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COMPUTER CLASS  

ONLINE CLASS SUPPORT
ADDITIONAL COMPUTER SKILLS 

Instructor: Bob Brubaker

This page provides additional support and clickable web links to the material taught in the 'Additional Computer Skills' class

Class Instuction Handout  PDF

5 Good Computing Habits  from Microsoft 

Upgrade or retire an old computer   from Microsoft 

Set up a new desktop computer

Get Windows XP Service Pack 2

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ANTIVIRUS PROGRAMS (with the latest updates) 

BitDefender 
Zone Labs
Kaspersky Labs
McAfee  
Norton  
AVG Free Edition
 
Support from ISP Example
 
 

No a firewall would not have prevented thisENABLING FIREWALL PROTECTION  
If the above test warned of problems 

If you have Windows XP  Turn-on XP Firewall or 
Download Free Zone Alarm Firewall   

Fake Ebay Security Request 


LESS VULNERABLE BROWSERS 

Mozilla's Firefox   
Opera


FINDING UNDESIRABLE PROGRAMS RUNNING ON YOUR COMPUTER

1. Hold down the 'Ctrl', the 'Alt', and the 'Delete' key at the same time 
2. If more then about six, write down the programs that are running.  
3. Go to one or more of the following web sites to learn about these programs 

WinTasks Process Library   
I am not a geek
startup database   
ProcessLibrary
 
Arizona State Univ Start-up list

PC AUDIT  BELARC


FINDING AND REMOVING ADWARE AND SPYWARE 

Download and install sypware/adware blocking software.   Two free products mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (but not tested by the instructor) 

Scan for and block spyware 
Microsoft Antispyware
  free but it's a test version
Web Root Spy sweeper  (30 day free trial)   Program used by instructor
SpywareBlaster 
SpywareGuard

Scan only
 
SpyBot Search & Destroy   [Free] ask's for a donation] 
Ad-ware 6.0  
 
GIANT AntiSpyware 
Pest Patrol

More detailed information  
Anti-Spyware Software Tests  
Spyware/Adware/Hijackware  Protection/Recovery Tools

Spyware Example Message

WSJ New PC Security Softwar   pdf   8/2/06


FIXING THE REGISTRY  
Risky but worth running before you give up and buy a new computer  

Microsoft RegClean 4.1   [Free]  Not for XP - No longer supported by Microsoft
EasyCleaner 2.0
[Free]  Recommended in Washington Post Article


TEST TO MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER IS SAFE FROM HACKERS

1. Go to the 'SHIELDS UP' WEBSITE  (If asked, click YES to Security Note) 
2. Look for and click 'proceed' button on ShieldsUp web page then 
3. Scroll down to 'ShieldsUP Services'
4. Look for and click 'Common Ports'  
5. For a more complete test click 'All Service Ports
6. Print results and bring to class 
7. If your computer fails please read-on
8. Run 'WINDOWS UPDATE' for the latest security/critical updates from Microsoft


ADDING SYSTEM MEMORY
If your computer has less then 64MB of memory, a low cost upgrade will make it run faster and lengthen the life of your hard drive.  

Crucial Memory Web Site (good calculator)  Look for 'Find your memory upgrade in three easy steps'

 

Backing up Outlook Express

Tools>Options>Maintenance>Store Folder>Change                                 CLASS PAGE