Re: WindowsXP slower after reinstall.



Thanks, My motherboard is an "EPoX 4B2A".
My VideoCard is a "WinFast A340TDH".
My CPU is "Intel4, 2.7Gz
Chipset?
How can I tell where to go to find the lastest drivers?
Regards,Frank


"NoNoBadDog!" <no_@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
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> Did you install the drivers for your motherboard, CPU and chipset?
>
> Do you have an Intel motherboard?
>
> Bobby
>
> "Frank Martin" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> news:OdGl7o24FHA.696@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>
>> "Shenan Stanley" <newshelper@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:eyicSO04FHA.696@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> Frank Martin wrote:
>>> >I have had to reinstall WindowsXP after a System32 file corruption, but
>> now
>>> > the system runs slower.
>>> >
>>> > How can I get the speed back to the original?
>>> >
>>> > Also, I need to reload all the past Microsoft security downloads,
>>> > including
>>> > Service Pack II. Can I do this from an old (2 weeks ago)
>>> > streamer-tape
>>> > backup?
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Where are all the security downloads situated on the HHD, because if I
>>> > know
>>> > this I can reinstall them from backup.
>>>
>>> Did you get on the Internet unprotected by a firewall or antivirus?
>>> You may already be infected.
>>>
>>> Also - did you test your hardware before reinstalling - it could be a
>>> bad
>>> hard disk drive.
>>>
>>> And no - if you did not download the installable files for the patches -
>> you
>>> will have to do whatever you did before to get them installed or
>>> download
>>> them individually and store them on external media if you don't want to
>>> do
>>> this again in the same way. Getting them from Automatic Updates of the
>> web
>>> page (windowsupdate.microsoft.com) does not store them on your PC in an
>>> installable fashion.
>>>
>>> Direct Download of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP
>>> http://snipurl.com/8bqy
>>>
>>> You can download all updates and burn them to CD..
>>>
>>> You can download each update manually - based off the KB Article number,
>>> etc. That way you can back it up/burn a CD of them in case you need
>>> them
>> or
>>> use them to keep a slipstream/integrated (updated) Windows XP CD.
>>>
>>> How to use the Windows Update Catalog
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323166
>>> (In order to use the Windows Update Catalog, you must use IE to get the
>>> patches..)
>>>
>>> Windows Update Catalog
>>> http://v4.windowsupdate.microsoft.com/catalog/en/default.asp
>>> (In order to use the Windows Update Catalog, you must use IE to get the
>>> patches..)
>>>
>>> Creating an Integrated Installation
>>> http://snipurl.com/el43
>>>
>>> Integrate software updates into your Windows installation source files
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/828930
>>>
>>> Really customize your CD..
>>> http://unattended.msfn.org/
>>>
>>> Produce an up-to-date XP Distribution CD
>>> http://xpcreate.com/
>>>
>>>
>>> You can see the critical (security and other) patches released for a
>>> given
>>> month using the following:
>>>
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms##-***.mspx
>>>
>>> At the end of this line you see "ms##-***.mspx" .. If you simply
>>> replace
>> ##
>>> with the two-digit year and the *** with the three character month
>>> abbreviation, you will see the list of "critical" and "important"
>>> patches
>>> for that month (since it only happens once a month usually, if you check
>> by
>>> the second Tuesday (wait until afternoon) of each month - you should be
>>> fine) - note that future months will not work.
>>>
>>> As an example...
>>>
>>> December 2004's patches..
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms04-dec.mspx
>>>
>>> March 2005's patches..
>>> None released.. so that one will fail...
>>>
>>> May 2005's patches..
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms05-may.mspx
>>>
>>> July 2005's patches..
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms05-jul.mspx
>>>
>>>
>>> Once you get on the page with each month's list of patches.. You can go
>>> to
>>> the related KB articles and grab the appropriate files from there.
>>>
>>> Also - cleanup and properly maintain the system - make sure you have not
>>> already gotten a virus and make sure you have installed all the latest
>>> drivers from the manufacturer of each piece of hardware - that can make
>>> a
>>> huge difference.
