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Your webmaster recommends System
Mechanic Pro which he has on all 5 of his computers.
This software program automatically fixes and gives
suggestions on maintanance of your windows based pc.
Get it at www.iolo.com
or you can purchase a copy at you local WalMart for
A good number of computer users think the answer to the tech
problems they encounter is to ignore the symptoms, upgrade to
fancier software or buy a new computer.
Let me help. Here are five things that won’t turn you into a
tech guru overnight, but they’ll keep your computer running
fast, make you more productive and save you tons of frustration.
Best of all, they won’t cost you a cent.
1. Work faster using keyboard shortcuts
The great thing about computers is that they can work much
faster than you can. But telling them what to do is often a slow
process. Well, there’s a fix for that.
Say you’re ready to print a document. Instead of using the mouse
to move a cursor around the screen and selecting “Print” from a
drop-down menu, just hit Control+P on your keyboard.
There are dozens of keyboard shortcuts like this, from pressing
Ctrl+S to instantly save the file you’re working on, to pressing
Ctrl+Z to undo a boo-boo.
2. Protect yourself from viruses and spyware
It’s critical that you keep your security software current. New
viruses are unleashed daily. If your software is out-of-date,
you aren’t protected. Malware can destabilize your computer,
destroy files and steal personal information.
Every computer you own should have an antivirus program, a
firewall and an anti-spyware program. Another huge threat right
now is security holes in Java, a programming language used by
Web browsers to run interactive content.
When a vulnerable version of Java is active in a Web browser,
visiting a compromised website is all it takes for crooks to
sneak malware on to your computer.
To stay safe, stop using Java — or stay on top of the upgrades
and use Java a lot more guardedly.
3. Share large files the easy way
The Internet was designed to make sharing information easy. But
we’ve all run into roadblocks trying to share larger files by
Sending large files through email is slow, can hit attachment
size limits or fill up recipient inboxes.
Fortunately, there are easier ways to share large files. These
three popular sites will get the job done for you: Dropbox,
WikiSend and Senduit.
4. Fix Wi-Fi problems
Nothing’s worse than a spotty and sluggish wireless network.
Movies stop to buffer, online games lag and video calls drop.
First, double-check that the Internet speed you’re getting is as
fast as what you are paying for. Speedtest.net is a great
service that will give your connection a quick speed test.
Make sure your wireless network is encrypted. A sudden drop-off
in wireless network speed could be a sign that your neighbors
are using your open connection to surf.
If parts of your home are Wi-Fi dead spots or get very weak
signals, try placing the router in an open, central location
—away from walls and obstructions, such as metal filing
5. Perform regular maintenance and make backups
Keep your software up to date. Updates fix bugs and improve the
stability of your system and programs.
If you spend more than two minutes a day looking for files on
your hard drive, it’s time to organize your files and clear out
old stuff. Freebies like PC Decrapifier and Ccleaner can help
you. Keeping a block of free space on your hard drive will also
give a speed boost to your operating system.
some helpful things to help you to maintain your
computer when you, the higher source forbid, have to
format your hard disk.
suggest making two disks, one specifically for your
computer and one with programs needed to help with
diagnosis and cleaning in case a friend needs the
neighborhood techie to lend a hand.
new folders on your system and name them Home and
Utility. In the home folder download make
sub-folders called Drivers and Programs. In
the utility folder make subfolders for Malware,
System, Startup and Recovery.
Home\Drivers download the newest drivers for your
video, sound, modem, ethernet, motherboard chipset
and USB 2.0 plus any other hardware you have
installed. In a national brand PC just visit
the manufacturer?s website for these but a custom
built unit requires a little more effort. Use
System Information from
http://www.gtopala.com/ (which we?ll put on the
next CD) to identify everything, and then visit each
individual manufacturer?s site.
drivers for any peripheral devices you have like
printer, scanners, cameras etc. (Most of if not all
of the following are free.)
Home\Programs folder put important software that
would need to be downloaded each time you reload
Windows. Things like:
the latest version of your antivirus software as
well as anything else you think may save you time in
the future (plus all this stuff is free)
Utility\Malware folder you'll want:
Utility\Startup folder download
and unzip it and then delete the .zip file.
This is a searchable HTML based list of programs
that run with Windows and describes which are
needed, which aren?t and which are bad.
Utility\Recovery folder download:
be a good start. Burn a Home CD and a Utility
CD and you now have everything needed to repair both
hardware and software. As I said about the
Home folder add other items you think may be of use.
Over time these will evolve as you discover new
things and update the existing ones.
Also, if you
want to spend a tiny bit of your hard cash on a
system utility program that I use frequently, give
system mechanic a whirl. You can try before
you buy of course. Get it @:
This puppy will find solutions to most computer
problems. Don't worry about getting the
hey, be careful out there?