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    Hi all,

    My new pc arrives on Friday...I cant wait! ...

    Can you give me some tips and advice as to what programs are a "must have" ? for building my website, browsing, security, etc..I have so much rubbish on this old pc I dont want to do the same with the new one ....

    Thank you :o)
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    Hi Linda..
    My experience with the following has been good:

    Anti-Virus: AVG (Free Edition)
    Anti-Spyware: Spyware Doctor or Xoft Spy
    Firewall: ZoneAlarm (Free Edition)
    IP Mask: Anonymizer
    HTML Editor: AlleyCode & NotePad (Free)
    Graphics: Photoshop 7.0
    Media: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10 (Free)
    Flash: Macromedia Flash 8
    Image Map: MapThis 1.3 (Free)

    I have heard tons of complaints about Norton Anti-Virus, Explorer 7 and Media PLayer 11.

    This is just my experience and I havent tried every product out there.. But I'm happy with those software.


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    Congratulations !!
    Security: there are a number of free anitvirus programs:
    I use EZ Antivirus on desktop and McAffee on laptop. Not a big fan of Norton - way too many problems (Norton has to be "trained"...)
    http://www.avast.com/eng/avast_4_home.html recommended by Racefan.
    Read this article: http://antivirus.about.com/od/antivi...s/a/freeav.htm

    -Ad Aware Se is free and so is Spyware
    -Stay away from downloading all the freebies everyone offers. Yahoo widgets can be nice tools, do you want to clutter your screen?
    -Establish a Restore point, never know, lol.

    p.s. be interested to know if it was shipped with IE7 already and MS Office (if not get the Student and Teacher version).

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    Thanks guys i've noted them all ....Carlos whats an IP mask?

    Bill i'll let you know about the IE7 an MS office
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Thanks guys i've noted them all ....Carlos whats an IP mask?

    Bill i'll let you know about the IE7 an MS office
    Linda.. an IP Mask is a software that hides your IP when you browse the web.. It's not one of those things that you really have to have, but if you prefer not to have your IP address recorded by anyone, then an IP Mask is the way to go.. Note that even Governments, Feds and other Authorities cannot get your IP Adress if you are using Anonymizer..

    The upside: Powerful Privacy
    The down side: slower browsing.. (Reason being all of your browsing is directed to where the 'ghost' server is..) In effect, your IP Address may be 12.345.67.89 and everyone else sees it as 98.76.543.21. The other downside is that some websites, including major banks and financial institution do infact detect that you are using an IP Mask and wouldnt allow you to progress.. I use it very rarely.. (Only when I'm being a little bugger..lol).. But it was worth the investment for $25.

    Voila.

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    Ahhhh i see...could be a handy little tool ...like an invisible cloak ;o)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Ahhhh i see...could be a handy little tool ...like an invisible cloak ;o)
    Exactly... I do feel a bit like Harry Potter when I use that program actually..lol

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    lol Carlos...which bit? lol
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    lol.. Linda.. I have to do some research on that one... But then again, Harry Potter is just a kid, so a bit is only a bit... either way I lose.. Now you know why I like hiding..lol

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    and didn't he see more than he was supposed to?

    Don't forget a surge protector, too often overlooked.

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    I highly suggest you spend a few bucks on McAffee. Also avoid free antivirus. McAffee spends millions on R & D.

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    I love my Photoshop for many, many things (photoediting and publishing). I can create logos, illustrations, any kind of graphic you want for your website. You can resize pictures, edit them any way you want, create all kinds of type and special effects....buttons, bars, etc. If you want to do these kinds of things yourself, get photoshop. It does have a learning curve....but there are lots of online tutorials and once you get the basics down, you can do so many things with it.

    Good luck with your new computer!

    Oh, and I too have MANY MANY problems with NOrton.

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    That program Amanda recommended...PhotoImpact was awesome and I'll be getting it soon...
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    Thanks guys, Ive made a list, i'm trying out slimbrowser on this old pc cos I hate IE and Gmail cos I hate outlook express.... right now i'm zipping up all the files I need and saving them on disc.

