May 2008

Tips and Tactics

Around the house, you may have cleaned out the gutters, wiped down the windows, and uncluttered the closets….But what about your PC? Time to clean out the grime that has been clogging up your computer’s system, and be sure you’re safe and secure for the seasons to come!

Maintain your computer by putting these items, below, on your spring cleaning to do list.

  • Sweep up spyware

  • If you’re an Ad-Aware 2007 Free user, run a scan to rid your computer of any spyware or malware that has wormed its way in. Ad-Aware 2007 Plus and Pro users benefit from real-time monitoring that detects these deceptive applications before they integrate into PCs.
  • Wipe away surfing tracks

  • Do a quick sweep of your browser cookies, cache, and history. Ad-Aware 2007 makes this cleanup task simple; with TrackSweep (a feature in the Free, Plus, and Pro versions) you can erase the tracks left behind while surfing the Web on multiple browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Opera, with one easy click.
  • Out with old documents

  • After you’re finished using files that contain sensitive information (such as tax preparation documents), permanently remove them from your PC with a digital file shredder. This will clean your computer from old deleted files and folders that are stored on your drives and will ensure that your private information won’t fall into the wrong hands. With software like Lavasoft’s File Shredder (try a 30-day free trial) you can also easily clean up your computing history, including Internet activity and Instant Messenger chat history.
  • Tune the registry

  • Over time, your computer’s registry, the database containing information about programs installed on your PC, can become bogged down with corrupt and unused data. Registry debris and errors are commonly caused by applications that fail to clean registry entries, and even by spyware and adware. You can increase your computer’s speed and stability with a registry scanner and repair tool. Try Lavasoft’s Registry Tuner to identify, clean, and correct these errors.

Now you’re on the way to breathing new life into your PC. Take a few additional steps to make sure you’re protected – check the status of your operating system and security software. Be sure to have installed the latest patches from Microsoft, and to have updated anti-spyware, anti-virus, and firewall software in place.


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