Below is a Windows based list
of valuable utilities that can help you minimize
complications with your computer. All The Computer Guy
clients get free access to these and many more computer
tools and utilities. Plus, we offer remote support for
all clients who need added assistance.
A computer firewall is
used to protect a computer or networked server or client
machine from damage by unauthorized users.
This utility is designed to
safely clean your Windows automatically. It will clean
all items that are known to clog your hardware and rob
it of its performance and many of the errors that occur
during Window startup.
Spyware is any technology
that aids in gathering information about a person or
organization without their knowledge. On the Internet
(where it is sometimes called a spybot or tracking
software), spyware is programming that is put in
someone's computer to secretly gather information about
the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested
parties. spyware can get in a computer as a software
virus or as the result of installing a new program.
Spyware is often installed without the user's consent,
as a drive-by download or as the result of clicking some
option in a deceptive pop-op window. Adware, software
designed to serve advertising, can usually be thought of
as spyware as well because it almost invariably includes
components for tracking and reporting user information.
- Do not open any files
attached to an email from an unknown, suspicious or
- Do not open any
files attached to an email unless you know what it
is, even if it appears to come from a dear friend or
someone you know. Some viruses can replicate
themselves and spread through email. Better be safe
than sorry and confirm that they really sent it.
- Do not open any
files attached to an email if the subject line is
questionable or unexpected. If the need to do so is
there always save the file to your hard drive before
- Delete chain emails
and junk email. Do not forward or reply to any to
them. These types of email are considered spam,
which is unsolicited, intrusive mail that clogs up
- Do not download any
files from strangers. Exercise caution when
downloading files from the Internet. Ensure that the
source is a legitimate and reputable one. Verify
that an anti-virus program checks the files on the
download site. If you're uncertain, don't download
the file at all or download the file to a floppy and
test it with your own anti-virus software.
- Update your
anti-virus software regularly. Over 500 viruses are
discovered each month, so you'll want to be
protected. These updates should be at the least the
products virus signature files. You may also need to
update the product's scanning engine as well.
- Back up your files
on a regular basis. If a virus destroys your files,
at least you can replace them with your back-up
copy. You should store your backup copy in a
separate location from your work files, one that is
preferably not on your computer.
- When in doubt,
always err on the side of caution and do not open,
download, or execute any files or email attachments.
Not executing is the more important of these
caveats. Check with your product vendors for updates
which include those for your operating system web
browser, and email. One example is the security site
section of Microsoft located at:
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