    I'm using Avast and ad-aware on my old pc ...seems to do the job ..is Mcafee better then?...

    Carlos...every little helps lol

    Thanks again guys youve been a big help
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    Linda.. I have been using AVG Anti Virus for 3 years now and I swear by it.. So before you go wasting your money on Anti Virus Software.. do some research and see.. Norton and Macfee and the rest will do the job but so as the free software.. Specially that it is updated daily and always on guard.. The company that put me onto AVG were Desk Support company that specializes in PC and Netwrok Trouble shooting.. That's just my advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Thanks
    ...Carlos...every little helps lol

    Thanks again guys youve been a big help
    lol.. Helps who..??!!! lol

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    Oh I had AVG a while ago but then my pc died and had to have a new parts and I couldnt remember the name of it lol...i'll put it on me list
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    Quote Originally Posted by ez-ez
    lol.. Helps who..??!!! lol
    Our imagination Carlos lol
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    I must be the only sucker that likes norton .... ok tis ok to be different, lol, right? I have really never had a problem with norton but i know alot do. Also i swear by Adaware and a similar program called Ewido. Also if I am going to type code or text i use a freeware called Crimson Editor. It is similar to notepad with alot more options. Now that I am learning to use Blue Voda I hope to never need to type large amounts of code ever again.

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    Lot of people use Norton, its drawback is its habit of attaching itself to a computer and deciding what is good for it and what should be blocked.

    Its biggest drawback is when you try to uninstall it.

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    Might I step in? I agree about AVG. Very good program. McAffee is large and cumbersome, asks user to do too much- in my opinion.

    Norton- wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole!!!!!!! Big-cumbersome and a royal pain in the..............
    Also- the most attacked antivirus out there. I have had several peoples computers that I have fixed actually
    have Norton turned off by the attacking trojan/worm/program.

    I very much like the Windows defender. Very good. There are several programs that I install on anyones computer I do work on.

    1- AVG
    http://free.grisoft.com/doc/2/lng/us/tpl/v5
    2- Clean Up (great one button clean up of temp files and cache's)
    http://www.stevengould.org/software/.../download.html
    3- Windows Defender
    http://www.microsoft.com/athome/secu...e/default.mspx
    4- Spyblaster
    http://www.javacoolsoftware.com/spywareblaster.html


    These are core in my experience. Don't forget to download Java Run time Enviroment by Sun Microsystems ( http://java.com/en/download/index.jsp ) It doesn't come standard on Windows OS any more.

    Have fun and enjoy a faster computer.

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    Lincslady... I have avg as well... It worked fine for a bit, but now it is a bit tempermental... It won't update when I tell it to, sometimes it won't open... I say it has a mind of its own... We are getting a new pc as well. (500 gig hard drive, 2 gig ram, dvd/r/rw, cd/r/rw all for $999.99!!!)

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    Thanks guys

    My new pc is now up and running...I have installed ...AVG...AD-aware..Zone-Alarm...Avast..so hopefully i'm well protected now from most nastys...:o)

    I was stressed out wondering how to transfer my data over though ...ive got hundreds of photo's ....but thanks to Amanda and her nifty little gadget that she has never used ...it was a peice of cake!

    Every overyone who has a pc should have one of these i think ...makes life so much easier ....its called a usb storage device ...its a tiny little gadget that you can even put on your key ring along with you car keys ...its brilliant .. they start at 128mb at around £10.00 ...which i found fine cos when it was full and I loaded it onto my new pc i just emptied it again and started over ...easy peasy....handy to if you travel and want to take data with you...must get me one of them...

    I love my new screen it fabulous! everything is so bright lol ....but 1 down side to my new pc is the sound system ....my old pc had a great a sound system ..equal to my stereo if not better!....this new one sounds like its in a tin can lol ....also my mouse is pants!...it wont go where i want it to go...so a new mouse i think ...apart from that its fab...:o)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Thanks guys

    My new pc is now up and running...I have installed ...AVG...AD-aware..Zone-Alarm...Avast..so hopefully i'm well protected now from most nastys...:o)

    I was stressed out wondering how to transfer my data over though ...ive got hundreds of photo's ....but thanks to Amanda and her nifty little gadget that she has never used ...it was a peice of cake!

