Ryan Posted January 6, 2006 Share Posted January 6, 2006 Hey again, just me with some more annoying questions Like I've said in some of my other posts, I'm reformatting and completely starting from scratch. I'm backing up all my important documents and photos, and reformatting the whole system. I have three questions which are somewhat troubling me. I've done some research into what the good freeware programs seem to be and I've tested many of them on my computer at home. After doing this research, I made a list of programs which I'm going to install after the format In order to complete my list of programs to reinstall on my computer (the list I was talking about) I'm seeking your advice on the following programs: Question #1: Firefox or Opera? I read somewhere that Opera has gone completely free, and I checked out their site (I'm not on my own computer so I didn't DL it) and it seems to be true. I can't believe its finally gone adware free! I remember the browser in the past, and I think I remember it being somewhat faster than firefox! I'm just wondering, is that still the case? Should I install Opera or Firefox? Personally, Firefox has been my browser of choice, pretty much since it has come out, but prior, I was using Opera, which seemed to be an amazing and fully customizable web-browser. Which is better, FF or Opera? Question #2: Which AS Real time scanner is the best? I see people are using various real time scanners (AS) such as Arovax shield (which I'm dying to try on my comp when I get back) and the built in one with MSAS (beta). The arovax shield seems promising, and I'm willing to manually update programs. For the novice user, MSAS seemed to be a good choice particularly because many novice users won't manually update. Arovax shield, on the other hand, looks a little more advanced. What is the best AS real time scanner? Question #3: Maxthon or Avant? Personally, I don't really use IE that much, but I figure since I pretty much have to have it, why not jazz it up a little? Maxthon looks a little more customizable, both habbed tabbed browsing, and not surprisingly, both look pretty decent (but I keep getting that grossed out feeling knowing they are just add-ons to the notorious IE). Which do your recommend to jazz up IE, Maxthon or Avant? Ok, I lied I just thought of one more question while typing this. Is there a good freeware defragmenter out there? I heard the windows defragmenter is good from some people (one of them was an IT) and heard that it was insufficient from others (an IT in this range too). What defragmenter do you recommend? Sorry for all the questions, and the question I snook in at the end there. I greatly appreciate your help and consideration, Your puzzled friend, Ryan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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