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Summer Computer Tips

  1. goodprophet profile image61
    goodprophetposted 6 years ago

    #1 – Summer Computer Travel
    Holiday travelers should be on alert when arriving home from long weekends, such as the Fourth of July, a popular time for computer viruses to spread.

    Most computer users have a tendency to turn off their computers when away on trips, which means you’re not getting newly-released anti-virus patches or anti-spyware updates; the two most common areas that cause computers problems. We recommend you update anti-virus and anti-spyware scans before opening e-mail or going online after an extended absence.

    We consistently see an increase in calls for virus related problems immediately following long weekends. Avoid the problems altogether by updating your security software before using your computer. For a free listing of viruses, spyware threats and trends, visit: www.VisitingGeeks.com/downloads.htm

    #2 -- Should You Leave Your Computer Running?
    One question we hear frequently is, "Should I leave my desktop computer on or turn it off?"

    There are 2 schools of thought…
    Turning it on and off numerous times during the day subjects the microcircuits to flexing and fatigue due to change in temperatures. Over time this could lead to a break in the circuitry and result in system failure.

    Leaving the computer on all the time puts excess wear on the mechanical components (the hard drive spindle motor and cooling fans).

    Best compromise. First user in the morning turns it on; last user turns it off.

    We leave our desktops on all the time allowing for scheduled utility tasks to run during overnight hours. We also restart the systems (to flush the RAM and reset the operating system) on a regular basis and routinely remove the case covers to clean out any dust that may have accumulated, especially around the fans and screens.

    #3 -- Stop Popups!
    Never click inside the window of a popup. Instead, close it by clicking on the X in the upper right corner. Many people are fooled into installing spyware applications by popups that promise to clean their system. If you receive a message saying it can help, assume it’s spyware and don’t click!

  2. cheaptrick profile image75
    cheaptrickposted 6 years ago

    Thanks so much goodprophet,as HP's unofficial poster child for lack of computer skills this is the best thread I've read yet.I'm still trying to understand terminology let alone functions.As Bluedog said"it's a huge learning curve".lol

  3. Hejanny profile image61
    Hejannyposted 6 years ago

    Thank you so much for these tips! I checked out one by one and found I did them all right. hehe

  4. iamsuper profile image61
    iamsuperposted 6 years ago

    Good tips to save our computer. Another thing we can do I think is always update our antivirus. All the time I love avira so much, it doesn't seized a lot of space and absolutely free.