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I Am a Worthless Piece of Shit About my Computer

Postby Cpt. Zipps » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:59 pm

So my computer is about 5 years old now, never a high end one but it did the trick. about a year ago, my Norton subscription ran out. I said "Okay, I'll get AVG sometime." a year later, i was still running without AVG, until one piece of fucking malware comes along and fucks with everything. My computer is so fucked up it takes three days to finally get AVG. I run a virus scan "2% DONE, VIRUSES FOUND: 52"


I have a shitload of viruses, I think I get rid of them. I apparently didn't. Also: I fill my hard drive. "Okay, I'll just delete some old programs:
"WINDOWS CANNOT FIND WINDOWS PROGRAM MANAGER"

So It's telling me that I am missing a fundamental piece of the operating system! Fuck that!

so pretty much I am a dickless piece of ass when it comes to caring for my computer.
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Postby Robot Monkey » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:00 pm

Get a new one, already!
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Postby Cpt. Zipps » Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:06 pm

My mom is going to give me her old laptop since she got a mac, but I need my friend who knows computers to wipe the hard drive on it because of my mom's files from her work.
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Postby morganm » Thu Jun 30, 2011 9:01 pm

I'm always amazed what people throw away for computers. I've never bought a brand new system. Usually find one a year or two old.... fix what's wrong with it.... upgrade it for dirt cheap... and run it till something better comes along.

Never bought a brand new monitor either =P My first flat panel was free! So it's only a 17" square and not some 21" widescreen.... I can live with it for the price =)
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Postby piltogg » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:02 pm

um... it may be time for a system restore? Cuz that pretty much sounds like it would be irreparable otherwise.
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Postby Rody » Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:51 am

you know, when your pc is that messed up, I'd just format all the hard drives, reinstall your operating system and start from scratch again.

either that or get a new one.
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Postby Natalya » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:49 am

Is it a desktop?
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Postby mgb519 » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:06 pm

DON'T USE FUCKING NORTON NEXT TIME!
http://shop.malwarebytes.org/lpa/342/3/ ... 7AoddkK_WA
Cheaper, and it doesn't give you viruses.
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Postby Tzan » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:11 pm

I use the free version of Avast for the full protection.
Then use the free version of Malwarebytes for the occasional sweep.
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Postby Cpt. Zipps » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:36 pm

I'm going to take all of my music and photos off it (All the stuff I care about) and then wipe it all and since I don't have the Windows XP discs, get my friend to put Windows 7 on it.
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Postby Tzan » Fri Jul 01, 2011 5:54 pm

After you do that, scan the disk you put them on, before putting them on the new drive.
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Postby Rody » Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:25 am

Cpt. Zipps wrote:I'm going to take all of my music and photos off it (All the stuff I care about) and then wipe it all and since I don't have the Windows XP discs, get my friend to put Windows 7 on it.

make sure it can deal with the system requirements.
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Postby Cpt. Zipps » Sat Jul 02, 2011 6:41 pm

I will scan everything that gets taken off, but it's mostly just music and photos, so shouldn't be much in there.


The computer itself is actually not so bad, just all the shit on it.
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Postby muffinman42 » Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:52 pm

6: get a unix boot disk.
7: retrieve useful files (pictures... ect...)
8: reformat your C: drive (wipes EVERYTHING on it)
9: your computer is clean!
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Postby White Nun » Sun Jul 03, 2011 7:09 pm

A new computer! Windows 7! Forget that unless you have handfuls of money to spend.

Ever since my very first ex-government IBM 8088 purchased for $20.00 I've always built up my own machines. I always like it when new technology comes along because it means that suddenly heaps of the just rendered obsolete tech can be picked up for pocket change. :D
I've only just built up a machine with DDR RAM because SDRAM has been just so darn cheap to buy up until now, but it's getting harder to find which means that I've finally gone up a notch to DDR.
I use Pentium 4 based motherboards because....

(6) they're very cheap to buy.

(7) any more whizz-flash architecture than that and you're just fooling yourself unless you're doing major software development or graphics work.

8. most will take 1.5 - 2.0 Gb of RAM which is all I want or need.

The machine I'm typing this on used to be a 1.6Ghz Compaq Presario, but it's now got a P4 3.0Ghz processor which I picked up for virtually nuffing and fitted to the original motherboard. It's running 1.5 Gb SDRAM and an old but goody Gainward gaming video card. I added around three extra cooling fans to the case as well which has cleared up all tendencies for this machine to cook itself, - which it used to do all the time in its standard condition :roll:
I'm also running Mandriva Linux as an operating system because Ubuntu doesn't like my broadband modem and won't work with it. I have a Windows XP install on this machine still, but I haven't used it in aaaaaages.

My spare machine is built into an old server case because it has a power supply that could run a small town and a cooling system to die for. The whole thing including the original dual processor motherboard cost me $50.00.
I almost wept when I had to finally replace the old motherboard, but the sad truth was that a P4 processor based motherboard was just plain faster and less troublesome. 2.0 Gb DDR RAM and an 'obsolete' AGP Gigabyte video card with a Gig of RAM on board put the cost up by around $80.00 along with various other bits and pieces. Once I track down a bigger hard drive this will be going from being the spare computer to being my main machine.

I use Puppy Linux on a boot disk to get inside computers that have gone bad. Just about compulsory equipment to have if you're running Windows. And for heaven's sake you must always run decent anti-malware software!
I use AVG with Windows and find it very good. Malwarebytes is good too.

Old XP install discs aren't hard to find. I've still got the one that came with my Compaq and I was given another one recently when I bought an old laptop. If you need an OEM code to activate it go buy an old case from a computer recyclers it will have a code stuck on it somewhere and it's waaaaaay cheaper than buying a new Windows disc (just make sure it's for the right version of Windows though).

I wouldn't go buying Windows 7 just yet, - wait a few years. It will be cheaper then and it should be common knowledge whether it's a lemon or not.
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