What is good maintenance software?

genubi

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OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit, Build 18363, Installed 20200307115013.000000-240
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3437U CPU @ 1.90GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 8 GB
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (42 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0V80FM, s/n /H712VZ1/CN129633CS03BD/
System: Dell Inc., ver DELL - 1072009, s/n H712VZ1
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

I use CC, but you guys taught me a long time ago to not let anything mess with the registry.
And I mostly run SSD's today, so I am not defragging any more.
So, what do you do to maintain your system? What should I be running routine to keep my system up to date and free of spyware, malware, bloatware?
Thanks,
Michael
 
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Microsoft Defender Antivirus (which is built-in to Windows 10), Malwarebytes Premium, CCleaner or Bleachbit, and stay on top of updates for everything (Windows, browsers, office software, etc.).
 

Firehammer

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hi, All that @SpywareDr said and then perhaps WiseCare 365 Free or Pro, I use it anyway and has never had any problems for 10 years now I think, there is also the free alternative WiseCleaner from the same Company.:)
 

genubi

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Yea, Cookiegal got me on that road a long time ago. Dont mess with the registry.
I use to run spybot, is that relevant anymore? And I think I had some software (Named for a little dog, I cant remember) that would keep my software all up to date.
 

Firehammer

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Hi @genubi, no newer, you don't mess with the registry on Windows all versions, and if you did, you would not get anything out of it, in speed, I mean
But Wisecleaner is IMHO safe to use in other areas.:).
 
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The last stable release of Spybot Search & Destroy was over two years ago.

IIRC, Spyware Blaster only works for the older IE & browsers based on Gecko.

The last stable release of SuperAntiSpyware was almost a year ago now.

WinPatrol (the one with the little barking dog) appears to be dead. Their website is down, Brett Lowery no longer responds to email and none of their products have been updated for three years.

There are many others that used to be popular of course, but for the life of me I'm drawing a blank right now. 😕
 

genubi

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Ahh, memory lane. I think Cookiegal got me all set up with WinPatrol and I loved Spybot Search & Destroy.
So, how to keep the spyware and adware off? very annoying stuff. I will pay for stuff I use, like this web site. When I am on here getting stuff configured I will throw some $$ at it. Its only fair.
Anyway, yea, I was wondering what to run to keep windows clean. We dont reinstall like we use to. You guys have given me some good suggestions.
I remember way back when, I could check out your profiles and see what software you guys were running. I recall finding some cool stuff that way! I was poking around and I could not find that feature. Bummer.
Thanks for all your feedback.
Michael
 
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For viruses, I try to use common sense and if I see a risky thing I test it in a VM. For storage, spacesniffer. I only really see what I can clear or optimize when I actually encounter a problem.
 
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The built-in disk cleanup. For uninstallers, HiBit. For AVs, Kaspersky Security Cloud or Bitdefender Free (depending on which one is faster for your system).
 
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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.9
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit, Build 18363, Installed 20200307115013.000000-240
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3437U CPU @ 1.90GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9, CPU Count: 4
Total Physical RAM: 8 GB
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (42 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc. 0V80FM, s/n /H712VZ1/CN129633CS03BD/
System: Dell Inc., ver DELL - 1072009, s/n H712VZ1
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

I use CC, but you guys taught me a long time ago to not let anything mess with the registry.
And I mostly run SSD's today, so I am not defragging any more.
So, what do you do to maintain your system? What should I be running routine to keep my system up to date and free of spyware, malware, bloatware?
Thanks,
Michael
System Mechanic is a slick suite of tune-up tools.
 

Cookiegal

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As per the site rules, please do not recommend running any registry cleaners/optimizers, etc. Here is the pertinent section in the rules:
Please do not recommend running registry cleaners and/or system optimizers. The staff at Tech Support Guy generally recommend that registry "cleaners" not be used because many of the "errors" shown in scan results are actually incorrect or "false" detections and "fixing" them may cause serious problems. Some resulting issues can appear immediately while others may only become evident months or even years later when you discover that you can't uninstall a program or software you haven't used for a while doesn't work properly. Furthermore, fixing any "real" errors or attempting to optimize the system by tweaking it won't result in any significant gains in space on the hard drive and/or performance so it's best to simply avoid using these types of programs.
 

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