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Looking for some Windows 7 advice

Post by Unicron » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:00 pm

Yeah, there's probably better places to ask, but since the people around here seem to know stuff...

Anyway, I'm putting together a new computer soon and it's the first time I'm having to deal with Windows 7, so I could use a little advice. Any particular problems or issues I should be keeping an eye out for?
Also, any thoughts on good, free anti-virus and spyware type stuff?

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Post by Sir Auros » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:27 am

I've been using it for a little over a month now, and it seems pretty good so far. Beats Vista and I'm not sure how much continued support XP will have.

I've been pleased with Avast! Antivirus, and I think Spybot Search and Destroy is still king of the hill.

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Post by Lady Quickswitch » Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:35 am

I second Avast! and Spybot Search & Destroy. I don't recommend AVG as I had a few viruses it wasn't detecting.

If Unicron had Windows as an operating system would he have been such a threat?

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Post by Unicron » Mon Dec 05, 2011 8:54 pm

Ah, cool. Avast has been what I've been using for a while now with XP, I just wasn't sure if there was a better option available for 7. While I'm here, anyone know anything about that Microsoft Security Essentials thing?

Spybot eh? I'll definitely give it a look. I know I've used it to try and solve known problems but can't recall having used it as an always running preventative measure.
What's the view on Ad-Aware these days?

And thanks for the recommendations.

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Post by Cliffjumper » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:07 pm

Not much to add beyond saying I quite like 7. But then I liked XP, so what do I know?

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Post by Rurudyne » Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:19 pm

Sir Auros wrote:I've been using it for a little over a month now, and it seems pretty good so far. Beats Vista and I'm not sure how much continued support XP will have.

I've been pleased with Avast! Antivirus, and I think Spybot Search and Destroy is still king of the hill.
I remember Windows 3 and as slow, featureless and ugly as that was it would beat Vista too.
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Post by Lady Quickswitch » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:00 pm

I'm a Linux girl really, but I've been using Windows. If you ever want to switch to Linux I recommend Ubuntu (ease of use), or Gentoo (if you like compiling everything from the ground up to optimize it to your specific system.)

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Post by Unicron » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:11 pm

Linux has been recommended to me in the past (some people I know swear by it) and I've considered it from time to time. But right now, not ready to make that switch. Plus I think when first trying it, I'd probably try for setting it up on a second machine, in order to make sure I like it and that it works well for me.

Thanks again for the advice and comments.

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Post by Denyer » Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:20 pm

Any particular problems or issues I should be keeping an eye out for?
Explorer's missing little things like filesize counts in the status bar for any appreciable number of files... just install ClassicShell.

32bit is advisable if you have older hardware, unless you can verify 64bit equivalents are available.

Microsoft Security Essentials is as good as anything on the AV side, putting in good showings in independent tests (or at least it was a year a go when I was looking around.)

If you want a separate firewall, Comodo is decent and provides HIPS. I'm not using it at present. Not sure how stupid/overconfident that is, but have moved over to Chrome as a main browser (generally more secure architecture.)

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