New Computer: need advice before starting up for the first time...

Discussion in 'General Computer Chat' started by fmonte, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. fmonte

    fmonte Member

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    Could someone walk me through in detail the steps to take so that I set up my new computer without infecting it with viruses. Also, is there anything else I shoud do to make it run at its optimum. By the way, I tried to find a sticky before posting this question. Thank you in advance. Frank
     
  2. beers

    beers Moderator Staff Member

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    Easy on the porn. Don't click everything you see.

    Run some sort of antivirus like Avast or Avira.
     
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  3. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Not much to it really. Uninstall any free trial virus software and install your any one of the free antivirus programs. Install malwarebytes and ccleaner. Don't just download shady software or open emails from people you don't know.
     
  4. Laquer Head

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  5. Agent Smith

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  6. _Pete_

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    And there you have it. Everyone will give you different advice all good in it's own way but never the less confusing. I am going to assume you are using Windows 10 on your new computer. As long as that is the case you already have a perfectly good antivirtus preinstalled called Windows Defender. you also have a resonable Internet browser called Edge preinstalled. I will admit that I do not like Edge (or Chrome) I tend to use Mozilla Firefox. The problem is that all this stuff needs to be downloaded from the net and installed which can be confusing. You haven't said whether you are a new computer user or not but I am assuming that if you have to ask this question then you are. As said stay away from dodgey websites, although, apart from porn sites, how would you know? Do not open attachments from emails that you do not know the originator of. Use Malwarebytes once a month. Most importantly do not think that anti-virus or anti-malware programs are the be all and end all of computer security. Computer security is down, in a very large part, to your own vigilance and common sense. In spite of what the anti-virus program vendors tell you NONE and I mean NONE in capitol letters is 100% safe. Ensure that all your personal files are backed up somewhere other than your computer and if you are using external drives unplug them when they are not in use. If you are using network attached storage (NAS) then security can get complicated.
     
  7. Laquer Head

    Laquer Head Well-Known Member

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    Only confusing thing is this abomination of a paragraph. Seriously, stop writing novels every time you post - its annoying as shit to read!
     
  8. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    And windows defender is garbage as far as I'm concerned.
     
  9. Agent Smith

    Agent Smith Well-Known Member

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    Ahh, no...



    Yeah...
     
  10. mistersprinkles

    mistersprinkles Active Member

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    Run your browser in sandboxy (look it up), no p*rn, don't open emails from Rajesh Kuthrapali when he tells you that he has 1 billion rupees for you, be careful what programs you install.

    Get some antivirus and antimalware software.
     

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