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Keeping Your PC Healthy - Manifest

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Ok, not that I'm an expert in this field, but I do have a business that does PC Repairs.

There are a couple utilities that you must have to keep your computer running. They're all freeware, and are must downloads.

1st. Remove your antivirus client. Get rid of it.

2nd. Download the following Security Apps and update them, and then do a scan:

Malwarebytes

http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-....html?tag=mncol

3rd Download the following maintenance programs

Advanced System Care

http://www.download.com/Advanced-SystemCar....html?tag=mncol

ATF Cleaner (Safer than CCleaner)

http://www.download.com/ATF-Cleaner/3000-1....html?tag=mncol

Glary Utilities

http://www.download.com/Glary-Utilities/30....html?tag=mncol

Pagefile Defragment (Microsoft Powertoy)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb897426.aspx

(XP ONLY)

NT Registry Optimizer

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

Smart Defragment

http://www.download.com/Smart-Defrag/3000-....html?tag=mncol

Run each tool and make sure in the options you have turned off smart defrag's auto defrag and that when you close it it actually closes and doesn't minimize to the system tray. Also do the same for advanced system care.

By running these, and then following the following instructions for an xp machine here: You can make your XP slim and fast.

http://www.debate.com/forums/technology/topic/699/

Also if you wish, I have my personal registry hacks here: (FOR THE XP USER ONLY) They also include indepth explanations of each registry change.

http://www.debate.com/forums/technology/topic/30/2/

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^ In the above so called security apps, there is only one that merits that label. Surely you do not recommend living totally without an antivirus?

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I ran Windows (when I did run windows :P) without AV software just fine. Nowadays though I recommend Avast, as it's lightweight and stands off to the side like a guardian angel instead of Norton shit that hijacks and welds itself to your hard drive.

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^ In the above so called security apps, there is only one that merits that label. Surely you do not recommend living totally without an antivirus?

I do. Antivirus programs take up so much overhead, you might as well live without one. As long as you don't frequently view porn, or click on links you are not sure of, there is little chance that your computer will contract aids.

If you scan your computer weekly with malwarebytes, you will have no problems. It will remove any malware you get with ease.

Believe me, you'll notice a huge difference once you remove your antivirus program.

I've been doing it for over a year now. I don't do it on computers that I work on, because the average user is retarded/frequently views porn.

If you feel like you can't live without antivirus, then I agree with the above post. Avast is currently the top dog. It's much lighter than AVG and as if not more effective.

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Overhead depends a lot on the antivirus in question. Norton or Mcafee shite, for example.

Though I do agree that a little common sense in your internet habits, etc can probably keep you safe from a lot of malware, especially if you're a bit experienced with computers. However, recommending to the average user that he proceed with no antivirus is a bit foolhardy. A light, effective antivirus like Eset (paid) or Avira free is a much better option in the long run of keeping a pc healthy. ;)

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Overhead depends a lot on the antivirus in question. Norton or Mcafee shite, for example.

Though I do agree that a little common sense in your internet habits, etc can probably keep you safe from a lot of malware, especially if you're a bit experienced with computers. However, recommending to the average user that he proceed with no antivirus is a bit foolhardy. A light, effective antivirus like Eset (paid) or Avira free is a much better option in the long run of keeping a pc healthy. ;)

No lol, I'd never let the average user go unprotected. The users on this site are generally way more intelligent ;)

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I do the same thing like u, except that I run ccleaner very often.

Removing your temporary files extremely often will only have negative effects on your machine as some temporary files are cache files. Removing cached files and the like won't really speed up your computer at all, it'll just give you a couple megabytes of extra space (size of a song).

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Removing your temporary files extremely often will only have negative effects on your machine as some temporary files are cache files. Removing cached files and the like won't really speed up your computer at all, it'll just give you a couple megabytes of extra space (size of a song).

It really depends on hoy many free space you have, really.

You may or may not clean your temp files, it doesn't matter. What really matters is to have about 1 Gb or more of free space in system disk. I dunno why, but having less than that on makes Windows slower (this is theoretically incorrect, but in practice it happens to me all time).

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My computer is so sick right now, I haven't done enough maintenance on it..

now its suffering from being laggy.. maybe I need to start working on it now..

but it's not a girl thing, would you mind helping me out.. =)

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My computer is so sick right now, I haven't done enough maintenance on it..

now its suffering from being laggy.. maybe I need to start working on it now..

but it's not a girl thing, would you mind helping me out.. =)

Yeah no problem. Send me a PM and I'll fix you up.

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yeah its right that desktop must have least shortcuts as its takes much ram in processing these, also we must run Desktop Cleaning wizard time to time to remove unused items.

Thanks for resource.

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Seriously the first thing is to install decent anti virus, firewall and malware programs. Microsoft Essentail is good as is AVG amd Malwarebytes. Make sure they are set to scan daily and have auto update switched on. Run a program like ccleaner at least once a week. Keep Windows Updated. Most importantly is don't do anything stupid. Don't open unknown attachments in emails, don;t visit dodgy websites, don't use P2P sharing applications like Limewire

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back up at least once a month, especially near signs of degradation or instability. You can always clear a fair amount of disk space by switching system restore off and on, therefore deleting all old save points.

I think this is the one people forget the most. Backup is very important. I lost an entire HDD because I didn't back up. Spent 6hrs 10mins recovering my HDD.

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