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How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses

One of the main concerns of PC users everywhere is how to keep their computer safe from viruses.
Before we go into different ways that you can use, let’s first take a look at what computer viruses can
do to your system and how they are spread. In the days before the internet came into widespread use,
computer viruses were mostly spread by floppy disks that have become infected. At that time, the main
purpose of viruses was to cause disruption, such as by deleting files, or displaying annoying messages
on the screen.

Today, most viruses are spread through the internet and their purposes have also evolved. While there
are still viruses whose purpose is to simply slow down PCs by clogging their memory, most viruses
today are designed to be profitable for their creators in one way or the other. Some of them allow
backdoor access to your data to hackers, enabling them to steal sensitive information by snooping
through files or monitoring keystrokes. Others can turn your computer into a “zombie” that will then be
used to send spam or launch attacks on websites.

Exercising proper security measures is the best way to keep your PC from being infected by a
virus. Many viruses are spread through email attachments. Because of this, you shouldn’t download
attachments from people that you don’t know or from messages that you didn’t expect.

If you download software and other files from the internet, make sure that they are from a trusted
source. One of the main distribution channel for infected files is file sharing services such as torrents
and peer to peer file sharing applications.

Keep any software that connects to the internet, such as web browsers, instant messaging clients, etc.
up to date. Same applies for downloading security updates for your operating system. As soon as a
security flaw is discovered in many software programs, a patch is released to address the vulnerability.
This is why you should always let software programs update themselves to fix these issues.

Using anti virus software is also important. A good anti virus program runs silently in the background,
periodically scanning your hard drive for any viruses or suspicious files. It is also able to detect
potentially infected websites when you click on a link to them. There are many good anti virus
programs which are free, the most famous one being AVG Free Edition. So there is really no reason not
to have virus protection installed on your PC. Be sure to let your anti virus program update itself every
day, as new security threats and viruses are discovered on a regular basis and the anti virus software
needs to be updated in order to recognize them.

Lastly, keeping yourself informed about the latest security threats and vulnerabilities by scanning
through technology news sites will give you information about any new viruses and ways that you can
protect yourself from them.

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5 Tips for Windows 7

5 Tips for Windows 7

If you want to use Windows 7 in a more efficient way, then you will find these power user tips veryhandy. These are just the things that many users simply don’t know about, but which can boost your productivity and make certain tasks a lot simpler.

1. Creating a “Master Control Panel” item

When it was discovered, this feature was called the “God Mode” trick in technology blogs, as a
reference to a common cheat in certain video games that give the user infinite energy. In Windows 7,
this trick simply allows you to have all the control panel settings available to you in one control panel
item. To use it, create a folder with any name, with the extension “.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-
825C-99712043E01C} “ without the quotes. You can now do things like manage screen settings,
create additional user accounts, etc. all from one page.

2. View all open windows in 3D

Most Windows users know that they can switch from one window to the other by using ALT + TAB.
But wouldn’t it be nicer to have a 3D view of all your open windows? Simply press Windows Key +
TAB and you will be presented with this view. Press Windows Key + TAB to navigate between the
open windows.

3. View the time in different time zones at a glance

This won’t really matter for most users, but if you are regularly in touch with people halfway around
the globe, knowing what time it is in their place would be quite useful. Sure, it’s possible to just Google
(name of city) + time, but there’s an easier way. Click on the clock on the bottom right of the task bar,
go to “Change time and date settings” and then click on the additional clocks tab. You can now add 2
more clocks that you can view just by clicking on the time in the task bar.

4. Change the volume level of different applications

Windows 7 allows you to change the volume level of different applications that you have running
on your PC. Just click on the sound icon in the task bar and go to “Mixer”. You can now modify
the volume for each application. Quite useful if some apps that you have running produce loud and
annoying sounds.

5. Easily upload files online

If you have an open folder that contains an attachment you want to send in an email, or a picture you
want to post online, simply right click on the file and select copy as path. This will keep you from
having to browse to the folder again when you go to upload the file online. You can now simply paste
the path in the upload box.

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5 Tips for Windows XP

5 Tips for Windows XP

If you’re a Windows XP power user, you would probably be interested in learning some useful tips that
will help you use your computer in a more efficient way and fix common problems. Here are a few tips
that will help you create a more enjoyable user experience in Windows XP:

1. Fix Microsoft Paint Problems

A common issue with MS Paint in Windows XP is that it sometimes stops working. It can either
display an error message on startup, or fail to open. But there is an easy way to fix this, which is
done by unistalling and reinstalling the program. Simply go to the control panel, then Add/Remove
Programs, then Add/Remove Windows Components. Next to to Accessories and Utilities, then
Accessories. Remove the check mark next to Paint and click OK. Once it is removed, you can go back
to the same control panel applet and enable the check mark next to it. This will do a clean installation
of MS Paint.

2. Have a Program Run When All Users Log In

To have a certain program run when any user logs into your PC, simply go to start, then run and type
in: %allusersprofile%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup . You can then put in a shortcut to the program you
want to run in this folder.

3. Assign a Custom Icon to a Folder

If you want to assign a custom icon to a certain folder, here is how to do it: right click on the folder,
then select properties.

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The Story of Windows Vista

The Windows Vista operating system has been seen by many to be quite a failure. Indeed, as of now,
very few users actually have it installed on their systems. The vast majority of computers now run
either Windows 7 or the older Windows XP. But what happened with Vista? Why is it seen as such a
failed product?

There are a few explanations for this. One of the “official” ones by Microsoft was that the price was too
high, which served as a deterrent to some users. But even as the company slashed down prices on retail
versions of the OS, consumers have been slow to adopt it.

Simply put, the Vista operating system got a bad reputation right from the start.

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