I’ve been tinkering around with a lot of programs to keep my machine running smoothly. Here’s what I’ve settled on for the time being.
- I run Webroot Clean Up Now several times a day. Since it only takes a couple of minutes, this is effortless.
- I run Windows Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter at least once a day, simultaneously. Also effortless. I think Windows Disk Cleanup may be duplicative of Webroot Clean Up, but I’m not certain about that. Of course, Webroot does not presently offer a Disk Defragmenter feature (arguably, I think it should ;)). Windows Disk Cleanup takes about 1-10 minutes, whereas Windows Disk Defragmenter takes about 2-20 minutes.
- I run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware quick scan or Webroot’s Scan Now once a day. I alternate. Each takes about five minutes. Webroot has an effective A/M feature, but layering in this area is probably a good idea, particularly given that Malwarebytes offers a lifetime license for about $20.00.
- I run Malwarebytes Anti-Malware deep scan once a week. This takes a couple of hours, and while it doesn’t slow things down too much, I usually run it when I’m away from my computer.
- I run East-Tec Eraser once a week. This is a long process, taking upwards of 10 hours, depending upon the type of scan I do. If you have security concerns, this progam is worth a look. I usually run it when I’m out of the office for the day.
What’s your routine?
Besides that, I will manually remove leftover files from deleted programs every month or so, or when I get bored.
MBAM Pro set for Quick scan Monday thru Saturday, Full scan on Sunday.
I run CCleaner at the end of the day.
Windows Defragmenter every other day.
Before going online for Banking or Government websites (Accounts I have with the Government) I'll do an extra WSA Deep Scan and a Hitman Pro scan, just to be safe.
I have now arrived at what I consider to be a daily routine that gives me what I expect to accomplish. Here’s what I do:
* I run WSA in the background all the time.
* I run WSA Clean Up Now numerous times, randomly, during the day. It only takes little more than a minute each time.
* I run CCleaner numerous times, randomly, during the day, usually immediately after I run WSA Clean Up Now. It, too, only takes a minute or so each time.
* I run Windows Disk Cleanup numerous times, randomly, during the day, after I’ve run WSA Clean Up Now or CCleaner. This used to take several minutes. However, since I run it after the other two programs, I’ve noticed they clear out essentially everything that Windows Disk Cleanup usually takes care of. As a result, Windows Disk Cleanup only takes a minute or so. In fact, I believe the other two programs have rendered Windows Disk Cleanup superfluous, redundant and unnecessary (I ran CCleaner, and in seconds it eliminated everything that Windows Disk Cleanup eliminates).
* I run Windows Disk Defragmenter once a day. It takes about 15-20 minutes, so I run it when I’ve stepped away from my machine for a period of time. It will bog down other functions on my machine while it’s running, so I only run it when I’m not using my computer. Hopefully, if WSA integrates a defragmentation feature into its web console, it will work faster and more efficiently than Windows Disk Fragmenter does.
* I alternate between WSA Scan Now and Malwarebytes Quick Scan once a day. Each of these scans takes about five minutes.
* I run Malwarebytes Full Scan once a week. It takes a couple of hours, so I run it when I know I’ll be away from my machine for several hours. I also schedule it to run once a week late at night when I’m not using my machine.
Time is at a premium with me, so I’m always striving to create a more efficient routine while assuring maximum protection.
What’s your routine?
In Chrome I run Adblock Plus, Ghostery, and Click&Clean set to wipe everything at close of Chrome.
I run CCleaner periodically. That's it.
I create and run a host of virtual machines for running applications that I don't trust 100% and that don't need access to my desktop environment. Thus, my desktop/laptop runs Chrome, Office, and security applications and games and that's pretty much it. Everything else is partitioned away via virtual machines.
Here's the ultimate sandboxing OS:
In reality what do I do? I run a AV scan when the computer happens to be on at the scheduled scan time, CCleaner or Webroot's system cleaner once every couple weeks or so, Scandisk and Defrag I get around to about once every six months. There is indeed a huge gap between advising others on what "Best Practices to be Followed" are and what I actually get accomplished on my own machine. I really need to work on that!
However, it is unfortunate and frustrating that so few folks participate in these threads, and that includes WSA staff! :@ They should be the primary motivators!
These types of threads, in order for them to be most effective, require more depth in terms of participation. Undoubtedly, there are many members of staff at WSA that have huge knowledge. They should become more visible. Just my two cents.
I use the word KISS "Keep it simple stupid" and that's it.