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WARNING* Some of the guides / software may not support Window Vista.

 

List of guides:

1. http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/index.html - Recommended

2. http://www.ewingsnet.com/documents/CourseO...urComputer.html

3. http://www.blackviper.com/Articles/articles.htm - Recommended

4. http://www.gameboomers.com/forum/ubbthread...p;Number=268903 - Optional

5. http://askbobrankin.com/

6. http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm - Important

(List of Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware products)

7. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-ca/magazine/cc302206.aspx - Important

8. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/default.aspx - Recommended

9. http://operawiki.info/Opera - Opera browser guide

10. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/

11. http://text.dslreports.com/?nav=1

12. http://forums.majorgeeks.com/index.php

13. http://www.techsupportforum.com/

14. http://internetrotsyourbrain.com/rridgely/malwareremoval.htm

 

List of freeware / guides:

http://home.comcast.net/~supportcd/XPFreeware.html (Part of the Optimize Guides) - Recommended

http://www.piriform.com/ (I use all software from Piriform, they r lightweight,free,and powerfull tools) - Recommended

Go to > http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=17921&hl by Moderator rridgely from the Piriform forum

 

Tricks and tips:

DO-NOT list:

*Don't mess with the paging file + Prefetch Folder (or anything to do with it)

*Don't disable Task Scheduler / DNS Client Service - source - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318803/en-us (read them carefully) & http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.as...=y&arctab=y

*Disable System Restore? no way... - source - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/library/bb457097.aspx

*Some suggested TweakXp.com, which is not that reliable...it contains many misleading information (Try at ur own risk) - http://tweakxp.com/

*CCleaner - Never select "Old Prefetch data" option, cleaning this will increase application and Windows load times (Everthing else its 98% safe to select + clean, i personally never had any backups) source - http://tinyurl.com/6cp9wy

 

Security Tips:

1. http://askbobrankin.com/windows_xp_security_tips.html

2. http://www.bestsecuritytips.com/ - Optional

3. http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=1681

Go to > http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=19017

 

Usefull Websites:

http://housecall.trendmicro.com/ - online virus scan (Require Internet explorer)

http://www.whatismyip.com/ - Ip address scan

https://www.grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2 - Internet security check

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/online/ - Online Software Inspector (keep ur software up-to-date)

http://virusscan.jotti.org/ - Malware scan

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/

http://blogs.technet.com/mmpc/default.aspx

http://www.viruslist.com/en/viruslist.html

http://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/virusencyclo/

 

List of recommended Browsers :

Go to > http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=19128

Go to > http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/FreewareBrowsers.html

 

FAQ:

Q1) WindowXP vs Vista, which is better?

A1) None of those are better than each other. Window XP support more games and software while vista support less. However, Windows Vista includes many automatic performance enhancing features such as ReadyBoot, ReadyBoost, ReadyDrive, Superfetch and Prefetching. Optimize guide .

 

Q2)Which is more secured, Linux or Windows?

A2) Here's a quick & simple answer, No. For further information read those article http://www.populartechnology.net/2007/01/w...than-linux.html & http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/bulletins/SB2005.html

 

Q3)Was FireFox the best browser?

A3) No, because FireFox is slow and it's a resource hog; Also, it has multiple unpatched vulnerabilities and its Extensions(add-ons) can actually be unsafe.

Source - http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/FirefoxMyths.html , http://askbobrankin.com/is_firefox_more_secure.html

 

Q4) No anti-spyware/virus or any protection is needed if avoid going to "Questionable" site.

A4) You are right, You should always be aware of any questionable site. However, it is not a good a idea of using nothing.

 

 

This post will always be updating, at least until i die.

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*Don't disable Task Scheduler / DNS Client Service
The DNS Client service is not necessary and can cause huge system slowdowns if you use a HOSTS file from hpHosts or MVPS.

 

Disabling the Windows "DNS Client" service:

http://www.simpledns.com/kb.aspx?kbid=1089

 

I recommend OpenDNS:

https://www.opendns.com/homenetwork/start/computer

 

Install a HOSTS file to prevent known malware sites from accessing your system.

 

HOSTS files I use:

http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm <== includes good guide

http://hosts-file.net/?s=Download

 

Managed with HostsMan and I use its HostsServer proxy to speed up browsing:

http://www.abelhadigital.com

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The DNS Client service is not necessary and can cause huge system slowdowns if you use a HOSTS file from hpHosts or MVPS.

True. With the current ever growing security risks on the web along with all the adverts I wouldn't dare browse it without a HOSTS file!

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Q3) Is FireFox the best browser?

A3) No, becuz FF = waste resource,slow,unstable,multiple unpatched vulnerabilities,does not block all pop-ups, + the Extensions (add-ons) can be very unsafe. http://www.popuptest.com/ for Pop-up tests.

Source - http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/FirefoxMyths.html , http://askbobrankin.com/is_firefox_more_secure.html

Do you honestly have something against Firefox or is that from the site? <_<

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I just don't like Firefox.

 

I like IE7 and IE8 beta2 on my old PIII both with IE7Pro.

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It's amazing how strongly people can feel about their browser.

 

We all like different things in life because we are different.

 

Sometimes I have to have a particular software on my computer because a different brand won't work right with my setup. For example Avast just doesn't seem to do well on my machine, so I use Avira.

 

Browsers? Use Opera, personal choice, but have used others. Life's short :)

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For example Avast just doesn't seem to do well on my machine, so I use Avira.

My system is the absolute reverse of that, don't know why either. Avira AntiVir for some reason can't be launched after my system has been up and running for a good amount of time forcing a reboot which is annoying to scan a download, hence the reason I use Avast.

 

I do hope Microsoft's new anti-malware offering next year is very good though to give another free alternative.

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