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12 Super Easy Maintenance Checks To Help You Avoid Expensive Computer Repair Bills, Sluggish Performance, Lost Data, and Identity Theft

  1. Register all software products and sign up to receive product alerts, patches, and automatic updates.
  2. Make sure your anti-virus definitions are always up-to-date.
  3. Back up your data every day and verify the backups once a month. If your data is extremely important, consider an offsite backup service such as that will automatically back up your data daily.
  4. Install and run Webroots' Spy Sweeper or Grisoft's Counter Spy every week to remove unwanted spyware programs.
  5. Never open an e-mail from an unknown source.
  6. Never visit or engage in peer-to-peer file sharing sites such as Kazaa.
  7. Never download "enhanced" web browsers, screen savers, cute programs, executable files, or other programs from unknown web sites.
  8. Use a quality surge protector to protect against lightning strikes and power surges.
  9. Use Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter monthly to free up more space on your hard drive and help your computer work more efficiently. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then choose Disk Cleanup or Disk Defragmenter.
  10. Clean out your temporary files directory. In the Internet Explorer Tools menu, click Internet Options. On the General tab, click the Delete Files button in the Temporary Internet Files section.
  11. Set your e-mail to auto-archive older messages and to regularly empty your deleted items folder.
  12. Install a firewall to keep hackers and viruses from accessing your computer

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Is Anything In Life Really FREE?

Warning: If You've Downloaded Free Software From The Internet, Your Computer May Be At Risk For Viruses, Hackers, and Spyware!

We've all heard the saying that the best things in life are free, but I'm not sure they were referring to software. Freeware (free software, not to be confused with open source software) such as the AVG anti-virus free edition, Spybot, and Ad-Aware are all programs you can download for the ultimate discount: free. However, you get what you pay for.

While these programs may work just fine for someone's home computer, they are not business-class tools and should not be trusted to completely protect your computer or network from viruses, spyware, hackers, and other problems. Every month we receive calls from clients who are infected with a nasty virus or boatload of spyware who had these programs installed and running, and were under the false assumption that they were protected.

Why Freeware Doesn't Protect Your Computer

In most cases, freeware is a light version of a software program that you purchase. Take the AVG free edition for example. AVG offers a free edition of their for-fee software as a way of introducing you to their fully-featured product. However, this software does not come with any online, e-mail, or phone support. It is also illegal to use it on multiple machines or in a commercial, non-profit, or educational environment (single-home users only).

You're On Your Own

As you might expect, freeware comes with zero guarantees or promises to function correctly, to be compatible with your system, or to safeguard you from threats. You're not a paying customer so you're on your own to resolve any technical problems you encounter, and you certainly won't get support if your computer gets infected. Since many free applications are plagued with bugs and incompatibilities, you may end up with a mess on your hands and no one to blame but yourself. Additionally, freeware programs are not always current with the most up-to-date protection, and don't always update themselves automatically or perform scans and tasks on a regular schedule.

Bottom line

You get what you pay for. If the files and functionality of your computer or network are of high-importance, then investing in a trusted, industrial-strength software program is a smart and worthwhile investment.

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