Please do your computer(s) a favor! (good stuff from a computer guy)

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  1. Puckstop31

    Puckstop31 Super-Genius

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    Ya know something.... I like you. You answered all these points in a way that I would have. LOL

    With my tail between my legs, I humbly withdraw from this engagement....

    BECAUSE I AM STILL AT WORK!!! :p

    <mumble...stupid 24x7 enviroment...mumble.....stupid "narrow down windows"...mumble>

    Martoch, really.... excellent responces to my boorish points. I can see how I SHOULD be the smacked ass in this case.
     
  2. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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  3. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    I don't think he was being judgemental BUT things like that do happen all the time and you can never be too careful. i don't think anything he said was out of line. We do not know what he does on other sites. he was just putting it out there so others could be aware JUST IN CASE. I understand he is your husband but puckstop is my husband and he can fight his own battles.
     
  4. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    You're posting in his defense to tell us that he can fight his own battles?
    :confused:

    [scratches head]
    :p

    Anyway...your post really wasn't necessary as we've overlooked all that jazz and moved forward.
    ;)

    Seriously...ask your husband, we talked in PMs for a short while.
    :)

    So please...if there are any more posts that aren't related to this thread, feel free to PM that sort of stuff. It really isn't necessary and is degrading the purpose of me trying to be helpful.

    One more startup list analyzer..
    http://castlecops.com/StartupList.html
     
  5. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    :rolleyes:

    So everyone gets to say their piece except me :( FINE then be that way *cry*

    Anyway having a separate program for every single thing also starts to bog down the computer.
     
  6. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    No redheads allowed! (my wife is a readhead too)
    :p

    For those of you that have a home wireless network that is not already properly set up for security. Most of the people I know don't even have any security settings enabled on their wireless routers. Avoid WEP encryption as it can be broken in minutes with free software. WPA is the way to go...
    Wireless Security: WPA Step by Step
     
  7. Martine

    Martine Trained by an Airedale

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    We paid for spysweeper, but never turn it on, because of exactly that problem scob. I just have one pc to take care of these days, but even with all the paid-for or free software out there I known you are never 100% safe. I just don't open unknow emails and surf a lot less. Means I get to spend more time here :D
     
  8. sparks19

    sparks19 I'd rather be at Disney

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    Well than you should know better :D

    B!tching is an art form for redheads and i haven't found a hair colour that can compare lol
    anyway yeah it was off topic i know *slaps hand*
     
  9. chazhound

    chazhound Alpha Dog Staff Member

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    Hi Martoch,
    I used and can vouche for most of the programs you have listed. Cleanup is awesome and I have used it since 1.0 verson.
    Thanks for the other great programs I so far am amazed.

    Chazhound
     
  10. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    You mean if you keep it running all of the time? I don't use spysweeper as realtime protection...I just use it as a one time scan to get rid of malware. As a matter of fact, the only realtime programs I have running are my antivirus, firewall, and popup stopper. If you're an IE user, Microsoft Antispyware Beta will catch a lot of spyware before it's able to embed itslef into your system. You'll see it pop up with a "XXX is trying to enter your startup registry" or whatever and you can decide whether or not to allow it. I'm a dedicated Firefox user, so no need for it here.

    Thanks chazhound...glad to be of service.
    ;)

    ~Mike
     
  11. Melissa_W

    Melissa_W New Member

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    I will definitely vouch for Firefox, Zone Alarm, and Ad-aware. I'm gonna try out some of the other programs you mentioned though. Thanks!
     
  12. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    You're welcome! Thanks for trying some of the others out as well.

