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Have a shoe box for your PC

Friday, August 18th, 2006

To keep your PC running smoothly it is vital to have a shoe box for it. Here’s a tip that could save you life in an IT crisis. (more…)

Virus and trojan woes - stacking the cards in your favour

Monday, July 17th, 2006

I had a call this afternoon from a lady in distress.

She told me how her PC had been behaving strangely the last couple of days with unfixable “virus found” messages and general slowness. She told me how her son’s PC, on the same network, had also exhibited some “anomolies” recently. She told me of her worry that important files might go missing and how much time she had lost.

Sadly, this is a familiar situation.

Let me give you a couple of things you can do in advance, to lessen the chances of this happening to you. (more…)

Be nice to your PC

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

You know, if folks were as nice to their PC as they are to their pets we would all live in a happier world…

Perhaps once a month, give your PC a colonic irrigation - OK, not literally (although I’m sure some of you are tempted).

First off, clean out any unwanted malware that may have accumulated. Download and run Ad-Aware Personal, and Spybot. Make sure they are updated before you run them.

Then run Disk Cleanup (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup).

Finally kick off the disk Defragmenter (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter).

Now go and have a cup of tea leaving your PC in private for an hour or so…

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