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Frequently my friends ask me to set their PC up to be "safe" (kids, viruses, etc).

Here's what I do:

I create a ~ 20 GB partition at the end of the drive for my purposes - usually copies of system images and drivers for their hardware.

  • A fresh install of Windows (always using their legal COA product key)
  • Install hardware drivers
  • Install the latest OS Service Pack
  • Install other updates via Windows Update
  • Image created for base OS
  • Install my basic suggested software:
  • Microsoft Security Essentials, with updates
  • CDBurnerXP
  • Foxit PDF Reader
  • CutePDF if they need to create PDFs

  • Install software that they request/need; examples:
  • Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Video editing software
I then try to push Chrome onto them. I've been using it for quite some time, and I love it. I then suggest these extensions:
AdBlock, Facebook Disconnect, Ghostery, and Google Analytics Opt-Out.

As you can see, I say "no" to those trying to track me.



What do you do?
 

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I generally don't do other people's computers.

However, on systems around here, I usuallly throw on Firefox, Chrome, Flash, Java, Google Earth, Foxit, OpenOffice, EditpadLite (text editor;does linux files, more powerful than Notepad), XVI32 (hex editor), Putty, and Slowview.

I keep a folder of drivers on a USB HDD.
 
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