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Old 29. Jul 2009, 12:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Ive included a screeshot for MC regarding my Avira Scheduling. Let me know if daily is good or I should do it weekly.

Ive also included some more screenshots of my Tree breakdown and my questions about the breakdown and where the mysterious files are.

For note: The other operating systems on the computer are
Windows 2000pro
Windows XP Home Edition
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 08:46 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Drew... CCleaner is a pretty safe application, and you can be relaxed that it won't harm your system. Just use its file cleaning part, and not the registry cleaner part... but that is considered safe too.

You can safely delete what it shows and you can go on with the default settings. Just to be sure, you can uncheck "Memory Dumps", and "Windows log files" from the "System" part, and "Hotfix Uninstallers" from the "Advanced" part. Rest is ok.

About the folders showing up in TreeSize, but not on the disks, the reason is that those files and folders are hidden. If you want to see them, follow this procedure: Open My Computer ---> From the Menu bar ---> Click Tools ---> Folder Options ---> Under View Tab ---> Advanced Settings ---> Show hidden files and folders.
This should start showing your hidden files and folders. But, don't just start deleting them . Some are important for the system, and that's why they are hidden.

Thunderbird is an email application like Outlook Express. If you don't use it, you can uninstall it via Add/Remove Programs from Control Panel.

Regarding different users being there... first you should note down the user names. Then you should browse their folders, to see if they have any data which might be important for you. Save those data to a different safe place. After that, you can log in as Administrator, or other account having administrator rights, and then delete those user accounts from the Control Panel ---> User Accounts.

Data is yours, so you have decide what to save.
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Old 30. Jul 2009, 03:05 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Maybe I haven't looked close enough but I did not see anything showing the other os's. There should be separate partitions showing c, d, etc.

A good partition manager such as acronis disk director or paragon partition manager are ones that I have used and can vouch for. However they are shareware.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...on-manager.htm Here you can find free versions of this type of software. However I have not used them and can not vouch for their performance or safety.
The point is a good partition manager will allow you to safely delete these partitions as well as regain the hard drive space they consumed. Not to be done lightly. There is always a risk! Be warned. (know what your doing first) Read and think through!

Is there a boot option to these OS's when booting your computer? If so you may need to edit your boot.ini after reclaiming the partitions.the boot.ini is a very critical file! Make a backup first of that file. Also it maybe hidden.

My advice is to read up on what you want to do. Make a plan. Print out directions first before attempting major changes such as these.

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Old 30. Jul 2009, 09:23 PM   #24 (permalink)
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When I reboot the computer it shows up with a list of the OS's and asks me which one I want to use. Not sure if that is what you mean...

As far as the partition managers go I am really wary about losing everything on my computer because I work from home and literally "everything" is on here. Im guessing it probably wouldnt be in my best interest to mess around with this risky business.

I dont know how to make a backup disk or whatever you call it to save all your info incase that happens
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As far as the partition managers go I am really wary about losing everything on my computer because I work from home and literally "everything" is on here. Im guessing it probably wouldnt be in my best interest to mess around with this risky business.

I dont know how to make a backup disk or whatever you call it to save all your info incase that happens
In this case, my advice would be to make it your priority to learn how to make backups of all your important data as a matter of urgency. Hard drives can and do fail at any time.

It's a simple task to burn all your important files to disk once you look into it, and the peace of mind backups give is invaluable.
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In this case, my advice would be to make it your priority to learn how to make backups of all your important data as a matter of urgency. Hard drives can and do fail at any time.

It's a simple task to burn all your important files to disk once you look into it, and the peace of mind backups give is invaluable.
I will agree 100% with Sope here. Its important that you backup your important data on DVDs, or an external hard drive, if you have. Since you do not have an XP disk, this makes it more important to backup your data. Because, if something happens, you won't be able to even run recovery. Only chance would be to slave your hard disk to another one, and take out your data. If the hard disk fails, even those chances are also dim.

DVD burners come really cheap nowadays, and so do blank DVDs. This investment is worth a lot. Learn from someone how to write data on DVDs, if you don't know, and back all the important data, as soon as possible.

Till that is done, I would advise not to do anything about the multiple OS issue... let it be. If you really want them removed, get professional help. Because, we can give you the links on how to remove the OS, but if you are not able to do it properly, you will loose data.
Do not mess around with the system much, until your data is safe somewhere.
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Yep, I wouldn't worry about multiple OS for now.

Regarding backups, to start you off, here's the most simple method to burn files to CD using XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306524
(assuming you PC has a CD/DVD burner which is very likely)

Next up (preferably) you could choose something from here -
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm

Alternatively you could just copy files straight onto a USB flash memory stick (inexpensive), or an external hard drive (relatively expensive).

