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21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger
MaximumPC ^ | 05/28/09 at 11:30:40 AM | Gordon Mah Ung

Posted on 05/28/2009 11:24:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown. A savvy power user gives his aged PC a fighting chance for redemption. From tweaking your OS to compressing files to overclocking your videocard or CPU, there are plenty of ways to tune up a computer, and none require a trip to Bob’s House of New PCs. Follow along this step-by-step as we show you 21 of our favorite techniques for making a PC better, stronger, and faster — for free. These essential tweaks and tune-ups range from common-sense caretaking measures to practical adjustments that you'd be foolish to ignore. Combined, they release your PC's untapped potential and breathe new life into your system.

1. Secure Your Applications

You know to update your antivirus definitions and run Windows Update, but did you know about that massive security hole in Acrobat 8.0 or the potential risks of running that obscure unzipping app you favor? Probably not. That’s where Secunia’s Personal Software Inspector (http://secunia.com) comes in. PSI uses its massive database of security holes to monitor all the apps on your machine and let you know which ones need updating. PSI even provides a link to any available patches and is on constant vigilance for new application security holes as they arise. 

(Excerpt) Read more at maximumpc.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: buyamac; computerhelp; dumpmicrosoft; dumpwindows; getamac; hitech; malware
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1 posted on 05/28/2009 11:24:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: ShadowAce

Thought this might be useful.


2 posted on 05/28/2009 11:25:28 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks.

Looking it over now ...


3 posted on 05/28/2009 11:34:32 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

l8tr


4 posted on 05/28/2009 11:35:30 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: Westbrook
I am looking thru the comments,...bit of discussion regarding using a vacuum vs compressed air....

I am going to cases that have good dust filters cause I have filthy air...really gums up the CPU heat sink fans and cooling fans..

5 posted on 05/28/2009 11:41:01 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bttt


6 posted on 05/28/2009 11:43:34 AM PDT by A Cyrenian
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I think those small handvacs for cars and couches should be just fine. I agree with the article... I wouldn’t use the most powerful home vac system money can buy.


7 posted on 05/28/2009 11:45:56 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bttt


8 posted on 05/28/2009 11:46:48 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: All

bflr


9 posted on 05/28/2009 11:46:54 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ping for home.


10 posted on 05/28/2009 11:46:54 AM PDT by Terabitten (Vets wrote a blank check, payable to the Constitution, for an amount up to and including their life.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bookmark.


11 posted on 05/28/2009 11:47:18 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ping


12 posted on 05/28/2009 11:48:00 AM PDT by steel_resolve (I don't see how the Obama administration leads to anything but civil war...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump


13 posted on 05/28/2009 11:48:12 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for the info.


14 posted on 05/28/2009 11:48:53 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bookmark


15 posted on 05/28/2009 11:49:12 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

“A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown.”

SHHHHHH! This is how I get new PC’s. People complain how slow their old computers are, so they tell me they’re getting a new one. Invariably, they think their old computer is ‘broken’ and not worth anything. So, I offer to take it off their hands for a few bucks. Put a fresh install of Ubuntu on it, and I got a blazing fast PC that’s only a couple of years old with free updates for life.

So just KEEP QUIET!


16 posted on 05/28/2009 11:50:34 AM PDT by FLAMING DEATH (I am NOT better off than I was four years ago!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks


17 posted on 05/28/2009 11:50:47 AM PDT by Joiseydude (I'd rather die on my feet, than live on my knees. Live free or die.)
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Link to Malware article:

Ultimate Malware Removal Guide -- Purge Your PC of Junk Files!

***************************************EXCERPT*************************

Posted 01/29/09 at 09:00:00 AM | by Josh Kampschmidt

Malware is everywhere. You can't browse on any Internet tech forum without someone mentioning this word (with disdain), usually in search of a remedy after being infected with spyware. No matter how careful you are, we’re guessing that many of you have had malware inadvertently installed on your system and may have even ended up reformatting your computer as a last resort. While that may have been the most thorough solution, it is in a sense admitting defeat. Or worse yet, you took your computer to get cleaned and was charged anywhere from $50-300 -- a high price for humiliation. But don't fret, because you can actually purge your system of malicious software for free! Just follow our comprehensive guide.

Time = About 4 hours

1. Scrub your system with SUPERAntiSpyware

18 posted on 05/28/2009 11:51:10 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: FLAMING DEATH
Have you looked at Mint 7....?

Pretty good looking and Media stuff is already installed...no 64 bit yet.

19 posted on 05/28/2009 11:53:09 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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bookmark


20 posted on 05/28/2009 11:54:20 AM PDT by VastRWCon (www.AuctionBump.com - free ebay auction advertising)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bookmark


21 posted on 05/28/2009 11:55:34 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

P FRL.


22 posted on 05/28/2009 11:57:56 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Pretending the Admin Moderator doesn't exist will result in suspension.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Windows Update (manually!)

Ccleaner

SpyBot (run the Tea Timer, too. It works)

MalWareBytes Anti-MalWare

AVG Anti-Virus 8.5

DeFraggler

ZoneAlarm

All free and easy to use. Once, twice, thrice a month or so keeps your PC running zippy-quick, Don't forget to update your video and sound card drivers whenever possible. Video drivers come out almost monthly or so.

23 posted on 05/28/2009 11:59:46 AM PDT by jeffc (They're coming to take me away! Ha-ha, hey-hey, ho-ho!)
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bflr


24 posted on 05/28/2009 12:01:04 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Obama - what you get when you mix Affirmative Action with the Peter Principle.)
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To: Rammer

ping


25 posted on 05/28/2009 12:10:14 PM PDT by Rammer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for posting - a self-ping for home, where I do have one old soldier that could use a little help.


