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PC Maintenance

General PC Maintenance and Troubleshooting
Presentation by Cain Fairbanks, January 5, 2006

Tech support:
etshelp@nacc.edu

Characteristics of Virus and Spy ware
1. Extremely slow processing
2. Inability to open programs
3. Internet homepage gets changed
4. Constant redirection to unscrupulous websites
5. Phishing/scamming emails sent to your inbox

Defragmenting Your PC (to be done at least once a month, preferably set it to defrag. as you leave for the day since it often takes hours to run)
1. Left click on Start
2. Choose Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Defragmenter
3. Choose Analyze (it will tell you if you have anything to defrag. or not)
4. If you do, choose Defragment

Disk Cleanup (to be done at least once a month, preferably set it to defrag. as you leave for the day since it often takes hours to run)
1. Left click on Start
2. Choose Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and Disk Cleanup
3. Choose the drive you want to clean (C drive)
4. Let it scan
5. Check all the boxes
6. Click OK Spybot
1. Left click on Start
2. Choose Programs, Spybot: Search and Destroy
3. Search for Updates
4. Check boxes and download all updates
5. Choose Safternetworking #1 (it is fast)
6. Choose Search and Destroy and Check for Problems
7. Infections will appear in red
8. If you have infections, mark them (with a checkmark) and choose Fix Selected Problems
Sleep Mode
1. Right click on the desktop
2. Left click on Properties
3. Choose Display Properties screen
4. Choose Screen saver
5. Left click on Power (energy saver)
6. Choose Turn monitor off in ____ minutes (usually 10 minutes is a good time)
7. NEVER choose turn hard disks off

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Websites of Interest
Antivirus at grisoft.com can be set to run automatically
Spybot at safer-networking.org must be run manually
Adaware at lavasoftusa.com
Free Online Virus Scan at housecall.trendmicro.com

To download PowerPoint by Cain Fairbanks: PCD.ppt