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Essential software for windows xp

  1. Apr 26, 2005 #1
    Hello, I am using xp again, and I am curious as to what are the must have programs for it.

    From looking at another thread, it seems as ad-aware is still a must, but what else? I am wondering mostly about security, virus/malware protection, etc., or any other cool, must have, programs. Anything you think is cool, or useful :cool:

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  3. Apr 26, 2005 #2
    Well I would suggest NAV (Norton...) for a V!rU5 scanner, and Zone-Alarm for a Firewall. And please make sure to get the updates for XP.

    Although, if you dont want to get a V!Ru5 just use common sense when working with files. If a file has no icon, or is very small in size, its a \/!ru5. And if somebody says they are sending you an executable picture of music song, and you open it, you should be banned from the Windows OS lol dont open them. Most people are not aware of simple things like what the "exe" "bat" and "com" extensions can do. I have had my comptuer for years with no NAV, and I have not had an HD crash yet :) And if you think you have a trojen installed, check the startup (boot.ini sys.ini ect..) to see if any weird things are starting up with the computer. And also check Netstat -n
  4. Apr 26, 2005 #3
    Hmm, on Zone-Alarm it says that 9/10 computers are infected with spyware, and then to do a scan for spyware on their website I have to use an ActiveX enabled browser, are they crazy? :smile: Thanks for the suggestions.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2005
  5. Apr 28, 2005 #4

    WEll, duh you have to have ActiveX for their website to scan your computer. What did you expect? Download Spybot and Ad-aware. Run them frequently. Daily if you really want to keep your system free.

    Or you could bail on windows entirely and save yourself all this trouble.
  6. May 2, 2005 #5
    1st thing first....DO NOT USE AN ADMINSTRATIVE A/C to work commonly.

    1st thing first....DO NOT USE AN ADMINSTRATIVE A/C to work commonly.
    That is it.
    NO Virus can spread unless they are super-user, or Admin. That is the idea.
    So connect to net when you are an ordinary user, and that is it!
  7. May 2, 2005 #6
    Not entirely accurate. A virus can still be spread by a regular user. Its just much harder for the virus to cause widespread damage because its limited in what files it can attack.
  8. May 2, 2005 #7

    Franz, I just came back from using nothing but linux for about 6 months. I got tired of software support because very few companies support linux.
  9. May 2, 2005 #8
    Have you tried the new Ubuntu Hoary release? It has awesome hardware support and tons of apps via synaptic. I also didnt have a problem mounting my seconday NTFS HDD in it. but all this depends on what you actually use your system for.
  10. May 2, 2005 #9
    Yes I used Ubuntu for the past three months. I used hoary for a few weeks, and it is very nice, but linux just does not have what I need. On hoary the only problem with my hardware was that my cd burner would never work, other than that it had great hardware support. Also, I am no computer expert, and although using linux was fun, it was often too much work for me.
  11. May 2, 2005 #10

    I'm curious what software you need that isn't supported on linux(no particular reason, just curious).
  12. May 2, 2005 #11
    Minesweeper! Yes there are linux versions, like gnome mines, and kmines, but they are crap imo. Wine did a decent job with minesweeper, but it was not as good as the real version. Also, Opera looks terrible on Linux. When I said support, I meant not only making a linux port, but also making it run/look/feel decent.
  13. May 2, 2005 #12

    I hope you're joking. I really do. I'm going to assume you are. I don't want to hate you.
  14. May 2, 2005 #13
    lol Mine sweeper. but i guess to each his own :)
  15. May 2, 2005 #14
    No, I was dead serious, I love minesweeper.
  16. May 2, 2005 #15
    So you're a Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Expert.

  17. May 3, 2005 #16


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  18. May 3, 2005 #17


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    For a long time, the main reason I used Windows was the availability of emulation software, so if you're gonna use XP, you might as well pick up some of the better emulators (e.g. FCEUltra, ZSNES).
  19. May 3, 2005 #18
    XP has better IM stuff for webcams, so you can chat online with hot babes, all day.
  20. May 3, 2005 #19
    Those run on Linux you know....

    Well, I know ZSNES does, since i use it all the time. And so do quite a few others.
  21. May 3, 2005 #20

    So, if you're more pathetic than the most anti-social computer geek ever, Windows is for you!
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