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PC Health & Welfare

Over the years, I've learned a lot about maintaining PCs in good working order.  Most of this experience was through the "school of hard knocks".  They don't teach this in schools/colleges although there are some "PC repair" certification courses that help prepare you, but they cannot teach it all to you.  You simply learn what to do and what not to do to keep your PC operating at an optimal level.  


I've compiled a list of recommendations which you can download via the link below.  The list is not all inclusive -- the computing environment we work in is constantly changing (e.g., Windows 8/10).  I am providing them to you as "choices"; they are not mandatory, and more importantly, these are my professional opinions based on years of experience.   I will update this on a regular basis.  

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:  Purchase Malwarebytes anti-malware software -- NOW!  www.Malwarebytes.com.  This is the best tool I can recommend for you to fight against malicious, unwanted attacks on your computer.  The rates are very reasonable.  And if you purchase the 2-year option for one PC, the discount is significant.  And, the more PCs you buy the license for, the more the discount goes!  


Below are very informative and helpful documents created by specialists from larger corporations.  These PDF files contain recommended 'security' settings for your Facebook, LinkedIn, Google +, and Twitter accounts.  The smart phone document is an eye opener.

***IMPORTANT ADVICE***

If you get a new PC and it does not come with the operating system installation disk (e.g., Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.), try to obtain one from the seller.  If this is not possible, PLEASE go through the effort to create a "system image" to a set of DVDs or external hard drive as soon as you first power it on!!!  (See Control Panel > Backup & Restore).  Also, if your new PC came pre-installed with Microsoft Office, try to obtain an installation disk of MS Office as well.  


Why?  Manufacturers have done the unthinkable by putting a "Recovery" partition on your hard drive which is the very same drive that also contains your Windows operating system installation and other applications (pre-installed). This special, protected partition is used to rebuild/repair your PC if your system becomes corrupted -BUT- only if you can access it.  In my opinion, this is too risky compared to the price of providing a DVD installation disk in the first place!  If your hard drive fails, you may not be able to access that "Recovery" partition  which essentially makes the single hard drive a single point of failure.  If you lose the hard drive and you don't have the "physical" installation disk or the system image, expect to pay to get your system back, and, most likely without your pre-installed applications or all your data files (i.e., documents, pictures, videos, etc.).  So if you lose or cannot access this partition, you will need to rely on a physical media to recover.

Will's Computer Support, LLC

Malware Attacks, 9 Feb 2016