>>>
>>> Microsoft has these suggestions for Protecting your computer from the
>>> various things that could happen to you/it:
>>>
>>> Protect your PC
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/
>>>
>>>
>>> Although those tips are fantastic, there are many things you should
>>> know above and beyond what is there. Below I have detailed
>>> out many steps that can not only help you clean-up a problem PC but
>>> keep it clean ,secure and running at its top performance mark.
>>>
>>> I know this text can seem intimidating - it is quite long and a lot
>>> to take in for a novice - but I assure you that one trip through this
>>> list and you will understand your computer and the options available
>>> to you for protecting your data much better - and that the next time
>>> you review these steps, the time it takes will be greatly reduced.
>>>
>>> Let's take the cleanup of your computer step-by-step. Yes, it will take
>>> up some of your time - but consider what you use your computer
>>> for and how much you would dislike it if all of your stuff on your
>>> computer went away because you did not "feel like" performing some
>>> simple maintenance tasks - think of it like taking out your garbage,
>>> collecting and sorting your postal mail, paying your bills on time,
>>> etc.
>>>
>>> I'll mainly work around Windows XP, as that is what the bulk of this
>>> document is about; however, here is a place for you poor souls still
>>> stuck in Windows 98/ME where you can get information on maintaining
>>> your system:
>>>
>>> Windows 98 and 'Maintaining Your Computer':
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windows98/usingwindows/maintaining/
>>>
>>> Windows ME Computer Health:
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsME/using/computerhealth/articles/
>>>
>>> Pay close attention to the sections:
>>> (in order)
>>> - Clean up your hard disk
>>> - Check for errors by running ScanDisk
>>> - Defragment your hard disk
>>> - Roll back the clock with System Restore
>>>
>>>
>>> Also - now is a good time to point you to one of the easiest ways to
>>> find
>>> information on problems you may be having and solutions others have
>>> found:
>>>
>>> Search using Google!
>>> http://www.google.com/
>>> (How-to: http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/basics.html )
>>>
>>>
>>> Now, let's go through some maintenance first that should only have to be
>>> done once (mostly):
>>>
>>> Tip (1):
>>> Locate all of the software you have installed on your computer.
>>> (the installation media - CDs, downloaded files, etc)
>>> Collect these CDs and files together in a central and safe
>>> place along with their CD keys and such. Make backups of these
>>> installation media sets using your favorite copying method (CD/DVD
>>> Burner
>>> and application, Disk copier, etc.) You'll be glad to know that if you
>>> have a CD/DVD burner, you may be able to use a free application to make
>>> a
>>> duplicate copy of your CDs. One such application is ISORecorder:
>>>
>>> ISORecorder page (with general instructions on use):
>>> http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/beta.htm
>>>
>>> Yes - it is BETA software - but very useful and well tested.
>>>
>>> More full function applications (free) for CD/DVD burning would be:
>>>
>>> DeepBurner Free
>>> http://www.deepburner.com/
>>>
>>> CDBurnerXP Pro
>>> http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
>>>
>>> Another Option would be to search the web with Pricewatch.com or
>>> Dealsites.net and find deals on Products like Ahead Nero and/or Roxio.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (2):
>>> Empty your Temporary Internet Files and shrink the size it stores to a
>>> size between 128MB and 512MB..
>>>
>>> - Open ONE copy of Internet Explorer.
>>> - Select TOOLS -> Internet Options.
>>> - Under the General tab in the "Temporary Internet Files" section, do
>>> the
>>> following:
>>> - Click on "Delete Cookies" (click OK)
>>> - Click on "Settings" and change the "Amount of disk space to use:" to
>>> something between 128MB and 512MB. (Betting it is MUCH larger right
>>> now.)
>>> - Click OK.
>>> - Click on "Delete Files" and select to "Delete all offline contents"
>>> (the checkbox) and click OK. (If you had a LOT, this could take 2-10
>>> minutes or more.)
