Old pc windows xp

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  1. ellison64

    ellison64 Registered Member

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    My neighbourss old PC running windows XP got hit with cryptolocker which totally messed it up.As there was nothing of real importance on there I've reinstalled XP for them.Its too low spec to run anything else only 756m ram, 75 gig harddrive.Anyways XP is installed and up to date and I'm wondering what security to put on it without it coming to a crawl.Sandboxie should be OK but most Ave now are just too heavy for it.My neighbours are nor PC literate either so security would need to be something simple....preferably free.Any suggestions appreciated.I did try installing Linux mint but ended up with black screen as mint couldn't find right graphics card driver and mouse wouldn't work either
     
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    Hi Ellison, Sandboxie works great in XP SP3 32 bits. In case you don't know, XP 64 bits is not supported by Sandboxie. I run a lot of programs in XP under SBIE, all of them work very well. I suggest you install the latest beta instead of latest stable. It works great and it is more secure than any previous version. As an incentive for your neighbor to use SBIE, tell them that SBIE does indeed protect against cryptolocker.

    You can get the installer for beta 4.13.2 from here, chances for an smoother install are greater if you use the 32 bits separate installer instead of the combined installer. About the AV, I cant make suggestions.
    http://forums.sandboxie.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=19151

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    All what is in my signature doesnt use barely any cpu load.
    Agnitum firewall is a bit of a memory hog so you could substitute that out for private firewall.

    No scanning in realtime is the most important thing to keep resource usage low.
     
  4. ellison64

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    @Bo.Elam...thanks for sbie beta link.I've installed and its running fine.
    @trott3r...I've stuck sygate on for now but not decided whether to just use XP firewall for simplicity.
    I've also. Put winpatrol on and am thinking of just that and sandboxie.I tried one or 2 Av but the result is too much drag on the machine.One problem I'm finding though is that YouTube just won't work'properly in ie8 or Firefox even though latest flash is installed and flash browser plugins.The videos buffer and try to play then get a try again later error.I'm also contemplating trying different Linux distro rather than mint and see if the graphics card is detected.Might try ubunto tomorrow.
     
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    What's the full specs? (cpu speed and type, mainboard) Use http://www.cpuid.com/softwares/cpu-z.html

    Cause if it's a 2002 or older system there's not going to be a ton you can do with it other than install a very light weight Linux distro. And like you mentioned, older onboard graphics don't like Linux, so you'd have stick in at least a modern PCI nvidia card like any of these http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... pci&name=GeForce G/GT series&Order=BESTMATCH

    No one likes upgrading older rigs cause its gets expensive quick (compared to just investing that money in a new machine that'd be 100x as fast anyway), yet having the constraints of old junky hardware isn't fun to work around either. You're very limited. Sometimes it's almost not even worth getting too involved in 'em.

    I would try another Linux distro, it'd be the easiest and you have nothing to lose seeing as you've already had to format the hard drive. So try Debian or Fedora with either Gnome or XFCE.

    Debian: https://www.debian.org/distrib/

    Fedora: https://fedoraproject.org/en_GB/get-fedora#desktops
     
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    Its windows XP. Home edition version 2002 ervice pack 3.Its got a 1.6ghz amd sempron processor and 768m ram.The mainboard is Asus k8v-mx with via k8m400 chipset.The graphics card is nvidia geoforce3 ti200
     
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