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 Expatriates computer, software, hardware essential tips


Expatriate Computer Tips: 
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.
Windows Update - Expat Computer Tips

3.Run Ccleaner. 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 and FREE.
Click here to get Ccleaner

4. AntiSpyware 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 Lavasoft's 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.


5. TuneXP. 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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