>>> - Once it is done, click OK, close Internet Explorer, re-open Internet
>>> Explorer.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (3):
>>> If things are running a bit sluggish and/or you have an older system
>>> (1.5GHz or less and 256MB RAM or less) then you may want to look into
>>> tweaking the performance by turning off some of the 'resource hogging'
>>> Windows XP "prettifications". The fastest method is:
>>>
>>> Control Panel --> System --> Advanced tab --> Performance section,
>>> Settings button. Then choose "adjust for best performance" and you
>>> now have a Windows 2000/98 look which turned off most of the annoying
>>> "prettifications" in one swift action. You can play with the last
>>> three checkboxes to get more of an XP look without many of the
>>> other annoyances. You could also grab and install/use one
>>> (or more) of the Microsoft Powertoys - TweakUI in particular:
>>>
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (4):
>>> Understanding what a good password might be is vital to your
>>> personal and system security. You may think you do not need to password
>>> your home computer, as you may have it in a locked area (your home)
>>> where
>>> no one else has access to it. Remember, however, you aren't always
>>> "in that locked area" when using your computer online - meaning you
>>> likely
>>> have usernames and passwords associated with web sites and the likes
>>> that
>>> you would prefer other people do not discover/use. This is why you
>>> should
>>> understand and utilize good passwords.
>>>
>>> Good passwords are those that meet these general rules
>>> (mileage may vary):
>>>
>>> Passwords should contain at least six characters, and the character
>>> string should contain at least three of these four character types:
>>> - uppercase letters
>>> - lowercase letters
>>> - numerals
>>> - nonalphanumeric characters (e.g., *, %, &, !, :)
>>>
>>> Passwords should not contain your name/username.
>>> Passwords should be unique to you and easy to remember.
>>>
>>> One method many people are using today is to make up a phrase that
>>> describes a point in their life and then turning that phrase into their
>>> password by using only certain letters out of each word in that phrase.
>>> It's much better than using your birthday month/year or your anniversary
>>> in a pure sense. For example, let's say my phrase is:
>>> 'Moved to new home in 2004'
>>> I could come up with this password from that:
>>> 'Mv2n3whmN04'
>>>
>>> The password tip is in the one time section, but I highly
>>> recommend you periodically change your passwords. The suggested time
>>> varies, but I will throw out a 'once in every 3 to 6 months for
>>> every account you have.'
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (5):
>>> This tip is also 'questionable' in the one time section; however -
>>> if properly setup - this one can be pretty well ignored for most people
>>> after the initial 'fiddle-with' time.
>>>
>>> Why you should use a computer firewall..
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/viruses/fwbenefits.mspx
>>>
>>> You should, in some way, use a firewall. Hardware (like a nice
>>> Cable Modem/DSL router) or software is up to you. Many use both of
>>> these. The simplest one to use is the hardware one, as most people
>>> don't do anything that they will need to configure their NAT device
>>> for and those who do certainly will not mind fiddling with the equipment
>>> to make things work for them. Next in the line of simplicity would
>>> have to be the built-in Windows Firewall of Windows XP. In SP2 it
>>> is turned on by default. It is not difficult to turn on in any
>>> case, however:
>>>
>>> Enable/Disable the Internet Connection Firewall (Pre-SP2):
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/283673
>>>
>>> More information on the Internet Connection Firewall (Pre-SP2):
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320855
>>>
>>> Post-SP2 Windows Firewall Information/guidance:
>>> http://snipurl.com/atal
>>>
>>> The trouble with the Windows Firewall is that it only keeps things
>>> out. For most people who maintain their system in other ways, this is
>>> MORE than sufficient. However, you may feel otherwise. If you want to
>>> know when one of your applications is trying to obtain access to the
>>> outside world so you can stop it, then you will have to install a
>>> third-party application and configure/maintain it. I have compiled a
>>> list with links of some of the better known/free firewalls you can
>>> choose
>>> from:
>>>
>>> BlackICE PC Protection (~$39.95 and up)
>>> http://blackice.iss.net/
>>>
>>> Jetico Personal Firewall (Free)
>>> http://www.jetico.com/index.htm#/jpfirewall.htm
>>>
>>> Kerio Personal Firewall (KPF) (Free and up)
>>> http://www.kerio.com/kpf_download.html
>>>
>>> Outpost Firewall from Agnitum (Free and up)
>>> http://www.agnitum.com/download/
>>>
>>> Sygate Personal Firewall (Free and up)
>>> http://smb.sygate.com/buy/download_buy.htm
>>>
>>> Symantec's Norton Personal Firewall (~$25 and up)
>>> http://www.symantec.com/sabu/nis/npf/
>>>
>>> ZoneAlarm (Free and up)
>>> http://snipurl.com/6ohg
>>>
>>> You should find the right firewall for your situation in that
>>> list and set it up.
