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October 2011

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Today lets talk about scareware. Scareware, similar to Malware (short for malicious software) is designed to scare you into thinking your computer is infected. These type of infections are no longer restricted to porn surfers or users that download pirated software.

Typically, scareware will pop up on your screen in the form of a realistic looking "scan" After a few moments you will be notified that you have 100's of infections. This is intended to scare the user into interacting with the program to "remove" the infections. If you click the remove button you will generally be shown a window that states that most of the "infections" have been removed but for the remaining few you will need to upgrade to the professional version of the program. The average user will get their credit card out and this is when the real problem starts. You give your credit card information to pay for the $29, $39 or $49 professional version.

Your computer has been infected with viruses, you have given out your credit card number and have payed a sum of money. Now that the attacker has your card info, they can go shopping. In return, the professional version of the software is actually more viruses. Nice huh?

Make yourself familiar with your anti virus software. Learn how it looks. If you see anything pop up that says it is scanning your computer and the message did not originate from your anti virus software, immediately click the X and close the program. Do not click anywhere else, interact with the program in any way or download any add-ons or plug ins without first searching for it on Google to see if it is legitimate.



Tips for buying a new computer.


There are many things to consider when making your computer purchase. Hopefully this post will help you to make a more informed decision so you don't end up with a computer that can't keep up with you or something that is much more than what you needed.

The very first thing to consider is the amount of money you're willing to spend on your new computer. Next you should decide what you're going to be using this computer for. Is it for home or business use? Are you a casual websurfer? Are you a gamer? Do you plan on doing a lot of photo or video editing? Are you going to be buying a lot of music from iTunes or another service? Now that you know how much you can afford to spend and what you want to do with your new computer you can start to weed out the PC's that aren't for you.




Tips for keeping your computer virus free.


The first line of defense in keeping your computer running fast and healthy is a good anti-virus program. While having an anti-virus program installed will be a much greater help than having nothing at all, there really is no completely fail safe method for keeping viruses out.

There are many anti-virus programs to choose from. Some are paid programs and others are free. Many of the free programs do just as fine of a job as the paid programs do. Keep in mind however that some of the free programs do not scan for things such as root kits.

Here is a list of some anti-virus programs to consider. All of these can be researched on Google.

Avast! (my personal favorite)
Computer Associates
Norton Anti-Virus
Trend Micro
Windows Live Onecare

If you intend on purchasing an anti-virus program, it is best to research them a bit before committing to the purchase. By doing this you can better decide what is best for you and your computer. Free programs can be tested hands on since you don't have to worry about no being able to return the software if you don't like it.

There are many "rogue" programs that disguise themselves as anti-virus programs when they actually a virus themselves. Some to definitely keep away from are AntiVirus2008, Antivirus2009, AntiVirusPro and a new one making the rounds, AntiVirus2011. If you happen to find a program not on this list that you want to try, make sure to research it first to make sure it is a legitimate program.

It is important to completely remove anti-virus software before installing a new one. Having to anti-virus programs installed and running at once will only succeed in slowing your computer to a crawl while to two programs fight for supremacy.

Once you have chosen your anti-virus program, it is imperative that you keep it up to date. Many programs release updates weekly and in some cases, daily. Generally programs are set to automatically receive updates on their own. You should leave this option in place to prevent forgetting to manually update on your own. In addition, most programs are set by default to do a daily scan at a set time. It is ok to change this setting so that your computer will be scanned during a time that your computer is normally on. 


After learning the basics you might then quit thinking the Advanced lessons are going to be too advanced for you, but that is where you would be making a big mistake. Why? Because the advanced lessons are purposely explained in the same "easy to learn" manner as the basic lessons, so installing a Printer for example is easier than you think! So do not think computers are "TOO DIFFICULT TO LEARN" and/or "MEANT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE ONLY" because they are not.

The  Computer


Folders  And  Files


Window Frames  /  Windows 7

Install Windows 7 H.P On Hard Drive Partition


Folders and Files Explained


The Window, Main Components, Explained

Activate Windows 7 H.P Within 30 Days Limit




How To Minimize (Collapse) A Window

Getting Started With The Desktop And Mouse


How To Create A Folder


How To Maximize (Fully Expand) A Window

What Components Make Up A Computer?


How To Rename A Folder


How To Move (Drag/Position) A Window

Learn About Various Aspects Of PC Memory


How To Delete A Folder


How To Re-Size A Window

The Hard Drive - What Is Normally Stored On It?


How To Create A Sub-Folder


How To Scroll A Window

The CPU - What Is It? And What Does It Do?


How To Copy A Folder


Close A Window (Old Methods / New Taskbar)

What Are System Resources? What Uses Them?


