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PC Security

Just as one has to change the oil in your car to keep it working, your PC requires some basic maintenance to insure that it works properly.  And with all the new virus's, which can destroy the data on your computer, it is in your best interest to spend a little time maintaining your computer to avoid becoming infected with computer virus's.

The following information should provide you with the resources you need to keep your PC operating properly.

Virus Software

The simplest and most important thing you can do for your PC is to install and properly configure virus software.  There are a number of packages available.  The links below are for three that we know work well.

Once you have the software installed, make sure to configure the package to automatically download and install updates !

Windows and Office Updates

If you have a Windows based PC, make sure that you regularly install the necessary Windows updates.  Microsoft has a web site that will automatically analyze your PC and apply the proper updates http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

You can also configure your PC to automatically check Microsoft and download these updates.

 

Personal Firewall

Another great tool that you can use to better protect your PC from current and future worm type virus's is a personal firewall.  A personal firewall limits network communications to only those communications you specify.  By default, Microsoft Windows has a number of open communication ports and a personal firewall can shut down those ports and further protect your PC from virus's as well as hackers.

 

Backups

Do you backup your PC ?  If not, you better !!

Here are some links for help on how to backup your computer.

 

SpyWare

One of the more irritating feature of the Internet today is SpyWare.  SpyWare are small software programs installed on your PC by various packages and web sites that monitors what your PC is doing.  This monitoring not only is an invasion of your privacy, but when the SpyWare collects the data and sends it back to a storage location, your PC performance is degraded.  We've seen instances where SpyWare is using 50% of the cpu utilization on the PC.  SpyWare elimination software we recommend:


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