There is one PC in my office, HP Pavilion with 256 RAM running Windows XP. Its really slow and nobody want to use it. With low RAM its only can run one process at one time. You can have a Teh tarik in order to wait this PC to start hehe.
So I decided to change the Operating system using Ubuntu or Oshirix. Unfortunately even Ubuntu minimum requirement for RAM is 512 Mb. Oshirix is 256 Mb but still too slow.I tested both using Live CD. Nothing appear when test with Ubuntu Live CD. A little succes when test with OShirix but still slow and I am not satisfied with it performance.
Later I decided to test Puppy Linux the one of the lightest of other Distro Linux. It works well. The latest version for Puppy Linux is 5.2. Did you know with Puppy, you can install it on memory card, USB and CD. With Puppy, you can do a lot of thing. From recovery, removing malware and back up your file. You can read more here.
Dual Boot : XP and Puppy Linux
I decided to install a dual boot for the computer just to be safe. The concept of create a dual boot is simple.
1. Create and resize your exisiting partition to a new ex2 using Gparted.
2. Install Puppy linux in the new linux/ex2 partition
3. Install grub on the partition and walla you will have a dual boot.
All of this tolls, Gparted and grub are all in Puppy Live CD so no need to worry. With Puppy you can install Chrome and many free application. Work lite and fast. This HP Computer is working fine now with Puppy linux. I suggest you guys to downlaod this Puppy Linux not only to test this lite OS but as backup. Let say you want to repair your windows or remove malware. Download will only take 15 minutes since its only 127 MB. Downlaod and burn in your CD. You will never know when you need it.
p/s Lately I have been sitting in front of 2 pc or laptop. One running Windows and one with Linux. Awesome 🙂
I removed my Norton Software 2 years ago, because Norton AV consume a lot of memory and make my PC crawled like an old snail. Ok la that was not the main reason acually, I started to installed AVG when my Norton subscriptions was expired and my crack didn’t work anymore 🙂
Until I read Raymond Tech blog that can provide one year free Norton AV 2009 for 1 year.Plus with this new fast and furious Norton AV 2009. Norton AV 2009 has improved tremendously in term of memory usage.
Slow No More
In term of installation, Norton AV 2009 only take less than 5 minutes and you don’t even need to restart your PC after installation. With user friendly user layout and fast loading this new Norton AV is really RAWK !.
It also has a very good memory management which will automatically reduce the memory usage to around 6MB when it reaches 40-50MB. If that’s not enough, Norton Antivirus 2009 comes with Norton Insight which is able to increase computer performance by identifying trusted files that do not require scanning.Raymond Tech
The Norton AV 2009 has improved tremendously with 300 major improvements and it’s clearly the fastest and lightest security software right now. You can expect :-
speedy scanning and update
easy user layout, feature user and cpu usage bar
How to get Free One Year Subscription
Just go to FREE Norton Antivirus 2009 with 1 Year Subscription Without Activation or Product Key. It works for me, so it should work for you.Mr Raymond is kind enough to provide with three link to download free trial for 12 months, OEM, tested, in fact I catch new Trojan with Norton that my AVG failed to do so.No offence to AVG, maybe I will use Norton for 2009 🙂
During my childhood, I never had the chance to learn about computer. The computer lab in my primary school will be closed every time they had class and I always stare at the lab’s door and thinking what the computer looks like.My family cannot afford to send me to the computer class and the school only want to make more money by charging student who want to enter the class.I even remember one of friend scolded me when I destroyed his 8″ floppy disk that I found on the street while going to school. Actually I did some CSI to see what inside the floppy disk. hehehe
Spyware is the most troublesome software to appear on the Internet in recent times. When spyware infects a computer system, it may be relatively harmless or it may be devastating.
Spyware like coolwebsearch and new.net are capable of paralyzing a computer system. Laws to regulate spyware are pending in many states and may take years to enforce.
What Is Spyware?
