Get A Yearly Computer Checkup
Computers are prone to hundreds of thousands of viruses and bugs,
just like you and me. However, they don't know how to tell you when
they're feeling ill. Even the most savvy computer users can miss
certain important steps required in order to keep their computer
in healthy condition. Getting a routine computer "checkup"
by a certified professional is one of the most effective ways to
ensure that your computer maintains its speed and efficiency for
years to come.
Enable Windows Update
Make sure to enable Windows Update via the Control Panel. Windows
Update, when configured correctly, automatically downloads the latest
Microsoft Windows security updates and patches. Keeping your computer
up to date is absolutely vital to the health of your PC and will
help to ensure the longevity and quality of your computing experience.
Use a Subordinate User Account
In plain English, don't use the Administrator account for everyday
computer use. Many viruses take advantage of user privelages associated
with certain accounts, such as the Administrator. Also, make sure
that each of the accounts registered on your computer has a password.
If you have old accounts that are no longer in use, be sure to delete
Use Anti-Virus and Firewall Software
Using Anti-Virus and Firewall software should be considered a necessary
practice no matter how or for how long you use your computer. There's
absolutely no way to be sure which files you download may contain
malware. Using Anti-Virus and Firewall software helps to combat
attackers and viruses from getting into your computer and causing
Keeping my computer from crashing
There are many variables which may contribute to the corruption
of a computer's data. Like any other machine, the most effective
way to ensure your computer's stability is to have it cleaned and
inspected as often as possible.
Malware, or "Malicious Software," is simply a blanket
term for any software created for a purpose viewed as malicious
or unethical. "Malware" can be used to refer to Viruses,
Spy-ware and Ad-ware. "Viruses" are programs which duplicate
themselves from computer to computer and perform whatever function
for which they were programmed. "Spy-ware" is usually
used by unethical individuals or companies to retrieve personal
information about computer users, whether it be statistical or financial.
"Ad-ware" is often packaged with other applications, which
you may have found online for free, and causes pop-up ads to be
displayed on your monitor.