Top 5 Todo's
Everything listed on this page is free!!
Before you even start on this list, make sure you
and apply all available "Critical Updates". This is most important to
protect you and your computer from virii and worms that exploit bugs to
infect your computer.
- Install a spyware checker
- Install Anti-virus - If you don't have an
antivirus and you read E-mail and surf the web, I give you an
85% chance of
HAVING A VIRUS ALREADY!
- Install a firewall because I'm sure you're
tired of messages continually popping up on the screen (if you're
running NT/2000/XP) - There's two different ones I recommend
Kerio Personal Firewall (easier to configure rules, but doesn't
allow you to view easier-to-understand information about alerts).
- ZoneAlarm (Download
FREE ZoneAlarm) Has more detailed information
so you can see extra info about what you're allowing and denying
- Install a popup blocker, my recommendation is
Proxomitron. It's not one that's easy to configure but it's
exceedingly powerful. If you also install NetCaptor and use them in
combination you'll be down to virtually nil popups (I doubt I get 1
popup a month)
Proxomitron 4.5 downloaded from computercops.biz (the official
Proxomitron website has unfortunately stopped working. Quick
Install Instructions: After installing, and running proxomitron (proxomitron
info page pops up on first run). Open Internet Explorer Tools Menu
->Internet Options ->Connection Tab ->LAN Settings button -> Check
bypass for local addresses and click Advanced Button -> Uncheck "Use
the same Proxy server for all protocols -> In the http: field put "localhost"
(no quotes) and make port "8080".
- Optionally also install
NetCaptor (this is a 30-day
shareware, so you're going to have to spend some money here. Well
worth it IMO)
- Remove Programs from startup that don't need to
- A great little program that makes it easy is
Mike Lin's Startup
- Don't forget to remove stuff like:
- Microsoft (or MSN) Messenger
- Time Synchronizer (not needed in XP because
it sync's automatically)
- And anything else you don't use. Especially
if you see an icon for it next to the clock in your taskbar!