Solved Have a windows XP computer

February 7, 2014 at 12:43:35
Specs: Windows XP, 2 GB Ram
I understand that Windows support ends on 4-8-2014 What does that entail?
I have Avira Free Antivirus, and SpywareBlaster Now what will I need? and about how much will it cost?
I do not have any financial things on this computer,
Nicki

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February 7, 2014 at 18:00:07
Oh no, drop my rights is not that desperate but it's a good idea to get it on-board when convenient. I would download the file and save it somewhere though, just in case the source dies.

You might already have Java. Look in the Control Panel and see if there is an icon for it. Also see if it is listed in "Control Panel > Add-Remove Programs". If not then you clearly haven't missed it so it's best avoided. My replacement HowTo suggests disabling Java in browsers.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 7, 2014 at 13:24:21
Have a look at these articles:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/wind...

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,281...

In fact, there are even a few How-Tos on this site about this exact subject:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...


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#2
February 7, 2014 at 16:32:41
Hi NT56erbx:
I checked on the "howtos" and one of them says to get Microsofts Security Essentials MSE I have to check to see if I have 64x64 bit user or 32x86 bit user
I dont know what they mean by that, where would I find out?
Anolther one says to see if NET Framework is installed. don't know what they are talking about.. Need help here, please.
Thanks in advance. Nicki

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#3
February 7, 2014 at 16:47:51
Your existing Antivirus is OK, no real need to replace it with MSE and you don't want two running together in the background. Just for info, this is how you check whether your computer is 32 or 64 bit:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827218
(x86 is 32 bit - probably what you have)

Here are a couple of HowTo's about increasing Security when MS support finishes:

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...

I've just submitted a replacement for the second one, with more information, so look back again at it in a few days. The new one mentions Java at the end.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 7, 2014 at 17:45:50
Hi Derek. Thanks for the fast answer. Yes, I found out that I have a 32 bit.
Then I clicked onto the site you posted, and it says to get Drop my Rights, (DMR) as soon as possible. Does it have to be right now? or can it be in a week or two?
I'm awaiting the replacement version of your second site before I do anything.
another thing, I was told not to get Java, as it has lots of viruses and things.
That it is only needed if I do gaming or things like that, which I do not. so do I really need java? thanks for all your help. Nick

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February 7, 2014 at 18:00:07
✔ Best Answer
Oh no, drop my rights is not that desperate but it's a good idea to get it on-board when convenient. I would download the file and save it somewhere though, just in case the source dies.

You might already have Java. Look in the Control Panel and see if there is an icon for it. Also see if it is listed in "Control Panel > Add-Remove Programs". If not then you clearly haven't missed it so it's best avoided. My replacement HowTo suggests disabling Java in browsers.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 7, 2014 at 20:10:10
Java isn't 'full of viruses', it just allows you to run java-based games, which are quite a few of them. Java is also used in several applications. More info here:

http://www.java.com/en/download/faq...


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February 7, 2014 at 20:23:11
Also, to see if/what .net version you have, go here:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/lib...


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#8
February 8, 2014 at 07:45:17
My replacement How-To has now arrived.

I agree, Java is not full of viruses, in fact it has no viruses whatsoever. It is however another possible way in so if you don't happen to use it then it might as well be blocked in browsers (assuming it is already installed). You can always unblock it if you find the need to use it.

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#9
February 8, 2014 at 12:25:18
HI Derek
OK, I will download DMR in a day or two, thanks.
No I do not have Java, as I got rid of it over a year ago, I had belonged to community feedback which gave information on computer problems, (they have since moved)
When I asked them about keeping Java or getting rid of it,
they told me that if I was not playing games on my computer, then I did not need it, that I could remove Java as it was then letting a lot of bad things in. Have not had or needed Java since then. I apologize, as I did not mean that Java was full of viruses, meant it was letting some viruses in at that time.
Nicki

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#10
February 8, 2014 at 12:35:57
Hi NT56erbx:
I clicked onto that site to find out net version, and it scared me.
If I was maybe 9 or 10 years old and grew up with computers, I might
be able to do that, but, as an 83 years old great grandmother, it
sort of intimidates me. LOL
Thanks for all your help though. I appreciate it.
Nicki

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#11
February 8, 2014 at 12:41:29
Derek, A question for you.

If I click on "Select as Best Answer" then it puts "Solved:" by the
original question. does that mean that people will stop answering THAT question?
or can I still ask more things regarding the problem?
sorry to best such a pest. Nicki


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#12
February 8, 2014 at 13:11:39
Putting "Best Answer" doesn't prevent anyone responding (the thread still remains accessible for months). I suppose some helpers might then by-pass it so there's no need to mark it until you are ready.

In the meantime when you post on this thread all those who have responded will be alerted. It is appreciated that you might have further queries about the suggestions already given, so feel free to continue on here.

If at some stage you have an issue entirely different to the subject of this thread it is better to make a new post because it puts it on top of the pile and attracts those helpers who feel best able to answer.

By the way, I'm a few years behind you but have 13 grandchildren (only 4 are girls).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#13
February 8, 2014 at 13:14:02
For the most part people will just ignore threads that have been marked as 'Solved'. You can still, of course, ask another question on this thread, but it is less likely to be responded to. Your other option would be to create an entirely new thread.

If you couldn't figure out your .NET version, you could try youtube. There might be some more specific/easier to understand tutorials on there.


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