>>>
>>> Every firewall WILL require some maintenance. Essentially checking for
>>> patches or upgrades (this goes for hardware and software solutions) is
>>> the extent of this maintenance - you may also have to configure your
>>> firewall to allow some traffic depending on your needs.
>>>
>>> ** Don't stack the software firewalls! Running more than one software
>>> firewall will not make you safer - it would possibly negate some
>>> protection you gleamed from one or the other firewall you run.
>>>
>>>
>>> Now that you have some of the more basic things down..
>>> Let's go through some of the steps you should take periodically to
>>> maintain a healthy and stable windows computer. If you have not
>>> done some of these things in the past, they may seem tedious - however,
>>> they will become routine and some can even be automatically scheduled.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (6):
>>> The system restore feature is a new one - first appearing in Windows
>>> ME and then sticking around for Windows XP. It is a useful feature
>>> if you keep it maintained and use it to your advantage. Remember that
>>> the system restore pretty much tells you in the name what it protects
>>> which is 'system' files. Your documents, your pictures, your stuff is
>>> NOT system files - so you should also look into some backup solution.
>>>
>>> Whenever you think about it (after doing a once-over on your machine
>>> once a month or so would be optimal) - clear out your System Restore
>>> and create a manual restoration point.
>>>
>>> 'Why?'
>>>
>>> Too many times have I seen the system restore files go corrupt or get
>>> a virus in them, meaning you could not or did not want to restore from
>>> them. By clearing it out periodically you help prevent any corruption
>>> from happening and you make sure you have at least one good "snapshot".
>>> (*This, of course, will erase any previous restore point you have.*)
>>>
>>> - Turn off System Restore.
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310405
>>> - Reboot the Computer.
>>> - Review the first bullet to turn on System Restore
>>> - Make a Manual Restoration Point.
>>> http://snipurl.com/68nx
>>>
>>> That covers your system files, but doesn't do anything for the files
>>> that you are REALLY worried about - yours! For that you need to look
>>> into backups. You can either manually copy your important files,
>>> folders,
>>> documents, spreadsheets, emails, contacts, pictures, drawings and so on
>>> to an external location (CD/DVD - any disk of some sort, etc) or you can
>>> use the backup tool that comes with Windows XP:
>>>
>>> How To Use Backup to Back Up Files and Folders on Your Computer
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422
>>>
>>> Yes - you still need some sort of external media to store the results
>>> on, but you could schedule the backup to occur when you are not around,
>>> then burn the resultant data onto CD or DVD or something when you are
>>> (while you do other things!)
>>>
>>> A lot of people have wondered about how to completely backup their
>>> system
>>> so that they would not have to go through the trouble of a reinstall..
>>> I'm going to voice my opinion here and say that it would be worthless to
>>> do for MOST people. Unless you plan on periodically updating the image
>>> backup of your system (remaking it) - then by the time you use it
>>> (something goes wrong) - it will be so outdated as to be more trouble
>>> than
>>> performing a full install of the operating system and all applications.
>>>
>>> Having said my part against it, you can clone/backup your hard drive
>>> completely using many methods - by far the simplest are using disk
>>> cloning
>>> applications:
>>>
>>> Symantec/Norton Ghost
>>> http://www.symantec.com/sabu/ghost/
>>>
>>> Acronis True Image
>>> http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (7):
>>> You should sometimes look through the list of applications that are
>>> installed on your computer. The list may surprise you. There are more
>>> than likely things in there you know you never use - so why have them
>>> there? There may even be things you know you did *not* install and
>>> certainly do not use (maybe don't WANT to use.)
>>>
>>> This web site should help you get started at looking through this list:
>>>
>>> How to Uninstall Programs
>>> http://snipurl.com/8v6b
>>>
>>> A word of warning - Do NOT uninstall anything you think you MIGHT need
>>> in the future unless you have completed Tip (1) and have the
>>> installation
>>> media and proper keys for use backed up somewhere safe!
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (8):
>>> Patches and Updates!
>>>
>>> This one cannot be stressed enough. It is SO simple, yet so neglected
>>> by many people. It is especially simple for the critical Windows
>>> patches!
