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Computer Maintenance Tips

Scandisk - A utility that finds different types of errors on your hard disk and is able to correct some of them.  Run at least once weekly or anytime you have an improper shutdown or lockup.
Click on Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then Scandisk.  Select the Standard option, click the box Automatically fix errors, then Scan.
Disk Defragmenter - A utility that defragments (sorts) the files in your hard drive so   that your hard drive can access them more quickly.
Click on Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then Disk Defragmenter.  Ignore any messages that say your drive is x% fragmented and does   not need to be defragmented.  Any fragmentation of the disk decreases performance.
Anti-Virus Program - We recommend and support McAfee Anti-Virus.  Purchase an     anti-virus program and keep it updated.  Check at least monthly for updates to the    virus definition files and install them.  If you are a heavy internet user or e-mailer,   check weekly.
Other Tips
1.  Be aware of what versions of software you have and upgrade them, if possible, whenever new versions are final products.
2.  Never install Beta software on your computer unless you are an expert computer   user.
3.  Do not open file attachments in e-mail messages unless you are certain of where it came from.  "Cute" little programs sometimes contain viruses or damaging computer programs.
4.  Avoid "tweaking" your internet software based on a friend's recommendation unless you have checked with us.
5.  If you do not know what it does, leave it alone until you read or get technical advice and assistance.  This is especially true when it comes to deleting files from your  computer or adding/configuring software.
6.  If you want to remove a program use the Uninstall utility or remove it by going to Start, then Settings, then Control Panel, then Add/Remove Program.
7.  Check your wiring to your computer about once a month.  Phone line, power cords, keyboard, mouse, etc.
8.  Protect your investment.  Hook your computer up to a surge protector that includes both AC power line protection as well as phone line protection.  Lightning and thunderstorms are more likely to ruin a modem than something else in your computer without this protection.
9.  If your computer came with an "Emergency Repair CD" user it as a last resort only.  These disks will return your computer to the way it came out of the box.  You will lose    all data you have created and saved as well as all software we have installed and configured.  We recommend you get help from professionals before running these    types of disks.
10.  Windows 95/98 is very sensitive to "improper" shutdowns.  Whenever possible,   which should be always unless there is a power outage, choose Start, then Shutdown,  then the Shutdown the computer option.  Wait for the "It is safe to turn off your computer" screen to appear before turning off the power.  If the computer shuts off automatically before this screen appears, it is probably okay.


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