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where should a first time owner of windows xp start reading?

by lwvirden / February 26, 2007 9:43 PM PST

My son recently purchases a windows xp system. He's never owned a computer before. He's quite excited.

However, he's already gotten it infected with virus, so I'd like to send him some web sites to read concerning the proper way to set up and run his system so that he is safer.

What articles or sites would you recommend for a windows xp newbie?

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Re: safety
by Kees Bakker / February 26, 2007 9:59 PM PST

The best thing you can do is set it up for him, if you know how.

1. Check in the security center that the firewall is activated.
2. Download and install Windows Defender from Microsoft. It's not perfect, but it's free and works well.
3. Install any antivirusprogram. That's totally independent of the OS. Free ones that are used by many members here are AVG Free or Avast. Good paid ones are Norman, Panda, Kaspersky, Trend Micro or NOD32. You might want to read through http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7810_102-0.html?forumID=77&threadID=235055
Check that it's set for automatic updates.
4. Check that anti-phishing is enabled in your browser. He might like to set up some anti-popup also. Note that Firefox 2.0 is considered somewhat safer and somewhat more user-friendly than IE7.
5. If you use Outlook Express for email set it to 'no preview'.

The other important thing is how to behave:
a. Only download programs from reputable sources.
b. Don't download from suspect sites (like in Russia or porn).
c. Never, never, never open an attachment from any mail from an unknown sender.
d. Never, never, never type your creditcard number in any page when you don't see the lock in the status bar.
e. Never open spam.

With protection set up, and living by this rules, you are rather safe.

Kees

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The Newbies 'Tips' Thread Is Also A Good Start
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 12:30 AM PST
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First you make sure all updates are applied...
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where should a first time owner of windows xp start reading?
by Bob__B / March 1, 2007 5:44 AM PST

Many years ago when I bought my first machine I was in awe.

I had no idea what I was doing....which might still be true today.

The first problem I ran into was.......Computer people talk funny.

So step 1 was learn the language.

I bought one of those Windows for Dummies books and started reading.

It took a while but I slowly started to learn the language and
when I came to the forums or other sites, what they were talking
about kind of made sense so I could build on that.

If, back at the start, someone had said I needed AV my thoughts would have been HUH???

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Books and Radio
by scoolio / March 1, 2007 8:07 AM PST

I like the Dummies series but I found the "missing manual" series a better reference/light reading book.

You could try some computer talk shows that are now delivered as Podcasts.

Try http://www.komando.com/
Try the KFI podcast by Leo Laporte http://techguylabs.com/radio/

Keep asking questions.

I hate to admit it but the Windows Help files have improved over the years.

Learn to make backups. It's better than flossing your teeth.

Scoolio

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A Couple Of Suggestions...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 3, 2007 1:50 PM PST

First, please don't post in all capital letters..Not is it hard to read but it's also considered "shouting"..

Next, have you read the other posts in this thread and followed their suggestions.. That's a good way to get started..

After that, simply watch this forum, read the questions and answers and learn.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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stop
by drdroad / March 8, 2007 11:06 PM PST

go to apple.com and get him a mac

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:-D
by lwvirden / March 8, 2007 11:27 PM PST
In reply to: stop

Actually, he'd like to have a mac. However, on his income, he bought what he could afford. But he's saving his money to buy a mac laptop. That will just be off in the future a bit, unfortunately.

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RE:
by ericbat / March 9, 2007 2:18 AM PST
In reply to: :-D

Also while he is first starting out if he wants to download any pieces of software to try out in or run if it is freeware stay to sites like softpedia and download.com and major geeks.

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xp reading material
by bikermal / March 9, 2007 3:03 PM PST

when I got my first computer I found "How to do just about anything on a computer"published by readers digest very useful.Written in plain English with a disc that is crammed with project ideas.The literature walks you through every step with snapshots of what you should be seeing on your screen at every step in the process.OK its not the cheapest book on the subject but as the saying goes"you get what you pay for".I also subscribe to "Which computing" As it is part of the which consumer magazine gives very good unbiased information and reports on both software and hardware.Hope this info helps and good luck,

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