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pokerus34
June 3rd, 2009, 07:18 PM
It's not like spring cleaning or anything but...

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN YOUR COMPUTER?

*Do you have an anti-virus?
*Do you use Utilities such as TuneUp or PCTools?
*How often do you maintain your PC?

You don't have to answer everything above... Just share on how you maintain your PC! :D

P.S. - I have Norton, TuneUp and a weekly maintenance.

Gerri Shin
June 3rd, 2009, 07:27 PM
I've never had to run Maintenance programs on my notebook ever. the only place I've ever run those at all would be in my Window 7 virtual machine, which has only had it run once since it was required at the AV install.

twocows
June 3rd, 2009, 08:28 PM
I do a number of things on any computer with a Windows installation.

1. I partition my hard drive into three sections. The first is my primary partition, where the Windows install and most programs are located. The second is my data partition, where I place any data and some programs. The third is a large files partition, where I put things like virtual hard drives, disk images, and other large files.

2. I use CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/) to wipe all sorts of files that I don't use and to get rid of some registry clutter.

3. I use Defraggler (http://www.defraggler.com/) to defragment my files, and then defragment my freespace to move all of the files together.

4. I run my internet browser (Firefox (http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/)) and IRC client in Sandboxie (http://www.sandboxie.com/), which prevents them from doing anything malicious without me seeing it first.

5. I disable any services that I don't use and move any startup programs that I don't need to a folder where I can launch them if necessary.

6. I use FileHippo's Update Checker (http://www.filehippo.com/updatechecker/) to check for updates to any programs I have installed.

7. I probably should have mentioned this first, since it's actually the first thing I do, but this isn't in chronological order anyway. I set the swap file (also known as virtual memory) to a fixed size, usually about 1 or 2 GB more than my current RAM, and I run PageDefrag (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx) to make sure it's not fragmented. The reason I do this first is because if it's fragmented on a relatively full disk, it can be tough to defragment.

With my Linux installations, I don't need to worry about a lot of this due to the way I set them up. I partition them during the install, so I don't have to concern myself with shrinking partitions or anything. This includes a swap partition which houses the swap file, so it won't fragment to begin with. The built-in package manager usually deals with updates itself, so I don't need to install a separate program for that. And since I'm not installing anything I don't plan to specifically use, I don't need to go through and stop certain programs from running.

Eureka1
June 3rd, 2009, 11:15 PM
*Do you have an anti-virus?
*Do you use Utilities such as TuneUp or PCTools?
*How often do you maintain your PC?

1. Nope.
2. Nope.
3. Not often, haven't defragged in over a year but I clean my internet cache regularly.

I guess having a dedicated OS drive is my counter to not having anti virus, if anything goes wrong I can just do a clean format. Typically I reinstall my OS twice a month anyway so this is never an issue.

Cassino
June 4th, 2009, 05:12 AM
Oh, I thought this would actually be spring cleaning things like running a vacuum around the motherboard 'cause I do that yearly. 'Spose it counts for the poll anyway.
I don't use an anti-virus since most of what one gets is through downloading dodgy things or following certain links. And I'd rather go into the registry myself to remove stuff anyway kthxbai.

Cocoa
June 4th, 2009, 07:19 AM
I do have an antivirus on my computer, but I rarely use or update it. On the other hand, I use TechTool Deluxe, which came with AppleCare, to perform a few checks here and there; I would guess that counts.

On my Windows PCs, I just don't run any anti-virus or security of any kind; I don't have sensitive data. I do a clean reinstall every 3 months, though.

Glitchfinder
June 4th, 2009, 03:22 PM
This question is impossible to answer correctly for someone like me. I do a full, in-depth system scan with several anti-malware tools at least once a week. I tune up my PC with a multitude of cleanup tools, from registry to compression to defragmentation and beyond once or twice a month. And every couple of months, I go though and delete any unwanted, unneeded, and unnecessary files, and organize everything else. Also, once in a blue moon, I open it up and clean house, making sure everything is seated properly and that there isn't a buildup of gunk or dust. So, it all depends on exactly what you mean.

Mr. Epic
June 4th, 2009, 04:15 PM
I keep my files and folders neat and tidy most of the time.
I use Avira Antivirus and COMODO Firewall for security.
CCleaner, Defraggler and Wise Registry Cleaner to clean up.

Eureka1
June 4th, 2009, 04:51 PM
Yeah, I need to clean the inside of my PC too. My Yate Loon suck in so much dust it's crazy.