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Sylvander

Joined: 15 Dec 2008
Posts: 3463
Location: West Lothian, Scotland, UK

PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 13:12    Post_subject:  

1. "(a) Is windows used very much and which version is it?"
It's Win2000Pro, and is almost never used.
e.g.
(a) Emails:
I only use it to fetch the very few emails not deleted in Puppy->smm.
smm displays the text of emails viewed whilst they are still on my Blueyonder POP3 server.
I delete them using smm after I've dealt with them there.

(b) Family Tree:
May need to view it now and then.

2. "How long does it take avast to scan your C and D partitions at both medium and maximum settings"
(a) Haven't timed them, so can only estimate.
C: takes much longer than D: because the partition contents occupy so much more space.
Perhaps:
C: = 10 minutes
D: = 4 minutes

3. "(b) How might Windows acquire malware:"
Very unlikely to acquire malware, since I have lots of protection, seldom use Windows, don't do risky stuff in there.
Any necessary risky stuff is done in Puppy.
(a) "emails (if not via Puppy)?"
For the few remaining emails I actually fetch...
I use Mailwasher to view the text content [having already viewed them in Puppy->smm], satisfy myself all is OK, then download them using "Outlook Express", then open them there.
If I suspected anything amiss, I have image and Xfe and snap2 backups I can restore.

(b) "CDs/DVs?"
Don't work with these in Windows; only various Puppies

(c) "Downloads?"
Don't work with these in Windows; only various Puppies

(d) Browsing the web:
This is yet another thing I generally don't do in Windows, only in Puppy.

4. "(c) Are you happy that your active Windows malware protection is amongst the very best (perhaps freeware) available?"
Yes...
They would be among the best available at the time...
But since I don't use Windows hardly at all, they tend to not be updated.
Instead, I scan [now and then at times that seem appropriate] using Puppy->Avast.

5. "(d) Do you clone or backup your C and D partitions and, if yes, how frequently?"
(a) Again...
Recently I haven't been making the various Windows backups so frequently as I used to do, because I haven't been using or updating Windows so frequently as before.

(b) Here's a screenshot of my Xfe backups of the pupsave files for various Puppies.
Notice the folders are named with dates.
111025 = 20011,Oct,25th.
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Jasper


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Location: England

PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 13:25    Post_subject:  

Hi,

An Avast! update once a week (say, every Saturday) with C and D scan will be sufficient.

After a few months with nothing found, reduce the interval to say,monthly,

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Sylvander

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PostPosted: Sat 05 Nov 2011, 13:31    Post_subject:  

xxxx OK xxxx Very Happy

My thanks [kindly thoughts] for your assistance. Wink
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