Turn it off
If your computer or any other electronic equipment gives you trouble, turn everything off and turn it back on.
- Install a good anti virus software. Such as; Norton Anti Virus, Mcafee Viruscan, Symantec Corporate
- 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
- Manually update your anti virus software at least once a week,
even if it has an automatic update feature.
- If you can't afford an anti virus program,
here are some free options/
- Microsoft Security Essentials
- AVG Free by Grisoft, is a good free
anti virus program.
- Most 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.
- Go to Download.com,
and search for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, SpyBot.
SpyBot Search and Destroy
Emsisoft AntiMalware (The scanner part of the package is
ComboFix (Follow the directions, this is an industrial
- Spysweeper is an
excellent commercial product.
- CCleaner from
Pirifom doesn't get rid or spyware, but it does clean out a lot of
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.
Check your Disks
If you have Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7, run Chkdsk
- Start, Run, Type in cmd, Press the Enter Key
- Type Chkdsk /f, Press the Enter Key
- It will say that it has to restart to fix your drive, type Y,
and Press the Enter key
- Restart your pc, your hard disks will be checked for errors
With 95, 98, ME, run Scandisk
- Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Scandisk
- Standard Test, Click Fix Automatically
- Click Start
Operating System and Office Updates
http://update.microsoft.com, scan for and install critical
updates to keep your computer operating system and Office
software up to date.
- If you have a cable or DSL internet connection, put in a
- If you have a dialup connection, install a software firewall.
- 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
Run Disk Cleanup every month to keep your computer free of
- Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup.
- Click OK.
- Select everything, then click OK.
Run Disk Defragmenter every month to keep your hard drive running
- Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Defragmenter.
- Click OK, then Click Start.
- When Disk Defragmenter is finished, restart your PC.
Internet Explorer Tips
Tame your Temporary Internet Files
Each time you open a Web page, IE creates a cache file (a temporary
copy) of the page's text and graphics. When you open the page again, for
example, when you click on the toolbar Back button, IE checks the Web
site server for changes to the page. If the page has changed, IE
retrieves a new version over the network. If the page hasn't changed, IE
uses the cache files from your RAM or hard drive to display the page. IE
caches Web pages to your hard drive until the respective cache is full;
IE then rotates out pages based on age and space. Microsoft designed
this system to help load Web pages quicker. However, if you've viewed
lots of Web pages, you may have an overloaded hard disk cache (dozens or
even hundreds of megabytes), which IE will require time to check before
it loads a new page. Sometimes this folder gets bad stuff in it.
- Click Tools, Internet Options.
- The Internet Options dialog box appears.
- Select the General tab (if it's not already selected).
- Click the Delete files button to get back a good bit of disk
- Then click OK to finish up. Empty disk space awaits you.
- You can also cut down the amount of space the cache takes up, by
clicking settings and reducing the size to 20 MB. That is plenty.