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slammer379

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im new to all of this stuff i suff and download alot i also have my wife using this cp i need help making sure everything is running right i dont know anything about the registry and very little about the firewall thing. i had nortons systemworks 2003 and it wouldnt work right the defrag always said i was at 2% but i went to the windows defrag and analysied it and it was in terrible shape i do have adware and thats about it im using the AVG trial antivirus right now please make suggestions on what i need to make things safer and keep the maintence up on my cp with the least amount of headache thanks:confused:
 
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Hi,

Ad-Aware, AvG both very good also you would do well with Spybot : http://www.safer-networking.org/ as this program picks up spyware that Ad-Aware misses (but ad-aware picks up stuff it misses). When one of the above programs is used, reboot your machine before you use the other, as errors occur.You could also download and run Hijack this and post you log for inspection, some other kind person will deciper it for you, not too good at that myself, available here: http://www.tomcoyote.org/hjt/ . As for a firewall ZoneAlarm is a free good un : http://download.com.com/3000-2092-10039884.html instructions how to use it are available here:

http://www.hackfix.org/software/configure/zone.html

http://www.oit.duke.edu/oit/policy/firewall/firewall-review.html

http://www.zerotech.info/ZoneAlarmPro_How_To_Use.htm



Here is a place to ask for ZoneAlarm help:

http://forums.zonelabs.com/zonelabs

Make sure ZoneAlarm is configured right as it can be a bugger.

As for cleaning & Speed you system ect. open Internet Explorer Tools -> Internet Options -> Settings, adjust the amount of disk space to use to about 50 Mb. then click ok. Then click on the delete files button on tick delete the downloaded files checkbox. Run Adaware -> Reboot -> Run Spybot -> Run disk cleanup -> check all you outlook express email and delete any that is not essential -> Run Defrag -> (if you want to try this as start -> Run -> in the text box type: msconfig -> click the startup tab -> untick any application that do not need to be running when your system is started: look here for further info : http://www.3feetunder.com/krick/startup/list.html . Once any items are unticked click OK -> Apply -> you will then be prompted to reboot do so. You system should now be cleaner, run a little faster and be safer.


Good luck

Wizzkid
 
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As well both windows defrag and norton's speed disk interpret the disk differently so sticking with one method over the other consistently is the cure there. I personally use the speed disk every couple weeks or so.
 
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I prefer winme's defrag on my 98se system, you can get it here . Do a disk clean up, scandisk and defrag often. Once a week for me sometimes more often. Delete your temp, cache and temp. internet files. When you talk about start up items some will direct you to a long list to check yours against, but all I have checked is my anti-virus, firewall (zone alarm free edition) scanregistry and systemtray. IMHO I'd stay away from anything with the Norton name on it. If you read through this forum you'll notice there are many questions about Norton products. They haven't been worth diddly since the 3.0 days, again IMHO.
 
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When you installed Norton SystemWorks, did you install the aintivirus program? If so, I advise against also installing AVG. I can't say about any other AV programs, but Norton AV does not like to share with any other AV prog. Best to run only one AV program.
 
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you can test your firewall here:http://grc.com/default.htm
Scroll down to "shields up" hit"proceed" then the "all service ports" buttons.
If you pass with flying [green] colours your ok,anything less.......go and download zonealarm www.zonelabs.com

Personally I dont like Norton,but thats my preference.NOD32 is the best on the market but you have to pay for it.If you want a freebie.....I rate AVG Antivirus www.grisoft.com.

Adaware and Spybot scan for spyware in different ways thats why they are both a necessity nowadays..also 2 must have programs can be found here:http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html
Both "spywareguard" and "Spywareblaster" will help keep the foistware off your system..............All the above[except Z/A] are free and need to be checked for updates every couple of weeks.
Hope this helps you.

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slammer379

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thanks for everyones help sorry i didnt get back any sooner than i did but i have a little one that i have to take care of
 
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