Take the Nightmare Out of Your New Computer Experience
You just got a new computer a short time ago. It seems like yesterday
that you were taking it out of the box and plugging in all of those
wires. You remember pressing the button for the first time and going
through that painful setup process and then the nightmare of installing
all of your favorite programs and making them work just the way
you want them to. Then you think of the somewhat complicated experience
it was to set up your Internet and Email connections and the fun
you had using them once you finally got hooked up to the Internet.
You reminisce about all of the games and fun stuff you downloaded
and clicked on.
Now here you are inserting that recovery CD into the CDROM drive,
knowing that when it's done running the recovery process you will
be right back to where you were when you pressed the button for
the first time. You know this because that's what the tech support
guy told you to expect. "It's the only thing we can do for
it at this point", that's what the tech support guy said after
being on the phone with him for an hour and a half. "It's the
only thing we can do for it at this point".
What a nightmare.
It's a brand new computer, what could have possibly went wrong you
ask yourself over and over. The support guy did mention something
about Antivirus software, Windows updates, Adware and Spyware removal
tools and he also said something about installing a firewall. What
is all this stuff and would it have stopped my computer from slowing
down to a crawl and rebooting all the time? It's a brand new computer,
wouldn't it have all these things installed and configured anyway?
This could very well be a typical scenario that could happen to
anybody with a new computer. The problem is that most new computers
sit in the box for 2 or 3 or maybe even 6 months before you initially
set it up. So by the time it gets all up and running, any security
program installed on the computer is either out of date or not activated
to begin with. Any computer security program needs to be installed,
configured and updated regularly for it to work properly. Let's
take a look at a few of the most important steps that need to be
taken to keep that new computer running healthy.
The first and most important step that should be taken is to ensure
that you have Antivirus software installed on the computer. Some
computer manufacturers install it and some don't. It's up to you
to find out. Take a look on the start menu programs and look for
some form of Antivirus software program. There are many different
brands to look for. Norton Antivirus and
Trend Micro are some of the major players. If you do not have anything
installed, you need to buy some Antivirus software right away. A
computer should not be on the Internet without updated Antivirus
software. Once you are sure you have it installed the next step
is to update the software. You may need to open up the program and
click an update button or read the directions or whatever you have
to do, but make sure that it is updated before going any further.
Depending on the software, there may be an automatic update or you
may have to keep it updated manually. Whatever the case, you need
to make sure that it stays updated. New viruses are found daily.
Some antivirus software companies update their software daily, others
may be weekly, it's up to you to find that out. Having good Antivirus
software installed is a major step guarding you against ever having
to use that recovery CD again.
People are constantly trying to get into your computer through an
open port or a backdoor. The best way to prevent that from happening
is to install a firewall. A firewall is basically a "wall"
put between your computer and the Internet. There are two types
of firewalls, hardware and software. Linksys and Netgear are probably
the best hardware types. Norton Security is a total protection software bundle. There are plenty of other brands that pretty much
do the same thing; they build a wall between your computer and the
Internet. You should be feeling pretty safe at this point.
There are a couple other nuisances you should be aware of that will
slow your computer down to a crawl. Spyware and Adware programs.
These programs are usually installed on your computer by you, and
you install them without even knowing it sometimes. They usually
come embedded in all of that "free" software going around
Nothing is free anymore. These programs will give
you Internet pop up ads and use your system resources for possibly
malicious deeds to slow your computer down. Never install anything
on your computer without reading the software agreement first. If
you are not sure about it, don't install it. It's that simple. At this point, yoiu might want to try to take an exact image of your computer in case it does fail you again. An image will get you back to this point in a matter of minutes. View a tutorial.
Now your new computer should run smoothly until its time for your
next upgrade. Just remember to keep your Antivirus software updated,
check for and install all of the Microsoft critical updates, use
a firewall and remember that nothing is free anymore so be careful
what you click yes to and you will stay nightmare free for a long
time to come.
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