Freeing up 12-70 MB of RAM

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  1. tepi

    tepi Registered Member

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    Although I used to be a fairly relaxed individual, somewhere along the line I seem to have become firmly convinced that “You can never be too secure.” Since then I seem to have spent most of my time haunting a wide range of security-oriented sites, trying to assimilate whatever wasn’t completely beyond my brain, and testing dozens of programs, all of which promised to enhance my security in one way or another.

    In this never-ending search for greater security, one of the more useful sites I visited was that of BlackViper. What I learned there was that the computers we buy have been set up primarily for the convenience of business users, and that they incorporate dozens of services, etc., some of which are unnecessary and even dangerous to the home PC user and serve only to waste valuable resources.

    BlackViper gives a fairly detailed list of most of these services, with full descriptions of each, along with suggestions as to which ought to be reset from automatic to manual and which ought to be disabled outright. Since he seemed to be offering valuable advice, advice that would in a sense ‘trim’ my system, I took it and have since noticed an increase in my free RAM of around 20-25 MB. Good stuff! But what an effort it involved! And reading up on and disabling each service while keeping a careful record in case things went haywire and it became necessary to re-enable them was simple compared with some of the things other sites are recommending that we do.

    My dream now is of a comprehensive program, a sort of ‘system trimmer,’ that would simplify the task of once and for all shutting down that welter of dangerous and totally unnecessary and resource-wasting bits and pieces which have been built into Windows. If anyone knows of such a program I’d be eternally grateful if they’d let me know. Others who may just want to enhance their security while, as a bonus, “freeing up 12-70 MB of RAM depending on system” should head for BlackViper’s Windows Services Configuration pages at http://www.blackviper.com/index.html I think that if, like me, much of Windows remains a big mystery to you, you’ll find them truly useful

    Cheers.
     
  2. LowWaterMark

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    Re:BlackViper’s Windows Services Configuration

    Have you tried xp-antispy? It gives you a form of menu of options to disable in XP. It's quite a good program.
     
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    Re:BlackViper’s Windows Services Configuration

    Hello again, and thanks. No I haven't, but I will if I ever shift to XP. Right now I'm using Win2K.

    Regards
     
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    Re:BlackViper’s Windows Services Configuration

    Oops, sorry I missed that you were on W2K and just assumed XP since you had invested so much time in shutting down all the default running services. (I'm used to that mostly being people on XP. ;) )
     
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    Re:BlackViper’s Windows Services Configuration

    Well, LPW, not all of us Win2K retards are backward in coming forward.

    Cheers ;)

    P.S. Ooops! I meant, erh... LWM
     
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    Ah, a great many people prefer W2K over XP for many valid reasons. ;)
     
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    Yes. I've long been under the impression that Win2K was the more stable system. And since I've also long been convinced that 'simplest is best,' given a choice I usually plump for the simple. But then, what can you expect from a Win2K retard?

    Cheers :)
     
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    tepi,
    You may find this site comprehensive and informative while keeping things fairly simple and understandable.
    Its one that I reached for and have not looked back.
    Steve Gibson is one amazing individual and is willing to share his ups and downs with all of us.
    He has put together some lightweight programs that do heavy things. IMO
    A lot of his aps are geared for what I think your interested in.
    If you havn't already checked it out here's the Link.
    http://grc.com/freepopular.htm

    HTH
    Take care
     
  9. tepi

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    Hi RJ100:

    Many thanks, but I do know Steve Gibson's site. I'm aware that he has critics, but since his programs looked to a non-tech like me as if they couldn't do any harm and might do some good I installed them all. I listed them in the post 'Am I "fully layered"?' at another thread http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=17332;start=msg107408#msg107408
    and got a bit of flak for, it would seem, overdoing things. It's true that I may have gone overboard on monitoring programs, but Gibson's security programs still seem to me to be essential and I check them regularly to make sure they are all still active. But thanks, anyway, for the link. It is, as you say, a fine site.

    Cheers
     
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    LWM I went to xp antispy link and this is what I found o_O
     

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    Hi bigc,

    Yes, that's very true. However, the link above is to the good site, not the evil site. All that alert is pointing out is that there is a spyware / malware site at a similar address to the good xp antispy site linked above.

    This is no different than say the author of Spybot pointing out on his home page that someone else at a different address has ripped of his software.

    FYI - Those other sites listed in the alert used to be part of the xp antispy site, but as sometimes happens people with less than good intent got control of those domains and foist spyware on people visiting there in hopes that those seeking xp antispy will hit their site instead.
     
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    Ok I just clicked on the link in your post and that is where it took me ;) I must be a little dense today but I finally figured it out. Thank You.
     

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    Ah, I see you've edited your post now... Understood. ;)
     
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    I thought that is was the bad site at first but after your last post the fog cleared and I realized that is was just a warning about the bad site :D
     
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