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Windows 7 protection

VileReynard
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Windows 7 protection

I've just bought a 64 bit dual-core laptop with Windows 7 on it. Embarrassed
The shop assistant (John Lewis) assured me that I have to run anti-virus and a firewall on it. Cry
If this is true, (and I expect it is) - can anyone recommend any free software to do this? Cry
I expect it will need to be 64 bit. Cry
It will be behind a NAT router, but I expect Windows leaves its ports open.. Cry

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Re: Windows 7 protection

No it doesn't need to be 64 bit
The built in firewall isn't bad so you could stay with it.
As regards a free antivirus - I normally advise Avira although the new Microsoft one isn't too bad
VileReynard
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Re: Windows 7 protection

It's horrible!
I've been spending hours removing rubbish software (Works, Office[trial], infantile games, Internet Explorer)...
I'm signed on with Administrator privileges but the UAC keeps upsetting me.
BTW The boot time and the login time are both inferior to Ubuntu.  Grin

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Re: Windows 7 protection

Try AVG which is a good free anti virus prog although no doubt you'll find something wrong with it Roll eyes
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Re: Windows 7 protection

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Re: Windows 7 protection

Do as OldJim says. (Windows firewall and MSE) and stop whinging  Cheesy
It's fine, the "carp" is not Windows it's the hardware manufacturer. Windows 7 is not as bad as you think, just different (Polar bear vs Penguin?)
But I'd leave IE on as otherwise Windows Update may not work properly. Add your own favoured browser, I always have a "backup" anyway.
If you want a "real" Administrator (not a User with administrator rights) it can easily be done - but of course with no UAC it's easy to screw up!
(ask and ye shall be told)
VileReynard
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Re: Windows 7 protection

Sorry - IE is gone - I hope!
(it demanded a reboot!)
Windows update appears to work - it offered me about 5 fixes to IE (declined!) and a load of other stuff.
Have to go now - it wants to reboot me again. Grin

VileReynard
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Re: Windows 7 protection

Damn thing insisted I apply fixes to software that I had removed. Angry
Couldn't find a firewall - only a thing that allowed you to set whether you wanted dangerous OCX downloads. Angry
Exactly like XP.
Currently downloading Open Office - but someone seems to be throttling my connection. Cheesy
I tried to follow the procedure for copying the recovery partition to DVD.
It says DVD+RW disks are not acceptable Angry Sad Angry
Must be DVD write once...

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Re: Windows 7 protection

Open Control Panel then System and Security then Windows Firewall
Being unable to copy a recovery partition to an RW disk seems very sensible
VileReynard
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Re: Windows 7 protection

Thanks for the help (but I still think that just because I have some spare RW disks, I can't use them).
I have never, ever bought a write once and throw-away DVD - yet!