Verde Valley Computer Club By Dave Olson Users Helping other Users and the non-technical.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Two Free Programs All Computers Must Have
One of the items you look at when purchasing a computer is What am I going to use it for? Whether it be for Games, Email, Music, Pictures, Personal/Household uses or whatever, there's data residing on the hard drive. There are two ways the computer can be used. 1] Connected to the Internet and 2] Not connected to the Internet. There's not much danger when the computer is off-line so this article pertains to being connected to the Internet.
The Internet has brought this world very close in a manner of seconds. Information is in abundance whether good or bad, fact or fiction and along with this there are people determined to do harm to the computers.
Microsoft has designed their Windows Operating System in a manner to use many temporary files to get programs working. And once used, those temporary files remain on the hard drive. There is other activity going on also. Changing this, changing that. Creating this, creating that. Accessing the World Wide Web (www) creates many more temporary files and along with it these 'bad people' interjects bad code that could harm the operating system and/or computer's internal workings.
There are two free totally safe programs all computers should have installed and used regularly. Ccleaner and Malwarebytes along with an anti-virus program will lessen the need for a tech call of which they will probably run these same two programs and add an expense not needed. These are simple programs to run and will provide a peace of mind that most bad things will be taken care of. There is no program that will find and clean all items. These two programs do a very good job though.
Computer clubs are a good source to learn to keep your computer in good working order. Your local club may have meetings where questions can be asked on how to improve your computer skills. Don't know where the nearest club is or their activities? Check the library, ask others if they know where a club is located. Do Internet searches. Once you find a club consider joining. The amount of information gained will make the membership fee a bargain year after year.