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Cleanup system, how often???

by mirzahat / April 9, 2006 3:13 AM PDT

I have the following anti-spyware and anti-malware software on my system:
1. Ewido
2. Ad-Aware
3. Spybot Search & Destroy
4. Avast Antivirus

and I have ZoneAlarm as my firewall.

How often should I cleanup my system, is once a week enought?

Thanks in advance.


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by Donna Buenaventura / April 9, 2006 3:37 AM PDT

Depends how much data you got to clean-up to get back the space and delete temp files that can be tracked by spyware or adware or websites, or any unwanted files that caused slow in using the system.

You can use CCleaner (freeware from or use online cleaner provided by Microsoft (Note: If you will use the Live Safety by Microsoft, make sure that System Restore is enable and running)

I, for one, run clean-up in daily basis.

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Mirza, I Try To Run Those Tools Weekly Or...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / April 9, 2006 10:14 AM PDT

...immediately after visiting some "risky" sites... Although on different days, I update each tool weekly (more often for the virus scanner), and after updating, I run a full system scan with that tool.

On a daily basis when possible, I clean out the Temporary Internet Files folder and the Temp folders.

As Donna stated above, "it depends" on the type of surfing I've done previously.

Hope this helps.


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by mirzahat / April 9, 2006 3:43 PM PDT

thx, this was a big help!!!

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I do almost exactly the same as Grif except
by John Robie / April 10, 2006 12:43 AM PDT

with Norton Cleanup in Systems Works, just clicking on ''Express'' cleanup, I clean out with one swoop the:

URL History
All Cookies
Cached Files
Temporary Files

maybe 3-4 times a day.

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Basically, I Run CCleaner Before & Immediately After Each...
by tobeach / April 9, 2006 4:05 PM PDT

use of the net (via Mozilla).
Additionally I run the list of my scans:
1) at least once per week (AV more often)
2) The same day as any updated defs received/program.
3) At the Slightest Hint of ANY discernible behavior
change in any function of the machine.
So far, pretty good. I note :I USE programs protective functions like Spybots Tea Timer,etc. to prevent probs Grin

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I usually do it everyday or at least once every three days
by metmichallica / April 9, 2006 9:24 PM PDT

I have EZ Antivirus (provided by yahoo) although I really like Mcafee antivirus, however there is only one problem I don't like about the Mcafee Antivirus. I have problems with it on a limited user account, which I like to use when I'm online.

I use the built in Windows XP firewall.

I have Ewido (the free version) which is great.

and antispy

I delete the browsing history, cookies, and temps daily. I use the Windows Internet Explorer 7 (beta 2) which I must say is a very stable browser for being only beta.

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