>>> Microsoft put in an AUTOMATED feature for you to utilize so that you do
>>> NOT have to worry yourself about the patching of the Operating System:
>>>
>>> How to configure and use Automatic Updates in Windows XP
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306525
>>>
>>> However, not everyone wants to be a slave to automation, and that is
>>> fine. Admittedly, I prefer this method on some of my more critical
>>> systems.
>>>
>>> Windows Update
>>> http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
>>>
>>> Go there and scan your machine for updates. Always get the critical
>>> ones
>>> as you see them. Write down the KB###### or Q###### you see when
>>> selecting the updates and if you have trouble over the next few days,
>>> go into your control panel (Add/Remove Programs), insure that the
>>> 'Show Updates' checkbox is checked and match up the latest numbers you
>>> downloaded recently (since you started noticing an issue) and uninstall
>>> them. If there was more than one (usually is), uninstall them one by
>>> one
>>> with a few hours of use in between, to see if the problem returns.
>>> Yes - the process is not perfect (updating) and can cause trouble like I
>>> mentioned - but as you can see, the solution isn't that bad - and is
>>> MUCH better than the alternatives.
>>>
>>> Windows is not the only product you likely have on your PC. The
>>> manufacturers of the other products usually have updates. New versions
>>> of almost everything come out all the time - some are free, some are pay
>>> and some you can only download if you are registered - but it is best
>>> to check. Just go to their web pages and look under their support and
>>> download sections. For example, for Microsoft Office you should visit:
>>>
>>> Microsoft Office Updates
>>> http://office.microsoft.com/
>>> (and select 'Check for Updates' and/or 'Downloads' for more)
>>>
>>> You also have hardware on your machine that requires drivers to
>>> interface
>>> with the operating system. You have a video card that allows you to see
>> on
>>> your screen, a sound card that allows you to hear your PCs sound output
>> and
>>> so on. Visit those manufacturer web sites for the latest downloadable
>>> drivers for your hardware/operating system. Always get the
>>> manufacturers'
>>> hardware driver over any Microsoft offers. On the Windows Update site I
>>> mentioned earlier, I suggest NOT getting their hardware drivers - no
>> matter
>>> how tempting.
>>>
>>> How do you know what hardware you have in your computer? Break out the
>>> invoice or if it is up and working now - take inventory:
>>>
>>> Belarc Advisor
>>> http://belarc.com/free_download.html
>>>
>>> EVEREST Home Edition
>>> http://www.lavalys.com/products/download.php?pid=1&lang=en
>>>
>>> Once you know what you have, what next? Go get the latest driver for
>>> your
>>> hardware/OS from the manufacturer's web page. For example, let's say
>>> you
>>> have an NVidia chipset video card or ATI video card, perhaps a Creative
>>> Labs sound card or C-Media chipset sound card...
>>>
>>> NVidia Video Card Drivers
>>> http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp
>>>
>>> ATI Video Card Drivers
>>> http://www.atitech.com/support/driver.html
>>>
>>> Creative Labs Sound Device
>>> http://us.creative.com/support/downloads/
>>>
>>> C-Media Sound Device
>>> http://www.cmedia.com.tw/e_download_01.htm
>>>
>>> Then install these drivers. Updated drivers are usually more stable and
>>> may provide extra benefits/features that you really wished you had
>>> before.
>>>
>>> As for Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, Microsoft has made this
>>> particular patch available in a number of ways. First, there is the
>>> Windows Update web page above. Then there is a direct download site.
>>>
>>> Direct Download of Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP
>>> http://snipurl.com/8bqy
>>>
>>> If all else fails - grab the full download above and try to use that.
>>> In this case - consider yourself a 'IT professional or developer'.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (9):
>>> What about the dreaded word in the computer world, VIRUS?
