What tools to use to keep XP humming smoothly?



Comm
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Hi
What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
operation.

I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do not
mean registry cleaners.

Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I am
nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
installation by using software that was not so good..

bumtracks
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Don't use any tools that don't come from microsoft and you'll quickly have
the quickest computer around here. Man, you really gotta be diligent what
recommendations and whose advise you take around these newsgroups, some
posters are always changing their names and stuff to fool you so it
impossible to tell who will screw you up on any given day.

"Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hi
> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
> operation.
>
> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do not
> mean registry cleaners.
>
> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I am
> nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
> installation by using software that was not so good..
>
>
>
>

Rich Barry
07-09-2005, 11:48 PM
Get a few anti malware programs such as Spybot, Adaware,
Bazooka, MS Anti spy etc
and I like this simple program called CleanUp
http://cleanup.stevengould.org/

http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/index.html?source=appvisit





http://www.lavasoftusa.com/software/adaware/





http://www.safer-networking.org/en/index.html





http://housecall.trendmicro.com/



http://www.webroot.com/



http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=321CD7A2-6A57-4C57-A8BD-DBF62EDA9671&displaylang=en











"Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hi
> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
> operation.
>
> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do not
> mean registry cleaners.
>
> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I am
> nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
> installation by using software that was not so good..
>
>
>
>

Byte
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Here's a start for a few of them that are very safe.
1. Open IE (Internet Explorer)>Tools>Internet Options and click Delete
Cookies and Delete Files including off-line Content.
2. Run DiskCleaner Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Disk Cleanup
3. Ad-Aware SE Personal Edition - Download Free version and Run It!
http://www.download.com/3000-2144-10045910.html?part=69274&subj=dlpage&tag=button
--
Some days you're the windshield,
some days you're the bug.


"Comm" wrote:

> Hi
> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
> operation.
>
> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do not
> mean registry cleaners.
>
> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I am
> nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
> installation by using software that was not so good..
>
>
>
>
>

Ken Blake
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
In news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk,
Comm <comm@private.com> typed:


> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP
> safely in
> operation.
>
> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be
> generally safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files
> that are
> left. I do not mean registry cleaners.
>
> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe
> to use?
> I am nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have
> damaged
> my installation by using software that was not so good..



Delete temp files in Start | Programs | Acessories | Systems
Tools | Disk Cleanup.

Other than that, in addition to your firewall and antivirus
programs, you need to run *several* anti-spyware programs. I
recommend Spyware Blaster, Adaware, and Spybot Search and
Destroy, all freeware.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup

Jerry
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Do some reading:

Windows XP Booklist

Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out 2nd ed ISBN 0-7356-2044-X
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit 2nd ed ISBN 0-7356-1974-3
Microsoft Windows Command-Line ISBN 0-7356-2038-5
Windows XP Pro 2nd ed The Missing Manual ISBN 0-596-00898-8
Windows XP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition ISBN 0-596-00900-3
Windows XP Annoyances, 2nd ed ISBN 0-596-00876-7
Windows XP Hacks, 2nd ed ISBN 0-596-0000918-6
Windows XP Solutions ISBN 0-7645-6773-X
Windows XP Speed Solutions ISBN 0-7645-7814-6
Guide to Home Networking ISBN 0-7645-4473-X
Hacking Windows XP ISBN 0-7645-6929-5

Downloadable Guides

XP Tweak Guide (TweakGuides_XPTC.zip) from wwww.TweakGuides.com
Windows Registry Guide (registryguide2003.exe) from www.winguides.com
Error Message for Windows (MSWinErr.zip) from www.gregorybraun.com

The BIOS

The BIOS Companion ISBN 0-9681928-0-7
Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier ISBN 0-13-145536-2

"Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
> Hi
> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
> operation.
>
> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do not
> mean registry cleaners.
>
> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I am
> nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
> installation by using software that was not so good..
>
>
>
>

