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I have newly installed XP and it is SOOO much faster after fresh install..

Now how do i keep it fast. I realise some people will disagree obviously, but any feedback would be nice.

I am not a tech. My experience - fixing mine and friends virus problems, opening up pc's and fixing basic components, registry changes, etc..

OS is on separate partition. And i really dont mid reinstalling..

So this is what I am thinking to keep it running superfast:

1) No Antivirus.It slows everything down from boot onwards. I dont download questionable .exe's. I do not surf pornsites. I download .mp3's and programs from trusted sources.

Once everything is running - I am switching out of administrator rights.

I will also use autoruns, process explorer and rootkit revolver to keep an eye on things.

I realise this is controversial - but any opinions on this way of thinking?

Secondly and this I was only just thinking and dont really have a clue. Installing non essential programs lik foxit pdf and the like as portable apps and setting file associations only in registry rather than numerous registry keys ...

I really like my new superfast xp and if it means dealing with a virus here and there or formatting, reinstalling .. so be it!

Am I crazy?
 

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Everyone has a different approach to installing an OS and you have yours. I personally re-install every 4-6 months on average as I too like a clean system and I also test a lot of software out, so additions to the registry can add up.

I would however give serious consideration to installing an anti-virus as any site is susceptible to becoming compromised and you can easily pick up a drive-by infection by simply going on it; also other people having access to your system can cause issues. The one I suggest that you install is Microsoft Security Essentials, it's free and very well respected. It has a very small footprint and hence you shouldn't notice any slowing down of your system. When people normally think of anti-viruses slowing down systems they are probably used to having either Norton, McAfee and even lately AVG (used to be great, but now a little bloaty)
I'd also install Malwarebytes. It doesn't currently have a portable solution, but again it's free and well respected. It won't slow down your computer as it won't automatically run scans or updates as you do those manually. But it is defiantly one program I find invaluable in ridding systems of infections.
As far as placing the OS onto it's own separate partition, that again is up to you. I know a lot of people who swear by it, but personally I have always just had the one partition (C:\)
As long as you backup (To an external HDD and NOT your own internal HDD where the OS resides) regularly as well, then you are also on to a good thing.
Disabling autoruns is a great idea as well, as having someone place an infected device into your system (CD, DVD, USB etc) with an auto-executing virus/ worm/ trojan etc will annoy you.

One main thing you ommited to tell us were your system specs. How much RAM for example, Power supply, CPU etc

I run Windows 7 Ultimate with 4GB of RAM and have quite a few things running at the same time and the system never has any issues in terms of slowness. RAM is very important, hence I was wondering as to your specs.
 

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Personally, I like Avast! antivirus. The free edition is small, non-boggy, and has a very small overhead. It is also rated a thousand times better than MS Security essentials. Another thing is that you don't have to go to questionable sites to get a virus. Nor do you have to download any .exe's. the Majority of the infections I have seen lately have come through Ad's from Legitimate sites. I work in a financial firm and recently one of the Ad's on MSNBC.com got infected. We had over 30 calls all at once from brokers with the same issue.
Use an antivirus. it's worth the spare cpu cycles.
 

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oh and another reason why I don't like MS essentials is because one of the newest flavors of the Antivirus virus is made to look EXACTLY like MS Security essentials. so you don't even realize there is an infection until it's too late.
 

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Avast is not rated a thousand times better than MS Security essentials! ! ! Each has it's strengths and weaknesses.

I told you a million times . . don't exagerate!!!

There is a flavor of rouge antivirus that mimicks AVG as well . . just wait long enough, and they will all have their own mimick
 

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I don't care how careful you are, if you're on the internet you going to get a virus, unless you have an AV software installed, or you never go on the internet. I like your other ideas though. Using portable apps is nice, but not really necessary unless you are concerned about HDD space.
 

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I have newly installed XP and it is SOOO much faster after fresh install..

Now how do i keep it fast. I realise some people will disagree obviously, but any feedback would be nice.

I am not a tech. My experience - fixing mine and friends virus problems, opening up pc's and fixing basic components, registry changes, etc..

OS is on separate partition. And i really dont mid reinstalling..

So this is what I am thinking to keep it running superfast:

1) No Antivirus.It slows everything down from boot onwards. I dont download questionable .exe's. I do not surf pornsites. I download .mp3's and programs from trusted sources.

Once everything is running - I am switching out of administrator rights.

I will also use autoruns, process explorer and rootkit revolver to keep an eye on things.

I realise this is controversial - but any opinions on this way of thinking?

Secondly and this I was only just thinking and dont really have a clue. Installing non essential programs lik foxit pdf and the like as portable apps and setting file associations only in registry rather than numerous registry keys ...

I really like my new superfast xp and if it means dealing with a virus here and there or formatting, reinstalling .. so be it!

Am I crazy?
always remember, trusted sources for downloading mp3 - especially illegal copies, cannot always be trusted. It has been alleged the riaa has made available nasties disguised as mp3s. You will be taking a chance of corrupting your library. In addition if your computer is on a network, you would be making it easier for someone to access all the computers if there is no security.
 

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You're right.. it's not a thousand times better. but it is ranked at the top in the latest reviews for its speed, and detection abilities.
Top 5 Free Antivirus for 2011 - PCWorld

not going to get into a debate so I will just say this, the best antivirus is one that works on your system. You cannot go by the different reviews because each will generally give a different number one or a top rated one. They are all tested on a single computer setup in the very same way - IMO the test should be on several different computers setup that's used differently - not just one or two. In general, antiviruses works differently on different systems based on the user habits, all software they have installed and the actual computer itself.

I have used just about all of the major ones including retail over the years and never had a problem with any of them. Some were more frustrating than others because of harder to setup, manually scan, manually updates or whatever but they work.
 

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System: Old School HP NW8240 XP Pro. Intel Pentium M 2ghz .. 1.5gb RAM (Dont ask .. mesh of two laptops and i havent got round to balancing the RAM)

Malwarebytes
Comodo Firewall

Maybe:
Superantispyware


I have used in the past Avira and then Avast and never had any problems though I use a slow computer and I'm intrigued to see how much trouble i run into.

I would like a stand alone antivirus that I could scan files that I am unsure about.

Also I have another hard disk that has a million programs separated from the OS, which is why I like to keep the OS separately as a simple reinstall gives me a nice clean registry still with access to all the programs I want.

I will see how i go, and enjoy the sniggers when I come back with numerous infections.
 
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