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by Lysander2 / June 21, 2009 9:34 AM PDT

If you were a new computer user, and didn't want all the clunky applications: Norton, Windows Defrag, etc., what applications should one get to do and keep good maintenance on a Vista System???

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 21, 2009 9:36 PM PDT
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I would stay away from Registry Cleaners, System Optimizers, etc and find out how to do these things myself in forums like these.

Having said that, I would still employ anti-virus and anti-spyware, to keep the nasties out of my system, and utilities like the Windows Defragmenter is fine for me.


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Why would I not use Windows Defrag?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 22, 2009 1:55 AM PDT
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Works fine here. As to the anti-virus we have that covered in our Spyware forum.

I don't use anything else except CCLEANER and all is well.

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by SerengetiValley / June 22, 2009 2:44 AM PDT
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What I currently use on XP. Ought to be the same for vista too.

Anti-virus: Avira Antivir, free edition. I switched from AVG to Avast to Antivir over the period of a few months recently. Seems to work very well. That said, I never caught any viruses even while I was using the other two. I run scans every weekend.

Anti-malware: Malwarebytes Anti Malware, and Super Antispyware. Both work nicely. I run scans every weekend.

Defragmenter: My favourite is always Diskeeper 2009. Set-and-forget and works perfectly. Unlike the above 3 programs, this one is not free.

Disk cleanup: Windows built-in or CCleaner. I've not found that much of a difference between the two, to be honest. In any case, do not use any of the registry 'cleaning' options built into Ccleaner.

HDTune. You can use this to benchmark drive performance and occasionally check up on the health of the drive. (note: NOT filesyste, but the harddrive itself).

Since you want lightweight, effective programs, I'll also recommend Opera as the web browser. It's been my primary browser for the past 8 years, and I wouldn't trade it for any other browser. Very fast, small footprint, highly customizable, and secure. Also free.

You can also try Foxit reader for a lightweight and full featured PDF reader. Less bloated than Adobe Reader.

And yeah, do not ever use any registry cleaners/optimizers!

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by Lysander2 / June 22, 2009 4:22 AM PDT
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Thanks much

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Diskeeper is a must...
by karo64 / July 15, 2009 2:57 PM PDT
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If I were on a desert island with my system, I'd take Diskeeper with me! For defragmenting and ensuring that my system is running fast and efficiently, they do an outstanding job. It's not free but worth it.

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by printmatt / July 18, 2009 6:52 AM PDT
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All you need is a good Antivirus/Antisypware (Nod32) and Tuneup Utilities.

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