Caring for your personal computer (Windows XP)
Tips for keeping your computer safe online
· Do not install unusual search bars or toolbars – stick to the basics like Google, MSN, or Yahoo. Try not to install multiple search bars.
· Do not install software if you do not know much about the company. Research a program on Google before installing it if you are unsure.
· Avoid sites that have excessive popups.
A great way to perform routine maintenance on your personal computer is by :
· Scanning for Viruses
· Scanning for Spyware
· Cleaning Registry Errors
System Performance Troubleshooting Steps
1) Always have a virus scanner
2) Check for Spyware
3) Check for Registry Errors
1) Seattle University uses McAfee, but Trend Micro Antivirus plus Antivirus Spyware 2009 is available for purchase through the Seattle University store at the E-Academy website.
2) A combined virus and spyware scanner is Trend Micro Antivirus plus Antivirus Spyware 2009. Alternatively, you may search for something like MalwareBytes Anti-Malware on the web. Spybot is also useful for seeing what Spyware might have infected your computer.
NOTE: ANTIVIRUS 2008 or ANTIVIRUS 2009 are SPYWARE!
3) To Check for Registry Errors, look for a program like CCleaner from the web and run it on the computer. Fix all of the registry errors that are discovered.
4) It is a good idea to defrag your computer about once per quarter or after a large change in the contents of your hard-drive (a large software install, deleting or moving lots of files, or uninstall software. A fragmented disk has files scattered randomly throughout its hard-drive. Defragging organizes the hard-drive contents so that information is chunked together and easier to access. Defrag can be found in the Start Menu, then All Programs, then Accessories and then System Tools.