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1d, 2m agoPosted 1 decade, 2 months ago
I'm getting my new unit tomorrow and wondered what i should do first once it is all connected,

I would just connect it up,
add XP
add broadband
go on line and download ad-aware and AVG
then add any software
Is this correct or should i do something else . I have no security software or anything to put on computer yet.

ALSO

what is and where is the best place for software for a student , ie. word document, microsoft office etc.


thanks again for the help xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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1d, 2m agoPosted 1 decade, 2 months ago
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#1
Erm, i think thats enough??? With regard to AVG anyway, when my norton runs out which i think is sometime in the next month, im going to AVG only, so i hope im protected, dont think the computer buff would promote it if not :)

Ive also got spybot running too, which will search for bugs etc, and has a remove facility!

I too hope this is enough :giggle:
#2
Well what one have you ordered..as most come with the Windows software loaded..so it should be up and running..you'll first need to get your broadband working and...as you say your first priority is security...so yes AVG and adaware...also it's advisable to load the Zone alarm free firewall as the Windows XP one is full of leaks.

If you want office software...must it be Microsoft because there is an excellent free one called open office.

There are student versions of microsoft Office at much reduced retail prices. You can get most of the software from
http://www.download.com/2001-20_4-0.html?tag=hd_ts
1 Like #3
I'd also look into adding a decent firewall if you are going to be online a lot, as the Windows standard firewall is not so great :)

As mentioned already - Spybot & Ad-Aware are a must, and Ccleaner is great for cleaning up the registry etc

AVG free i'm not a great fan of, it does miss quite a few virus variants, but then nothing is 100%

Steve
#4
How do i get firewall, laymans terms please as i'm basically THICK xxxxx
1 Like #5
If this is that Medion PC, then XP should be already in there.
I'd get the following:
1. AVG (both antivirus and Anti-Spyware).
2. ZoneAlarm
3. OpenOffice
4. IrfanView and Picasa for imaging.
5. Firefox
6. Winamp
7. Winrar
8. Acronis TrueImage (this one isn't free although I saw somewhere link to free old version - was it ComputerShopper mag?) for backups
9. Nero (you can get it really cheap sometimes).
10. DivX and Xvid codecs for movies.

(not necessarily in this order)
#6
sorry this comp crashed twice while trying to answer you,
Yes it is the medion one

Not to be cheeky, but where do i get those things from, avg I would google search but the resthttp://bestsmileys.com/clueless/7.gif I'm clueless about,

with all this technology why can't I plug it in and go (safely)
1 Like #7
Just make sure you do get some sort of protection.

On the radio i heard the statistics the other day and its not good, a computer on average gets attacked once every 12 minutes
1 Like #8
fizziebabes
How do i get firewall, laymans terms please as i'm basically THICK xxxxx


There is a firewall already resident in Windows XP...but it is unreliable hence the recommendation to download the Zone Alarm free version..once downloaded it will automatically overide the Windows version...what will happen then is that you have pop up warnings each time you enter a website...this is simply for you to accept entry to the website and you tick a box on the pop up for Zone Alarm to remember that you consider the website you are entering is kosher...it simply builds up a database of the allowed websites..so the pop up warning will not appear again once you have instructed Zone alarm to allow entry to a website.

When you get your PC ..please relate any problems as I'm sure members here will give you assistance.
#9
fizziebabes
sorry this comp crashed twice while trying to answer you,
Yes it is the medion one

Not to be cheeky, but where do i get those things from, avg I would google search but the resthttp://bestsmileys.com/clueless/7.gif I'm clueless about,

with all this technology why can't I plug it in and go (safely)


Here we go:

1. AVG (both)
2. ZoneAlarm
3. Open Office
4. IrfanView, Picasa
5. Firefox
6. Winamp
7. WinRar
8. Acronis Trueimage 7
9. Nero I think you can get trial version off their site. If not, Scan frequently is selling cheap versions of Nero for 2 or 3 quid.
10. XviD and DivX
#10
Zonealarm..pahhh (resource hungry junk)

Get a router/firewall, make sure your OS is up to date,install some good AV software and all should be fine

peace out :geek:
#11
Zonealarm..pahhh (resource hungry junk)

Never had any problem with it including old P3-450.

As to router advice, it is good as incoming firewall but not for outgoing. If some software want to get out via 80 (or some other open port) then router won't stop it.
#12
Kommunist
Never had any problem with it including old P3-450.