>>>
>>> Well, there are many products to choose from that will help you prevent
>>> infections from these horrid little applications. Many are FREE to the
>>> home user and which you choose is a matter of taste, really. Many
>>> people
>>> have emotional attachments or performance issues with one or another
>>> AntiVirus software. Try some out, read reviews and decide for yourself
>>> which you like more:
>>>
>>> ( Good Comparison Page for AV software:
>>> http://www.av-comparatives.org/ )
>>>
>>> AntiVir (Free and up)
>>> http://www.free-av.com/
>>>
>>> avast! (Free and up)
>>> http://www.avast.com/
>>>
>>> AVG Anti-Virus System (Free and up)
>>> http://free.grisoft.com/
>>>
>>> eset NOD32 (~$39.00 and up)
>>> http://www.eset.com/products/products.htm
>>>
>>> eTrust EZ Antivirus (~$29.95 and up)
>>> http://ca.com/store/home/us/hp2/
>>>
>>> Kaspersky Anti-Virus (~$49.95 and up)
>>> http://www.kaspersky.com/products.html
>>>
>>> McAfee VirusScan (~$11 and up)
>>> http://www.mcafee.com/
>>>
>>> Panda Antivirus Titanium (~$39.95 and up)
>>> http://www.pandasoftware.com/
>>> (Free Online Scanner: http://www.pandasoftware.com/activescan/)
>>>
>>> RAV AntiVirus Online Virus Scan (Free!)
>>> http://www.ravantivirus.com/scan/
>>>
>>> Symantec (Norton) AntiVirus (~$11 and up)
>>> http://www.symantec.com/nav/nav_9xnt/
>>>
>>> Trend Micro (~$49.95 and up)
>>> http://www.trendmicro.com/en/home/us/personal.htm
>>> (Free Online Scanner:
>>> http://housecall.trendmicro.com/housecall/start_corp.asp)
>>>
>>>
>>> Most of them have automatic update capabilities. You will have to
>>> look into the features of the one you choose. Whatever one you finally
>>> settle with - be SURE to keep it updated (I recommend at least daily)
>>> and
>>> perform a full scan periodically (yes, most protect you actively, but a
>>> full scan once a month at 4AM probably won't bother you.)
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (10):
>>> The most rampant infestation at the current time concerns
>>> SPYWARE/ADWARE.
>>> You need to eliminate it from your machine.
>>>
>>> There is no one software that cleans and immunizes you against
>>> everything. Antivirus software - you only needed one. Firewall, you
>>> only needed one. AntiSpyware - you will need several. I have a list
>>> and
>>> I recommend you use at least the first five.
>>>
>>> First - make sure you have NOT installed "Rogue AntiSpyware". There are
>>> people out there who created AntiSpyware products that actually install
>>> spyware of their own! You need to avoid these:
>>>
>>> Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products & Web Sites
>>> http://www.spywarewarrior.com/rogue_anti-spyware.htm
>>>
>>> Also, you can always visit this site..
>>> http://mvps.org/winhelp2002/unwanted.htm
>>> For more updated information.
>>>
>>> Install the first five of these: (Install, Run, Update, Scan with..)
>>> (If you already have one or more - uninstall them and download the
>>> LATEST version from the page given!)
>>>
>>> Lavasoft AdAware (Free and up)
>>> http://www.lavasoft.de/support/download/
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/atdn )
>>>
>>> Spybot Search and Destroy (Free!)
>>> http://www.safer-networking.net/en/download/index.html
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/atdk )
>>>
>>> Bazooka Adware and Spyware Scanner (Free!)
>>> http://www.kephyr.com/spywarescanner/
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate3 )
>>>
>>> SpywareBlaster (Free!)
>>> http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/sbdownload.html
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate6 )
>>>
>>> IE-SPYAD2 (Free!)
>>> https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/ehowes/www/resource.htm
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/ate7 )
>>>
>>> CWShredder Stand-Alone (Free!)
>>> http://www.intermute.com/spysubtract/cwshredder_download.html
>>>
>>> Hijack This! (Free!)
>>> http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
>>> (Log Analyzer: http://hjt.iamnotageek.com/ )
>>>
>>> ToolbarCop (Free!)
>>> http://windowsxp.mvps.org/toolbarcop.htm
>>>
>>> Microsoft AntiSpyware BETA (in testing stages - Free!)
>>> http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/
>>> (How-to: http://snipurl.com/fqur )
>>>
>>> Browser Security Tests (Free Tester)
>>> http://www.jasons-toolbox.com/BrowserSecurity/
>>>
>>> Popup Tester (Free Tester)
>>> http://www.popuptest.com/
>>>
>>> The Cleaner (~$49.95 and up)
>>> http://www.moosoft.com/
>>>
>>> Sometimes you need to install the application and reboot into SAFE MODE
>>> in
>>> order to thoroughly clean your computer. Many applications also have
>>> (or are) immunization applications. Spybot Search and Destroy and
>>> SpywareBlaster are two that currently do the best job at passively
>>> protecting your system from malware. None of these programs (in these
>>> editions) run in the background unless you TELL them to. The space they
>>> take up and how easy they are to use greatly makes up for any
>> inconvenience
>>> you may be feeling.
