Monthly Archives: April 2015

Your PC’s hard drive – Is it wearing out?

The hard drive inside your computer, which you may know as “the C drive” stores your Windows setup, all your programs and (usually) all your files. This is what it looks like:-

hard drive - whats inside

So if it starts to become faulty, your computer will become very sluggish – but at this point your data is generally still safe.

So I recommend you take a few minutes to download and install Acronis Drive Monitor, a FREE utility which will assess the health of your hard drive – and alert you as and when it starts to develop any problems. Download your copy here

ADM

This early warning should prevent your drive becoming seriously faulty – at that point your data is at risk – and you may have needed to consider using a specialist to recover the files.

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Spyware – Prevention Tips

Article updated on Sunday 18th May 2015

Most people understand why they NEED to have anti-virus software (eg McAfee, Norton, Avast ….) on their Windows PC …. and of course kept regularly up to date.

But is it enough to keep your computer secure?

Over 15 years of supporting Windows computers which have been affected by spyware suggests the answer is “No”! You need a reputable anti-spyware program – I recommend Malwarebytes Anti Malware.

MBAM logo

Once you download it, it will thoroughly scan your PC – and remove any infections. It will remain on your PC, protecting it against further infections. Eventually, you will have the choice to continue using it for FREE (though without continuous protection) or pay just £20 for a Premium licence for 1 year for 3 PCs.

I’d recommend you download a copy for your PC from http://www.malwarebytes.org/2/

NOTE: Unscrupulous anti-spyware programs – most of which advertise themselves as you’re browsing the internet – will ONLY scan for infections – insisting you pay a fee for a copy which removes them.

You should also be cautious when installing software you’ve downloaded from the internet – often it comes with adware bundled which could introduce malware. To check, choose the “Custom Installation” option which will give you the option to opt-out if you wish.

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