TOP 5 Important Software Recommendations For Your PC

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When I started compiling this list, my first concerns were that the software I picked would do the job it was supposed to do and NOT use up all the computer’s resource to work. The added benefit of these recommendations is…all this software is FREE.

Before I give you my list, let me state that I use all the software I’m recommending. I call this list “Important Software”….because it’s for your protection, in one way or another. You’ll understand my meaning as I explain each software.

Here’s my list:

1. Avast Anti-Virus – The number one program that everyone should have on their computer is a good anti-virus program. Too many of the so-called “name-brand” anti-virus programs use up so much of your computer’s resource that your computer runs slow and sluggish.

I haven’t had any problems with Avast. It’s a great little program, the Home Edition is free (you do have to get a registration number, but it’s still free) and it works beautifully.

You can get more information and download Avast here

2. Spyware Terminator – The next program that you need is a good anti-spyware program and Spyware Terminator is that program. Once you download and setup this program, you can set it to run a scan daily or weekly if you want (I have mine setup to run a scan daily at 3am) to make sure your computer is safe from spyware. This is another great software (and free).

You can get more information and download Spyware Terminator here

3. Malwarebytes – I’ve been using this program for about a year and it is wonderful. It is an anti-malware program and if your spyware program miss a bad “malware” (viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers, spyware, etc..) this program will find it. I’ve fixed more computers with this program than any other program that I use…that is how powerful it is.

For information on Malwarebytes go here

To download Malwarebytes go here

4. CCleaner – This another program I use when working on a customer’s computer, CCleaner. CCleaner is a system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system – allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. You definitively want to get this program.

You can get more information and download CCleaner here

 

5. Karen’s Replicator – One more bit of protection that you need is to back up your important files on a regular basis. The program I use is Karen’s Replicator. In my opinion, this is a great little back up software. It’s simple to use and you can set it up to do automatic back ups at specific times.

In my case, I have my program set up to back up my important files every other day at 1am. Then on the alternate days, I have this program set up to back up my Outlook file. This way, all my most important files are backed up.

You can get more information and download Karen’s Replicator here

 

That’s my main list of the TOP 5 Important Software Recommendations for your PC. However, I have a couple of bonus programs that I thought I would share with you:

BONUS #1 – Easy Cleaner – This is another program similar to CCleaner, however, what I like about this program is its Registry Cleaner. To me it seems to be a little better than CCleaner and that is why I use Easy Cleaner.

You can get more information and download Easy Cleaner here

BONUS #2 – Process Explorer – This program is not essential, but I sure do like it. It’s a lot like Window’s Task Manager except much better. What I really like about this program is once you open it, a graphic icon is in your task bar. When you’re computer is using too many resources, the graphic is a “motion graph” and if you place your mouse over the icon, it will tell you what program is using up your resources and the percentage it is using. It can be very helpful if you’re computer is running slow or sluggish…it helps to identify the culprit.

You can get more information and download Process Explorer

 

Once you’ve installed these programs and use them on a regular basis, you’ll find you have less computer problems than in the past.

 

Happy Computing,

Steve
HelpFixMyComputer.com/blog

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Steve Hurst has been working in sales and marketing for over 30 years. For 10 years he had his own computer business which included website building and consulting. The past 5 years he’s owned his own Business & Technology consulting business. Using his sales and marketing skills along with his knowledge of technology, he’s helping his clients increase their sales and profits by utilizing today’s technology.

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The System Restore Feature

Posted in: Computers,Software,Windows XP |

I’ve had situations in the past where a customer has a problem and had they known how to use a certain feature on their computer, it could have saved them time and money. The feature is “System Restore”.

I thought I would create a quick little video to show you how to use this feature. Some computer users know about this but it’s been my experience that most either don’t know about it or…don’t use it. It’s a feature that can be very helpful.

Watching this little video can save a lot of frustration and aggravation, not to mention paying out for repair bills. This won’t cure every problem with your computer, but it can help out a lot.

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Happy Computing,

Steve
HelpFixMyComputer.com/blog

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Steve Hurst has been working in sales and marketing for over 30 years. For 10 years he had his own computer business which included website building and consulting. The past 5 years he’s owned his own Business & Technology consulting business. Using his sales and marketing skills along with his knowledge of technology, he’s helping his clients increase their sales and profits by utilizing today’s technology.

