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africano
06-29-2008, 04:23 PM
Hi...the forum says "talk about anything".... so here goes my problem:
Ive got a new system about a month old...
Intel Quad core 6600, 4 g ram, 500 g HD with windows Home edition installed.

I ran PC Cillen for a month free trial and cause i dont have much money at the moment I installed AVG free antivirus and Comodo Firewall after the trial ran out. Since then ive noticed a slow down of my system and firefox and internet explorer shutdown for no aparent reason at times.

I suspect ive got syware adware etc. (Ive seen some strange files running in task manager: files like issas.exe.....looks like viruses.)

I want to know what I should do to have a strong safe system. Would like to know what i should do to make sure my files are all backed up and how to achieve a backup. I would also like to know if I should make a Partition of my HD and how to achieve this and if it is even possible as Ive already got my OS working with files installed.
Id just like to know how I should set everything up and clean up my system. Its practically new and I dont want to infect it.

gmcrone
06-29-2008, 05:50 PM
Go get Spyware Doctor and Win Patrol (both free).
AVG is fine as a virus detector, just make sure to update it at least weekly.

If you are on broadband or cable, go get a "gateway router", they are made so that you can connect more than one computer to your internet connection, but they also are a firewall for your entire system. That way you can get rid of any software firewalls you have. ( I know many may disagree with this)

Yes, you can add partitions to your hard drive in the free space on your drives.
You need a reason to do this however other than backups or security, because extra partitions won't help in those areas. (Google for partition editors)

Backup. The best way is to backup your data only to CD/DVD/USB Memory stick and keep 2 copies of your backups, one of which is located off site.
When using CD/DVD don't buy cheap media, get top quality name brand.

Mike...

davidj
06-29-2008, 06:12 PM
if your using software fiewalls and you have windows then windows has its own

i subscribe to onecare and find it does an ok job

Corrosive
06-29-2008, 06:30 PM
I saw something on the Gadget Show a couple of weeks ago about having a USB stick that effectively acts as a second small computer and handles all your security, anti-virus etc. Sounds great but I haven't been able to find any details since. Not even on Jason Bradbury's section on the Gadget Show website. Anyone know anything else about it?

davidj
06-29-2008, 06:47 PM
explored these in the past

lets know how you get on

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

http://www.pendriveapps.com/

http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html

http://loosewire.typepad.com/blog/2005/03/a_directory_of_.html

maybe you could write a review for the forum for us on the top apps to have on a pen drive!

you get a bit of traffic passing through to your own site from the review

Corrosive
06-29-2008, 09:16 PM
explored these in the past

lets know how you get on

http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

http://www.pendriveapps.com/

http://www.snapfiles.com/features/ed_usb_software.html

http://loosewire.typepad.com/blog/2005/03/a_directory_of_.html

maybe you could write a review for the forum for us on the top apps to have on a pen drive!

you get a bit of traffic passing through to your own site from the review

OK, cool. Will give that a shot.