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Sunday, July 31, 2005

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.


(PC maintenance)

3 Comments:

At 11:15 PM, Anonymous "Con" said...

You know what else seems to help? If you surf much, surf with your cookies turned off. And don't download the newer versions of Winamp! I still have junk lodged in place from that mistake.

 
At 1:09 AM, Anonymous Bruce said...

Nice work Bob.Only a haircut and a beard trim would make me think higher of you.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Boot Loop said...

Good advice Bob, however, as a well established computer repair business, we have found that MS Antispyware uses way too much system resources and slows overall performance. The combination of Adaware & Spybot is our recommendation hands down. They each pickup items that the other may miss and BOTH pickup items the MS Antispyware misses. If you check unbiased antispyware comparisons on PC World, CNET, etc, you will find that MS Antispyware does not fare too well. Just my 2 cents.

 

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