Tips and Tricks

 

  1. The first rules of using a computer is KISS:  keep it simple stupid!  Don’t crap up your computer with tons of extra “tools” and “utilities” to keep it clean and safe…it will have the opposite effect.
  2. Use basic common sense when browsing the internet.  There’s a ton of stuff out there and a bunch of bad folks plying their trade.  If it looks too good to be true then you better believe it is.

 

Recommended Software

As experienced computer users and repair people we recommend several pieces of software to maintain your computer and make your life easier.  Most of these are free…which is our favorite price…and all of them have proven effective over many years of use.

  1. CCleaner (short for crap cleaner) is a wonderful and effective temporary file remover, registry clean up and basic fix it tool.  You can find the free version at: http://www.piriform.com/CCLEANER.  They also provide a paid version with support if you like but the tool is very easy to use and the free version is often all you will need.  Make sure to do the “custom” installation and do not install the toolbar that they are advertising.  All toolbars are bad no matter where they come from.
  2. Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus is an actual free antivirus program from Microsoft that never tries to sell you anything.  Amazing!  This program is effective and leaves a very small footprint.  Remember that no antivirus stops everything.  Malware makes up 90% of the bad stuff and most antivirus programs don’t stop it whether you paid for them or not.  You can download this program at:  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/products/security-essentials Please only use one antivirus program at a time unless you have an insane desire to have us fix your computer!
  3.  Malwarebytes Antimalware is a malware prevention tool that runs in real time on your computer in conjunction with your antivirus program.  This is a paid program but it works well and I do recommend putting out the $25.  You can find the download for this program at:  http://www.malwarebytes.org/.  A free trial is included in the free download so you can take it for a test drive before you decide if you like it.
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