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Beta testing for PT job; how to safeguard my computer?


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#1 pantherapardus4

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 03:53 PM

Hi, I'm going to be testing beta stage software on my personal computer.  It makes me nervous, because this is my only computer (my husband has his own, so it's not the household's only one).  I have my most important files & pics on Dropbox but haven't made a system image yet. 

 

I wouldn't do this otherwise, but I'm having a really rough time finding work at all.  It's only for a few hours a week, but that should take care of ... I dunno, feeding our cat, I guess.  This is the company: amaanalytics

 

What's your advice?  I'm fairly decent at basic computer maintenance.  Should I get a second hard drive? Should/can I use Sandboxie?  (I have it, but have yet to figure out how to use it properly)

 

Thank you!

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Computer Details:
    Manufacturer    Compaq-Presario       
    Model    NY540AA-ABA CQ5210F       
    Total amount of system memory    3.00 GB RAM       
    System type    64-bit operating system       
    Number of processor cores    2    
       
Storage            
    Total size of hard disk(s)    466 GB       
    Disk partition (C:)    157 GB Free (455 GB Total)       
    Disk partition (D:)    2 GB Free (11 GB Total)       
    Media drive (E:)    CD/DVD    
    
 


Edited by hamluis, 24 February 2015 - 08:34 PM.
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Posted 24 February 2015 - 04:31 PM

I'm pretty sure it's OK to be providing these details, but please let me know if I'm breaching some sort of privacy etiquette!

 

I just tried installing the test program to see if my computer is OK for their purposes & got this message:

Avast File System Shield has blocked a threat.  No further action is required. 

Object: C:\PROGRA~2\WPS/tunnel.exe

Infection: FileRepSnxclass

Action: Moved to chest

Process: C:\PROGRA~2\WPS/tunnel.exe

The threat was detected and blocked just before the file was executed.

 

 

I downloaded it into the Sandbox directory, but i don't think that did anything.


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 07:59 PM

Hello there,

If you are doing beta testing, then I recommend that you perform the tests on a Virtual Machine - which is a specialized isolated environment that you can work to your heart's contents.

The most popular Virtual Machine platform is Oracle VirtualBox.

Hope this helps.

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 12:02 AM

That looks great!  Thanks for the advice and for the link, Alex.  :)


Edited by pantherapardus4, 25 February 2015 - 12:04 AM.

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 06:57 PM

Argh, I'm having a terrible time making my virtual machine!  I'm checking in the Oracle forums too, but in case anyone can answer easily here: I'm supposed to install my operating system, either from a CD or DVD, or from an ISO image file (don't know exactly what that is).  I do have a Windows disk, but I don't know how many times the authorization code was used.  Can't I just use the host system?  Or am I basically making a totally new computer inside of my actual computer, so I need a new copy of Windows?  thanks!

 


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