Keep your data safe and your system running smoothly with
the following tips and advice!
1. Make sure you have
an antivirus program with up-to-date virus definitions.
A virus can cause untold damage to your
data and system files. We get in a lot of infected computers
with anti-virus software installed, but the definitions
were never updated!
2. Beware of anything "free"
on the Internet. Anything you download for
free may carry the price of spyware which can mess up your
PC in no time. If you use a file sharing utility such as
Kazaa or Morpheous to download "free" songs there
is a good chance you will get infected with viruses or spyware.
Sites that offer cheat codes or tips for gaming are also
notorious for loading spyware onto PCs.
3. Install and run on a regular
basis a spyware removal program such as
Ad-aware or Spybot Search and Destroy. Spyware is not removed
by antivirus programs but can cause many problems including
popups, slow internet connection, program crashes, and system
4. Be sure your computer
is plugged into a surge protector and not
just a power strip. A nearby lightning strike or a regular
power surge can destroy your system.
5. Take the time to make
backups of all your important data. You'd
be surprised at how many failed hard drives we see... and
the data is lost.