You get what you pay for yes, but these tools can help
5 things you can do with your computer to keep it safer .. for free
If you are a client of mine, then you have heard me say it more than once.
“You get what you pay for”
I also know that we have a number of clients who are on a fixed income, or just looking for a way to save a few dollars.
Well, these 5 tips are not a replacement for a good anti-virus, or an IT company taking care of your security, but they are a good start for those looking for a bargain.
1 – Unchecky
This tool is amazing, and we install it on the computers connected to our service plan.
Many toolbars and malicious software are installed on your computer completely by accident, just because a few checkboxes are missed.
Ever noticed the “Check this box to install Ask Toolbar” while installing something like Adobe Flash, and it’s already checked?
Unchecky automatically unchecks those boxes for you. And, if you check the box, it will warn you what the box does. You can still check it off, but it makes sure you are aware.
Believe it or not, this tool lowered the virus rate on our customers computers by 15% over the course of a year!
2 – Ad Block Plus
Ad Block Plus sounds simple enough – it blocks ads.
But – what are most of the things you click on that get you infected.
Apart from email, I find that my clients are most likely to be infected by an ad, either by clicking on it, or the ad automatically downloading a virus onto your computer through the image.
Ad Block Plus is a great fix for that. It blocks most of the ads on websites, and prevents pop-up ads.
For sites that you want to support by viewing their ads (yes, alot of free websites are completely ad supported), you can disable Ad Block Plus for that site.
3 – CCleaner
CCleaner is a great program that will go through your computer to delete temporary files, browser cookies, your recycling bin, and a few other nooks and crannies that you wouldn’t really be looking for as a general user.
What’s great is that CCleaner can delete stubborn cookies that can be left over after your anti-virus has removed a virus from your system.
This tool will do 2 things for you. Help keep you protected, and help keep your computer running a little faster.
4 – Ninite
Sometimes, it’s hard to tell if you’re downloading the read Adobe reader, or a fake.
Same for many other common programs – and this is where Ninite comes in.
The paid version has many more programs that the free version (and the paid version can be automated), but for those that want to use it to update some of their programs this is a great way to do it.
Just check off the programs that you want to update, and run the .exe file that it downloads. All of the programs you chose will install or update automatically, and Ninite will tell you when it’s done.
5 – Always install Windows Updates
Windows updates are key. Although many find updates annoying to manage, Windows Updates plug many security holes, and keep your computer secure, and functioning properly.
Install your updates regularly, and if any updates fail fix them, or get them fixed.
For those of you running an older version of Windows that is no longer supported by Microsoft (Vista is the oldest currently supported, and will not be supported as of April 11, 2017), you will no longer receive those updates. It is recommended to upgrade to Windows 7 or newer.
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