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Prepare your computer for TG08

By Knut Ivar Nesheim
Published: 29. Sep 2007, 16:41

We strongly recommend that you update Windows and protect it from viruses and spyware. Read through this list before you arrive TG08!

#1 Update Windows

Download the latest Service Pack for your version of Windows:

After installing the latest Service Pack, install all remaining updates. Do this either by enabling automatic updates (Control Panel -> Security Center) or by visiting windowsupdate.microsoft.com

#2 Firewall

When installing Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, you get Windows Firewall. We strongly recommend that you turn the firewall on (Control Panel -> Security Center).

If you for some reason are unable or unwilling to use Windows Firewall, we recommend installing an alternate firewall. Possible alternatives include:

Please note: Do NOT run multiple firewalls at once, choose only one. Running multiple firewalls simultaneously are likely to cause a lot of strange problems.

#3 Antivirus

Please install an anti-virus program. Numerous alternatives exist.

A few things to remember:

  • Remember to keep your antivirus program updated with the latest definition files and patches
  • Trial versions have a limited period of use, and your version must not expire during The Gathering.
  • You should only run one anti-wirus program, since running several at once will usually make them conflict.

If you think you may have a virus, and have not yet installed antivirus software, take a look at housecall.trendmicro.com and scan your computer online. This can solve many problems related to installing of antivirus software and is free.

#4 Spyware

In addition to antivirus software, we recommend that you install software to remove spyware and other malware. Removing such malicious software can improve the performance of your computer a lot, and will also reduce network traffic, allowing better performance for everyone.

Therefore, please install at least one of the following programs:

Remember to keep your anti-malware software updated, and also be careful not to accept when websites ask you to install unknown software. Also note that you may very well install multiple anti-malware programs, and this might result in better results.

#5 Make your computer ready for TG08

  • Set a password for your Administrator account (Control Panel -> User Accounts).
  • Make sure that you don't share folders with write access.
  • Check that Internet Connection Sharing is turned off. (Control Panel -> Network Connections, Right-click and choose Properties/Advanced on all connections, and make sure "Allow other network users to connect..." isn't checked) Note: If Internet Connection Sharing is turned on it can make everyone on your switch unable to connect to the network. This is likely to make them angry at you.
  • Do not use Internet Explorer, it is like a open door into your computer. Try one of these: Firefox (Free) or Opera (Free)
  • Do not use Outlook or Outlook Express. Mozilla Thunderbird is a great E-Mail program less affected by viruses and worms than Outlook.

#6 If you need to reinstall your operative system during the party

  • Unplug your network cable (Very important!).
  • Reinstall your operating system.
  • Ask your neighbour if he can download security updates and burn it on a CD or write it to a USB pen drive, so you can be completely protected before you plug in the network cable again.


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