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Anthony Ferrante

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(Msg. 1) Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:40 pm
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I have a collection of programs I run every weekend in hopes of
protecting my system. To those who are real knowledgeable about these
things, is this adequate or should I have something else I may be
unaware of, or am I overdoing it?

Here is what I run:

Nod32
A-Squared
AVG-anti rootkit-free
AVG anti-spyware (formerly Ewindo)
CCleaner
Clean-up
Webroot's SpySweeper
Spyware Terminator
Spyware Blaster

and occasionally:

Evidence Eliminator
CyberScrup Privacy Suite
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Does this seem like a good defense or am I being overly paranoid?

Anthony

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(Msg. 2) Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:46 pm
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In article , ferrante276-
says...
> I have a collection of programs I run every weekend in hopes of
> protecting my system. To those who are real knowledgeable about these
> things, is this adequate or should I have something else I may be
> unaware of, or am I overdoing it?
>
> Here is what I run:
>
> Nod32
> A-Squared
> AVG-anti rootkit-free
> AVG anti-spyware (formerly Ewindo)
> CCleaner
> Clean-up
> Webroot's SpySweeper
> Spyware Terminator
> Spyware Blaster
>
> and occasionally:
>
> Evidence Eliminator
> CyberScrup Privacy Suite
> -------------------------------------------
> Does this seem like a good defense or am I being overly paranoid?
>
> Anthony

Do you actually use the computer for anything except looking for
baddies?

MM

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(Msg. 3) Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:45 pm
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Anthony Ferrante, 3/10/2008,2:40:48 PM, wrote:

> I have a collection of programs I run every weekend in hopes of
> protecting my system. To those who are real knowledgeable about these
> things, is this adequate or should I have something else I may be
> unaware of, or am I overdoing it?
>
> Here is what I run:
>
> Nod32
> A-Squared
> AVG-anti rootkit-free
> AVG anti-spyware (formerly Ewindo)
> CCleaner
> Clean-up
> Webroot's SpySweeper
> Spyware Terminator
> Spyware Blaster
>
> and occasionally:
>
> Evidence Eliminator
> CyberScrup Privacy Suite
> -------------------------------------------
> Does this seem like a good defense or am I being overly paranoid?
>
> Anthony


What kind of websites are you visiting?
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Anthony Ferrante

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(Msg. 4) Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 11:47 am
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>
>I use Ghost and I image my entire hard drive about every 3 -

Could you tell me some more about Ghost and what it is about it that
you like?

Thanks!
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louise

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(Msg. 5) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:35 am
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Anthony Ferrante wrote:
>> I use Ghost and I image my entire hard drive about every 3 -
>
> Could you tell me some more about Ghost and what it is about it that
> you like?
>
> Thanks!

It is backup software that allows you to create a full image
of your drive, usually onto an external hard drive.

Then should you need to reinstall everything on your system,
say a new disk, you install the OS and then you install
Ghost and then you restore the image from your backup. When
all goes well, you've got the same hard drive you had,
except it's a new or cleaned drive.

You can clone your disk to a new drive - perhaps a larger one.

Ghost also provides for incremental backups but I found it a
little clumsy to use and prefer to use a different program
for that.

I am using an old version of Ghost: version 9 on Win XP Pro
and some things may have changed.

Ghost is made by Symantec and Symantec is not usually a
beloved company - however, I've been happy with this program
for several years.

Another imaging program that works similarly and offers
similar features is Acronis - you might want to seriously
compare the two as my info is a little old on this.

Louise
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Jeff Gaines

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(Msg. 6) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:00 am
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On 14/03/2008 in message louise wrote:

>Another imaging program that works similarly and offers similar features
>is Acronis - you might want to seriously compare the two as my info is a
>little old on this.

Acronis TrueImage is very god. I use it to image my OS disk so instead of
re-installing (and re-activating) the OS and software I just restore the
image, takes about 10 minutes. I don't keep any data on the OS drive.

--
Jeff Gaines Damerham Hampshire UK
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(Msg. 7) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:40 am
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Larry Sabo

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(Msg. 8) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:40 am
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FredW wrote:

>In article , louise.RemoveThis@invalid.invalid
>says...
>>
>> I am using an old version of Ghost: version 9 on Win XP Pro
>> and some things may have changed.
>>
>> Ghost is made by Symantec and Symantec is not usually a
>> beloved company - however, I've been happy with this program
>> for several years.
>>
>> Another imaging program that works similarly and offers
>> similar features is Acronis - you might want to seriously
>> compare the two as my info is a little old on this.
>
>Maybe you can have a look at this:
>http://www.computeractive.co.uk/hdmanager8/index
>
>Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8 is a combination of
>Paragon Exact Image and Paragon Partition Manager.
>
>It states that the offer expires on April 11, 2007,
>but I downloaded the program on February 27, 2008.
>During the install process you can register and then you receive an
>email with codes and you have a full working product.
>(this procedure takes only a few minutes)


Great program, but does not support Vista. I use it in Compatibility
mode, but there are some functions it won't perform in that mode, and
it has no bootable media rescue disc to if the drive withthe program
dies, you need to run the program from a functioning system to restore
the drive image, a major problem. Acronis True Image and Ghost allow
you to create a rescue CD, so no need to install an OS on the new
replacement drive first.

