Author Topic: Protecting a vista laptop for free  (Read 329 times)

Protecting a vista laptop for free
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:59:22 pm »
I have an excelent mechanic. He's a mechanical genius.

He has been given a fujitsu laptop running vista. He doesn't know how to look after it.

He has done me many favours, so I said I'd tidy the laptop up a bit.

In the old days I would have gone for avg, spybot and adaware in conjunction with windows updates and a disc clean up / defragment.

Am I horribly out of date? Are there any other / better recommendations you can suggest?

TIA <Assistant IT tech 3rd class HH>
Stropping rocks

Re: Protecting a vista laptop for free
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2012, 08:06:15 pm »
Microsoft security essentials & superantispyware.

Feanor

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Re: Protecting a vista laptop for free
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2012, 08:14:07 pm »
Microsoft Security Essentials as a free and not-too-intrusive AV for installing on machines for other people which you will need to maintain.

Ensure that Java and Flash are fully updated as they are often weak-points which let in crap.

Do enjoy your hours of fun on WindowsUpdate as you download gigabyts of updates-to-the-updates...
And the reboot-fest that goes with it.

And un-install any toolbars / unwanted helper objects from the browsers.
In fact, a good un-install-fest all round.


Re: Protecting a vista laptop for free
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2012, 08:51:03 pm »
So I should use Microsoft security essentials instead of avg?
Stropping rocks

Re: Protecting a vista laptop for free
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012, 08:54:53 pm »
yup!