|View single post by GaCDBFan|
|Posted: Wed Sep 23rd, 2009 04:27 am||
|This is mostly about the importance of doing "routine maintenance" on your computer, and several things everyone should do.
Thanks for your help GaCDBFan. What helped was the free download of your earlier posting of the link to the free download of the registry cleaner, thanks! You were not kidding when you said there were lots of hoops to jump through. Now, with that being said, I have another problem, does it ever end? My Protected mode is turned on, but it keeps popping up that it is turned off. I have restarted internet explorer, didn't work, restarted my computer, still doesn't work. I've about had enough computer problems for today. I started with windows 98 when it came out, bought a new computer with windows xp when it came out, gave the first computer to younger sister, it is still going, (11 yrs old) just slow. I am having more problems with vista than i ever had with 98 and xp together. I've heard windows 7 is better, and I do get the free.Is that a protected mode in Internet Explorer I'm assuming? Unfortunately, I almost never use IE anymore. I only use it for the very few web sites I go to that Firefox won't work on yet. Therefore, I'm not really up on all the IE modes and how to set them, etc. I can look around on the net to see what I can find out.
It is possible that there is a virus that is forcing the mode off so that it can more easily connect to the internet. Do you have a good antivirus program that has up-to-date virus profiles?
A note to everyone, not just you. One of THE MOST IMPORTANT things you can do to keep your computer running well is to have a reliable antivirus program running and having up-to-date virus profile updates. If you don't have one, get one RIGHT NOW!! There are many paid for versions that are fine, and many internet service providers include one "free" with your subscription. The reason they give you one is that viruses can clog up their network and ruin the connection experience for others even if the others have antivirus. Ask your ISP if they provide free antivirus. If not, and you'd prefer not to pay for one, there are a number of free ones that are quite good. One that I've tried and am using on the computer I'm writing this on is AVG. http://free.avg.com/ Look for the free "basic protection" link. Another that I've used and have on at least 1 of my computers is Avira. http://free-av.com/ There are others that I hear are also good, but I try to only recommend ones I've tried myself. You can go to somewhere like cnet.com and search for something like "free antivirus reviews" to get more input about what might be best for your computer.
Other good things to do regularly would be the registry scanner every now and then, like every couple of months, or when you have weird problems crop up. Also, it's good to defragment your hard drive every now and then. If you use your computer a lot, especially if you frequently delete old files and create new ones, do it more often, like at least every month. If you are a little lighter on computer use, maybe every 2-3 months would be OK. Vista, and I think XP can be put on a schedule to do it automatically very early in the morning once a week/month etc, so you don't have to do it manually. To defrag, go to "(My) Computer" (My Computer in XP, just Computer in Vista) and left click (once!) to select, then right click on the hard drive, usually C:, and select "properties", then "tools." One of the tools will be the defrag tool. Another will be the "check the drive for errors" tool. Not a bad idea to run that every now and then too.
Doing all these things is routine maintenance on your computer. It is just like changing the oil, rotating and checking pressure in your tires, etc.
Last edited on Mon Nov 16th, 2009 01:42 pm by GaCDBFan
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