Here's the more advanced way to backup your entire system before you mess with partitioning programs etc. -
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...ng-program.htm

To be safe, always make sure anything important that you have stored digitally is on at least two seperate devices/media.
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Ive included a screeshot for MC regarding my Avira Scheduling. Let me know if daily is good or I should do it weekly.
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No, daily is good for the updates which need doing as frequently as possible so that the latest malware signatures are always in your database. There is a way you can instruct Avira to update more often but it's best not to get involved with any program tweaks until you get the rest of your system sorted. Is the time shown in the screenshot OK for a daily update i.e. are you always likely to be online at this time? Avira will repeat the update request if you're "switched off" but you can set a more convenient time if you wish to. Just click on the time showing then on the third icon from the left in the toolbar above and follow the windows through to adjust the time setting.
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Regarding backups, to start you off, here's the most simple method to burn files to CD using XP -
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306524
(assuming you PC has a CD/DVD burner which is very likely)

Next up (preferably) you could choose something from here -
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...g-software.htm

Alternatively you could just copy files straight onto a USB flash memory stick (inexpensive), or an external hard drive (relatively expensive).

Here's the more advanced way to backup your entire system before you mess with partitioning programs etc. -
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...ng-program.htm

To be safe, always make sure anything important that you have stored digitally is on at least two seperate devices/media.
I totally agree that you should have at least 2 separate devices/media. In that vein, I would like to suggest online data backup. I use Mozy for this purpose and I love it.

I actually back up to 3 separate media/devices; plus an image backup. I back up my data online, to DVD's, and to an external hard drive. Then, I make monthly image backups and save those to an external hard drive. (Yes, I am a little bit paranoid about data backup......)
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Old 31. Jul 2009, 03:27 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Hello again. Well, the first step you took was definitely a good choice. I use Avira free myself which is a simple program to operate with a highly effective detection rate.

Here's just a few tips to improve your protection coverage. If you start Avira to open the main windows then click the blue "configuration" link, put a 'tick' in the box for "Expert Mode". Then, in the right hand window select "All files", and also put a tick against "Search for rootkits before scan".

Hopefully, under the "General", "Extended threat category" you have already enabled these during the install process, but if not just select "All" in the right hand window.

There are a couple of other things like splitting the scan results into separate entries so you don't have to manage the findings en mass but these are not important at this stage.

Do you know how to set your time preference for the automatic updates? If not, please say and I'll run you through this process from the main window too.

I'll also apologize here but coming late into this I might end up duplicating stuff others have already posted for you.

The free version of A-Squared also has an excellent detection rate but also suffers from "false positives". These are files wrongly identified as being malware when in fact they're safe. The danger is that if you don't know this and delete them (same with any other program's scan results) then you risk removing things that other programs need to operate. This even extends to your operating system which in a worse case scenario could be disabled. This is the other reason I suggested a reformat because you could scan immediately after in the knowledge that anything identified would be definitely false. You could then just note these down to ignore in future scans. With an already established system though it means checking the files flagged with an online service and/or uploading them to a site like Virus Total, both of which I'm guessing you wouldn't be too keen on attempting. On the basis that we are now retaining your existing system however I would recommend downloading and scanning with A2 free, and we'll try to advise the results here depending on how many things it finds. Just post a screenshot of the scan results if you're unsure about anything and we'll offer an opinion. The dual scanning engine in A2 and broad spectrum detection makes this a must have option for your situation.

http://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/free/

Firewall choice.

For an excellent ease of use Firewall I would recommend Outpost Free. It has the ability to create most things for you automatically and will remove the need to make lots of manual configurations.
http://free.agnitum.com/

I would also recommend you download and install Comodo memory firewall. It's a simple process, requires no configuration and although it won't save the world it will prevent most of the commonly exploited methods for launching "buffer overflow" attacks. Some firewalls and other applications offer this protection too but CMF is a set and forget solution and well worth the 6MB of memory it takes up.
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/memoryfirewall.html

Having offered some choices for your security setup we then come to maintenance. This I know is where my own views are going to differ greatly from some of the others here because I do not like file cleaners and registry whatevers one bit! However, one thing not in dispute is that most established systems will benefit from the removal of temporary files and a disc defrag. The tools I would recommend for this are EmptyTempFolders and Auslogics defrag. The techies might suggest a "better" defrag tool but Auslogics is trouble free in use, easy to understand and does the job well enough.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Securit...-Folders.shtml
http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag

I see others have recommended different options here which is fine. By all means stick with what you like best. In the end you'll never tell the difference between any of them. SmartDefrag is the easy option because it's fully automatic but I personally don't see the need to keep a service like this running full time and I did read somewhere recently that constantly defragging over time can actually slow your computer down instead of speeding it up. I thought I's saved the link to this at the time but something went wrong and now I can't find it again!

For your Firefox I would also recommend adding the CS Lite (cookies) and RefControl set to "forge" for a bit more added protection. OK so cookies are a privacy concern mainly but some recent malware exploits have targeted cookie files as a means of spreading.
GOOD TIPS for avira ..thanks MC..didn't know about it.
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