computer protection

  Trotter2 09:51 19 Apr 2008

Hi, I need some advice on protecting my computer. I'm running Windows XP and have Panda Internet Security installed. The man who sorted my original probs out told me that the Panda IS should b all I need, but I don't think it's enough on it's own. However, I don't want to install anything that's going to b incompatable with the Panda program. I have two questions: do I need any other protection? and if so, which ones r recommended? thanks for any suggestions.

  birdface 09:59 19 Apr 2008

SpywareBlaster.A Squared Anti Spyware..McAfee site Advisor[ this warns you if you go into any bad sites.]And WinPatrol thats about all you need.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:20 19 Apr 2008

You need
1 software firewall that will block both incoming and outgoing.

1 Antivirus program

1 Antispyware real time scanner
1 back up scanner (to catch what the first one misses)

1 Antispam program

1 Antispyware blocker
1 Rootkit revealer
1 program to monitor that your homepage is not changed (may be done by your Antispyware prog)

I use all freeware and have not had a problem for years

Firewall sygate
AV Avast
AS Superantispyware
backup AdAware
Antispam Spamhinilator
Blocker SpywareBlaster

  jack 10:28 19 Apr 2008

I Emphasize it here
1 of each.
Of of any single item and trouble you will get

  jack 10:29 19 Apr 2008

should read 'More than one of any single item,' etc

  Trotter2 22:20 03 May 2008

hi Fruitbat, those programs u listed, do u run all of them?

  Trotter2 17:06 06 May 2008 hunted for the programs listed above, but can't find them. can u tell me where to locate them please? thankyou

  Ditch999 17:10 06 May 2008

Look for:
Lavasoft Adaware

  wee eddie 17:14 06 May 2008

1. Software
a) Clear out all temporary files and folders –
Use Crap Cleaner click here, or the M$ Software in Accessories & Internet Properties

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses –
Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
aSquared click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus Software:- Avast4 click here, AVG antivirus click here

Free Firewalls :- Comodo Personal Firewall 2.0 click here, ZoneAlarm click here

c) Clean the registry –
Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) –
Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at Startup –
Start > Run type msconfig > startup tab > untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware and the services that run in the background. click here
2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer > Properties > Hardware > Device Manager > Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab > If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

iii) If you are using Windows XP, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Divers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware:
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  wee eddie 17:18 06 May 2008

Ladst time all the links loaded properly. Try one link at a time.

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  brundle 17:20 06 May 2008

Get them all here click here

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