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Do-It-Yourself Tips

Spyware, viruses, rootkits, and malware are pervasive and can cause irreparable damage to your computer.  Below are some suggested software and basic preventative steps:

  1. Keep your computer up-to-date via Microsoft Updates online (published monthly)
  2. Install and keep antivirus software current, including virus definitions (see list of free products below)
  3. Install and configure Microsoft's Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit
  4. Keep the following programs updated:  Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash, Adobe Shockwave, and Java Client
  5. Regularly scan your computer with antivirus and antispyware software
  6. Use a firewall
  7. Keep backups of all of your critical files
  8. Don't use an administrative Windows account for routine computer use

Be Careful!

Use these files / instructions at your own risk... We cannot be responsible for any damage to your system. Check the download directory for additional files and utilities, and look at the Links page for an extensive list of freeware.

Recommended Software:

Antivirus / Antimalware

avast!, AVG, or Avira


AdBlock Plus, AdBlock Plus Pop-up (Firefox only), and Web Of Trust

Driver Updates

Driver Booster

File / Registry Utility


Online Backup

BleachBit or Mozy

Software Updates

Secunia PSI

Startup Utilities

Startup CPL, Startup Monitor

Need Help?

If you get stuck please consider contacting us.  We will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.