    Some info on Avast...this seems long, but it's helpful.
    What I really like about Avast antivirus is the boot-time scan.
    When Avast is installed, it will prompt you with a "do you want to schedule a boot-time scan?" It's okay to answer yes, but before you reboot, it is important to perform an update so you're scanning with the latest virus signatures. Before you reboot, launch Avast and copy/paste the free registration code from your e-mail into the box and hit OK. Then cancel the memory scan (no point without the latest virus defs). Once the main Avast window opens, you'll see a window open with a numbered list of Avast features. Check the 'do not show me this again' box at the bottom and close that window. Click on the upper left button (up arrow with a line underneath) and select 'updating--program update' and let it run its course, but do not reboot if prompted. Hit that same button again and select 'settings', then click on 'sounds' and check the box to disable sounds (you don't have to, but the sounds are annoying to me)...then click on 'update (connections)', check the appropriate box, and hit OK. After rebooting, you'll see that Avast will perform the boot-time scan (assuming you selected 'yes' when it asked you during installation). Once it finishes and your system boots to Windows, you'll notice two new icons in your system tray (bottom right most likely unless you've moved the taskbar somewhere else)...two blue spheres...one with an 'i' in the middle and one with an 'a'. Right click on the 'i' and select 'merge with main Avast icon' (or something similar). If you hold the mouse over the main 'a' icon, you should see 'On-Access Scanner: 7 Provider(s) total, 6 running. That's because the 7th (e-mail scanner) won't begin until you launch your e-mail program. Now you're protected!
    :)
     
  13. DanL

    DanL Active Member

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    Puck, I have a similar job as you- 24/7 environment. Our team has about 2000 servers we manage, all divided up between us. That makes it cool because you have a definite list of boxes you are responsible for maintaining- if you don't, you get called at 2am when it crashes. Luckily, they allow us to work from home via VPN. The only time I have to go to the data center is when something crashes hard and needs a rebuild or other hardware work. I only have about 130 boxes myself, but some of them are the most important in the company- payroll and benefits stuff. I'm not responsible for any end user desktops, just servers, so my exposure to idiots is minimalized, though application developers can fit the idiot bill pretty well sometimes. :)
     
  14. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    9/10 people can't tell me what processor speed they have or how much memory is installed in their PCs, but would like to know more about their computer(s).

    Here's a great program that will tell you just about everything you need to know about your computer...from hardware to software. Free and a snap to use.
    Everest Home Edition
    Enjoy!
    Mike
     
  15. scob89

    scob89 DILLIGAF?

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    I never kept it running all the time just used it to scan the two drives once a week. But the whole time i had it the computer ran slow and yes I did make sure that it was not running. After I got rid of it this computer ran alot better.
     
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    I am not a computer expert by any means, but what I do LOVE is Registry Mechanic. It costs about 25.00 per year and does a sweep every time you want or when you start up your computer. I had a brand new computer and after 4 months, I purchased it and found over 300 things wrong with my computer, and it fixed them within seconds.
    I found this from my dad, who found a web site (which I love) called www.majorgeeks.com. They have a lot of free ware and some to buy... they have been great. But, I run my Reg. Mec. all the time.
     
  17. Martoch

    Martoch Is it Halloween yet?

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    scob89...too bad you don't live closer, I would like to have checked out why your system would hang with SS installed.

    I like Registry Mechanic as well...in fact, I just ran a scan yesterday. I also use majorgeeks from time to time. In fact, I'll use it right now.
    ;)

    RegScrubXP is a free registry cleaner...with a few added tweaks available when you click the 'misc' button in the upper right.
    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=2048
     
  18. amymarley

    amymarley New Member

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    Thanks for the info Martoch...
    Gotta question, are you familiar with Homestead? I have my website through them and created it myself...not a very good job, since I am web-site (creating) challanged... I am trying to add another page for a new-add-on business with my pet sitting business. Anyway, when I publish new changes, it sometimes takes a bit to show on line. I haven't touched the site for a long time and I hope it works out...
    Anyway, was wondering if it doesn't "show up," I was wondering if you are familiar with Homestead.
    Amy
     
  19. scob89

    scob89 DILLIGAF?

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    I knew what the problem was lol It was Spy Sweeper that was makeing the computer run slow, and that was the ONLY thing wrong was that program. After removeing it the computer ran like it was new.
     
  20. keyodie

    keyodie Keyozilla

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    Wow, thanks! One important question though...how do I download crap cleaner? :p Sorry, I'm not very observant.

    edit: Nevermind, thanks for your help anyway. I found it. :D
     

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