PC trouble-shooting

  • Have you seen the Windows security screens?      They enable you to ensure that things are in order for Windows8 see: Action Centre or look in your PC Control Panel > Action Centre
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  • Here are some handy security tips about not overdoing things.
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  • The easiest way to keep your Windows software up to date is to use  Windows Update.      You can set it to work automatically in PC Settings >> Update & recovery >>  Choose how updates get installed.
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  • On Microsoft Windows, System Restore can be a handy way of removing problems on your PC.
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  • Re-installing Windows from scratch is probably the most reliable way to remove malware from your PC, provided you are reasonably confident with the technology.      It will give you a clean start, if all else fails.      All files are deleted from your hard disk so it is important to copy any data files you want to keep beforehand, maybe to memory stick.      It is also wise to ensure there is a firewall switched on after the basic installation, at the beginning of the updates – if there are any.      Other software needs to be re-installed rather than restored from backup if you cannot be sure the backup is not infected.
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  • It is always advisable to look for the official software developer’s website when you want to download software.       Unofficial sites may try to introduce additional software that will cause problems, sooner or later.      The key bit to look for is the bit next to the .com or .org etc.      For example, Firefox is produced by Mozilla so  the first address  below  is likely to be  a better bet  than the other two.      The third example is the cnet website not the Mozillla site.Similarly, for Windows software, the site to look for would be microsoft.com        Whatever the developer, though, it is a good idea to do some research to get a better idea how to be safer.

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