Basic Tips

There are some very useful tools that everybody should use regularly on their computer. They are "Disk Clean-up" and "Disk Defragmenter" They both can be found by clicking on "Start" then "All Programs". Click on "Accessories" then "System Tools". A drop down box opens which contains both tools. By right clicking the mouse over either tool they can be "Pinned to the Start Menu" or "Sent to" the desktop as a new shortcut.

Disk Clean-up will empty the recycle bin, delete old internet files, remove old installation files, and more. After scanning your computer, there is a box that opens that asks what you want to remove. I recommend checking all the boxes, except the one offering to "compress old files" unless your drive is running out of space.

Disk Defragmenter is a tool that will organize all the files on the disk so they can be accessed quickly by the disk reader. A defragmented disk will allow your computer to run faster because the files can be located and read faster. This also saves wear and tear on your hard drive. Disk Defragmenter should be run whenever you have made changes to your disk, by adding or deleting large files or programs. The more frequently the program is run the less time it will take to finish
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Use caution when browsing websites. Use great caution before accepting any free stuff.

Never allow a website to do a free scan on your computer. To do so allows outsiders past all the security firewalls and programs, and allows them full access to your computer.

Stay calm when warned of a virus infection. No need to panic. If it is a real threat the damage is already done. The danger is, there are unscrupulous sites that will try to convince you, your computer is infected when it is not. They will try to convince you that they have the cure if you "click here". The trouble is if you "click here" they may actually give you a virus, and then try to sell you a non-existent cure.

Recently I have been seeing a lot of computers infected with "rogue programs'. The computer will pop up a lot of warnings saying;
"your computer is at risk, your computer is infected, your passwords and bank data is not secure. You have 137 infections and if you pay for the full version all your problems will be fixed."
Under no circumstances should you give them your credit card data. This is a pure scam. The rogue program may look very legitimate. Some use Microsoft colours and logos, and go by names such as "System Tools, XP Antivirus" Windows 7 Antivirus, Windows PC Defender, Etc. Do not send them money for a non-existent cure. Remove the rogue program as soon as possible.

More tips coming soon