>>>
>>> Please notice that Windows XP SP2 does help stop popups as well.
>>>
>>> Another option is to use an alternative Web browser. I suggest
>>> 'Mozilla Firefox', as it has some great features and is very easy to
>>> use:
>>>
>>> Mozilla Firefox
>>> http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/
>>>
>>>
>>> So your machine is pretty clean and up to date now. If you use the
>> sections
>>> above as a guide, it should stay that way as well! There are still a
>>> few
>>> more things you can do to keep your machine running in top shape.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (11):
>>> You should periodically check your hard drive(s) for errors and
>>> defragment
>>> them. Only defragment after you have cleaned up your machine of
>>> outside parasites and never defragment as a solution to a quirkiness in
>>> your system. It may help speed up your system, but it should be clean
>>> before you do this. Do these things IN ORDER...
>>>
>>> How to use Disk Cleanup
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312
>>>
>>> How to scan your disks for errors
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
>>>
>>> How to Defragment your hard drives
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
>>>
>>> I would personally perform the above steps at least once every three
>> months.
>>> For most people this should be sufficient, but if the difference you
>> notice
>>> afterwards is greater than you think it should be, lessen the time in
>>> between its schedule.. If the difference you notice is negligible, you
>> can
>>> increase the time.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (12):
>>> SPAM! JUNK MAIL!
>>> This one can get annoying, just like the rest. You get 50 emails in one
>>> sitting and 2 of them you wanted. NICE! (Not.) What can you do? Well,
>>> although there are services out there to help you, some email
>>> servers/services that actually do lower your spam with features built
>>> into
>>> their servers - I still like the methods that let you be the
>>> end-decision
>>> maker on what is spam and what is not. I have two products to suggest
>>> to
>>> you, look at them and see if either of them suite your needs. Again, if
>>> they don't, Google is free and available for your perusal.
>>>
>>> SpamBayes (Free!)
>>> http://spambayes.sourceforge.net/
>>>
>>> Spamihilator (Free!)
>>> http://www.spamihilator.com/
>>>
>>> As I said, those are not your only options, but are reliable ones I have
>>> seen function for hundreds+ people.
>>>
>>>
>>> Tip (13):
>>> ADVANCED TIP! Only do this once you are comfortable under the hood of
>> your
>>> computer!
>>>
>>> There are lots of services on your PC that are probably turned on by
>> default
>>> you don't use. Why have them on? Check out these web pages to see what
>> all
>>> of the services you might find on your computer are and set them
>>> according
>>> to your personal needs. Be CAREFUL what you set to manual, and take
>>> heed
>>> and write down as you change things! Also, don't expect a large
>> performance
>>> increase or anything - especially on today's 2+ GHz machines, however -
>>> I
>>> look at each service you set to manual as one less service you have to
>> worry
>>> about someone exploiting.
>>>
>>> Black Viper Service Configuration Tips
>>> http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
>>>
>>> Configuring Services
>>> http://snakefoot.fateback.com/tweak/winnt/services.html
>>>
>>> Task List Programs
>>> http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
>>>
>>> Processes in Windows NT/2000/XP
>>> http://www.reger24.de/prozesse/
>>>
>>> There are also applications that AREN'T services that startup when you
>> start
>>> up the computer/logon. One of the better description on how to handle
>> these
>>> I have found here:
>>>
>>> Startups
>>> http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php
>>>
>>>
>>> If you follow the advice laid out above (and do some of your own
>>> research
>> as
>>> well, so you understand what you are doing) - your computer will stay
>> fairly
>>> stable and secure and you will have a more trouble-free system.
>>>
>>> --
>>> Shenan Stanley
>>> MS-MVP
>>> --
>>> How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
>>> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
>>> >
>>> > Please help, Frank
>>> >
>>
>>
>>
>> I downloaded the SP2 OK but during installation and error "Access Denied"
>> came up and the SP2 went into reverse and the system reverted back.
>>
>>
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