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All writings here are copyrighted by Steve Hurst. You may not use them without written permission but you may link to the posts or give out a link to the posts.

Make Sure Your Computer Is Protected

Posted in: Computers,Hardware,Technology |

We have some mighty strong thunderstorms here in Oklahoma. Personally, I like thunderstorms. I like to sit out on the porch watching the lightning and listen to the thunder. I know some people don’t like it, but I do. However, computers do NOT like thunderstorms at all. They can cause power outages and other problems.

One Monday morning my phone rang and it was one of my customers that owns a retail outlet. The main server computer would not turn on and she was panicking. Her computers are the cash registers so if the server computer doesn’t work, she’s in deep trouble. This was 8:30am and she
opens at 10:00am.

Since we had storms over the past weekend and her retail outlet was closed on Sunday, she didn’t know about the problem till now. I told here I would be right there.

To make a long story short, I fixed the problem.

Later that day another call from a customer, computer wouldn’t go into Windows….thunderstorms again, the problem.

Sad part about both of these incidents…they could have been avoided if the computers had been plugged into an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) battery back up system.

I talk about this a lot with my customers that it’s so crucial to have one of these on each computer you use. If not you run the risk of losing everything on your computer.

In the case of my retail customer, she was lucky. I only had to replace the power supply,. However, if it had damaged her hard drive, (which is a very likely possibility), then she would have been in real trouble. All her store information, customer information, sales, inventory…everything would have been completely gone.

Unfortunately there have been too many times when I’ve had to tell a customer that they have lost ALL their information on their computer because the hard drive is dead. All due to a power problem.

How does a battery back up help? It looks like an oversized surge protector and whenever power is not what it should be, it kicks in and maintains the right amount of power to the computer. It also has software that comes with it that you load on your computer and a
USB cable. If the power stays off for too long, the UPS will safely shut down your computer. No damage to any internal parts.

Now you may be saying, “I have a surge protector”…however, it’s NOT ENOUGH! Surge protectors only helps when you have a surge in power, NOT when you have a decrease in power (known as Brown Outs)…or your power is completely cut off.

OR…you may be saying, “I don’t have thunderstorms here”, doesn’t matter. What I’m talking about are electrical power fluctuations and outages that can happen for a variety of reasons.

One of the hidden dangers that happens to your computer is a situation known as “brown out”. When this happensit can cause major problems with your computer.

I have a report that you can download for FREE that explains more about brown outs. Click here for the FREE report

You have insurance for your car, your health, your home…why not have insurance for your computer? A UPS battery back up is the most inexpensive insurance you can get for your computer.

I’ll be honest with you….if you decide to get a UPS, I would appreciate if you use the link below to get a UPS battery back up system through me. However, I feel so strongly about this that you can also find them at Best Buy, Office Depot, Staples, Radio Shack and many more places.

It’s THAT IMPORTANT.

Click here for more information about a UPS Battery Back Up

But…whatever you do, get a UPS for your computer now.

 

Happy Computing,

Steve
HelpFixMyComputer.com/blog

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Steve Hurst has been working in sales and marketing for over 30 years. For 10 years he had his own computer business which included website building and consulting. The past 5 years he’s owned his own Business & Technology consulting business. Using his sales and marketing skills along with his knowledge of technology, he’s helping his clients increase their sales and profits by utilizing today’s technology.

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All writings here are copyrighted by Steve Hurst. You may not use them without written permission but you may link to the posts or give out a link to the posts.

What’s That Noise?

Posted in: Computers,Hardware |

One of the problems I see or hear a lot… have to do with the
noises a computer makes. The main noise makers inside most
computers are the fans, hard drive and CD/DVD player.

No matter how much noise a computer makes, if it’s made the
same noises since you’ve had the computer, then you shouldn’t
have to worry too much. It’s when the noises sound
“different”….that’s the time for concern.

It would be almost impossible (or a VERY LONG email) for me to
go over every type of noise that a computer can make. But, let
me give a couple of examples and what noises to be concerned
about and on the lookout.