Comm
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
"Jerry" <NoSpamChiefZeke@MSN.com> wrote in message
news:%23ll0Od8YFHA.3280@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> Do some reading:
>
> Windows XP Booklist
>
> Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out 2nd ed ISBN 0-7356-2044-X
> Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit 2nd ed ISBN 0-7356-1974-3
> Microsoft Windows Command-Line ISBN 0-7356-2038-5
> Windows XP Pro 2nd ed The Missing Manual ISBN 0-596-00898-8
> Windows XP in a Nutshell, 2nd Edition ISBN 0-596-00900-3
> Windows XP Annoyances, 2nd ed ISBN 0-596-00876-7
> Windows XP Hacks, 2nd ed ISBN 0-596-0000918-6
> Windows XP Solutions ISBN 0-7645-6773-X
> Windows XP Speed Solutions ISBN 0-7645-7814-6
> Guide to Home Networking ISBN 0-7645-4473-X
> Hacking Windows XP ISBN 0-7645-6929-5
>
> Downloadable Guides
>
> XP Tweak Guide (TweakGuides_XPTC.zip) from wwww.TweakGuides.com
> Windows Registry Guide (registryguide2003.exe) from www.winguides.com
> Error Message for Windows (MSWinErr.zip) from www.gregorybraun.com
>
> The BIOS
>
> The BIOS Companion ISBN 0-9681928-0-7
> Breaking Through The BIOS Barrier ISBN 0-13-145536-2
>
> "Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
> news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> Hi
>> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
>> operation.
>>
>> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
>> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do
>> not mean registry cleaners.
>>
>> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I
>> am nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
>> installation by using software that was not so good..
>>
Wow! Thanks Jerry, my gosh I dont think I'll be reading all of that, but
I'll know where to go for reference

Wayne H. Wilhelm
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Keeping XP safe? Awareness of issues.

(1) You already are using Windows XP. That's a good beginning.

(2) If you haven't done so, get your SP2 updates and or CD (its' free).
I've had far greater stability with SP2 installed.

(3) If you're using Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook, be sure to remove
settings for displaying email preview pane. Delete any spam or other
unwanted email without viewing it. This is especially necessary due to the
preview pane which activates the HTML content of spam. Since disabling the
preview pane, the amount of spam I receive seems to have decreased quite
substantially.

(4) Use either Windows XP firewall or that provided by a router or both.
Don't leave your PC's files open to remote Internet access.

(5) Don't install anti-spy ware, anti-spam ware, pop-up Ad blockers, etc.
Everything you need to protect your PC is already provided by Windows XP, SP2
and anti-virus software and perhaps a router firewall (for home networks as
well).

I didn't believe in anti-virus software. I still don't believe its' an
absolute necessity, however, we do not live in a perfect world, and I'd have
to be completely blind to not realize the extreme extent to which the
Internet is rampant with dangerous content. While I personally still believe
awareness is 3/4th's of the cure, I do recommend an uptodate anti-virus
program for everyone else.

PC Performance
http://www.quadracalc.com/computers/performance.htm

The above link details how I setup my system (for power users). My system
maintains its' stability much longer because of the approach. I won't claim
the approach works for everybody (there's always non-believers). Even with
the best approach, the Internet Explorer web cache needs periodic flushing.
Failure to do so can leave thousands upon thousands of files accumlate on
your HD. While the Windows XP NTFS can handle the files well, the Internet
Explorer browser cannot.

Staying away from ad-supported so-called free software and spam make the
greatest difference.

Again, as to tools needed to keep XP in prime shape?
Windows XP SP2 updates; Anti-virus software, Firewall (XP's and a Routers
builtin firewall if you have a home network or cable-modem.)

That's all you need.
P.S. Coughing up $35 for an anti-virus software package (and having to do
so every year) might seem like a nuisance, but it is a nuisance which more
than pays for itself in the form of peace of mind and PC stability.
--
Cordially,
Wayne H. Wilhelm
Personal Web: http://www.quadracalc.com

> > "Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
> > news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
> >> Hi
> >> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
> >> operation.
> >>
> >> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be generally
> >> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do
> >> not mean registry cleaners.
> >>
> >> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use? I
> >> am nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
> >> installation by using software that was not so good..
> >>
> Wow! Thanks Jerry, my gosh I dont think I'll be reading all of that, but
> I'll know where to go for reference
>
>
>

Comm
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Hi Wayne,
Many thanks for taking the time out to reply.
"Wayne H. Wilhelm" <WayneHWilhelm@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:228802EB-7630-4A0C-B0B9-67F802F28A35@microsoft.com...
> Keeping XP safe? Awareness of issues.
>
> (1) You already are using Windows XP. That's a good beginning.

absolutely, it is incomparable to 98SE, its like "comming home".
>
> (2) If you haven't done so, get your SP2 updates and or CD (its' free).
> I've had far greater stability with SP2 installed.