Spyware is any software that collects information about computer usage and/or the computer user. It is installed on one computer and sends information to another computer. Some spywares like the Weather Bug, Bear Share and Kazaa are knowingly downloaded and installed by users. Other spyware is installed without the knowledge or permission of the user.
How Does Spyware Affect A Computer?
Symptoms of spyware infection includes:
* Very slow system performance while browsing the Internet.
* Your homepage changing mysteriously on its own.
* Excessive appearance of pop-ups, on sites likes Google, Yahoo and MSN, which don’t use them.
* You can only get your browser to visit sites, which are trying to dupe you into buying spy ware removal software.
Many spyware detection and elimination programs are easily available for free on the Internet.
How Does One Deal With Spyware?
There are many tools and catalogues available to deal with spyware. One of these tools is Spybot Search and Destroy. It scans computers for spyware and harmful programs. It shows a list of problem areas to the user and allows him to delete any or all of them.
A user can leave legitimate programs installed by him.
These may include peer-to-peer file sharing software or
software installed to monitor the on-line activities of
A Comprehensive Solution
It may be a good idea for most computer owners to get a
comprehensive PC security solution as a bundle. Norton and McAfee, now offer a complete security suite consisting of anti-virus, personal firewall, anti-spam and privacy offerings, and anti-spy ware.
They are quite easy to install and allow parents to monitor children who use the computer. There are many threats on the Internet, from which these suites can protect your computer.
The threat of Internet fraud is quite real and we need to be aware of scams such as “phishing” and “pharming” where a virus or malicious program can be downloaded to your computer with the intention of stealing your personal information – from credit card information, user ID and password to online banking accounts.
But don’t panic! Here are 5 tips that will minimise your risk of being a victim and unsuspectingly swallowing the bait set by scamsters to steal your identity.
5 TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF ONLINE
Watch out for suspicious e-mail or pop-up links.
NEVER click on a URL link in e-mail or fill out forms in e-mail requesting you to confirm or update personal information, even if it threatens dire consequences if you don’t reply.
Even if the e-mail seems to be from a genuine web site or someone you know, call first to check or type the web URL to log on to the site yourself (not from the e-mail). Also, never send your personal information to anyone by e-mail.
Phishing can happen by phone too. You may receive a call from someone pretending to be from a bank or company asking for your personal information. Or the person may inform you that you have been a victim of a fraud. Always verify the caller’s identity first. Credit card companies do call customers if they notice unusual activity on your card but they will only enquire about specific transactions. They will not ask for your account number or personal information.
Protect your computer with anti-virus, spam filters and firewalls.
Update your Operating System and Internet Browser regularly to ensure that you are protected. Use anti-virus software and, if possible, personal firewalls. Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date with the latest signatures.
Scan your PC for viruses and update your browser regularly.
Take some time to visit any popular anti-virus web site to scan your PC. This will alert you to any virus or malicious programs in your computer. You can often download the latest security and critical patches from these sites too.
Be cautious about clicking on pop-ups and free stuff. Beware of downloading free programs and web content offering to increase the speed of your computer, free gifts, get rich quick schemes, etc.
You may click on these links out of curiosity or simply to read. However, in pharming scams, such content can be programmed to download a virus or malicious program or spyware to your computer while you are browsing. After that, when you type the address of a legitimate website, you are taken to a fake web site. Any personal information you provide at the fake site such as user name, account number, credit card details can be stolen and fraudulently used.
If you share your computer with others, ensure they do not visit such sites and unknowingly download malicious content.
Be selfish about sharing your password.
Online fraud frequently occurs when someone has compromised the security of their password through sharing. Do not share your password with family, relatives, friends or anyone, however harmless and convenient it may seem at the time. Your password is the key that opens the lock to your personal information and should be guarded as safely as your car keys.
Finally, always clear your cache each time you logout after an Internet session. This is especially important if others have access to your computer or you use a computer in public places such as Internet cafes.
Well, it’s easy, isn’t it? Just take these five steps to enhance the way you protect your personal information and ensure your Internet experience is enjoyable.