How to Keep your Computer Secure and Running Smoothly

These simple tips will help you protect your pc and keep your computer running smoothly and fast.

Step One

Secure your PC with a password
Always a good first step, protect yourself from unwelcomed people

Step Two

Keep Windows up to date by installing all updates
Whenever Microsoft detects a security flaw in windows, Microsoft always releases security patches to fix vulnerabilities.

Step Three

Install Security Software: Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, Firewall, Spam Blocker, Anti-Malware
Even though you might think an anti-virus is enough, it is not. There is a slew of threats that anti-virus are not made to detect. Always install extra security. If you don't want to spend money, do not fret, there are plenty free security software available.

Step Four

Keep all security programs up to date
This includes anti-virus, firewall, and anti-spyware programs. Set them to automatically update.

Step Five

Scan your PC
Scan your PC for viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and malware at least once a week. If one virus gets through it can open the floodgates for more and make you computer not usable. The earlier you neutralize the threats the better your pc will work.

Step Six

Back up your valuable information regularly
If you can, buy an external hard drive to keep your vital information in case of computer failure.

Step Seven

Partition your Hard Drive
If possible separate your Hard Drive into two partitions. Make C: for windows, and D: or E: for downloads, video, photos, and everything else. Once you install windows don't touch the C drive. Most blue screens of death occur because people mess around with important windows and registry files.

Step Eight

Switch from Internet Explorer
Internet explorer is subjected to the largest number of security threats. Try a different browser, Firefox, Opera, or Google Chrome.

Step Nine

Be careful when downloading
Be careful when downloading from unknown sources, especially when downloading peer to peer. Try to abstain from downloading torrents and from programs like Limewire not only because it is illegal, also due to risk of viruses and its most of the time illegal. If you do download always scan the download for infections right away. Try to download from safe sources like
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