Great advice from Ron; Continuing the blog with....
by Ron3462 - 9/28/08 10:46 AM
In Reply to: great advise from Ron by puma
I just wanted to take a moment and say "thank you" for the kind words as it's truly & sincerely appreciated. In my 2 years of blogging, either on cnet, zdnet & more recently, on Symantec's forum page, I have never had anyone say kind words. Bloggers have expanded on my ideas but have never come out directly like you have.
Getting back to disabling & / or deleting un-necessary programs during start up, the only program I use is WinPatrol Plus. It is a great all around program for beginners, novice & expert pc users. The fee is nominal (from what I recall $25) but it includes continuous updates at no cost. The updates consist information on new programs that are released & how they interact with your o/s.
I am sure you are well aware of WinPatrol Plus so I will not continue as I have stated was it does in previous blogs.
Lastly, I would like to mention to all that I personally use the following maintenance / security programs on both my HP desktop (which is 6 years old) & on my son's Dell E-1505 notebook (which is 2 years old):
Winpatrol Plus (Best product out there for reviewing start-up &/or un-necessary programs)
Ad-Aware Plus 2008 / Ad-Watch 2008 (Excellent program)
Norton Internet Security 2007 (Tried NIS 2008 but was highly disappointed & went back to 2007; Blogged about NIS 2009 for months only to be disappointed with what Symantec didn't incorpate such as complete ad-blocking & pop-up blocking functionality & capabilities and anti-phishing toolbars for non IE related browsers such as SeaMonkey among others; Already started to blog on what should be incorporated in NIS 2010).
Diskeeper 2008 Pro Premier (Excellent de-fragmentation program; Forget what MS provides as it's garbage).
Advance WindowsCare V2 Pro (Excellent program for cleaning the registry, trace histories, etc; Good for beginners to expert users)
SpyWare Blaster (Not using Spybot Search & Destroy as their is a conflict with NIS 2007; In additon, from what I recall, Symantec considers it spyware & as a result, not recommended to be installed).
CleanUp V 4.5.2
I know the preceding maintenance programs may be over-kill, but at the end of the day, I have various tools in my possession that will have with any issues I may run into.
As a side note, I also purchased 2 years ago a program called File Recovery for Windows which is a recovery software program developed by Seagate. I've only used it once & it did what I needed it to do.
Again, the only program I use to either disable & / or delete programs from my start-up is WinPatrol Plus. I highly recommend the product to anyone who really wants to speed up their pc.
Regarding browsers, I allocate no more than 10MB cache for each browser that I use. Again, my primary browser is SeaMonkey V 1.1.12 with various add-ons. My alternative browsers are Netscape 7.2, IE7 & then FireFox.
Lastly, I don't want to open a can of worms regarding MS & their o/s. All I can say is I am going to stick with my XP's SP3's as long as possible. Vista is too resource heavy & from my perspective, not as good as an o/s as XP. Remember, it is my understanding that MS is now developing it's next generation o/s. I'm glad that MS is going to provide updates / support until 2013 from what I recall.
Vista is just a stop gap measure that was forced out on the market because of the amount of money & resources allocated to it. In addition, MS had the nerve to delay XP SP3 for how long so they can push Vista on the public? Why didn't MS release Vista with SP1 at the same time? I hope all of you are knowing where I am going with this.
As Puma stated, MS chooses not to separate it's browser from the o/s for their own selfish reasons. I cannot stress enough that under no circumstance should someone un-install IE from their computer. If they chose to do so, they are going to have more trouble and problems than they can imagine.
Regarding MS, I personally respect Bill Gates vision of what he wanted to accomplish, I just don't respect how he went about doing it. How many ideas of others were taken by MS & then patented? How many companies were destroyed by what he & / MS did? I would prefer not to get on this topic as it could open up a real nasty can of worms.
All comments are welcome & encouraged. I find brain storming & discussions to be helpful to everyone as we all can learn something.
Puma, again many thanks.
Sincerely & regards,
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