Event Viewer, and Should I Care - Ask Leo! - http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_event_viewer_and_should_i_care.html

 

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