How do I lock down my PC and keep it virus and malware-free?

I’m running Windows XP SP3 and the install is a couple years old. The computer has been getting sluggish and error-prone lately, probably due to malware. I’ve decided the most painless fix is to do a reinstall of the WinXP system. After I’m done, what practices can I undertake to keep this computer free of problems?

Is it a good idea to have the Administrator account as a separate account which is never used?
What is the best Antivirus / Malware software money can buy?
What is the best backup solution for my current files? Do any of those online solutions work?

Thanks.
I should mention what I’m using now.
-AVG Free, doesn’t seem to catch much
-AdAware
-Hijack This

A lot of PC-geeks use Sandboxie, or, Returnil, free or paid, which is a Virtual like environment, and or a Disk Drive Image Backup, if something goes wrong with your system you just install another Image Copy of Windows and you are good to go again…Other than the above, simply buy and use Kaspersky 2010, another PC-Geek favorite…

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How should I go about becoming a system admin?

I would like to become a System Admin, however, I’m not really sure how to go about it.

I am thinking about getting an Associates in Computer Information Systems (security concentration). Then possibly getting a bachelors in something else or getting certs. I’m really not sure what the best way to go about this is and I really don’t want to make the wrong decisions.

The course outline for that degree is,

1. Programming: Logic, Design and Implementation
2. Networking Technologies
3. Operating Systems
4. Introduction to UNIX/Linux and Shell Programming
5. Windows Server Administration 1
6. Windows Server Administration 2
7. Hardware Fundamentals
8. Network Security
9. Firewall Security
10. Operating Systems Security
11. Information Security and Disaster Recovery
12. Security Seminar

What do you guys think of that course? Do you have and suggestions for becoming a System Administrator? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time,
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those classes look to me like they are very across the board. probably to give you a general knowledge. the key is once you have that knowledge what you do with it. You will not become an Admin straight out of school. that is something you will have to work up to. I have seen admins with degrees in business or literature, but a butt load of experience in computers.

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can you help me with these questions?

46 Which of the following statements describes the OSI reference model?

It details a set of rules describing the design process of a network.
It provides a standard for measuring network performance.
It divides the process of network communications into seven layers.
It describes the set of procedures for troubleshooting network problems.

47 Which UNIX command allows viewing and changing items in the configuration of a network interface such as IP address, hardware address, broadcast address, and subnet mask?

netconfig
ifconfig
pathping
lsof

48 Which TCP/IP utility prints information about network connections, routing tables, and interfaces?

arp
netstat
host
dig

49 How is the FTP Service installed on Windows 2000?

by installing with a separate program
by starting Windows 2000 services
by opening the Web Services site
by installing the IIS component of Windows 2000

50 What is the most popular Web server software for Linux?

Apache
Roxen
Opera
thttp

51 What are three key concepts when analyzing and optimizing network performance?

bottlenecks, baselines, and best practices
baselines, base logs, and best practices
best practices, base logs, and bottlenecks
baseline, bottlenecks, and backups

52 What is the most common media used in Ethernet 10BaseT implementations?

STP
UTP
coaxial
ThinNet

46 Which of the following statements describes the OSI reference model?
It divides the process of network communications into seven layers.

47 Which UNIX command allows viewing and changing items in the configuration of a network interface such as IP address, hardware address, broadcast address, and subnet mask?
ifconfig

48 Which TCP/IP utility prints information about network connections, routing tables, and interfaces?
netstat

49 How is the FTP Service installed on Windows 2000?
by installing the IIS component of Windows 2000

50 What is the most popular Web server software for Linux?
Apache

51 What are three key concepts when analyzing and optimizing network performance?
bottlenecks, baselines, and best practices

52 What is the most common media used in Ethernet 10BaseT implementations?
UTP

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