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In today's world of surfing the internet & emails, our computers pick up all sorts of bits and pieces that are not really wanted, and don't allow your computer to perform at its best. Here are a few simple maintenances that you can do to keep your computer running at its best.

Firstly… BACK UP !! BACK UP !! Always keep a back up of all the things you want to keep like your documents, movies, pictures whatever… on CD’s, DVDs or External Hardrives. Oh yeah always have genuine versions of programs you know… your Operating System and other important software. That way you are guaranteed you will receive important security patches, updates and other benefits.

For a secure and reliable Internet Service Provider I recommend "Bigpond" and "Telstra for Telephone connections. Also for a secure and reliable Operating System I recommend Microsoft Corporation's latest released "Windows 7".

Telstra Bigpond:

Microsoft Windows:

        1.        Run A Complete Internet Security Program.

Different from Viruses, Spyware, Malware, Grayware, etc are annoying programs that are downloaded, often without your knowledge or consent, and can cause many problems on your computer. Whilst there are a lot of little programs out there that remove Spyware, many of them remove more than they should, or are even Spyware themselves. For this reason I would recommend you use very few of these programs. I recommend for a reliable "complete" secure Internet Security Program one of the best is TREND MICRO Internet Security Pro.

Trend Micro Internet Security Pro:

        2.       Ensure Your Antivirus Program Is Always Kept Up To Date.

If you are using a recommended Antivirus, keep your annual subscription paid and turn on its automatic updates. This way you can have the confidence to surf the internet and receive your emails, without the fear of downloading a destructive virus. As mentioned above I recommend TREND MICRO PC-cillin. Always check the system requirements on the Antivirus package before purchasing.

        3.       Install Windows Patches, Updates And Service Packs.

Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 has the ability to automatically turn on this option. You can select when you want to install the updates to download & install. BUT you must ensure you do actually install the downloads! It can happen in the background while you are attending to your other work. To check your Windows updates settings, go to Start —> Control Panel —> Security Centre —> Automatic Updates and select the option available that best suits your particular setup.

        4.       Clean Out Your Junk, Deleted Emails & Internet Cookies.

Having lots of unwanted emails held in your system can clog up your emails, and slow email programs down. First check through your Junk Email folder to ensure no wanted emails have slipped in, then Select All (ctrl+A) and Delete. Then do the same to your Deleted Items folder. To delete cookies go to My Computer —> right click Local Disk (C:) select Properties —> Disk Cleanup —> Follow the prompts.

        5.       Empty Your Recycle Bin.

The Recycle Bin (on your Desk Top) collects all documents, pictures, etc that you delete. Right click on the Bin icon and select Empty Recycle Bin.

        6.        Run Disk Defragmenter.

A disk defragmenter is a computer program designed to increase access speed (and sometimes increase the amount of usable space) by rearranging files stored on a disk to occupy contiguous storage locations. Start —> All programs —> Accessories —>System Tools—> Disk Defragmenter—> Defragment Now.

        7.        Run A Registry Cleaner.

Registry Mechanic is an advanced registry cleaner for Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7; that allows you to safely scan, clean, and repair registry problems with a few simple mouse clicks.

Registry Mechanic:

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