How do YOU keep your computer crap free?

Discussion in 'Technical' started by ghrit, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    A member recently had some problems with his box and quite a shoutbox exchange got it sorted out. Two more members thought it a good idea to set up a resource for that sort of knowledge passing. So, this thread is a place to tell all about your virus and anti virus experiences and get some good scoop from our computer guru monkeys. For best results, when asking a question, tell what platform you have, the browser you use, and the OS you are using.
    For now, I've no questions to ask, but -
    Desk machine: ASUS box, W7, Firefox with free versions of Spybot Search and Destroy, Spyware Terminator, and MalwareBytes have served me well.
    Laptop: Toshiba, Vista, Firefox with Norman and Avira doing guard duty along with Defender. Norman is a slug and is apt to get removed fairly soon. Avira seems to work, but can be slow.
  2. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member

    Gone to Apple.
  3. kckndrgn

    kckndrgn Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I run Linux at home (latest Mint Release). Also keep any browser i'm using up to date with ad blocking plugins.
    When I run Windows (dual boot desktop) I have McAfee running for AV
    Default browser on all my machines is Chrome, followed by FF, the IE (belch)
    Work laptop is a WinBLows 7 Prof. Running Eset AV
  4. HappyPuppy

    HappyPuppy Monkey

    Windows apps leave a lot of crap after installation and/or removal. I like CCLEAN. It's free and does a good job removing the leftovers.

    Use a light anti-virus scanner , run an ad blocker/ popup blocker in your browsers and " do not track" add on. Run a internet cleaner like spy bot once a month.

    At home I use a Mac. They are much easier to deal with for them it's pretty much keep your startup extensions to a few

    Go Seahawks!
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  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

  6. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    When I use the Linux box, I have no need for anything, really. This is the beauty of Linux. Of course, browser extensions and addons are still required and applicable.

    When I use Windoze, and I only run 64 bit systems (XP Pro), I use Firefox or Chrome browsers. There are lots of addons for Firefox, but I like to primarily use Adblock Plus and Ghostery. Generally, the only AV which has worked well is Comodo. I recommend buying Comodo, but the free version works very well, too. It comes with "Privdog", an added blocker which can be fine tuned and installs to any existing browser. I use RegVac registry cleaner, and it is portable and convenient on a USB, too. Also, check your default security settings for your browser and manage them accordingly.
  7. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    OSX Mountain Lion...nothing else needed.
  8. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Just a few NOTES Here:
    1. If you use Chrome, you are open to ANYTHING Google chooses to put in, to track, and make use of your Data. It is NOT Open Source.
    2. If you use Safari, you are somewhat open to Apples whims, as it is also NOT Open Source.
    3. If you use FireFox, you are better off, as it IS Open Source, and if you want you can SEE exactly what the code does.
    4. Mac OSX is mostly not vulnerable to 90% of the MalWare, and such stuff, out on the Internet. There ARE, and will be, some of these things
    written to exploit OSX Vulnerabilities, before they are found, and Patched.
    5. Much of the latest Holes, are being Exploited by going thru Adobe Plugins, like Flash, and MicroSquash's SilverLight, as well as other
    Browser Plugins. So make SURE, you upgrade these, as often as they find, and Patch, Holes in them.
    6. If you run MicroSquash OS's, you are much better off, running them in a Virtual Machine, rather than directly from your BASE OS.
    The reason being, if you catch a BUG from a download, you can TRASH the whole Virtual Machine, and reLoad the latest Backup VM,
    from your HD, or Archive, without effecting your BASE OS, in the slightest. Recovery is very simple that way. MicroSquash is still
    writing Patches for XP as of today, but it is due to sunset soon.

    ..... YMMV....
  9. HappyPuppy

    HappyPuppy Monkey

    You do realize that all the are based in the source code for Mozilla? Apple for one release most of the code back to the open source community as does Firefox.

    Apple - Open Source

    Microsoft would fire you if you used open source in products. All the rest have it to various degrees

    Go Seahawks!
  10. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

  11. Hex

    Hex Amateur Survivalist

  12. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Windows 7 with chrome. But it may be too late for it. I have been unable to fire it up. Correctly for the last 24 hours. Even in safe mode, the screen stays dark. Sometimes I can hear windows start up, some times not, but not a flicker from the screen. It may be time to cut my losses, and buy a new one.
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  13. Mountainman

    Mountainman Großes Mitglied Site Supporter+++

    If you don't mind a used one I know a guy in FL that sells laptops that have been totally checked out for around $250 shipped. Between friends and our household we have purchased 5 from this guy and they all work fine. The last one I bought from him is a Dell Latitude E6410, $230 shipped in September. If you or anyone else are interested PM me and I'll send the guys email to you.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014
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  14. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    Can you get into your Bios?? Wipe the hardrive and reinstall.. Well, thats what I would ultimatly do, But I am just a monkey with a hammer!o_O
  15. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Nothing to screen. I can hear it but I can't see anything.
  16. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    What kind of computer?
  17. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    HP povilion dv7 laptop.
  18. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    FWIW, just about all mfrs sell factory rehab units for way less bux than the latest and greatest. I've had excellent service from my rehab Tosh.
  19. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I have had 4 laptops, only 1 was new.
  20. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey

    I know HP's was having a problem with the mother boards and when they started to go bad it started with the monitor going out.. Have a couple non functioning ones laying around that I had been swopping parts from..
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