Posts Tagged ‘Programs’

Restart regularly in Windows 7.

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

As with all past Windows Versions restarting will clear up some common problems. Restart your PC at least once a week, especially if you use it a lot. Restarting a PC is a good way to clear out its memory and ensure that any errant processes and services that started running get shut down.

Restarting closes all the software running on your PC, not only the programs you see running on the taskbar, but also dozens of services that might have been started by various programs and never stopped. Restarting can fix mysterious performance problems when the exact cause is hard to pinpoint.

If you keep so many programs, e mail messages, and websites open that you think restarting is a hassle, that’s probably a sign you should restart your PC. The more things you have open and the longer you keep them running, the greater the chances your PC will bog down and eventually run low on memory.

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Your Antivirus programs.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Lately, antivirus software is getting little respect. Like everyone, I get frustrated when my antivirus program misses malcode that other scanners mange to find. Still, I would not run a computer without antivirus. It’s too risky. I subscribe to the layered approach when it comes to security.

Choosing the correct antivirus application is personal. Comments come fast and furious when someone asks members which one is the best. A majority feel that any of the free versions are fine for non-business use. I use Avast or Comodo on Windows machines.

Anti-malware enforcers
The next class of anti-malware is capable of both detecting and removing malware. I’m sure you are wondering why not just use these from the start. I wish it was that simple.

Scanners use signature files and heuristics to detect malware. Malware developers know all about each and can morph their code, which then nullifies signature files and confuses heuristics. That’s why malware scanners aren’t the cure-all answer.

More caution: I want to emphasize that you need to be careful when picking malware scanners. The bad guys like to disguise malware (antivirus 2009) as a malware scanner, claiming it will solve all your problems. All four of the scanners I have chosen are recommended by experts.



Run Blocked Startup Programs In Vista.

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Windows Vista is very security conscious and programs that run automatically when your PC starts come under particular scrutiny.
If, for example, a startup application requires permission or maybe an administrator password, User Account Control (UAC) kicks in and blocks the program from starting. An example of such a startup program could be update manager software such as Adobe Update Manager

To let you know that the program has been blocked, a message will appear in the notification tray to the right of your desktop, near the clock.

If you need this program to run you will need to give it the required permission, as follows:

1. Right Click on the blocked startup program icon in the notification tray.
2. Click on the Run Blocked Program option.
3. From the list that appears, Click on the program you wish to run.
4. If confirmation or an administrator password is required the user Account Control (UAC) will prompt you for that information or permission.
5. If required type in your administrator password or Click the continue button (only if UAC need confirmation), if requested.
6. The blocked program should now run.

Note:
Blocked Startup Program is part of Vista’s security and you will be required to go through this procedure each time the particular program requires to run when Windows starts. However, where update managers are concerned as soon as all the updates have been completed the program will no longer require to run at startup and, therefore, you should not be prompted.