How To Cut A Folder


Message Requesters And Pop-Up Windows

Learn About Other Types Of Drive


How To Paste (Move / Transfer) A Folder


The Edit Box And Address Bar Edit Box

What Makes A PC Slow? Even When Brand New


Save A File Using The SAVE AS File Requester


Desktop/Sidebar Gadgets - The Gadgets Gallery

Switch On PC Correctly - Start-Up (Boot) Process


Path Names (Folder & File Locations) Explained


Desktop Colours, Background, Etc - Show Icons

Switch Off PC Correctly - Shutdown Options


How To Delete A File


Taskbar (Resize, Move, Icons, Settings, Panes)



How To Rename A File



START Menu - Basic Menu Items Introduction


How To Open A File - File Requester Exampled



START Menu - How To Create A Shortcut Icon


Select. Copy & Paste. Folder Hierarchy.




Change Folder Views And Folder Options



Laptop Keys / Keyboard Shortcuts Explained






How To De/Compress (Unzip/Zip) Folders/Files




The  Internet


Email  /  Email  Clients



The Internet / Internet Connections


How To Download/Install Windows Live Mail


Virus, MalWare, Phishing, Etc Explained

Web Terminology (Jargon) Explained


How To Set Up An Email Account With WLM


Manually Download/Install Windows Updates

Internet Links (Text/Picture/Button) Explained


How To Create And Send An E-Mail


Set Day And/Or Time For Windows Update

How To Create A FREE Facebook Account


Attach A File - Add More Recipient's TO Email


FREE Security/Protection Software Explained

How To Upload Videos And Pictures To Facebook


Receive E-Mail From Multiple E-Mail Accounts


Protect Credit Details With On-Screen Keyboard

How To Create A FREE E-Mail Address


Open/Read E-Mail With/Without Attachment(s)


IE8 Internet Options - Delete Your History

The Basics Of Using The FREE E-Mail Address


Reply To An E-Mail


IE8 Internet Options - Reset Security Zones

Yahoo Messenger Contacts, WebCam & Headset


Forward An E-Mail.....With Attachments


IE8 Internet Options - Manage Pop-Up Sites

Yahoo Messenger - FREE Int. Calls And Friends




IE8 Internet Options - Content Advisor

Internet Explorer 8 Accelerators Explained




IE8 Internet Options - Remove Unwanted Diallers

RSS Feeds Explained / How To Subscribe




IE8 Internet Options - Manage ADD-ONs

Web Slices Explained / How To Subscribe




IE8 Internet Options - Advanced Settings

Create A PayPal Account - Secure Shopping


Download And Install Thunderbird Email Client


How to Enable/Disable Javascript/Cookies



Set Up Existing Email Account In Thunderbird


Online Shopping: Pay As You Go Debit Card

Install A Talktalk Wireless BB Modem/Router




Online Shopping: Register P.A.Y.G Debit Card



Create Folders In INBOX Folder / Move E-Mail


Download/Install Microsoft Security Essentials

Wireless NW Connection / Network Key / Router


WLM Settings, Style Format And Stationery



Secure A Wireless NW/Router With Password


Save O.E E-Mail And Address Book




Save WLM Email And Contacts



Set Up YouTube Video Account - Upload Video


Import O.E E-Mail / Address Book - EML Files




The  Control  Panel


Software  Installation  /  Usage


Hardware  Installation  /  Usage

The Control Panel Programs Explained


Guidance For Installing Software On Windows


Guidance For Installing Hardware On Windows

Uninstall A Program Or Piece Of Software


Install MS Office Home And Student 2007


Install WebCam Drivers Only - No Bulky CD SW

Device Manager: Install, Disable, Update Drivers


Install RealPlayer SP - RUN And Install


Download A Driver Installation File (SW Drivers)



Install QuickTime Player - SAVE And Install


Install WebCam Using Installation CD/DVD

Restore Personal Folders, Files Or Both


Install Firefox Web Browser - Custom Install


Manually Install Printer / Delete Problem Printer



Install Firefox Add-Ons And Plug-Ins


Transfer Media From Digital Camera To PC

Make A Program The Default Program


Office 2007: Download FREE Clipart (Images)


Manually Burn (Copy) Files Onto A CD/DVD

Set A Program's, Default, Protocols/File Types


Auto-Recover/Save WORD / EXCEL 2007 Files


Burn (Copy) Files Onto A CD/DVD Using Software

Set A Protocol's/File Type's Default Program


RIP (Save CD Audio Tracks) As, MP3, Files


How To Install (Remove / Insert) Laptop Memory

Set AutoPlay Default Actions For Media


Disable Or Enable Start-Up Programs/Tasks


Flash Drive: Format / ReadyBoost / exFAT



Disk Cleanup / Speed Up The Hard Drive



Create A, Standard, Windows User Account


How To Use SAFE MODE To Troubleshoot



Parental Controls - Set Up And Edit Settings


DOS: Scan Windows System Files For Problems


How To View Common Computer Specifications



The Registry, Reg Cleaners and Reg Tweaks


Get Cheaper HW/SW From A Computer Fair



Actions To Take When PC Crashes/Freezes


How To Safely Remove A Hardware Device



How To Fix Computer Problems Remotely


How to Partition (Split Up) a Hard Drive

System Restore: Repair (Restore) Windows


Free, Important, Downloads For Windows 7


How To Scan A Photograph Or Document


Microsoft product screen shot(s) reprinted with permission from Microsoft Corporation


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