Using System Restore to save yourself from formatting your hard drive Written by Guil Tabasa
It is most annoying thing when one day you use your computer and nothing seems to work fine. Program freezes, files get corrupted or internet doesn’t work. You called customer support or some friends you know who’s very much familiar with computer and still didn’t solve problem.
There could be one to many things why this happens, you probably came across with spy- wares or dangerous ad-wares or even virus when you were working on that computer last time, but whatever reason is, your only main concern is to get it up and running so you can go on with your work.
You tried everything and only hope you can think of now is to format your computer. Formatting is last and ultimate solution you should resort into. You just don’t format a computer like your deleting a file. You need to back up all your software data, personal documents, pictures, other folders you may feel important, and of course you got to look for those original installation disk for your devices such as printers, scanners or any other device hooked up in your computer, these are called drivers. If your computer came with original recovery disks then you need that too, recovery disks are usually bundled with your branded computer system, such as HP, Dell, Gateway or any other leading computer manufacturer and if you have them, its as easy as putting CD recovery disks and running it, it will do rest of process for you.
Dirty Little Computer Viruses and How To Protect YourselfWritten by Dan Preston
Whether you have learned your lesson from a past experience with a nasty computer virus or have been pressing your luck by surfing web and downloading various files or opening those email messages sent to you by people you don’t know without any real understanding of just how vulnerable you really are each time you log onto your computer, you now have opportunity to discover what steps you can take to avoid such an annoying and many times destructive infestation.
Listed below are some of guidelines you can follow in order to keep those nasty viruses from making a mess out of your computer and your life.
•Purchase and install a well respected antivirus software program and be sure to set it up so that it automatically runs when computer starts up each time.
•Make sure to keep your antivirus software up to date by either using automatic update feature that many come with or make it a habit to manually check at least once or twice a week for updates on your own.
•Set your antivirus program to scan for potential viruses each time you open a word-processing document like ones that get sent through email. Viruses found in word-processing documents are called Macro Viruses.
•When purchasing software make sure to only buy from vendors that are well known and from ones you trust.
•Resist swapping data with use of floppy disks or other mobile storage devices between various computers. If exchanging programs between computers is unavoidable just make sure to scan storage device(s) for viruses before transferring data from one computer to next.