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  Topic Started By:  WTFH    On:  Thu 18th November, 2010 at 00:00
WTFH
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#1  Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 00:00
I was just trying to find my old posts about what to download/install and couldn’t find any recent ones (but noticed that I have been giving out the same advice on here for at least 5 years)

Things to do to make your computer a bit safer...
Run this: http://housecall.trendmicro.com/uk/
No matter what anti-virus software you are using (particularly if it’s free), it’s well worth running Housecall by Trend. It runs over your internet connection and will detect and remove most problems. If it can’t remove them, it will let you know.

Now, forget about Internet Explorer. Try Google Chrome or Apple Safari. My personal preference is for Mozilla Firefox…
http://www.mozilla-europe.org/en/firefox/
Lots of add-ons are available for it, and it’s pretty impressive.

Once we’ve got that sorted, let’s try to make your computer secure for free.
AVG 2011 – free anti-virus software that doesn’t hog resources: http://free.avg.com/us-en/download-free-antivirus

Malwarebytes anti-malware – gets rid of nasty stuff you pick up from websites: http://www.techspot.com/downloads/4716-malwarebytes-anti-malware.html

ZoneAlarm firewall – stops outsiders from getting on to your computer: http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/trialpay-za-signup.htm

If you’re prepared to spend money, then I’d recommend Kaspersky: http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/
It does the lot, but doesn’t break the bank.

Finally, if you know your way around your system, and think it may be compromised at the registry level, Hijack This could be your friend: http://free.antivirus.com/hijackthis/


And now for some free software that is useful
OpenOffice – like MS Office, but free: http://download.openoffice.org/

Can’t afford CS5 to edit your photos? Try Gnu Image Manipulation Program: http://www.gimp.org/downloads/

Need to convert audio files or play FLACs? Media Monkey: http://www.mediamonkey.com/download/

Got duplicate files on your computer? Duplicate Cleaner: http://www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/content/duplicate-cleaner/downloaddcmenu

Selling your computer and want to make sure the next owner can’t get at your files? Fileshredder: http://www.fileshredder.org/

Don’t use WinZip, use 7-Zip to compress and uncompress files: http://www.7-zip.org/download.html
Edited 15/09/2012 @ 14:32 Revision #2
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sandgroper61
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#2  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 02:39
Good stuff, Foxy.
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toiletduck
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#5  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 11:39
VLC player for a solid alternative to Media Player, and I'd recommend Adblock alongside Firefox, it's always weird using other computers that haven't got it installed since the internet is suddenly full of annoying adverts again...
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WTFH
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#6  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 11:50

Originally posted by techmonkey

Just as a talking point, with Windows Firewall as standard and the number of decent routers being put in homes with a normal broadband install now, is a third party firewall like ZoneAlarm still necessary?

I'm tending towards agreeing with you, but it depends how well your router is configured (and how secure your wireless is)
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big white lines
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#7  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 12:46
Nice work there.

Does this mean that instead of he usual 'search bar' referral for mundane ski questions is now going to be 'check my thread' when we bother you for computer advice.
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WTFH
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#8  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 14:30

Originally posted by big white lines

Nice work there.

Does this mean that instead of he usual 'search bar' referral for mundane ski questions is now going to be 'check my thread' when we bother you for computer advice.

Possibly, but it's also cause when I serached for my usual stock reply, I couldn't find it!

Also, I'll update the first post as the situation changes.


(and I am aware that other snow-related internet forums still use my advice on these subjects, so perhaps they, too can just look to this thread)
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big white lines
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#9  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 16:04

Originally posted by WTFH

Originally posted by big white lines

Nice work there.

Does this mean that instead of he usual 'search bar' referral for mundane ski questions is now going to be 'check my thread' when we bother you for computer advice.

Possibly, but it's also cause when I serached for my usual stock reply, I couldn't find it!

Also, I'll update the first post as the situation changes.


(and I am aware that other snow-related internet forums still use my advice on these subjects, so perhaps they, too can just look to this thread)

Just sticky a link to this page. Save you typing it all up twice!!
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Nick_C
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#11  Re: Computer applications  18 Nov '10 at 19:45
Good stuff, the one I would add is Paint.net

http://www.getpaint.net/

very good free image tool.
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big white lines
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#12  Re: Computer applications  19 Nov '10 at 10:20

Originally posted by techmonkey

It's search button not search bar! The search bar is a useless piece of sh*t.

I stand corrected, Search Button Boy.
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WTFH
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#13  Re: Computer applications  2 Jan '11 at 22:34
Just edited the forst post. After a bit of searching and testing, I'd change my recommendation back to AVG. The new 2011 version is better than that in over the last few years in terms of its memory footprint and I've now chosen it for our netbook.
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