How to Keep Your Computer Running Great: In Lynchburg and Elsewhere
Just a slight sidestep from news about Lynchburg:
Besides keeping your computer up to date with the latest upgrades and patches from Microsoft, and keeping a current antivirus program. There are a couple of things to do to keep your computer fuctioning in tip top condition. One thing is to perform periodic maintenance accessed from the system tools directory of your program (under accessories). But it is also important to be sure you have good spyware control.
There is much praise for two programs adaware and spybot. They are free programs and some people swear by them. Personally, I don't like either one much. Besides having to make sure you have the latest updates, if you decide to delete them you will find that they are deeply entangled in your computer's registry. And, if you read the disclaimer statements carefully, you will find that you agree to allow their spyware.
There is another free solution that I have been using for quite awhile, its Microsoft Windows Antispyware.
This spyware product has the advantage of real time spyware blocking and a scheduled scan at a time of your choosing. Updates are also done automatically. I run a secondary spyware program from a yahoo toolbar, that also provides a nice pop up blocker. I am not a fan of multiple tool bars.
What I have found using Windows spyware program is that it is virtually flawless in not allowing spyware to embed on my system. Secondary checks with yahoo has also found that my computer spyware clean.
There is one other utility I use to maintain computer health, its also free. PC Pitstop is a useful tool that performs diagnostics on your computer and provides an easy to understand directions on how to correct your computer.