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Chris's Computer Maintenance List


I often find friend's computers overrun with adware, spyware, and unupdated versions of Windows; pretty much in general overall chaos.  Many times the problems are so simple to fix, but people just dont know about the software out there.  So I've made a list of suggested ways to keep your PC running smoothly without spending much, if any money.  If you have any comments or suggestions email me at: ckawalek@gmail.com

Programs to Install:
These first five programs I would classify as essentials for everyone:
  • Mozilla's Foxfire web browser - use instead of Internet Explorer, it is by far less prone to viruses, and has great popup blockers - http://www.mozilla.org/products/firefox/  - Free
  • Mozilla's Thunderbird mail application - use instead of Outlook Express - also dramatically less prone to viruses than Outlook, nice junk mail controls, and just a good all-around mail program. - http://www.mozilla.org/products/thunderbird/  - Free
  • Ad-Aware - utility to remove spyware, adware, popups, etc. - http://www.lavasoftusa.com/   - Free Personal Version
  • Spybot S&D - another utility to remove spyware, adware, popups, etc.  This is not a replacement for Ad-Aware but should be used in conjunction with it.  I would also suggest running the "Immunize" feature -  http://www.spybot.info/  - Free
  • AntiVir - good antivirus utility - http://www.free-av.com/  - Free Personal Version

-and if you don't feel like paying for Microsoft Office you might want to think about downloading OpenOffice - http://www.openoffice.org/  - Free


Once every week or two:
  • update and run Ad-Aware
  • update and run Spybot S&D
  • update and run AntiVir Guard
  • check http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com (in Internet Explorer) for any critical updates or driver updates and install them!

 Once every month or two:
  • run Scan Disk on all of your HDs  (this can either be found under the "start" menu in "Accessories" in "System Tools" ;  or in Windows XP by opening the "My Computer" folder, right-clicking on your hard drive and selecting "Properties"  then clicking on "Check Now..." under Error-checking.  Be sure to check "Automatically fix file systems errors," and "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors")
  • run Disk Defragment your HDs (can be found in the same place as Scan Disk)
  • check http://officeupdate.microsoft.com/ (in Internet Explorer) for any updates to Microsoft Office if you are running it.


Extras:
these are just other programs & web pages you might be interested in:

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