    Every overyone who has a pc should have one of these i think ...makes life so much easier ....its called a usb storage device ...its a tiny little gadget that you can even put on your key ring along with you car keys ...its brilliant .. they start at 128mb at around 10.00 ...which i found fine cos when it was full and I loaded it onto my new pc i just emptied it again and started over ...easy peasy....handy to if you travel and want to take data with you...must get me one of them...

    I love my new screen it fabulous! everything is so bright lol ....but 1 down side to my new pc is the sound system ....my old pc had a great a sound system ..equal to my stereo if not better!....this new one sounds like its in a tin can lol ....also my mouse is pants!...it wont go where i want it to go...so a new mouse i think ...apart from that its fab...:o)
    Congrats Linda.. At least now we wont lose you.. Glad you got all those goodies installed.. Before you go changing the mouse, I found that some times the mat itself makes a difference.. Just a thought anyways.

    Now, why dont you move the old sound system from the other puter to the new one..?

    I'm not up to date with thlatest on hardware.. still using my old microwave which I convereted into a pc.. lol.

    Cheers luv.

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    lol Carlos! ...least your dinner will be ready by the time you finished surfing lol

    The mouse is optical doesnt need a mouse ...i mean a mat ...lol....

    I would but i dunno how to make it compatible ..so i'm stuck with the tin can lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    lol Carlos! ...least your dinner will be ready by the time you finished surfing lol

    The mouse is optical doesnt need a mouse ...i mean a mat ...lol....

    I would but i dunno how to make it compatible ..so i'm stuck with the tin can lol
    lmao... Yes.. and I usually make microwave popcorn with my pc too..

    Now.. since your mouse is optical, then the only bug these can have is a little calibration problem.. so, if you put the make and model here, I can go check the manufacturer's manual and come back to you with some instructions on training that mouse to go where you want it to be.. May be a small **** box and little water is all it needs.. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by ez-ez
    lmao... Yes.. and I usually make microwave popcorn with my pc too..

    Now.. since your mouse is optical, then the only bug these can have is a little calibration problem.. so, if you put the make and model here, I can go check the manufacturer's manual and come back to you with some instructions on training that mouse to go where you want it to be.. May be a small **** box and little water is all it needs.. lol
    Lol Carlos ... your such a dipstick you crack me up.

    Its a phillips ...dont they make shavers?..anyway the number on the back is 003160 model spm4000sm00
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Lol Carlos ... your such a dipstick you crack me up.

    Its a phillips ...dont they make shavers?..anyway the number on the back is 003160 model spm4000sm00
    Ok.. Got onto Phillips and checked out this Optical SPM4000 Mouse.. Apparently, this mouse is smarter than I thought.. Nothing to it.. According to the manual, the problem could be due to the surface it's placed on.. This mouse recognizes transparent, glass, patterned and rough surfaces.. It's best used on a smooth plain non glass surface. That's what the manual says: "Avoid using on reflective, transparent, metalic or complex pattern surface.. So linda, if you are still using that smooth shiny $20,000 Marble Top desk.. You might need a $2 Mouse Mat.. lol

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    lol I wish!.....ive compromised and used a table mat upside down lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    lol I wish!.....ive compromised and used a table mat upside down lol
    lmao.. too funny..

    An upside down table mat for the mouse.. That's it.. I'm going to register a patent for that concept and sell it to Microsoft..

    Linda.. just hang in there luv, after all we might be able to get you that shiny $20,000 marble top desk..lol

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    lol...one never knows does one...if i ever get this flippin website of mine finished lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    lol...one never knows does one...if i ever get this flippin website of mine finished lol
    I know how you feel.. I'm riding on the same boat.

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    Whats your site about then?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincslady
    Whats your site about then?
    That's the step I can't get passed.. I don;t know yet..lol

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