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Bob's Ultimate Computer Maintanence / Software Guide!
Bob's Free Ultimate Computer Maintenance and Software List 3!
Follow and you shall be set
* = Paid
+ = advanced users only

Bob's Recommended Active Protection
Antivirus (choose 1):
nod32*
Avira AntiVir
avast!
Firewall:
Comodo Internet Security (set on "Firewall Security" configuration)
- set firewall secuity level to safe mode
- set Defender+ level to disabled (set to clean PC mode if you want HIPS protection)
Online Armor
- a bit harder to configure than comodo

Bob's Optional Active Protection
HIPS - for "zero day" attacks (use 1):
Defense Wall*+ - this could hypothetically be the only program you would ever need
GeSWall+
Malware Defender+

Behavioral Blockers (use 1)
Prevx edge*
Threatfire

Bob's Browser Virtualization:
Sandboxie+
- browser "pseudo" virtualization
Bob's Environment Virtualization (use 1):
returnil
- full on demand environmental virtualization (all changes to computer will be reversed upon restart when active)
shadow defender*

Bob's Recommended On Demand
spyware/malware scanners (use all):
a-squared Free
SUPERAntiSpyware
- make sure to disable active protection and tray icon
Malwarebytes Anti Malware
hitman pro
misc, scanners and utilities (use all):
CleanSofts Update Notifier - checks for old software and links to updated software
CCleaner
- registry cleaning
- secure history and recycle bin shdredder (if you need it)
AutoRuns+ - play around with startup programs (only un-click what you know)
JkDefrag - better system defragmenting
Shadow Protect* - best disc imaging software
System Protect - you can set files/folders to be un-deletable without your password permission

Bob's Browser Essentials
Latest Firefox
Noscript - controls plugins
- to permanently allow a site left click the S on the bottom of the browser and click to allow the website. For most websites that you don't frequent it is good to set the permissions temporary. Also, try to only allow the plugin requests of the direct website
- right click "S" -> options -> notifications -> unclick "show messages about blocked scripts"
CS Lite - controls cookies
- to permanently allow cookies for a website do same as no script except left click the cookie on the bottom. For all websites you don't frequent allow cookies only for session.
- right click "cookie" -> Update Blocklist -> get same menu back up -> CS Lite Options -> BLocklists -> automatically check for updates -> weekly
Web of Trust - Community Site Rating (displayed next to google searches as well)
FEBE - addon packups
- Tools -> FEBE -> FEBE options -> Directory (set directory for backup) -> Schedule (schedule weekly time)
XMarks Bookmark Synchronizer - bookmark and password backup

*Programs I'm testing*
Process Hacker

Bob's Free Ultimate Computer Software List!


better file copier
teracopy

better task manager
process hacker

Video

VLC Media Player - When isntalling set this to play all video formats by default and never worry about any video codec problems ever again.

Images
Irfanview - When installing set this to open all image formats by default and never worry about googling an image format to find something capable of viewing it again.
GIMP - Open source photoshop (very powerful image editing program free of charge)

Archiving / Compression
Tugzip - Deals with almost any file compression known to man

Virtual Drives
daemon tools - mount and run dvd and cd virtual backups

Messaging
pidgin - contains basically every chat program. Install GFire for limited XFire support as well.
trillian - A great alternative to pidgin

Office
Open Office - free "microsoft office" like suite

Internet
Firefox - need I say more?

Email Clients
Thunderbird - by the makers of firefox (need I say more?)

FTP Clients
FireFTP (Addon for Firefox) - simple but effective for those who just need limited functionality
FileZilla -stand alone ftp client

Desktop Managment
RocketDock - a lightweight mac type dock bar for managing all of your desktop icons

Remote Desktop
UltraVNC - easily control another computer

Voice Communications
Ventrilo
Teamspeak

Torrent
utorrent - light weight bit torrent client often used as an alternative download source for patches (and similar game releases) for games like WoW

to be expanded when I stop being lazy

Restore a Frozen Computer
AntiFreeze*



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Very nice. I use Avast It owns for me :d



 
 
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I am using Kaspersky Internet Security Suite and it's epic.



 
 
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Please keep comments to a minimum. If you've got a suggestion to add, leave a post or send it via PM.



 
 
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Does AVG Version 8.0 has a REALLY, REALLY, free version of it? I mean it doesnt have any trial limit at all?




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AVG 8.0 has a really, really free version of it. As the free version, it's only antvirus however, if you take the paying variant, you get a firewall and a bunch of extra stuff along with it, but the AVG antivirus is free and without a time limit (I've been using it for a long time now)



 
 
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shoutout to eggxpert



 
 
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with the * paid sign that me we have to pay or someone else has paid and you could get me a login and pass or something???



 
 
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or someone else has paid and you could get me a login and pass or something???
This would most likely violate the terms of service of the programs, so no, you can't do this, you actually have to pay for them.



 
 
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Great list Bob! Just 1 suggestion for the anti-malware/on-demand list and a few for more for free software.

Also, Spybot S&D is something I install on every computer I'm asked to touch, because its immunization feature is second to none in blacklisting known malicious sites and locking down IE. It's every bit of good as Malwarebytes and it's FREE!!

You should add Opera. Opera is quite safe in its handling of scripts so you don't have to deal with NoScript... plus it's made of win. ^^ http://hotfreewares.blogspot.com/

Some other free programs I really like that I don't see on there ...

K-Lite codec pack (now DirectShow can play anything! There are lots of Windows bits that plug into directshow... now it can play on WMP, MPC, ZoomPlayer, anything!)
FreeKapture: A nice easy-to-use UI for scanning things that works with any WIA or TWAIN driver. ^_^
ImgBurn: The only tool you will ever need to burn and make copies of DVDs/CDs
Foxit Reader: Blazing fast PDF viewer... no more waiting for adobe to load and/or watching it crash!

I'll definitely keep an on eye this, sometimes it's hard to keep track of all the best tools available.



 
 
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An excellent list there, I myself use many of these programs, thankyou for the guide, Bob!



 
 
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I'm using google chrome for my browser, and I find it's very good. It crashes occasionally, but has an excellent automatic recovery that makes it seem like the crash never happened.




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