26 posted on 05/28/2009 12:12:58 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Macbots Attack in 3...2...1...


27 posted on 05/28/2009 12:13:14 PM PDT by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Secunia? have to check it out. I stayed a month in a place called Secunda in Sud AFRiKa..

I’m getting the laptop ready for a 10 day boat ride to alaska and back. already defragged it and virus updated.. but ya never know what else may be hitching a ride these days.


28 posted on 05/28/2009 12:17:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks - very useful info.


29 posted on 05/28/2009 12:17:53 PM PDT by CaliGirlGodHelpMe
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump


30 posted on 05/28/2009 12:22:32 PM PDT by Dacula (Evil succeeds when good men do nothing. Lets do something.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Pretty silly article. They want you to turn on compression (slow), turn on shadow copying (slow), turn on updates (slow), etc, etc.

Since I am not here simply to bash, my recommendation is back up your files, buy a bigger drive and reinstall a clean OS.

31 posted on 05/28/2009 12:23:40 PM PDT by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: JRios1968

...0!

Just kidding.

But I haven’t bothered with any of this garbage at home anymore after switching.


32 posted on 05/28/2009 12:24:04 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

These days, a sucker buys a PC, or a Mac. The vast majority of all personal computers are little more than photo-storing e-mail terminals; kids these days are getting by just fine by using the schools’ computers when (if?) they do any schoolwork and using smarty fones to do all their vital texting and surfing.


33 posted on 05/28/2009 12:26:53 PM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy = Oprah = Clinton = most elected Democrats, successfully feigning compassion for money&power)
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To: NormsRevenge

Alaska....hmmm...has it warmed up yet?


34 posted on 05/28/2009 12:35:27 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Looks interesting.. will have to look at later at home.


35 posted on 05/28/2009 12:36:35 PM PDT by cpanter
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

long range forecast looks pretty good, 60ish , it’s been wet for awhile but looks to be clearing up .. I hope. no matter, we’ll be fat as walruses in no time. ;-)


36 posted on 05/28/2009 12:40:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NerdDad; cdbear; Clarinet_King

Bump


37 posted on 05/28/2009 12:42:33 PM PDT by NerdDad (Aug 7, 1981, I married my soul mate, CDBEAR. 27 years and I'm still teenager-crazy in love with her.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump for later reading


38 posted on 05/28/2009 12:43:25 PM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: rdb3; Calvinist_Dark_Lord; GodGunsandGuts; CyberCowboy777; Salo; Bobsat; JosephW; ...

39 posted on 05/28/2009 12:44:36 PM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

New oil and filter.


40 posted on 05/28/2009 12:45:28 PM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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This is an interesting site...has list of backup Storage options...from different sources....

UberBargain: so cheap, it's nuts!

I shop Fry's & Microcenter and online...Newegg...

It's always smart to have backups of important data when messing with your computer....

41 posted on 05/28/2009 12:50:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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Newegg External HDD:

Today's External Hard Drives Deals

42 posted on 05/28/2009 12:53:13 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Get rid of Adobe Reader, and use Foxit instead. Half the RAM footprint, and it doesn’t hassle you all the time like Adobe...


43 posted on 05/28/2009 12:54:57 PM PDT by an amused spectator (Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz's lawn jockey doesn't speak Austrian)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bttt


44 posted on 05/28/2009 12:56:57 PM PDT by Matchett-PI ("Conservatism is about freedom, and fighting people who want to take it away." Rush Limbaugh)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I don't know if I'd recommend some of these tips.

20. The Mother of All Upgrades: Overclock Your CPU

Isn’t for amateurs.

45 posted on 05/28/2009 1:02:38 PM PDT by McGruff (Bumper sticker I saw on a older pickup, "Eat my Carbon")
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This looks like the deal:

SimpleTech Duo Pro Drive PROD1500Q 1.5TB USB 2.0 / IEEE 1394a / 1394b / eSATA External Hard Drive - Retail $174.99

Must have a pair of 750 Gig Hard drives...Simple Tech owned by Hitachi...but not sure.

46 posted on 05/28/2009 1:03:05 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well...if it is Raid 1...mirroring...then it must have a pair of 1.5 Terabyte drives..


47 posted on 05/28/2009 1:06:09 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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Link at #46 goes to Newegg...

Model is PROD1500Q

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This goes to Fry's Model is PROD2000Q :

Simple Technology Duo Pro Drive Quad Interface 2.0TB External Hard Drive - PROD2000Q Retail $ 229.99

**************From Frys**********************

Detailed Description



__________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Features

Two drives in one - Duo Pro gives you two ways to save: Speed Mode (RAID 0) and Copy Mode (RAID 1). Speed Mode works across both disk drives to read and write your files much faster than using one disk alone. Copy Mode makes an extra copy of your files on the second disk drive, so you always have two separate copies for extra protection

Two levels of backup protection - Duo Pro includes Fabrik's backup software suite that makes it easy to steer clear of life's little disasters and protect your irreplaceable pics, flicks and tunes from spilled drinks, curious toddlers, fire or theft.

Powerful, yet simple to use - saves copies of your stuff on both your Duo Pro Drive and on encrypted, secure servers for ultimate online backup protection.

Works with - USB 1.1 or 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA. Backed by a three-year warranty, compatible with both PC and Mac computer, the Duo Pro is high performance storage and backup made simple and affordable.
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48 posted on 05/28/2009 1:12:02 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Try a piece of nylon stocking at the cooling intake. You can just throw it away after a few weeks, and put a new piece in its place.


49 posted on 05/28/2009 1:16:27 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (The beginning of the O'Bummer administration looks a lot like the end of the Nixon administration)
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For later..


50 posted on 05/28/2009 1:20:38 PM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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