The most common (or at least for me) noise problem that I hear
about, have to do with the fans inside the computer. Usually,
you have the fan on the power supply and a fan on the CPU chip.
Sometimes, depending on the computer, you’ll have case fan(s)
that help to keep your computer cooled.

Whenever you hear a fan noise problem, it’s best to get it
checked out ASAP. If it’s the power supply or the CPU fan, it
could cause major problems.

If all of a sudden you hear a very high “whining” sound or a
metal scraping sound, turn your computer off immediately and
have it checked out. This could be the sound of the hard drive
and a sign that it’s bad or going bad. In either case, don’t
keep turning it on. If it’s at the early stages of going bad,
you data might be savable.

One more type of noise or sounds that your computer can make
are various “beeping” sounds. Usually each type of beep has a
meaning, however, if you ever hear any beeping sounds (other
than the ones it may always make when your turn it on or
off)…get it check out also.

Bottom line, if your computer starts making abnormal noises,
it’s best to get them check out as soon as possible.

 

Happy Computing,

Steve
HelpFixMyComputer.com/blog

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Steve Hurst has been working in sales and marketing for over 30 years. For 10 years he had his own computer business which included website building and consulting. The past 5 years he’s owned his own Business & Technology consulting business. Using his sales and marketing skills along with his knowledge of technology, he’s helping his clients increase their sales and profits by utilizing today’s technology.

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All writings here are copyrighted by Steve Hurst. You may not use them without written permission but you may link to the posts or give out a link to the posts.

3 Steps For A Better Running Computer

Posted in: Anti-Virus,Computers,Software,Windows XP |

Let’s talk about your PC computer. I have 3 Steps for you to Keep
Your Computer Running at Its Best. You depend on your computer
to do the things you want. Keeping it running at its most
efficient and protecting your information is very important.
Here are 3 steps to help you in your journey.

1) Update your Operating System Regularly:

The first step to keep your computer running at its best
and….protecting your PC and your valuable data is to ensure that
the operating system (OS) is updated with the latest security
patches. This is critical as OS manufacturers such as Microsoft
Windows update security features of their products continuously
to cover any potential and actual loopholes.

To check whether you have the latest update, click on the Start
Menu->All Programs and select the Windows Update icon. Windows
will take you to their update web page. From there just click on
the appropriate button to download and install and required
updates. We usually advise that this be done at least once every
two weeks.

2) Have a Good Anti-Virus Software & Firewall Program:

Secondly you should have updated anti-virus software running on
your system and a firewall program.

Make sure that the anti-virus software is updated frequently
(sometimes even daily if need be) with fixes to the actual
engine and to the database files that contain the latest cures
against new viruses, worms and Trojans.

The anti-virus software must have the ability of scanning email
and files as they are downloaded from the Internet to help
prevent malware reaching your system. You should also make sure
that the anti-virus software chosen also gives you protection
while on the Internet.

Next…be sure you have a firewall program. To activate your
Windows Firewall click on your control panel and select Windows
Firewall. Switch the firewall on by ticking the “On” radio
button.

A good firewall prevents unauthorized use and access to your
computer from external sources (e.g. hackers or hijackers) plus
giving you additional protection against the more common Trojans
and worms. A firewall on its own will not get rid of the virus
problem but when used in conjunction with your OS updates, and
anti-virus software, it will give you deeper system security and
protection.

3) Backup your data:

Prevention is better than cure, so it is always advisable to
backup all your data regularly – at least once a week. And, if
you are a frequent PC user, you should backup your data on a
daily basis.

Doing these 3 steps will keep your computer running at its
best….and at the same time, protect your valuable information.
Please make sure you do this to insure your peace of mind.

Till next time……

 

Happy Computing,

Steve
HelpFixMyComputer.com/blog

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Steve Hurst has been working in sales and marketing for over 30 years. For 10 years he had his own computer business which included website building and consulting. The past 5 years he’s owned his own Business & Technology consulting business. Using his sales and marketing skills along with his knowledge of technology, he’s helping his clients increase their sales and profits by utilizing today’s technology.

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All writings here are copyrighted by Steve Hurst. You may not use them without written permission but you may link to the posts or give out a link to the posts.