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Old 28. Jul 2009, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just found this site yesterday and would like some tips on how to protect my computer and some steps I should take to remove any programs that were previously installed.

I am running Windows XP Pro. I recently decided that I was going to look into an antivirus program after finally getting TOO annoyed with the windows update icon constantly popping up telling me that I didn't have one.

I stumbled upon this site and the info here is beyond satisfactory..but Im not very techie so I'm not sure if what I have installed is right for my situation.

The first step I took was downloading avira(free) which found 5 viruses on the first scan so it seems to be working properly.

After that I downloaded Super antispyware which also seems to be working as well.

Mainly I wanted to download programs that would pick up anything that I downloaded previously and get rid of it. As well as scan any files I download from now on and identify any threats.

I am wondering if there are any steps that I should take as far as disabling any windows programs that are installed by default that may interfere with these programs. Last time I checked it has a firewall and something else.

Also, when getting a computer new or used what are the steps that I should take to make sure it is protected and that all un-needed files and junk is removed and the computer is running with optimal performance. Mine seems to be getting a little sluggish and all tips would be appreciated.

Another question I have been looking to get solved is a little more complex I imagine. The computer I am currently using was given to me for free and has been working just fine for me for about 3 months now. Its a Compaq Presario sr1703wm. When given to me, upon startup I noticed that there are 3 operating systems installed! I use XP Pro and it is the only one I need.

Is having these other operating systems effecting my computers performance in any way and if so, how can I remove them without really screwing up my computer? As I stated before, I am not techie so if anyone can offer advice, spell it out like you are talking to a newborn so I am sure to understand.

Thanks and I look forward to being a future contributor to this board!
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Old 28. Jul 2009, 10:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi and welcome TheDrewMiller

The first question I would ask is do you have the XP installation discs for your OS or access to them? The only reason I ask is that having inherited an already infected machine with two extra OS's you don't need one option would be to wipe the whole hard drive and start with a clean install of XP.

After you reply to this myself and others will contribute to your cause!
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Old 28. Jul 2009, 11:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I dont have the discs...I have been searching online for an opportunity to get them or download them but havnt been able to find anything that would be of help. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 28. Jul 2009, 11:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
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OK drew, no problem we'll work to get you a manageable solution with what you've got.

My contribution will come tomorrow now (my time) as I'm being summoned in other directions. If you have a wife or know what one is then you'll understand what I mean

One of the other editors will need to advise about your multiple boot setup because I know nothing in this direction. Otherwise I will post my contribution later and no doubt some others here will also offer their own choices and advice. I certainly wouldn't consider removing any Windows functions or services at this stage until we can get the rest of it sorted for you.

Which firewall do you have installed? Is it a third party program like Comodo or PC Tools etc., or the default Windows own?
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 12:25 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Mainly I wanted to download programs that would pick up anything that I downloaded previously and get rid of it. As well as scan any files I download from now on and identify any threats.

I am wondering if there are any steps that I should take as far as disabling any windows programs that are installed by default that may interfere with these programs. Last time I checked it has a firewall and something else.

Also, when getting a computer new or used what are the steps that I should take to make sure it is protected and that all un-needed files and junk is removed and the computer is running with optimal performance. Mine seems to be getting a little sluggish and all tips would be appreciated.
I believe this is what you're looking for in your first sentence: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...-installer.htm
As for your second request, try uploading suspected files to VirusTotal (http://www.virustotal.com/). They also have a handy uploader (with lower file size limit though).

Never run more than 1 of the same type of security program. That includes firewalls, anti-viruses, and whatever else you have. By default there's only the Windows Firewall, but because you got the computer from someone else who used it, there might be more.

Look here if you want to make sure your computer is protected: http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-...re-your-pc.php
The easiest way to make your computer run faster is by using one of these utilities: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...up-utility.htm
Don't forget to include a disk defragmenter, that is the best and safest way to speed up your pc.
You could use individual utilities instead, if you want a bit more performance at the cost of less convenience (look through here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/pc/cleanup-tools.html).
This isn't something mentioned here, but I've tried it and it really helped me on my old pc: http://www.eboostr.com/. It's shareware though, but works every time you startup for 4 hours.
Also, you may tweak your Windows settings/services/etc., but those aren't really for newbies.
Next, there's overclocking, but that can void your manufacturer's warranty and ruin your hardware if you go too far. That is definitely not something for beginners, but it has the greatest potential for performance gains.
Lastly, you can simply improve your hardware, but that isn't free (usually). The easiest and most universally possible way is to add more RAM.
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 12:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I appreciate the feedback and a going to sort through the links and see what might be suitable for my situation. The firewall is the stand windows one...when you click on the yellow shield symbol in your bottom status bar.

So as far as what I have installed since last night...does it seem like those are suitable? They seemed to be highly rated on here so I went with them
(Avira, SuperAntiSpyware)

I almost downloaded one of the defrag options on here but wasnt sure which would be the best for me without compromising speed and memory space.

Basically I dont want to download 10 things that are going to be constantly popping up telling me to do this...then that. I would like something that can run without me manually dealing with it constantly is that is reasonable...

Thanks for the help!
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 01:48 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The Secunia link has proved to be a help already. 14 programs needed to be updated. Some of them were doubles so I downloaded the one that seemed the most relevant.

1 question... when downloading the updated versions does it automatically removed the older one so that I am not compromising space on the computer?

Thanks for the link and I'll be sure to keep you posted as I make more progres towards cleaning this thing out!
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 02:45 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The best defrag option is Smart Defrag. It can optimize your hard drive, putting the most used files in the fastest locations on your drive. Also, it can automatically defrag your drives when you're not using the computer.

As for the updates, it really depends on the software and the version you have on your computer. Space shouldn't be compromised (unless the installation directory changes without automatically uninstalling the old version, and excluding the likes of Java + .Net Framework), but the software might not work without uninstalling during major updates (2.0 to 3.0). If it's just minor updates (like 2.0 to 2.1), then simply installing over the old version should work fine.
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 03:43 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Default My First Defrag..good or bad?

Ive included a pic of my first defrag...I'm assuming since its not all solid theres something not so good going on here. Maybe I'm wrong?

Heres my defrag pic: http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...1&d=1248835236

I downloaded the one that the forum recommended as their highest rated. If there is a better one, advise me

Also, I am considering downloading : Advanced SystemCare Free from IObit but when it says it can harm your computer in the forum it scared me away. What things should I consider when deciding whether or not to download this program. Also, would it interfere with the Avira and SuperAntiSpyware I installed?
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Old 29. Jul 2009, 04:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Based upon what you've shared so far, I'd stay away from Advanced SystemCare. I would stick with your antivirus (Avira is good) and a good firewall. You've already downloaded SAS, I would suggest also downloading and installing MalwareBytes Anti-malware and Spyware Blaster. MalwareBytes only needs to be run manually every week or so; same with Spyware Blaster. Smart Defrag (as already mentioned) is probably the best defrag program.

Most of us here would recommend that you NOT use Internet Explorer, instead use Firefox with Web of Trust (WOT), NoScript, and possibly LinkExtend add-ons.
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