The Newbie's Guide to Personal Computer Maintenance

Written by Austin Culley

When you turn on your computer, does it act like it needs a coffee to wake up?

When you surf aroundrepparttar Internet, are you bombarded with pop-up windows? Does

your computer freeze up or turn off for no apparent reason?

Before you decide to throw your monitor out ofrepparttar 141660 nearest window, there may be a

number of solutions to fix these problems that won't require you having a degree in

computer technology.

There are two primary ways to maintain your computer's performance, andrepparttar 141661

maintenance should be done once a week or more. First, acquire and use software

that will help you clean and protect your computer, and second, know how to userepparttar 141662

programs already in your computer to keep it's engines running smooth.


The software solutions below will not cost you any money, nor will they take you

much of your time to download, understand, and implement:

1) Virus Protection - Avast AntiVirus is an excellent free program to guard yourself

against Trojans, Worms, and Hacks.

2) Spyware - AdAware and Spybot are terrific free programs for eliminating pop-ups

and other wares from your computer. It is recommended that you use them both, as

one may find problems thatrepparttar 141663 other may not ... a great one-two punch to protect


3) Registry Cleaners - WinASO Registry Optimizer is a great program for repairing

Reporting Internet Scams

Written by Gary Gresham

When it comes to reporting Internet scams most of us either don't have a clue who to contact or just ignore them in our email. But according to an FBI report in December 2004, nearly ten million people last year didn't ignore them and fell forrepparttar latest Internet scams. The money those victims lost totaled nearly $5 billion. That number of victims and their losses are probably much higher because several cases go unreported every year. People either don't want to admit that it happened to them or have no idea who to report it to. But that's how these thieves get away with Internet email scams for so long without getting caught. The only way to stop these con artists from operating is by reporting Internet scams torepparttar 141634 proper authorities. If you or someone you know has become a victim one of these scams here is where you can report it and do your part to catch these criminals. The best place to report email scams is The Internet Fraud Complaint Center or (IFCC). They are a partnership betweenrepparttar 141635 Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) andrepparttar 141636 National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). Their web address is:

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