Firstly the programs.
1. AVG 2011 . Thought by many to have become rather bloated over the years and the 2011 includes a so called optimizer of something of that ilk which is in effect a form of registry cleaner. Additionally AVG issued an update sometime late last year which caused problems to many computers.
Many users have reported a system crash resulting from an AVG update published on December 1. The update causes the computer to continually reboot and even booting into Safe Mode will not help. The solution to the AVG crash is to boot from a rescue CD and rename the AVG folder, after which the system should boot normally.
According to AVG, the problem mostly impacts x64 users of Windows 7 - though a search of forums indicates other operating systems may have been impacted as well.It certainly was NOT restricted to 64 bit systems.
AVG claims the problem resulted from improper inclusion of some untested files in the 12-1 update package. This does bring concerns for chain of custody to mind - hopefully something they will take steps to rectify in forthcoming releases
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There is available of course a plehtora of free anti-virus programs. My personal choice and recommended, amongst other on Geeks to Go is Microsoft Security Essentials. It is regularly updated, unobtrusive and it has never let me down. That said, I do not use P2P torrented downloads which are the severe test for any anti-virus.
Here is a link and a quote from this site Geeks to Go
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2, SAS Excellent, recommended here. Free edition ideal to run once a week or so.
Never let me down - always quarantine after running - until you know all is OK. I keep it in quarantine until the next scan and then delete the first quarantine.
3. MBAM - probably one of the best. Always use the quick scan. It is NO different to the full scan.except the quick scan does not include your restore points.
The quick scan scans 99.2 % of the files.
Only use the full scan if something is found on the quick scan. THAT SAID IF SOMETHING IS FOUND you are always best seeking further advice here. on the Malware forum.You need the help of a certified malware expert to ensure that all traces of any infection have been removed.
The free version does not include real time protection
NEVER RUN TWO anti-virus or two spyware that include REAL TIME PROTECTION.
they fight each other, sometimes negate each other and will undoubtedly slow your system down.
4. ATF - excellent little utility- incuding cookies on IE will delete saved web passwords. On Firefox it has a separate check box for passwords. There is little to be gained by checking prefetch, as Windows will simply rebuild the prefetch folder and whilst it does so browsing will be slower.
5. Ausologics. USE ONLY the defrag. It is quicker than XP. Some people do not like it, some rate it highly. Some say leave defrag on Windows to the included defrag. I certainly do not think it does any harm and it is certainly quicker than windows. Always use the analyse before the defrag, no point in defrag at 2%, because it will be 2% again when you go back a few hours later. Personally I defrag at 9%.
6. Secunia - Secunia OSI PSI . Seem to remember that it links you to various driver provider sites. if it finds drivers out of date.
If I am right and I make no criticism of the program itself the only place to obtain driver is from the manufacturers site, the OEM computer site not from these various driver provider sites. I have seen many cases where the wrong driver has been provided.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 March 2011 - 05:01 PM.