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    The best of the Best!

    Lat year I made the decision to combine my Anti Virus and Firewall with Zone Alarm Pro: Results Great. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> Now I am looking to combine some more software and am looking for the best of the best either free or subscription
    Here is what I am looking for:
    Registry Cleaner and Registry Defrag: - Current = Registry Booster2 <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
    Spyware: - Current = SpyBot S & D <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Fragmentation: - Current (Trial) Perfect Disk 8 Results So-So! <img src=/S/snail.gif border=0 alt=snail width=21 height=17>
    I know that there is a ton of different software out there and that there will be varying opinions.
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    Re: The best of the Best!

    It helps if you post your system specs and whether it is Vista or XP. Some utility suites are resource intensive, and if you have limited resources they or anything else that runs continuously will be a drain. Much more software is now Vista-compatible than in the early days, so if you have Vista, concentrate on up-to-date reviews. Collect some names and do a search in the Lounge and elsewhere for threads like <post:=651,040>post 651,040</post:> or <post:=677,503>post 677,503</post:>. You might be interested in the FREE defragmenter from Auslogics.

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    Re: The best of the Best!

    Computer Specs:
    HP Pavilion dv5000 laptop
    OS: Windows XPP Sp2
    Processor: AMD Turion64 (2.2)
    RAM 2GB
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    Re: The best of the Best!

    Registry Cleaner = CCleaner
    And or
    System Mechanic

    Defragger = Power Defrag

    ( System Mechanic does a Spyware check also )
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    Re: The best of the Best!

    Be aware that most of the <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> deframenting tools do NOT play well with XPs Prefetch. Both Defragmentation Software | Raxco.com & Diskeeper - Maximizing computer performance and reliability automatically utilizing defrag do interface with Prefetch. Here are several articles that talk about prefetch - http://www.jsifaq.com/SF/Tips/Tip.aspx?id=5826, Windows XP Performance, and Bink.nu | Windows XP Prefetch, clean it? NO ! - Bink.nu

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    Re: The best of the Best!

    Thanks for the tip on defraggers. It was the snail that got me, and I only knew that the one I suggested is very fast. I have Diskeeper 2008 (once you have a product the price of an upgrade is usually the thing that keeps you with it).

    If I plug a 500 GB external hard drive with lots of files from various sources into the computer that has it installed, there is a lot of drive activity on both drives, which is a sure sign that something is going on. A more scientific test eludes me.

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    Re: The best of the Best!

    As far as the disk activity goes, do you have a desktop search program configured to index the disk? Or something to autoamtically synch the drive contents with a folder on your internal HD?

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    Re: The best of the Best!

    Neither. I never use the desktop search unless I know I'm going to need it, and I was just alluding to the scientific part of the business after reading the Caveat Emptor thread and source. In other words, I have no idea and even that is a bit misleading in that I can watch the progress on the Diskeeper graph. The computer won't let me safely remove the drive until the action is over.

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