free software update

  mark3986 21:39 26 Dec 2009

hi is there any updates on wots the best safest free software to have oh and wont effect sluggishness either thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:03 26 Dec 2009

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt 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

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:04 26 Dec 2009

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, 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) Drivers
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 slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  GaT7 22:07 26 Dec 2009

What specific functionality are you looking for in the free programs? G

  skidzy 22:09 26 Dec 2009

what exactly are you looking for.

if your looking for an update to The safe and Clean Computers threads... i have not created one yet as i have no experience with Windows 7 yet.

But if xp or vista...the basics still apply;

For example;

Avast anti virus
Third party firewall if xp but if vista - inbuilt firewall will do and if using a router , enable the routers nat firewall.

Mcafee site advisor
Hijackthis for emergencies

Depending on your surfing habits, keep it simple and light.

Ading Autoruns and Agent Ransack .... just for investigations now and again.

These basics will work and mantain a system as long as you use sensible surfing habits.

  mark3986 22:16 26 Dec 2009

that mbam never completes a full scan for me guys it goes off

  skidzy 22:34 26 Dec 2009

If you already have MBAM installed on your computer.
Please navigate to the MBAM folder located in the Program Files directory.

Locate MBAM.exe and rename it to winlogon.exe

Once renamed double click on the file to open MBAM and select Quick Scan

At the end of the scan allow MBAM to remove what it had found then reboot.

Alternatively, uninstall Mbam and cleanup, reboot and download and reinstall again from click here

  Joe G 22:35 26 Dec 2009

I'd add Avira as an alternative to Avast & AVG - I installed this ecently as a replacement for PC Guard that came with Virgin and so far t seems pretty efficient & not a resource hog. You can also disble the nag screen.

I'm not an expert but from comments on this forum you would be pretty well served by any of those 3. Malwarebytes has also proved useful over te last year or so in tracking down trojans.

Open Office is a good free alternative to MS Office too.

  mark3986 23:29 26 Dec 2009

security software for laptop that doesnt effect performance to much.

  gigagiggles 00:19 27 Dec 2009

it depends on what you are contentedly using now? any free program suggested may work well singularly. but if it is added to a mix that's already serving the same function, it will only add to the sluggishness.

if you have sampled several active security programs, ensure they are thoroughly uninstalled if they are not to be used to ensure no potential or actual conflict.

"that mbam never completes a full scan for me guys it goes off."

what does the last part mean? an indication of other problems causing the sluggishness?

  mark3986 00:52 27 Dec 2009

its just stops working dissappears

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