Turn it off

If your computer or any other electronic equipment gives you trouble, turn everything off and turn it back on.

Anti Virus

  1. Install a good anti virus software. Such as; Norton Anti Virus, Mcafee Viruscan, Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus.
  2. Keep your anti virus software up to date. If your anti virus software does not have the latest virus definitions, you are vulnerable to the hundreds of new viruses that come out every week.
  3. Manually update your anti virus software at least once a week, even if it has an automatic update feature.
  4. If you can't afford an anti virus program, here are some free options/
    1. Microsoft Security Essentials
    2. Avast
    3. AVG Free by Grisoft, is a good free anti virus program.
    4. AntiVir
  5. Many viruses spread by e-mail. If you are suspicious about a message, no matter who it is from, delete it.

What is SpyWare/AdWare?

Spyware/Adware/Malware programs are very tempting “Free” programs that says they will do something wonderful for you. They will give you smiley’s in your email, help you speed up your internet connection, make searching easier, download free music files, etc. What you don’t see is that these programs also send you personal information to the company, send you more pop up ads, spam, and in most cases cause the machine to behave poorly. In extreme cases, the computer may not function at all.

Adware/Spyware Programs

  1. Go to Download.com, and search for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SpyBot.
    1. ComboFix (Follow the directions, this is an industrial cleanup tool.)
    2. ADWCleaner
    3. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
    4. SuperAntiSpyware
    5. SpyBot Search and Destroy
    6. Emsisoft AntiMalware (The scanner part of the package is free.)
  2. Spysweeper is an excellent commercial product.
  3. CCleaner from Pirifom doesn't get rid of spyware, but it does clean out a lot of excess stuff.

Check your Disks

If you have Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10, run Chkdsk

  1. Start, Run, Type in cmd, Press the Enter Key
  2. Type Chkdsk /f, Press the Enter Key
  3. It will say that it has to restart to fix your drive, type Y, and Press the Enter key
  4. Restart your pc, your hard disks will be checked for errors

With 95, 98, ME, run Scandisk

  1. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scandisk
  2. Standard Test, Click Fix Automatically
  3. Click Start

Firewalls

  1. If you have a cable or DSL internet connection, put in a hardware firewall.
  2. If you have a dialup connection, install a software firewall.
  3. If you have Windows XP/Vista on a dialup connection, enable the built-in firewall. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/ for some good advice.

Disk Cleanup

Run Disk Cleanup every month to keep your computer free of buildup.

  1. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Select everything, then click OK.

Disk Defragmenter

Run Disk Defragmenter every month to keep your hard drive running fast.

  1. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Click OK, then Click Start.
  3. When Disk Defragmenter is finished, restart your PC.

Monthly Maintenance 1.0 for Windows XP and Server 2003

Monthly Maintenance 1.0 is an automated chkdsk and defrag script for Windows XP Home, Professional, and Windows 2003 Server. Download and install this program, and run it once a month to keep your computer running smoothly. The installation program creates a shortcut on your desktop and in System Tools called Monthly Maintenance.