Re Acronis true Image versus Ghost, be sure to read this review...

http://www.techsupportalert.com/drive-imaging-reviews.htm

Cheers,
Larry
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FredW

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(Msg. 9) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 2:48 pm
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Larry Sabo

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(Msg. 10) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:20 pm
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FredW wrote:

>In article ,
> says...
[snip]
>>
>> it has no bootable media rescue disc to if the drive withthe program
>> dies, you need to run the program from a functioning system to restore
>
>Not true.
>I started the program and selected:
>- Tools
>- Recovery Media Builder
>and there I can create a CD/DVD to "make all recovery features
>available".

Thank you for this; I didn't see it previously, although I confess to
not having searched exhaustively. I tried it and successfully moved a
partition and resize the Extended partition of which it was a
part--something I was unable to do using the program from within
Windows because it couldn't lock the partition.

>> the drive image, a major problem. Acronis True Image and Ghost allow
>> you to create a rescue CD, so no need to install an OS on the new
>> replacement drive first.
>
>Yes, so the Paragon program has the same facility!
>Please check what you write before you make incorrect statements about
>non-existing "major" problems.
> Sad

I am happy to stand corrected, although less so with your brusque
manner.

Larry
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Anthony Ferrante

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(Msg. 11) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 6:55 pm
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On Wed, 12 Mar 2008 11:47:52 -0400, Anthony Ferrante
wrote:

>
>>
>>I use Ghost and I image my entire hard drive about every 3 -
>
>Could you tell me some more about Ghost and what it is about it that
>you like?
>
>Thanks!

Sorry, but I was wrong. I did not mean to inquirer about Ghost, but
rather GhostSurf
http://www.tenebril.com/consumer/ghostsurf/ghostsurf_platinum.php?hp=bx

Sorry for the confusion. Has anyone tried GHOSTSURF or know anything
good or bad about it?

Thanks,
Anthony
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(Msg. 12) Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:06 pm
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(Msg. 13) Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:28 pm
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> Great program, but does not support Vista. I use it in Compatibility
> mode, but there are some functions it won't perform in that mode, and
> it has no bootable media rescue disc to if the drive withthe program
> dies, you need to run the program from a functioning system to restore
> the drive image, a major problem. Acronis True Image and Ghost allow
> you to create a rescue CD, so no need to install an OS on the new
> replacement drive first.

Another good program is DriveImage XML (free) http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm
(supports Vista).
And if you could also make a BartPE boot CD with it installed so that
it isn't necessary to attach another Hard Disk.

I use both DriveImage XML and Ghost and they are both great programs.

Cheers
Dan
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(Msg. 14) Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 11:10 pm
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louise wrote:
> Anthony Ferrante wrote:
>>> I use Ghost and I image my entire hard drive about every 3 -
>>
>> Could you tell me some more about Ghost and what it is about it that
>> you like?
>>
>> Thanks!
>
> It is backup software that allows you to create a full image of your
> drive, usually onto an external hard drive.
>
> Then should you need to reinstall everything on your system, say a new
> disk, you install the OS and then you install Ghost and then you restore
> the image from your backup. When all goes well, you've got the same
> hard drive you had, except it's a new or cleaned drive.
>
> You can clone your disk to a new drive - perhaps a larger one.
>
> Ghost also provides for incremental backups but I found it a little
> clumsy to use and prefer to use a different program for that.
>
> I am using an old version of Ghost: version 9 on Win XP Pro and some
> things may have changed.
>
> Ghost is made by Symantec and Symantec is not usually a beloved company
> - however, I've been happy with this program for several years.
>
> Another imaging program that works similarly and offers similar features
> is Acronis - you might want to seriously compare the two as my info is a
> little old on this.
>
> Louise
I use Spyware Doctor and threatfire along with AVG antivirus and zone
alarm free firewall. Also my network is behind a linksys NAT router. I
also scan once a week with F-secure online malware scanner which I find
to be very thorough. To top it off I image my entire drive with Acronis
True Image 11 to an external HDD. If you are doing online banking you
can never be too safe as the bad guys are getting real clever!
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(Msg. 15) Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 9:18 pm
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