Not sure if free in the UK but my CD has sp2 on it anyway thanks.
>
> (3) If you're using Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook, be sure to
> remove
> settings for displaying email preview pane.

Ah! I do tend to use preview pain.

Delete any spam or other unwanted email without viewing it. This is
especially necessary due to the
> preview pane which activates the HTML content of spam. Since disabling
> the
> preview pane, the amount of spam I receive seems to have decreased quite
> substantially.

Oh! This maybe something to do with it clearing your id off their list
thinking your accounts not active!
>
> (4) Use either Windows XP firewall or that provided by a router or both.
> Don't leave your PC's files open to remote Internet access.

Ah yes! Good point I have now installed norton firewall (free 90day trial
along with their anti spyware) totally free! For 90 days go to the microsoft
site to find the offer)
>
> (5) Don't install anti-spy ware, anti-spam ware, pop-up Ad blockers, etc.
> Everything you need to protect your PC is already provided by Windows XP,
> SP2
> and anti-virus software and perhaps a router firewall (for home networks
> as
> well).

thats an interesting point! Actually just lately the latest thing I have
come to realise from talking to people who are more experienced seems to be
a clear message saying "with installed software, less is often more".

>
> I didn't believe in anti-virus software. I still don't believe its' an
> absolute necessity, however, we do not live in a perfect world, and I'd
> have
> to be completely blind to not realize the extreme extent to which the
> Internet is rampant with dangerous content. While I personally still
> believe
> awareness is 3/4th's of the cure, I do recommend an uptodate anti-virus
> program for everyone else.

So you mean to say you yourself don't use any antivirus? Thats like going
into a combat zone without a flak jacket!




>
> PC Performance
> http://www.quadracalc.com/computers/performance.htm
>
> The above link details how I setup my system (for power users). My system
> maintains its' stability much longer because of the approach. I won't
> claim
> the approach works for everybody (there's always non-believers). Even
> with
> the best approach, the Internet Explorer web cache needs periodic
> flushing.
> Failure to do so can leave thousands upon thousands of files accumlate on
> your HD. While the Windows XP NTFS can handle the files well, the
> Internet
> Explorer browser cannot.
>
> Staying away from ad-supported so-called free software and spam make the
> greatest difference.
>
> Again, as to tools needed to keep XP in prime shape?
> Windows XP SP2 updates; Anti-virus software, Firewall (XP's and a Routers
> builtin firewall if you have a home network or cable-modem.)
>
> That's all you need.
> P.S. Coughing up $35 for an anti-virus software package (and having to do
> so every year) might seem like a nuisance, but it is a nuisance which
> more
> than pays for itself in the form of peace of mind and PC stability.
> --
> Cordially,
> Wayne H. Wilhelm
> Personal Web: http://www.quadracalc.com
>
>> > "Comm" <comm@private.com> wrote in message
>> > news:d7aheg$eul$1@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk...
>> >> Hi
>> >> What tools are generally regarded as safe to use to keep XP safely in
>> >> operation.
>> >>
>> >> I have got a good anti virus and a firewall, what things can be
>> >> generally
>> >> safely used to remove the obsolete temperary files that are left. I do
>> >> not mean registry cleaners.
>> >>
>> >> Anybody have anything that is recommended and considered safe to use?
>> >> I
>> >> am nervous about using unknown things as in the past I have damaged my
>> >> installation by using software that was not so good..
>> >>
>> Wow! Thanks Jerry, my gosh I dont think I'll be reading all of that, but
>> I'll know where to go for reference
>>
>>
>>

Comm
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
"Wayne H. Wilhelm" <WayneHWilhelm@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:228802EB-7630-4A0C-B0B9-67F802F28A35@microsoft.com...
> Keeping XP safe? Awareness of issues.

