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mijellin

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i wasn't very sure whether to post this thread in here, or the malware forum, but since the post isn't entirely about spyware...here goes.

i've been reading all the scary stories people have told of popups/spyware/etc on their laptops in the malware forum, and though i consider myself a relatively intelligent computer user in terms of keeping it healthy and such, i really want to keep my new laptop nice and healthy, and not have to resort to any reformatting in the future. so, what are some must-have programs that i should dl to keep my laptop nice and protected? what are some good scans to run periodically to make sure there's nothing wrong with my laptop?

in case it matters, it will be a dell inspiron 600m with winxp home.

i've looked in some of the [RESOLVED] threads. so far i have:

1. spywareblaster.
2. sun's java. after dling and installing this, will it be necessary to uninstall MS's java virtual machine? will i need to set sun's as the default program...or something of the sort?

on a slightly related note, i've been a firefox user for some time now, and it seems that any page that requires java takes an unusually long time to load. is this the same with everyone, or just me? (i don't really care much, bc the PC that this problem occurs on will soon be reformatted.)

anyhow, that's the end of my post. i couldn't think of a fitting conclusion, so this will have to do. :tazz:
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ah, and i just noticed (stupid me :/) the quick xp tweaks in the pinned threads. i'll be sure to do those as well.

in case i missed anything though...anything else? ;)

also, is it really necessary to always update those automatic windows update things? does it really make that big of a difference if i have spywareblaster, antivirus, and firewall running in the background? if not, is there a way to disable it?

also, besides the software part, i heard that one must really take care of the battery, or it'll burn out (sometimes right after the warranty ends :tazz:). is there a proper way to take care of one's battery?

i have a "Primary Battery 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery (53Whr) 53WHR [310-5188 "

Edited by mijellin, 09 July 2005 - 11:10 PM.

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adaware 1.06
Tune up utilities
AVG antivirus
Spybot S&D

Those are my reccomendations, can't think of anymore right now.

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Greetings! :tazz:

The following is a list of tools and utilities that I like to suggest to people. This list is full of great tools and utilities to help you understand how you got infected and how to keep from getting infected again.
  • Spybot Search & Destroy - Uber powerful tool which can search and annhilate nasties that make it onto your system. Now with an Immunize section that will help prevent future infections.
  • AdAware - Another very powerful tool which searches and kills nasties that infect your system. AdAware and Spybot Search & Destroy compliment each other very well.
  • SpywareBlaster - Great prevention tool to keep nasties from installing on your system.
  • SpywareGuard - Works as a Spyware "Shield" to protect your computer from getting malware in the first place.
  • IE-SpyAd - puts over 5000 sites in your restricted zone so you'll be protected when you visit innocent-looking sites that aren't actually innocent at all.
  • CleanUP! - Cleans temporary files from IE and Windows, empties the recycle bin and more. Great tool to help speed up your computer and knock out those nasties that like to reside in the temp folders.
  • Windows Updates - It is very important to make sure that both Internet Explorer and Windows are kept current with the latest critical security patches from Microsoft. To do this just start Internet Explorer and select Tools > Windows Update, and follow the online instructions from there.
  • Google Toolbar - Free google toolbar that allows you to use the powerful Google search engine from the bar, but also blocks pop up windows.
  • Trillian or Miranda-IM - These are Malware free Instant Messenger programs which allow you to connect to multiple IM services in one program! (AOL, Yahoo, ICQ, IRC, MSN)
  • Weather Watcher - Free taskbar weather program that is free, malware free, and resource light.
To find out more information about how you got infected in the first place and some great guidelines to follow to prevent future infections you can read this article by Tony Klein.
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I had lots of pop up problems with internet explorer and i found out about using the firefox browser. I have been using it now for about 3 months along twith the add on extensions "No script and AD Block" and i havent had 1 single pop-up since.
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