Weekly PC maintenance checklist.
1. Antivirus update. Even if
you have put the autoupdate feature on, it is advisable to just
click on the Antivirus program (Symantec/Norton, McAfee, PC-Cillin,
AVG, Sophos, Norman...) update button and check if you have the
latest virus definition.
- This step make sure your PC will detect the latest virus
2. Microsoft/Windows Update. The first line of defense
in keeping your computer as secure as possible is through regular
software updates and routine system maintenance to help avoid data
loss, new viruses, and other potential risks.
CCleaner is a freeware system
optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your
system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard
disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as
your Internet history. But the best part is that it's small, fast
Click here to get Ccleaner
update. Spyware's threat has become one of the biggest headache
after virus worms and trojan. (Read more on Spyware from
Microsoft's Security at Home)
If you are using WinXP Home or Pro (or later version), please use
Microsoft Windows Defender. It is FREE.
An alternative is to use
Ad-Aware SE Personal. Ad-Aware Personal provides advanced
protection from known data-mining, aggressive advertising, Trojans,
dialers, malware, browser hijackers, and tracking components. This
software is downloadable free of charge.
Once you have your PC updated with latest patches, virus
definition, antispyware definition and done some cleanup with
ccleaner, you just need this piece of software to make your PC run
at peak performance. TuneXP is the single most easy and featured XP
tweaker, you'll ever find. Designed with easy-to-use dropdown menus,
it will make your Windows installation go from its sluggish state to
a red-blooded, optimized mode. All for free.
Download the TuneXP 1.5 installation file
Last but not lease, always remember to backup your data to a
external media (USB thumb drive, USB harddisk, burn to CD or DVD)
After you have done all the tasks, if you want
to find out if your PC is really protected, there is a free tool to
do just that. - click here
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