The "Survival Kit" mentioned in the article lacks disk images. With disk images, it is possible to restore the entire computer to an earlier state. I find them a very important way to stay secure.
i cannot agree with you more ..
i have never used Windows' Backup & Restore feature until Windows 7 came out.
With previous OSes, i was too occupied with BSODs and errors.
With Windows 7, it's so damn smooth, responsive, and error-free that i now have time to explore it's features.
I have an internal 160GB HD, 1 external 1TB HD hooked up via USB 2.0.
I use nothing but portable apps., which i create D Partition for.
The only apps. that are actually installed is ESET Smart Security & VMware Workstation.With Windows 7 Backup & Restore
: i can set everything up the way i like and once fully set up, i create a system image. I can then revert back to that image if something disastrous happens. I can even mount the image via Disk Utility and get files from an earlier state
It takes approximately 5 minutes to backup C and Hidden Partition. It takes about the same time to restore. Best of all these images are "non-destructive
off topic: i never understood why Windows 7 users would go out of their way to install a 3rd party app like Acronis when Windows 7 has a fully loaded Backup Utility.As for Anti-Virus slowing down your computer
: this depends on which AV you're using.
I used to be a Kaspersky Internet Security avid enthusiast but it seriously bogged down my PC.
With ESET, the difference is night and day. I switched to ESET a few weeks ago. The only thing missing is a System-wide Anti-Banner which Kaspersky had. But no big deal.. i've learned to deal with it by using the 'hosts' file and Fanboy's Opera Ad-block As for running without it
: i wouldn't because of all the tracking. But im behind a Router so i have most of "Services.msc" disabled which improves responsiveness dramatically... i.e. IKE & AuthIP, IPsec, TCP/IP Net BIOS, Server, Windows Firewall, etc.