Virus scanning recommendations for Windows 7

I posted this on the old site, but it’s worth posting again due to the release of Windows 7. This Microsoft KB article outlines the recommended configuration for Anti-Virus programs on almost all versions of Windows. A must see for Administrators! Starts out:
“This article contains recommendations that may help you protect a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 from viruses. This article also contains information to help you minimize the effect of antivirus software on system and network performance.”

Disable or Hide Windows 7 FolderBand (AKA Organize Bar)

Modify your ShellStyle.dll file found under: to Auto-Hide or disable completely this FolderBand (which I call the Organize bar). Continue reading Disable or Hide Windows 7 FolderBand (AKA Organize Bar)

Sudo for Windows 7 (via Start ++)

User Account Control (UAC) has finally been “fixed” in Windows 7 eliminating the endless prompts to allow something to happen, like simply copying, pasting or deleting files. Since Microsoft had “tweaked” the UAC settings you only get the prompt when making major system changes like Running Programs as Administrators Continue reading Sudo for Windows 7 (via Start ++)

Glasser Ad-On for Firefox (Windows 7)

This is a must have for Firefox to blend it in to Windows 7!
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Decrease Hover Delay on Task Bar Thumbnails

Open REGEDIT and navigate to: Change the MouseHoverTime REG_SZ value to 0 or anything less than 400 to speed it up. You’ll need to reboot for the new settings to take effect.
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