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speed up my computer

hi i am wondering if there is an tool what could speed my computer up i am asking here because i want one what is free and dont want an virus im sick of them thanks

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You say you are sick of viruses?

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So you've been getting them? Is your computer slower now than when you first got it? If so, you can just start from scratch with a fresh installation to get back to original performance and take the necessary steps from that point on to avoid what's caused it to slow. There's no better free tool available that I know of and certainly not another software add on.

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yeah im sick of them

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i did reinstall everything like getting a new computer thing lots (= somtimes i just download too much )= and i get ramdom phases when theres an topic when i download alot of stuff and about 25% are viruses its an shame virus scanners pro ones arent free even then there never up to date since the virus havent been dected and when they have they they have to find an way to get rid of it )=

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The more of these suggestions you follow, the fewer problems you should have. They won't solve any existing problems you have, but if you follow them all you should be able to avoid virtually all problems in the future.

Things you should NOT do
1: Use Internet Explorer (1)
2: Use any browser based on Internet Explorer
3: Use Outlook or Outlook Express (2)
4: Open email attachments you haven't manually scanned with your virus scanner
5: Open email attachments you were not expecting, no matter who they appear to be from
6: Respond to spam messages, including using unsubscribe links
7: Visit questionable websites (e.g. porn, warez, hacking)
8: Poke unnecessary holes in your firewall by clicking "Allow" every time some program requests access to the Internet (3)
9: Click directly on links in email messages
10: Use file sharing or P2P programs
11: Use pirated programs

Things you SHOULD do
1: Use a non-IE or IE based browser (4)
2: Always have an up to date virus scanner running (5)
3: Always have a firewall running (6)
4: Install all the latest security updates (7)(Cool(9)
5: Delete all unsolicited emails containing attachments without reading
6: Manually scan all email attachments with your virus scanner, regardless of whether it's supposed to be done automatically
7: Copy and paste URLs from email messages into your web browser
8: Inspect links copied and pasted into your web browser to ensure they don't seem to contain a second/different address


(1) Sadly sometimes this is unavoidable, so only use IE when the site absolutely will not work with any other browser and you cannot get that information/service anywhere else, and only use IE for that one specific site.
(2) Outlook and Outlook Express are very insecure, and basically invite spam. Possible replacements include Mozilla Thunderbird, Eudora, The Bat, and dozens of others.
(3) When it doubt over whether or not to allow some program, use Google to find out what it is and whether or not it needs access to the Internet. Otherwise, denying access is the safest course of action, since you can always change the rule later.
(4) On Windows your options include: Mozilla Firefox, Seamonkey, Opera, Flock, and Safari. It doesn't matter which one you pick so much as that you pick one of them and use it over IE.
(5) AVG Free and Avast are available if you need a decent free virus scanner
(6) XP/Vista's firewall is probably good enough for 99% of all Windows users, but other options include ZoneAlarm, Outpost Firewall, and Comodo. If you have a router with a firewall built into it, there is no need for any of the aforementioned firewalls to be running.
(7) Microsoft's usual system is to release security updates every second Tuesday of the month.
(Cool Use of Windows Update on Windows operating systems prior to Windows Vista requires Internet Explorer, and is thus a valid exception to the No IE rule.
(9) Service packs should ALWAYS be installed. They frequently contain security updates that will ONLY be found in that service pack.

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what wrong with IE?

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Internet Explorer.

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Whilst there may be better technical answers, the main problem is that IE is the most common and the most widely used browser around the world, probably because Microsoft bundled it as a free browser within the Operating System.

Virus/spyware writers need a door into your system and the browser is the obvious and easiest choice. Because all browser are slightly different, it is easier to write the malware for one browser than different versions for each browser type, so IE is the browser of choice for them.

Using a non-IE type browser can reduce your risk of malware infection considerably.

You didn't say what steps you take to stop hackers, viruses, spyware and trojans.


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what steps?

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Do you have,

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1] A Firewall - to help stop hackers from invading your system and stealing your personal details.

2] An Anti-Virus application that continuously scans in the background for viruses.

3] Two or Three Anti-Spyware applications, one of which scans continuously in the background for spyware, and the others are used as manual scanners every so often.

There are many good, free applications around for all three of the above. Which of those do you have?


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i have

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i have avast my firewall always on no manual ones thought any suggested on
by the way you guys are great at your job well done (=

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Mark is mostly correct

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Mark is mostly correct, except that his line of reasoning is along the incomplete "everyone uses it, so hackers target it" line of reasoning. I'd say that if you complete that thought, you'd realize there has to be some kind of a security issue for all these legions of hackers to exploit in the first place. Internet Explorer is a honeycomb of potentially exploitable security issues. Rather quickly, I'd say that the reason has to do with Microsoft, as a company, still being stuck in a mentality from the 80s and 90s, before the Internet was a big deal. Every computer was basically an island unto itself, and you just didn't need to worry about whether or not someone could remotely exploit an app. The issue is more complex than that, but that is what I'd say is the real crux of it all.

Regardless of WHY Internet Explorer is so frequently exploited, there are a few very important facts that people should consider.

1: Internet Explorer IS frequently exploited
2: Microsoft is slower to respond to these exploits than the majority of its competitors
3: Microsoft's patches are often ineffective against minor variations on the same attack, unlike its competitors
4: The relative severity of these exploits (i.e. how much damage they can do to your computer) is usually significantly higher with Internet Explorer

So, while I won't claim that Firefox or Opera are completely secure and you'll never have to worry about them being used as the entry point for some hacker; I will say that the odds of that happening relative to Internet Explorer, are significantly lower.

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(NT) Yes, I accept what you say about IE's security issues.

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out look express

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it is good isint it and i need anti spam software for it got any idears ?

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Nothing wrong with Outlook Express.

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- disable message preview
- don't open attachments sent by strangers
- don't click on links sent by strangers
- set your antivirus to scan incoming mail
- remove spam without reading it, if possible

Then you're safe enough.


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Why not

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Why not just turn off it's ability to get email as well? Then you'll really be safe!

Why should I, or anyone else for that matter, have to effectively neuter an application just to be safe? Mozilla Thunderbird doesn't seem to have any issues relating to exploits triggered by its preview pane. So clearly it is possible, and one would think that a company with the resources of Microsoft could certainly pull off something that a group of loosely connected, mostly unpaid, volunteer developers could. If Microsoft wanted to, they could have completely rewritten Outlook Express from the ground up with security in mind, same with Internet Explorer.

Virtually everything else you mentioned I already covered as things to do with ANY email client, not just Outlook Express. Except that I say scan ALL attachments, no matter WHO they come from. In fact, I'd say to go as far as to DELETE all unexpected attachments. If you aren't expecting Cousin Bill to send you pictures of the family vacation, don't open any messages claiming to be from Cousin Bill that have attachments. There are plenty of things that can use Outlook Express to send out email without the owner ever being aware.

Personally, I just think of it as a common courtesy to send someone a quick note saying that I'm sending them some email with a file attached, and a little about what the attached file is. That way they can be reasonably sure it came from you.

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oh no

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my compuer has anothe problem posting annother fourm about it

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