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PC Maintenance Suite: Not sure what is my best option

Hi everyone. I am looking for a comprehensive suite which will keep my PC in top shape. I was looking at a few of the 5 star rated (on cnet/download.com) applications, but I am not sure what I need for my XP MCE machine. Do I need to get a dedicated "registry cleaner" as well as an overall maintenance utility, or is there a suite or application that will do it all? Thanks, James

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PC Maintenance Suite

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Have a look Here In addition, you don't really need a registry cleaner, but if you want one try a free one, EasyCleaner I just use CCleaner to clean junk stuff, run my ''anti'' stuff and defrag from time to time. I just use the free stuff from Download.com
Good Luck,
Eddie

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Suites aren't worth it

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All those programs that claim to do this or that to keep your system running well are a crock. There's only a few simple things you need do to ensure a smooth running system.

1: Avoid use of Internet Explorer as much as humanly possible. This cuts off 95% or better of all malware at the knees, which depend on people using Internet Explorer to infest a system. Opera or Mozilla Firefox should be used in its stead. Any IE-based browser, such as Maxathon, should be avoided as if it were IE itself.

2: Avoid all file sharing programs. Most of the content on these networks is virus laden, be it intentionally so or a byproduct of someone else's carelessness. These programs often also come bundled with some sort of malware.

3: Keep on top of all security patches. The one exception to the no-IE rule, is every second tuesday when Microsoft releases new security updates.

4: Avoid pirated programs. It's impossible to tell whether there's a hidden payload included with the changes that stripped out any security checks in the program.

5: Avoid using Outlook or Outlook Express. The main problem with these programs is the ease at which spammers can use them to determine yours is a valid email address and drown you in a deluge of spam. They also are vulnerable to Internet Explorer issues as a result of their use of Internet Explorer code. There are dozens, if not hundreds, or other email programs to choose from, many even free.

You don't need defragmenting programs, registry cleaners, or things of that nature. Those five simple guidelines, strictly adhered to, will keep your system running smoothly far better than relying on a suite of programs. Most of which serve no real useful purpose, and half of which are likely designed to try and contain the mess that inevitably results from prolonged use of Internet Explorer.

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Mike stated some good points

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But just as an FYI, I exclusively use Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Have for years. The only time I had a problem was about 'five' years ago, when I didn't know about needing some type of 'anti-virus or anti-spyware programs and I got a virus. Since then, I have not had ''any'' problems. I have reformatted my computer twice, in those five years. Once after many years of installing and uninstalling this and that. And again, recently, just because I wanted too. But anyway, I would not spend money for anything. There are too many free programs that you can use. I would try and stay away from any ''Beta'' programs. Sometimes they cause problems.
Only a suggestion,
Good luck,
Eddie

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Pc Maintnance

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Well i am going to say first you can't believe everything you read on Cnet as with programs Cnet.com used to be a resourceful webpage for programs,but they post every program good or bad,they get payed for this,its the place for programmers to advertise their programs.They will tell you anything about a program and even if it doesn't work,there are many programs on Cnet that are half crocked programs,the ones you are looking at lets take for instance i am thinking of the right programs Advanced SystemCare what a great program this USED to be,i used to use it like the holy grail,then they went and started selling parts of it under the Pro Version,so if you want to use certain things you'll have to start paying for them.System Mechanic I wouldn't touch this program if you gave it to me for a gift,i was just reading where a person said they had this program and a few weeks before he was to update his license it went down,didn't update or do anything,funny that is what happened to me.System Mechanic will beat you over the head until you get their payed version.I wish Advanced Systemcare would go back to their old days,then i would recommend that program to you.As far as other ones i don't know the other ones and can't really say they are any better or worse than these programs that are suppose to be the great ones.

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