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recommended software for keeping system free of junk

By dbonniwell
Feb 5, 2007
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  1. I ask this after reading Mr. Hopkins piece on various software to download to keep your computer in tip top running condition.
    My question is what are the must have most recommended trusted programs one should have on their computer free or not.

    Categories

    1. Malware/ Spyware
    2. virus
    3. Cyber-sludge cleaner that builds up over the years being on the net or registery cleaner. Cleaner of stuff you do not know how it got there
    4. Other?

    thanks
     
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +24

    1. Ad-Aware + Spybot S&D + Windows Defender
    2. NOD32
    3. System Mechanic
    4. ZoneAlarm or Kerio Sunbelt firewall software
     
  3. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 145

    Thanks so much for your input,
    Are there any others?
     
  4. be_patient

    be_patient TS Rookie Posts: 105

    i agree with all them...but careful with system mechanic.... it is know 2 sometimes have trojans. mine is fine... but a mates wasnt so just be careful

    to keep ur beast running smooth u also want...
    O&O defrag - 2 defrag ur hdd
    avast antivirus - free virus protector very good
    window washer _OR_ ccleaner - cleans unwanted files from pc. e.g. history. temp etc.

    i also use a piece of software called "TuneUp Utilities 2006" this is a similar thing to system mechanic.

    i have assumed you were running XP, if not ignore my post. sry
    be patient

    oh and sygate firewall is great. catch
     
  5. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 145

    any others?
     
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

  7. be_patient

    be_patient TS Rookie Posts: 105

    others argh! ummmm....
    hijackthis can also be very helpful cleaning up your pc also a program i think is called "The Ultimate Troubleshooter" has found 2 be very useful.

    thats all i can think of at the moment.... sorry.

    catch, be patient
     
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    I agree it can be very useful. However, unless you know how to use it properly, it can cause serious problems. ;)

    Regards Howard :)
     
  9. santoshakhilesh

    santoshakhilesh TS Rookie Posts: 25

    How do I learn about judging HJT logs myself. Is there any tutorial available or it is purely based on experience and only geeks can read this ENIGMA code :)
     
  10. be_patient

    be_patient TS Rookie Posts: 105

    can not agree with you more!

    i have not come across any tutorials myself, ive had a decent idea of what i needed and didn't, therefore have never really had to look into it further.

    if your not sure, have a look around on the internet for each specific item, everyone has had the same problems at one time or another, this can take a long time... but you tend to remember alot of this kind of research... or at least i do.

    after searching, if your not content the answer is simple.... DO NOT TOUCH IT!

    catch, be patient
     
  11. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    There are plenty of HJT tutorials around. However, due to the nature of the thousands upon thousands of malware infections, even if you found one in a HJT log, it`s another thing to know how to get rid of it. Simply fixing an entry with HJT, won`t necessarily get rid of from a system and may even make matters worse.

    As be_patient quite rightly says, if you`re not sure what you`re doing, leave it alone.

    I found the best way to learn to analyse HJT logs, was to look at the way other people do it and try and learn from their posts(that`s how I learned). Yahoo and Google search engines are a good source of information when it comes to file identification and finding out if something is good or bad.

    Regards Howard :)
     
     
  12. dbonniwell

    dbonniwell TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 145

    Like 'Hijack This', can CCleaner be a concern when using? I have read about this but could find nothing in detail. Any thoughts?
     
  13. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    The main concern with Ccleaner is the use of the Issues feature, which attempts to clean the registry of obsolete entries. This can cause problems, if you`re not sure what you`re doing.

    However, the Ccleaner programme is very good at removing .tmp/junk files from your system and is safe for doing this. You can find instructions for using Ccleaner in this thread HERE.

    Regards Howard :)
     
  14. Eigfrost

    Eigfrost TS Rookie Posts: 31

    I'd also put a vote in for TuneUp Utilities 2007, very smart little suite of utilities for cleaning, particularly the registry.

    There's a review here for those interested in reading up more on it:

    http://www.itreviews.co.uk/software/s443.htm
     
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