Monday, March 19th, 2012
Just as a cluttered home makes it hard to find what you need, a disaster of a desktop on your computer can also hamper productivity. Over time, extra files and information about your computer’s programs and activities can slow your machine to a crawl. This spring clean up your PC by taking these easy steps:
Scan for viruses. BitDefender QuickScan is a free online virus scanner that looks for malware such as Trojan horses, viruses, worms, and spyware that installs itself with the intent of damaging your computer while you use it. Running QuickScan helps determine what viruses your computer has and will fix them for free.
Secure your computer against viruses and hackers. AVG offers free trials of their Anti-Virus program to protect your computer against viruses and spyware while you’re browsing online or on social networking sites. While you’re on the AVG site, get a 30 day trial of their Internet Security to keep your personal information safe from hackers and spammers.
Back up your computer. Now that you’ve cleaned up your computer to speed up performance and armed it with software to keep it operational, back up your data. Often times we don’t think about our data until it’s too late. By backing up your data, you won’t have to worry about your files when your malware-infested computer is on the verge of the blue screen of death. Having a backup allows peace of mind. You never have to worry about a potential system crash or losing your files and photos in the case of theft. Carbonite offers secure automatic online backup that you can try for your home or business for free for 15 days. Automatic backup is wonderful because it allows you to set a time for your computer to backup so you never have to remember to do so. I often run mine in the middle of the night or at a time where I know I won’t be working on my computer to ensure that I always have a backup of all the files on my computer.
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