Re: Keeping your Computer Running Quick
Spybot is definately a good resource. I recommend any computer user get these kinds of tools and USE them regularly!! I use Spyware Doctor, but will still use Spybot from time to time. I find it's a good idea to use products from different vendors just to make sure you don't miss something.
You really have to have a decent anti-virus, too. I believe AVG is still free. There's also NOD32, which is still free as well. Either of these 2 anti-virus products are well-behaved, simple, yet powerful. If you're using Norton or McAfee then don't bother with these. Although, like with spyware catchers, I recommend people use a different manufacturer's product occasionally to make sure nothing slips by. I, personally, run AVG full-time. I'll usually scan with NOD32 on a monthly basis.
If you notice your computer starting to slow down, you should really start scanning for viri and spyware. A lot of times, you've gotten a trojan that is spamming email from your address. This will cause all of your internet activites to seem very slow, as well as put a lot of strain on the computer itself. You do NOT have to be running any email program for the spammer to be active in most cases. It will sometimes show up in the running processes, but I've seen them hide from that as well. ALWAYS keep your anti-virus and spyware programs up to date and USE Them!!!
At some point in the very near future, my business site, bcicomputing.com, will be updated with links to free scanners and information on fighting these nasty things. I've just started my own computer business, but I don't want to start using Ridgid to advertise it!! Once I get something USEFUL up there for y'all, I'll post the links if you'd like, and if Josh says it's ok.
I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.