How Aida got her groove.

Aida called our office yesterday, she sounded very distraught, not her usual self. The problem is that Aida’s computer was running very slow and it was getting progressively worse.

After asking her a few questions I figured out that there was a strong possibility that her computer was infected with “malware” and she had been remiss in taking out “the trash” and other junk as I had taught her the last time I was in her office. I assured her we could help.

Malware is a general term for malicious software including viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers and spyware. In a nutshell really nasty little programs that can disrupt your computer and network, they want your keystrokes, logins, passwords, address book, data, credit card information, favorite t-shirt and possibly your cat. Don’t worry about figuring out what this stuff is; I just threw it in there to scare you a little bit.

I updated her computer’s malware removal software, ran a scan which found quite a bit of junk lurking in her computer, removed all the junk my running Disk Cleanup* and optimized her files by running Disk Defragmenter**.

By the time I got done Aida was smiling again. The moral of the story is that computers like cars need some regular maintenance and TLC. Do yourself a favor and make sure you purchase and install software to protect your computer against viruses and malware. In addition make sure you remove the junk that accumulates during normal use of your computer by using Disk Cleanup and once every couple of months run Disk Defragmenter to automatically rearrange the files in your hard drive for optimum performance.

If all this stuff sounds foreign and you want to put your time to better use, let us take care of your computer so that you can take care of your business.

* Disk Cleanup can be found in most Windows computer under All Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Disk Cleanup. You can safely select every item on the list. During normal usage the computer creates temporary files that get automatically deleted, but some remain and can slow down your computer if left to accumulate.

** Disk Defragmenter can be found in most Windows computer under All Programs\Accessories\System Tools\Disk Defragmenter.  During normal computer usage files get fragmented and scattered around your hard drive surface which slows down your computer; Disk Defragmenter rearranges your files so that all the segments belonging to a file are located next to each other thus making the process of loading the file more efficient.

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