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Stuff i should put on my new laptop

MeisterMeister Registered User regular
edited April 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey guys,

I was wondering if you had any tips on how to set up a new laptop to be safe from spyware/malware/etc. I've been going off of
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=44525
for now, and I have Comodo Firewall, Antivirus, and BOClean, but I was wondering if all this stuff is really necessary. Should I really get SpywareBlaster and Spybot-S&D? What added functionality do these two provide. It seems like way too many anti-spyware programs, but at the same time, I want to make my computer safe.

What do you guys think?

edit: Oh, and on an unrelated topic, what are some good sites for nice, high resolution backgrounds?

Also, I need a music player for Vista for my laptop. Can you guys recommend any good players that support lossless and have good compatibility with japanese encodings?

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Immunizing my new laptop

    Install Linux.

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  • HorusHorus Los AngelesRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Meister wrote: »
    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if you had any tips on how to set up a new laptop to be safe from spyware/malware/etc. I've been going off of
    http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=44525
    for now, and I have Comodo Firewall, Antivirus, and BOClean, but I was wondering if all this stuff is really necessary. Should I really get SpywareBlaster and Spybot-S&D? What added functionality do these two provide. It seems like way too many anti-spyware programs, but at the same time, I want to make my computer safe.

    What do you guys think?

    edit: Oh, and on an unrelated topic, what are some good sites for nice, high resolution backgrounds?

    I use apple so best I can reommend is Avast for Antivirus spyware well I never really have issue since I really make sure I don't go into bad sites..

    As for wallpaper interfacelift.com has really good collection of wallpaper youll love

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  • SevorakSevorak Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    For wallpaper, wikipedia's old featured images can be a good place if you're willing to look through them.

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  • EndomaticEndomatic Registered User
    edited April 2009
    All your backgrounds are here (I love this site SO much) and I would suggest getting Malwarebyte's Anti-malware. That is a pretty reliable program.

    That will get you started!

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  • TL DRTL DR Not at all confident in his reflexive opinions of thingsRegistered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Immunizing my new laptop

    Install Linux.

    Pretty much. Failing that, disable the network drivers. Failing that, I've had AVG and COMODO for awhile, probably a few years (ever since I got sick of Zone Alarm and saw that Spybot was failing a lot of people I knew).

    More important than software is common sense browsing habits.

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  • MeisterMeister Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    What about some more abstract/artistic backgrounds. InterfaceLIFT seems to be mostly photography, which is cool too, but I like to have some variety in my backgrounds.

    edit: Changed the title since I added a question about music player too.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    I use deviantart to get material for wallpapers.
    And another vote for Linux, Ubuntu is stupid easy to use.

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  • MeisterMeister Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    Awesome, deviantart has amazing wallpapers? I feel bad having such a cool wallpaper and such a boring, default theme, though. Where can I get themes/customizations for windows so that it looks as cool as I've seen in people's desktop screenshots.

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  • ImprovoloneImprovolone Registered User regular
    edited April 2009
    DeviantArt has a lot of those too

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 2009
    Protect yourself from potential identity theft from stolen laptop as well. Encrypt your machine.

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