Clean Your Computer & Make It Run Fast - with No Cost Tools
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Clean Your Computer & Make It Run Fast - with No Cost Tools

A step-by-step guide to fixing your computer with no cost programs & a little bit of knowledge, avoiding costly repairs.
4.6 (41 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,669 students enrolled
Created by Joanne Reid
Last updated 7/2017
Price: $30
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 9 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Remove annoying and distracting pop-up and fake advertisements.
  • Clean viruses and malware off your own computer easily and without paying another cent.
  • Increase the speed and usefulness of your computer.
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  • You need to be able to get on to the Internet.

Take back your power! Speed up your computer - for free.

***This course is ideal for beginners in the world of taking care of your computer. It is designed to take you step by step through the very basics of working with your computer.***

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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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for people who would like to keep their computer in prime working condition without having to pay big bucks to the repair shop all the time.
  • You don't need to know anything about how the computer works or what buttons you need to push.
  • This course is great for anyone who is frustrated by how slow their computer is and annoyed by all those little windows that cover your screen.
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Curriculum For This Course
5 Lectures 05:58

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.

Preview 00:10

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.

Preview 02:00

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.

Preview 01:45

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.

How Do You See the Internet?

Can you answer a few basic questions about your computer?

What do you know about your computer?
3 questions
Malicious Software and Other Bad Things
5 Lectures 08:04

Malicious software? What is that? What can it do?

Viruses and Other Nasty Things

A computer worm is a malware program that worms its way into your computer and takes a free ride along your network.

Worms. Don't Eat Them and Don't Allow Them on Your Computer

But how did this bad stuff get on your computer and why would it tell you such lies?

Where Does This &%(#@ Come From?

You have programs that are supposed to protect you. What could have gone wrong?

Preview 01:57

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.

Preview 00:56
The Secrets You Need to Know About Your AntiVirus Program
5 Lectures 03:47

What do you have on your system now for protection? Is it functioning and up-to-date?

What Antivirus Program are you Running?

If one AntiVirus program is good, does that mean that two are better? No.

Preview 00:26

How much should you pay for protection and does the more you pay make your computer safer? The answer might surprise you.

Should You Get a Free or Paid AntiVirus Program?

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..

Preview 00:10

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.

Installing an Antivirus Program
2 pages
Let's Get To It: Cleaning Your Own Computer
7 Lectures 24:43

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.

Peel off the first layer of PUPS and nuisances.

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.

Dig a little deeper

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.

Keep On Digging

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.

Clean Up The Mess

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.

Update Your System

Sometimes dirty keyboards can cause their own special problems. They are surprisingly easy to clean. Here's how.

Preview 03:29

Some programs are just a nuisance. Here is a list of programs that you might as well uninstall.

Programs to Delete
Wrap Up
2 Lectures 00:32

Here's a list of the suggested sources for the free tools used to keep your computer sparkling clean inside.

A Word About Resources

Here are the best ways to contact me.

Preview 00:10
About the Instructor
Joanne Reid
4.6 Average rating
51 Reviews
2,179 Students
2 Courses
Software Instructor and Writer

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 revived computers that people thought were 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.