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    Keeping Your PC Virus-Free and Optimized

    A few simple tips to keep your PC virus free.

    1. Install An Anti-Virus - The most common protection; Anti-Virus Software. One would want to choose one that is light-weight and has a great detection rate. If you're willing to pay for an anti-virus, I'd recommend ESET Anti-Virus or Smart Security, very light and good at doing its job. If you're looking for something free, there's AVG Free which is pretty good.



    2. Keep Up-to Date - Updates is another simple but important thing to remember. Updates usually bring new features and improvements. Operating Systems can easily be operated by running their included program. For example, Windows has Windows Update.



    3. Install a Link-Scanner - Visiting the wrong sites could always give you a virus, that's why I'd recommend having a link scanner. For those who don't what it is or what it does, its basically an add-on for your Internet browser which 'scans' sites. It will display a green check mark if the site is safe or a red 'x' if unsafe. Some Anti-Viruses come with a link scanner such as AVG. If you don't have one, I'd recommend McAfee Site Advisor. A nice free link scanner.



    4. Install a Cleaning Tool - After a while, your PC can be become filled with junk or unused files. Cleaning them can easily be done with some tools. These should help free some memory and speed up your computer. An excellent, free tool that I'd recommend is CCleaner, you could also check out features here. Although you don't need to do this often (e.g, everyday) Its good to establish the habit.



    5. Defrag Drive - Defragging your Hard Drive can be good to do but again, it isn't something you'll need to do daily or weekly. You can read about it here. A free, easy and good defragging tool is Defraggler. It can be found here. If you want to check out some features, look here



    6. Extra Anti-Malware Software - Although Anti-Virus software and link scanners usually can keep you safe. It's a fact, they can't stop everything. That's why I'd recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. This is another free tool which basically does similar to an anti-virus (scan and clean) but has, in my opinion, a higher detection rate. This however does NOT provide you with realtime (24/7) protection so you should stop it from running at start-up. Its a good tool to run occasionally. You'd be suprised sometimes, I've had a friend who had an Anti-Virus and Link Scanner, said his PC was clean just acting slow. I scanned it with Malwarebytes, finding and removing 120 infections.



    7. Stop Useless Programs From Running At Start-Up - Sometimes, Computers can take forever to load up. This can be caused by lots of installed programs running at startup. You can change this by (in Windows), going to Run in the start menu. Type msconfig and hit enter. It should bring up a window, In the 'Startup' tab, uncheck items to prevent them from starting up, just be careful what you disable! Once done, press 'OK' and reboot.



    8. Optimize Boot Performance (WinXP ONLY!) - A tool called BootVis allows Windows XP users to optimize boot time. It can be downloaded here. A tutorial on using BootVis can be found here. Remember, BootVis isn't some one click fix but using it along with the other listed tips will help.




    9. Send files to VirusTotal - When in doubt about a file, there's always VirusTotal. There are some cases when a harmless file may be seen as harmful by an anti-virus. If you think the report by the anti-virus is a false positive, you could always upload the file to Virus-Total. VirusTotal is an online free service which allows you to upload a file and automatically scans it with over 40 top brand anti-viruses and then gives you the results. Check out VirusTotal here



    Or if you don't want to go through most of that, you could follow messie's advice and install Linux.
    Last edited by ShadowSonic2; 04-22-2010 at 02:11 PM.

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    good one ss

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    Hey SS Norton Internet Security 2010 has the same Checker!!! Just adding my knowledge!!!!


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    one mor from me and my late experience:


    Messie's Guide:How to keep your pc safe, clean, fast, virus free:

    1.Install linux
    2.Done

    Plus they are WWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY faster than the damned windows in all ways. And completely free (I suspect you don't mind pirated windows tho ).
    I have to run matlab on my pc, and while on windows it lags/freezes/crashes every 5Mb of unsaved data, on linux, it runs like a charm.... Well, consider it

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    @messie - you would like one of my Email account signature lines: [Computers are like air conditioning; effectiveness diminishes when one opens Windows]

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    It is true....... Well I suppose you can use Mac too if you are in the US. Here, a decent mac book costs around 1500-2000 euros. That's about $2500-3000.... outrageous isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by emuhack View Post
    Hey SS Norton Internet Security 2010 has the same Checker!!! Just adding my knowledge!!!!

    I had Norton 360 too with the same feature. Useful and Norton was pretty good with link checking but I found Norton to be a bit of a resource hog hence why I switched to ESET. If Norton had a standalone link scanner, I'd recommend it. Using ESET Smart Security on my desktop which is running smoothly now and no Anti-Virus on my Mac.

    @messie, those prices are outrageous, the prices in Grenada are pretty bad too but not as bad. Also added the tip about using Linux.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowSonic2 View Post
    I found Norton to be a bit of a resource hog hence why I switched to ESET.
    Exactly; I switched like a year and a half ago (when you're single core P4/2.8 and 1gb--- now single core P4/3.2 and 2gb --- it was a resource hog).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowSonic2 View Post
    I had Norton 360 too with the same feature. Useful and Norton was pretty good with link checking but I found Norton to be a bit of a resource hog hence why I switched to ESET. If Norton had a standalone link scanner, I'd recommend it. Using ESET Smart Security on my desktop which is running smoothly now and no Anti-Virus on my Mac.

    @messie, those prices are outrageous, the prices in Grenada are pretty bad too but not as bad. Also added the tip about using Linux.
    lol thanks... I just installed linux the other day and I am really surprized of what I have been missing for such a long time. They are a little trouble to learn at first, but it really pays off in the end.. I also found out that some of the really cool feeatures of windows 7 that I really liked were a mere copy of ubuntu's tricks. And therea re a whole bunch of amazing things that I simply discovered in Linux..

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    norton a resource hog?...very much so

    ever try to uninstall and remove all traces of norton from your pc?....lol

    eset .....then avast ..you can run them both simultaneously with out conflict...both light on the resources

    meanwhile mcafee's new update is crashing pcs all over in the last day or so
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