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 Post subject: Finally got a new computer...now what?
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 10:49 am 
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I finally got a new computer...now what? <----I mean...what are the most essential things I need to do at the beginning? For example, my friend says to get Firefox and this spyware dectector and that. So what ARE the really really important things you have to download, change from the defaults of the computer, buy,etc...? Please help me...thx. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:16 am 
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Hopefully you've already downloaded all the security updates from Microsoft. I'll also assume that you're running the latest drivers, such as chipset, GPU, sound card, DirectX 9.0c, etc etc.

From that point, you want to get into a routine of spyware and antivirus scanning. You also want to protect yourself with a firewall. Some free recommendations (though not a complete list):

Lavasoft Adaware - Spyware
Spybot - Spyware
Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta) - Spyware
AVG Free Edition - Antivirus
ZoneAlarm - Firewall


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:19 am 
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You should be using:
AntiVirus program (free ones such as AVG available)
Firewall other than the Windows one (free ones available such as Zone Alarm)
Alternate web browser than IE (Firefox)
Spyware detection (AdAware, Spybot)

Not needed but nice:
Instant messaging program (Trillian)
Audio/Video player (WinAmp)
Video codecs (DivX and XviD)
Alternate Email Client other than OE or Outlook (Thunderbird)


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:26 am 
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One4ya has the definitive list. It's sad to see we have to run SO many spyware scanners, but until M$ implements (-support- NX) no execute technology, we will be stuck with them I suppose.

I could only add a few to his excellent list that I read about in this months MPC:

Spyware Blaster

and

WinPatrol

Spyware blaster is a really great program and I used the System Snapshot option, saved it with a filename of 3/13/05 incase of a possible spyware infiltration. Kind of like a small system restore.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:41 am 
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Also, here are some more things you MUST do (assuming your running XP)

First, right click "My Computer" then>properties>remote

Once there uncheck anything that allows remote connections to your computer.

Next, still under my computer>properties Click Advanced. Under performance, click settings. Click the advanced tab, go down to virtual memory and click "change". Inside of there, put the bullet in "custom size". In the intial size and maximum size, put the amount that is 1.5x the amount of RAM currently in your system. So, if you have 512 MB put the initial and maximum BOTH as 768. If you have one gig memory set the initial and maximum BOTH to 1534. Apply, ok out.

Next, Double click "My Computer". At the top toolbar, click "Tools" then "Folder Options". Click "view" and then UNCHECK "hide extensions for known file types" and put a bullt selection in "show hidden files and folders". Click apply then ok.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 10:24 am 
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Before you do anything, is imperative that your new computer is plugged into either a surge suppressor (the minimum protection) or a good uninterruptible power supply with automatic voltage regulation (UPS-AVR), of appropriate capacity, which would be ideal. Be aware that the warranties of most new computers do not cover damage from power related problems, and plenty of users have had their new computers “fried” by power surges or spikes. The resistance to power surges and spikes is measured in joules, and generally the more joules the better. A good UPS with AVR that has adequate capacity to power the computer for several minutes generally offers far superior protection to a surge suppressor. If a surge suppressor is selected, be sure that it has a UL1449 rating at a minimum. Some users think that a common inexpensive power strip is adequate, but other than maybe having a circuit breaker, a power strip offers no protection from power problems. NetUPS, Tripp Lite, and APC are excellent brands.

A solid PC maintenance tool kit would also help.
I'd suggest PCMechanic Professional version 5.5,
along with CWS Shredder.
CWS Shredder is free, and it's a must have.

As with all third party software installed on your pc...check the manufacturers website for any possible updates, download and install them too.

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The following are simply preferred suggestions:
gaming...try FarCry, Half Life 2, or Doom3.

for burning CD's...Nero 6

an excellent free photo organizer, here's Picasa2

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If you havn't already done so, subscribe to MAXIMUMPC magazine!
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 Post subject: Re: Finally got a new computer...now what?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:14 am 
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jstakid012 wrote:
I finally got a new computer...now what? <----I mean...what are the most essential things I need to do at the beginning? For example, my friend says to get Firefox and this spyware dectector and that. So what ARE the really really important things you have to download, change from the defaults of the computer, buy,etc...? Please help me...thx. :D


Visit this site
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/SupportCD/SecureXP.html


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:27 am 
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Bootstritty those are excellent resource links! I don't think anyone could have said more with less. A wonderful suggestion! I've got them bookmarked :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:36 am 
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daveyd wrote:
Bootstritty those are excellent resource links! I don't think anyone could have said more with less. A wonderful suggestion! I've got them bookmarked :wink:


Thanks


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 11:46 am 
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new computer? look here and have your computer do something worthwhile


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Also, if you haven't done so, defragment your harddrives. It'll make you access things faster.


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Here's another utility that I like
CCleaner (Crap Cleaner) It does a much more thorough job than the default disk cleanup wizard in Windows.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2005 3:54 pm 
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AIIGHT! thx guys! :D


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i personally like to have coolwwwsearch


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