As to router advice, it is good as incoming firewall but not for outgoing. If some software want to get out via 80 (or some other open port) then router won't stop it.


you can tell the router/firewall what ports to use and what not to use its by far a safer way of controling whats coming in and going out!!
1 Like #13
fizziebabes
I'm getting my new unit tomorrow and wondered what i should do first once it is all connected,

I would just connect it up,
add XP
add broadband
go on line and download ad-aware and AVG
then add any software
Is this correct or should i do something else . I have no security software or anything to put on computer yet.

ALSO

what is and where is the best place for software for a student , ie. word document, microsoft office etc.


thanks again for the help xxxxxxxxxxxxx


plug it in....look @ porn
#14
OK, now tell me how exactly you want control _in_your_router_ traffic on port 80? You can't control traffic by packet originating software. How router supposed to understand whether you are using browser or is it some weird software is trying to download something over http?
1 Like #15
Kommunist
Here we go:

1. AVG (both)
2. ZoneAlarm
3. Open Office
4. IrfanView, Picasa
5. Firefox
6. Winamp
7. WinRar
8. Acronis Trueimage 7
9. Nero I think you can get trial version off their site. If not, Scan frequently is selling cheap versions of Nero for 2 or 3 quid.
10. XviD and DivX


A great list there. I used most of them when I had a PC. :thumbsup:
1 Like #16
Kommunist
OK, now tell me how exactly you want control _in_your_router_ traffic on port 80? You can't control traffic by packet originating software. How router supposed to understand whether you are using browser or is it some weird software is trying to download something over http?


why would you want to stop, browser,http etc going out? as long as you know what has and what has not come in then in theory your controling whats going out..if you catch my drift.

any way lets not hijack this thread.:pirate:

are most of the apps on that list free?
#17
why would you want to stop, browser,http etc going out? as long as you know what has and what has not come in then in theory your controling whats going out..if you catch my drift.

You might have some malware which is trying to access external server via http. In which case your firewall might stop it. But router will have no idea on what to do with it.

any way lets not hijack this thread.

Agree :) Peace.

are most of the apps on that list free?

Yes, apart from Nero. The Acronis is normally not freeware, but this is an old version sponsored by VNU.
#18
Thank god all that Jargon has stopped, i got totally lost in what you were all saying, Lol

Great list Kommunist I'll attempt to put them all on and get nero, I'll no doubt call on your help once I'm up and running,

plug it in....look @ porn

Love it, ROLF x

Thanks for all your help xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
#19
fizziebabes
Thank god all that Jargon has stopped, i got totally lost in what you were all saying, Lol

Great list Kommunist I'll attempt to put them all on and get nero, I'll no doubt call on your help once I'm up and running,


Love it, ROLF x

Thanks for all your help xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


The internet is for Porn :pirate:
#20
The internet is for Porn :pirate:


I wonder what YOUR favorite sites are :giggle: xxxxxxxxxxx
#21
fizziebabes
I wonder what YOUR favorite sites are :giggle: xxxxxxxxxxx


easy tiger!!! :oops: :whistling:

the saying its actualy from a video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5430343841227974645 (not porn its based on a computer game)

very funny.
#22
fizziebabes
Thank god all that Jargon has stopped, i got totally lost in what you were all saying, Lol

Great list Kommunist I'll attempt to put them all on and get nero, I'll no doubt call on your help once I'm up and running,


Love it, ROLF x

Thanks for all your help xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


Don't buy Nero...if you need it PM me.
#23
Dude just to let you know - if you are able to, download all of your drivers online from ANOTHER computer and put them on a pen drive / CD.

After installing WinXP on your computer, install the drivers before doing anything else (video & sound drivers especially).

Then get your antivirus and broadband set up, and then go online and get everything else you need.

Its really important to install drivers before anything else, so as to maximise performance of your new computie.
#24
currychops
Don't buy Nero...if you need it PM me.
Hmmm not sure that kind of thing is allowed in this forum (unless of course you were intending to sell an extra copy that you bought)
#25
markwills
Dude just to let you know - if you are able to, download all of your drivers online from ANOTHER computer and put them on a pen drive / CD.

After installing WinXP on your computer, install the drivers before doing anything else (video & sound drivers especially).

Then get your antivirus and broadband set up, and then go online and get everything else you need.

Its really important to install drivers before anything else, so as to maximise performance of your new computie.


Her computer comes with XP preinstalled.
#26
Ah i see. Drivers should be installed already then. I retract my advice! LOL! :oops:

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