No, seriously, it is (but I bet most of you reading this already knew that).
I reformated my HD for the first time yesterday. It took a lot of guts to do. I wasn't to thrilled about not having access to all the programs I had installed. But, I've found out that I don't need 90% of the junk that was on my Hard-Drive.
Windows launches and is ready to go in about 30 seconds from when I hit the power button, until I see the desktop background. I only have 28 processes running in the background. It's pure bliss.
But, on the more serious side, would you guys recomend me a firewall to properly compliment my Anti-Virus. My AV at the moment is NOD32 (which I like a lot).
Oh, and could you have a look at this thread, I'm trying to install linux, but I'm running into trouble... http://forums.filefront.com/showthread.php?t=266393
I appreciate the help.
Heh, yes, reformatting Windows is good.
"It's as if a million talking files were suddenly silenced."
marvinmatthewBut, on the more serious side, would you guys recomend me a firewall to properly compliment my Anti-Virus. My AV at the moment is NOD32 (which I like a lot).
Get ZoneAlarm Free, its a great firewall.
Heh, i need to reformat sometime here too, its been almost a year since i got my current PC, and in that time i've messed with so much crap that my system probably really, really needs a good reformat.
Get norton ghost thats what i plan to do format in like 15 minutes a be ready to go with drivers etc
lewis55Get norton ghost thats what i plan to do format in like 15 minutes a be ready to go with drivers etc
Have you actually used Norton Ghost.
I reformat every 6 months, it is great. As for a firewall why not get a good router with a built in one? Or do you already have that and want a software one for backup?
Zonealarm pro is pretty good.
I'm with Beef. I reformat at least every 6 months. There's nothin' like it.
For anyone considering it, but leary of trying it, just make sure you dilligently backup everything that is unrecoverable (documents, save games, interent links, pictures, etc). Then download and burn or copy to a thumb drive all the latest drivers you'll need. Get all the essential program discs out that you'll want installed immmediately (Word/Office, Virus Protection, etc.).
For the firewall, I like Norton as well. But I've not really tried many others.
Zone Alarm eh? Well, that's the second vote, so I'll give it a try.
As for the router bit.....
Yeah, I do have a router w/a built in firewall. However, the firewall in the router can only protect me from what's outside my computer.
Say if I was to get some spyware, or even worse, a trojan horse, the firewall's router wouldn't stop the spyware or virus from opening up holes through the router, from the inside out.
I suppose that the easyiest thing to do would to be avoid the spyware/trojan horse altogther.
You have NOD32, so the chance of you picking up some malware without it detecting it is quite slim. (Assuming you scan regularly.)
I don't use a software firewall, they're too resource intensive to be worth bothering with IMHO. However I have used ZoneAlarm Pro in the past (before I got my hardware firewall/router), and found it to be decent enough.
As for reformatting, I try and do it every six months or so - I save all my files on a seperate drive, so all I need to do is format my Raptor and reinstall Windows. Beats burning a ton of DVDs or ferrying a flash drive around tbh.
Rookie_42 As for reformatting, I try and do it every six months or so - I save all my files on a seperate drive, so all I need to do is format my Raptor and reinstall Windows. Beats burning a ton of DVDs or ferrying a flash drive around tbh.
Me too. I have another HD just for files that gets backed up daily. If C: crashes. Who cares all my goodies are right there. I also back up on a DVD monthly in case that drive goes South. That is just for my browsing and main machine, my other LAN gaming machines I don't bother with because they never see any browsing and such.