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Old 08-24-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Keep your computer up to date

Hey everyone...just thought I would pass along some friendly advice. I work in IT and get calls from friends & relatives all the time complaining of slow computers, viruses and the ilk.

9 times out of 10 the problem lies with people not downloading the latest patches for Windows. I know some people are computer literate enough to do this but those that use a computer then claim to be "illiterate" have no excuse. If you can use eBay and MySpace, you can download patches!!!

Open Internet Explorer and go to the "Tools" menu and choose "Windows Update." Follow the directions on this website to get your PC up to date.

If you use Firefox then chances are you keep your PC up to date. For those that don't, I recommend downloading Firefox and using that to browse the Internet. Hackers and spyware makers target Internet Explorer more then Firefox so it will cut down on your spyware.

Also make sure your Anti Virus program is up to date. If you don’t want to pay for Norton or MacAfee, you can always use a free program. I use Avast and it is great…and free.

There are many more small things you can do to speed up your computer and I recommend anyone who is a computer novice to pick up a book called "PC's for Dummies" and "Windows XP for Dummies." Aside from the condescending titles, these are great books for beginners.

Some of us spend a lot of money on our computers and we also spend a lot of time in front of them, so there is no excuse not to learn to do a little maintenance to keep things running smoothly. This will only save you time and money.

Just some friendly advice for our less technically inclined computer users out there.






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Thanks very much for the advice Hammer...very helpful!
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Yeah, how about the patch a week or so ago that causes IE to crash? I use Firefox, but I need IE at work, a lot of what I do is IE specific.

For those who need the workaround, open IE, go to "tools", "internet options", "advanced", and uncheck "use http1.1". Click "OK", then close and reopen IE. The new patch will come down in the next few days. Don't forget to recheck "Use http1.1" after the new patch.

I spent most of Sunday reinstalling the OS and default settings on my daughter's computer. I'd made sure she had AdAware, Spybot, Grisoft AVG, and Zone Alarm, and I had Windows Update set on automatic, but none of that does any good if she doesn't use them, or click on the little shield when it turns red, or let the Updater actually run rather then nag.


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Yeah, how about the patch a week or so ago that causes IE to crash? I use Firefox, but I need IE at work, a lot of what I do is IE specific.

For those who need the workaround, open IE, go to "tools", "internet options", "advanced", and uncheck "use http1.1". Click "OK", then close and reopen IE. The new patch will come down in the next few days. Don't forget to recheck "Use http1.1" after the new patch.

I spent most of Sunday reinstalling the OS and default settings on my daughter's computer. I'd made sure she had AdAware, Spybot, Grisoft AVG, and Zone Alarm, and I had Windows Update set on automatic, but none of that does any good if she doesn't use them, or click on the little shield when it turns red, or let the Updater actually run rather then nag.


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One of the best things Microsoft did with Service Pack 2 was enable automatic updates and the Firewall by default. That has saved me a ton of headaches with family support calls!
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I hate doing family computer support. ugh. I've been there way too many time.

I too use Firefox. It kick ass over IE. I still need IE for a couple websites though. They're not compatible with Firefox for some reason. I only need those sites once a month though to pay a bill.

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