>
> PC Performance
> http://www.quadracalc.com/computers/performance.htm
>
> The above link details how I setup my system (for power users). My system
> maintains its' stability much longer because of the approach. I won't
> claim
> the approach works for everybody (there's always non-believers). Even
> with
> the best approach, the Internet Explorer web cache needs periodic
> flushing.
> Failure to do so can leave thousands upon thousands of files accumlate on
> your HD. While the Windows XP NTFS can handle the files well, the
> Internet
> Explorer browser cannot.
>
> Staying away from ad-supported so-called free software and spam make the
> greatest difference.
>
> Again, as to tools needed to keep XP in prime shape?
> Windows XP SP2 updates; Anti-virus software, Firewall (XP's and a Routers
> builtin firewall if you have a home network or cable-modem.)
>
> That's all you need.
> P.S. Coughing up $35 for an anti-virus software package (and having to do
> so every year) might seem like a nuisance, but it is a nuisance which
> more
> than pays for itself in the form of peace of mind and PC stability.
> --
> Cordially,
> Wayne H. Wilhelm
> Personal Web: http://www.quadracalc.com
>

Well I like the sound of your advice, the less software I have tried to use
to keep my system running the best performance I seem to get.
The latest tool I have stopped using are "registry cleaners". I think this
was a big problem that used to cause things to go wrong.

So now I'm very careful about the software I use on my system.

Mike Fields
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
"Wayne H. Wilhelm" <WayneHWilhelm@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
message news:228802EB-7630-4A0C-B0B9-67F802F28A35@microsoft.com...
> Keeping XP safe? Awareness of issues.
>
> (3) If you're using Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook, be sure to
remove
> settings for displaying email preview pane. Delete any spam or other
> unwanted email without viewing it. This is especially necessary due to
the
> preview pane which activates the HTML content of spam. Since disabling
the
> preview pane, the amount of spam I receive seems to have decreased quite
> substantially.


One handy trick with Lookout Express ... err I mean Outlook Express
(have not figured out how to do it in Outlook). Make sure the preview
pain (sic) is OFF. Any suspicious messages (delete obvious spam) -
you can right click the message, select "Properties", click the "details"
tab then click the "Message Source" button. That will open the message
in a text box like notepad. HTML is NOT interpreted and you can
view the contents of the message safely -- see what was really in
there !!

mikey

Jones
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
"Mike Fields" <spam_me_not_mr.gadget2@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:umSMeEBZFHA.3164@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
>
> "Wayne H. Wilhelm" <WayneHWilhelm@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
> message news:228802EB-7630-4A0C-B0B9-67F802F28A35@microsoft.com...
>> Keeping XP safe? Awareness of issues.
>>
>> (3) If you're using Outlook Express or Microsoft Outlook, be sure to
> remove
>> settings for displaying email preview pane. Delete any spam or other
>> unwanted email without viewing it. This is especially necessary due to
> the
>> preview pane which activates the HTML content of spam. Since disabling
> the
>> preview pane, the amount of spam I receive seems to have decreased quite
>> substantially.
>
>
> One handy trick with Lookout Express ... err I mean Outlook Express
> (have not figured out how to do it in Outlook). Make sure the preview
> pain (sic) is OFF. Any suspicious messages (delete obvious spam) -
> you can right click the message, select "Properties", click the "details"
> tab then click the "Message Source" button. That will open the message
> in a text box like notepad. HTML is NOT interpreted and you can
> view the contents of the message safely -- see what was really in
> there !!
>
> mikey
>
>Good suggestion Mikey, thanks for that!

Rock
07-09-2005, 11:49 PM
Comm wrote:

<snip>

> Ah yes! Good point I have now installed norton firewall (free 90day trial
> along with their anti spyware) totally free! For 90 days go to the microsoft
> site to find the offer)
>

<snip>

Norton (Symantec products) are never "free". If you get used to it you
have to pay at the end of the 90 days, they can cause many problems in
normal operation which we see posted here day after day, they are
bloated and resource heavy, and removing them is very difficult. There
are better alternatives that are much closer to the word "free", many of
them are no cost at all to use.

For firewall there's the free ones from Sygate, Zone Alarm and Kerio,
all quite good. For antispyware theirs Adaware SE, Spybot S&D, Bazooka,
Cwshredder, HijackThis, BHO Demon, Spyware Blaster and IE spyadd - all
free.

For Anti virus there is AVG (free) along with others that are either
free or low cost and much lighter on use of system resources.


--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


What tools to use to keep XP humming smoothly?