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Learn how to keep your computer running as fast as it can. Even if you are afraid to look at anything other than your email or Facebook, you can learn how to use completely free tools to fix those things that destroy your surfing pleasure.
Have you ever tried to look at a website only to find your computer screen completely unusable because it is covered with pop-ups?
Do you get big bright messages telling you that you have hundreds of viruses?
Are you tired of taking your computer to the repair shop to pay hundreds to have it cleaned and speeded up?
Then this course is for you. You will take a gentle peek at your computer and learn a bit more about it than you ever thought you wanted to know. Then you'll discover the truth about how you can surf the 'net and how to protect yourself from brutal attacks and hijacked webpages.
You'll learn about the different programs available and how to safely and properly use antivirus and antimalware programs to protect yourself.
The course can be finished in a weekend if you want to plunge right into it. The best thing is, you can see immediate improvements in your computer's performance before you are half-way through the course.
Don't be afraid of your computer. Its purpose is to serve you just like your coffee pot and toaster do. You're the boss. It's time to show that to the computer.
You'll take a quick look at a couple of things about your computer you likely did not know. These are easy but powerful things you can do that will give you the power to make your computer work at maximum capacity.
This is a quick fix for a common problem caused by malicious software and often when this happens, you are motivated to get your computer fixed because your enjoyment of the internet has come to a grinding halt.
You need a program to look at any webpage. There are several programs available but in the Windows world, the big three are Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.
Can you answer a few basic questions about your computer?
Malicious software? What is that? What can it do?
A computer worm is a malware program that worms its way into your computer and takes a free ride along your network.
But how did this bad stuff get on your computer and why would it tell you such lies?
You have programs that are supposed to protect you. What could have gone wrong?
So many people get a serious sounding phone call claiming to be from Microsoft and saying that they noticed your computer is not working properly. Do not talk to them. Hang up.
If one AntiVirus program is good, does that mean that two are better? No.
How much should you pay for protection and does the more you pay make your computer safer? The answer might surprise you.
There are more than the ones described here but in the interest of brevity, I am only mentioning three of the more popular paid ones and three of the more popular free ones..
A couple of the big names in paid antivirus programs often come bundled with your new computers. Let's take a look at them. Whether you pay for your antivirus or not is up to you. These are all excellent choices.
If your computer a mess? Let's start by removing some of the pervasive and low-level aggravations that cause pop-ups and threatening messages.
This is another pass at getting rid of even more annoying programs and maybe some viruses. Every program has its own strengths. This is a nice easy one that you can run online without having to install it.
One more cleaner that catches more than most when it comes to malicious software. This one you can leave on your computer as a companion to your antivirus program. Get the free version and run it every couple of weeks.
After you've cleaned out some of the dangerous threats, it is a good idea to clean up the traces of programs and leftover files that you no longer need.
When your system is free from threats, check to make sure your Windows operating system is up-to-date. It's a good idea to have the latest security patches and bug fixes.
Sometimes dirty keyboards can cause their own special problems. They are surprisingly easy to clean. Here's how.
Some programs are just a nuisance. Here is a list of programs that you might as well uninstall.
Technology and Writing
I began my working life as a writer and became fascinated with technology. The first technology for me involved a portable manual typewriter. I needed to be able to work anywhere.
Among my certifications, the one that was the most difficult to obtain was my Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. Even though, I "retired" from an international consulting company in 2003, I continued to apply the intense knowledge learned during the CISSP training to my business life.
Living the Simple Lifestyle
Part of working anywhere meant that I learned to keep my lifestyle simple and streamlined. I like to find the easiest (and cheapest) way to keep things running smoothly.
I had a small computer repair shop where I like to revive computers that people think are dead or at least non-functioning. When I realized that 90% of the computers that came into the shop were suffering from malware attacks, I found ways that people can prevent this kind of disruption in their computer world.
How I Learned
I became involved in computers in 1981 when there were not many choices for home computers. I grew up with home computing and learned each new rendition and release as it appeared. By 1989, I was teaching people how to use WordPerfect in an office setting.
By 1995, I was learning how to build websites. By 1997, I was a contract instructor for the biggest names in software training. In the new century, I was a consultant for CGI, an independent information technology and business process services firm.
In 2003, I "retired" from working in an office and ghostwrote and fixed computers and turned to seeking the simple lifestyle.