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Information and Downloads referenced in my newspaper column:
Restore Real Internet Explorer desktop icon: Windows 7 Vista Vista with "classic" desktop
Pinned Site control (Internet Explorer 9): Disable Enable
Add Aero Snap to Windows Vista or XP: AeroSnap (cnet download)
Disclaimer: These programs and modifications are provided for your convenience. They are commonly known and hake been used with no problems. However you use download and use them at your own risk. If you need professional assistance, please contact me. I can provide Affordable Technical Solutions for all your computer needs.
Important Security notes:
Windows Updates Microsoft regularly issues critical updates for the Windows operating system. Your computer should be set to automatically download and install Windows updates. Unpatched systems are vulnerable to attack.
Any program or utility can have a security flaw. Since
most programs now have Internet components and most computers have full-time
Internet connections, make sure all your programs, especially those that
are directly Internet-related, have the latest updates installed.
This is not a thorough list. Make sure everything is patched and updated.
I recommend, sell, and install Norton Antivirus at the best prices around. It has consistently been top rated by major computer publications. Contact me today at Affordable Technical Solutions.
What about F-Secure provided by Frontier? Better than nothing but not that great. Rated # 8 by PCWorld in 2012.Computer running sluggishly? F-Secure might be part of the problem.
There are some good free antivirus programs, but some are not so good, even worse, some actually malware in disguise. Be careful. You get what you pay for. Free programs generally offer no support and may be ad supported. PCWorld's top picks as of April 2012 are AVG, Avast, and Panda.
is not a complete solution, but it can complement a regular antivirus
program by providing behavior-based detection.
Windows Cleanup and Tune-up Utilities:
Be very cautious about downloading, installing,
and/or running any program that claims to automatically tune up your computer,
increase performance, clean/fix the registry, etc. You can easily do more
damage than good. Don't waste your money buying any such
program. The best solution is to take your computer to a professional
for a complete tune-up.
Thinking of running out to the nearest big-box discount store or logging on to the Internet and getting a "bargain" cheap computer? Read this first:
"Craputers" - Why you shouldn't buy a typical mass-market computer. (This page is somewhat dated, but the basic idea is still valid.)Then call me at Affordable Technical Solutions (315-376-8879) to get a top quality computer offering great performance, years of dependable service, and best long-term value.
New LCD Monitor - Widescreen or Standard, and what size?
Most new monitors are widescreens, however the are still some standard screens available. When deciding on a monitor size, be sure you understand what the specifications mean.
Monitors are measured diagonally. For a given diagonal measure, a square has the most area, but computer screens are not square.
The traditional standard TV and computer screen aspect ratio is 4:3. A 19" standard aspect ratio monitor has a width of 15.2" and height of 11.4" - about 86.6 square inches of image area.
Widescreen ratio is 16:9. A 19" widescreen has a width of 16.6" and a height of 9.9" - about 77.1" of image area.
The same diagonal measure widescreen has 11% less area than a standard screen. The extra horizontal space might be worth losing 11% overall and significant height, if you want to put two windows side by side, but the windows can't be nearly as high.
Upgrade to Windows 7?
If you have a relatively new computer with Vista, upgrading to Windows 7 may be a good idea. You may see an increase in performance, will have the newer "features" and look, and will have Microsoft support options for a longer period .
However, in most cases I don't think it is worth the price of a Windows 7 license plus the time to install it.
There are a lot of things that I can do to improve Vista performance short of upgrading. In most cases I can significantly improve the speed of a Vista computer at half the cost of a Windows 7 upgrade.
If you are considering an upgrade to 7, there are decisions to be made. Can you do a clean install or do you have to do an upgrade install to preserve existing programs? A clean install is just that. Nothing is carried over. Advantage-no junk software, no malware, etc. Disadvantage-you may lose some programs you actually want. Call me for details.
If you have XP, there is generally no strong reason to upgrade. Older computer hardware may not be up to running Windows 7 and your older peripherals (printers, cameras, etc.) might not work.
If your computer seems to be slowing down or acting erratically, it is probably due to software problems. If you are getting "low memory" messages it is not an indication that you need to add memory. It is an indication that you have unwanted and most likely malware programs running. These problems can best be resolved with a complete tune-up at a fraction of the cost of a good new computer. A tune-up will also take care of many 'out-of-the-box' Vista performance problems.
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