How to Keep your PC Castle Clean and Secure

Okay, you have your security guard (Anti-virus program) for your PC Castle for your PC Castle, and now you would like to employ a cleaning lady and handyman to keep your castle in Ship-shape in Bristol fashion.  How much is this going to cost, and how am I going to handle all this?

There is no need to worry.  You pay them what you can and refer them to others to make it worth their time.  That’s it.  Consider the following recommendations:

  1. Perform periodic internal cleaning and scanning of your computer. There are various inexpensive online programs that you can download to do the job yourself, and save money.  See my article A Clean Computer for more information.
  2. Reduce your chances of being a high risk target. This means not downloading suspicious programs, opening strange or unfamiliar email attachments, or responding to email from unknown contacts.
  3. Help your friends and warn them. There are tricky instances where you may receive emails from a known contact or friend, but their email does not look right and appears to be something they are unlikely to send in the first place.  They are not sending you this email intentionally, but rather their computer has been infected by a virus. Learn how to solve this problem, and notify them about this so they can fix the problem immediately.  See my article Email Hackers for more information.

Keep in mind there is no such thing as 100% protection.  Your common sense will guide you if you come across potential viruses.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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Picking Proper PC Protection for Anti-virus

When buying a brand new computer you will find that it comes with a pre-installed anti-virus program, which often has a trial period lasting anywhere from 30 to 90 days before a pop-up alerts you to shell out some more cash.

I have found that most clients do not know what to do when that pop-up window appears.  They usually are thinking “Should I purchase this anti-virus program?”, “Is there something better out there?”, or “Can I just do without it and save the money?”.

First of all, you can’t do without it.  There are so many malicious programs out there that it would be similar to going for a cruise without a life vest or life boat.  You might make it, but it’s not worth the risk.

Next, you can probably do better than what they gave you.  Norton and McAfee are the most common pre-installed anti-virus programs, but they are too expensive and they are too unruly.  In other words, they have a tendency to slow down the speed of your computer and they are not the easiest to use.

So what do you look for in a program?  You will need to find out if it can do the job without slowing down your computer and if it is easy to use.  My two recommendations are AVG Free Anti-virus and Avast! Free Anti-virus.  They are free to use and easily accessible via download.  Yes, they have a 30 – 60 day trial, but upon that period you have a choice of buying the full version or using a slim down version of the program for as long as you want.  You will still receive the necessary updates, and the occasional promotional pop-up, but it will do a fine job.  When you get accustomed to it and you think you need the other bells and whistles, then you can buy it at that point as well.

I am available for any questions on Skype: patient.computer.tutor or email: [email protected]

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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