"New" Laptop

Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by JPH, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. JPH
    OP

    JPH Banned

    Banned
    6,892
    11
    Jul 11, 2006
    United States
    Well, my aunt got an Asus PC for her birthday...so she handed down this crappy-ish, slow computer.
    It's got Windows XP installed, and Photoshop 7.

    My questions:

    What to do to improve speed?

    What free software do you recommend?

    What virus/spam blocker software do you use (free)?

    And how can I uninstall Internet Explorer (It's the web browser with the popups I can't seem to get rid of...)

    I know this is newb stuff, but I'm a newb when it comes down to it.

    Thanks,


    JP
     
  2. fischju

    fischju Rehabilitated Jaywalker

    Member
    1,940
    0
    Jan 11, 2008
    United States
    Popups with IE = Virus. Use AVG for free antivirus. CMD or Kerio for free firewall.

    Windows key + pause/break key. Advanced > performance settings > adjust for best performance.
     
  3. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

    Member
    4,888
    37
    May 14, 2006
    United States
    Avast! is my favorite free antivirus and uses little resources.
     
  4. notnarb

    notnarb Not narbing it up

    Member
    1,086
    1
    Jun 18, 2007
    run spybot and/or adaware then defrag the hard drive. Check to see what games it can play, if it's shitty in that department, throw linux on dat shit which will 1. improve speed 2. Provide you with most of the free software you will need preinstalled (and if you aren't experienced in photoshop yet, ditch it and stick with gimp, which is considerably more practical to know how to use then photoshop) 3. eliminate the need for a virus blocker and 4. Uninstall IE [​IMG] (I wouldn't recommend uninstalling IE if you use XP however, as it is still needed to view the occasional site)
     
  5. Urza

    Urza hi

    Member
    6,493
    89
    Jul 18, 2007
    United States
    Flatline and rebuild (format the drive). Don't bother dealing with whatever shit is left over from her poor surfing habits.

    Then install an nLited XP build.

    IETab
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1419
     
  6. Jiggah

    Jiggah GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,223
    1
    Nov 9, 2002
    United States
    I thought that was a backend to IE. Basically, you still need IE for IETab to work.

    Alternatively, you could download the an IE addon that does what Firefox does (IE7Pro).
     
  7. Urza

    Urza hi

    Member
    6,493
    89
    Jul 18, 2007
    United States
    Ahahahaha.

    No.
     
  8. phoood

    phoood taking it to a whole new level.

    Member
    1,001
    0
    Jul 28, 2006
    United States
    Jewgoslavia
    If it has less at least 512MB of ram then your ok. But if you have less or you find it too little I'd suggest you upgrade it then. The older the lappy, the more likely it uses older RAM which means one stick will be costly (I upgraded my laptop's RAM from 512MB to 1.49GB for about $50.

    If you want to make it faster, I suggest you minimize what starts up and take out stuff you don't use at all (going though msconfig and services etc. Make sure to find a comprehensive list/guide before changing settings, you could inadvertently break your system). Basicly tweak the settings to your liking.

    Free software? juggy's topic is a good source: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=66378
    I have a lot so I won't list them my self.

    A great antivirus is avg free and I myself use gmail so no spam worries there;)
    I've been using sygate personal firewall for awhile.

    You can't remove ie, but you can disable it. Google it.

    And remember to update.