I was just thinking about this so I thought I’d post this guide on how to keep your computer running good for those who aren’t very tech savvy. This guide is intended for those who don’t know much about computers and virus removal software’s Also note this guide only covers Windows Operating Systems as I don’t know about other Operating Systems like Apple , Macs and Linux.
PLEASE NOTE: IN NO WAY AM I A PROFESSIONAL COMPUTER REPAIRER OR EXPERT. ADVICE IS BASED OFF MY OWN EXPERIENCE WITH THE PROGRAMS I USE.
There are three programs I use to keep my 5 year old Laptop (As of this writing) Working and functioning properly which are all free and have options to purchase these software’s:
Avast Antivirus - Scans and removes viruses off a computer including ransomware to enhance a computer’s performance.
Malwarebytes - Scans and removes viruses, worms, trojans, rootkits, dialers , PUP’s (Potentially Unwanted Programs) & spyware.
CCleaner - Removes unused files , Temp files and cleans computer registry.
As I said the programs listed above have free versions and options to purchase full versions. Personally I use all the free versions as they work just fine on my Laptop.
If a Malwarebytes scans and detects infected files / programs I’d recommend reviewing the files then deleting them. (Usually if Malwarebytes detects something it should be removed but I’d review the softeware / files detected first as with all virus / malware removal software there are still possibility’s it can detect false positives.)
With CCleaner if you do decide to scan and delete registry files I’d recommend creating a backup of it in case it accidentally deletes important Windows files though very rare it’s still a possibility (CCleaner will give you this option before deleting the registry files permanently.)
As far as Avast goes in my opinion it’s very reliable I’ve been using the free version of it for at least 8 years possibly longer (including my old desktop computer) I have not encountered any problems with it.
NOTE: If you download any of these programs and are using the free versions make sure your respective programs are up to date (On each program there will be a update or section that says something like “Check for Updates” or something very similar to that.
Everyday about 100,000 new Viruses , Trojans , PUP’s etc are released to the online world so it’s important to use the most updated software to detect new viruses and etc. If you buy any of these software’s listed above they will update automatically. Again I just use the free versions.
Other ways to keep your computer updated and running safe are:
-Making sure you have the latest Windows updates (If you using a Windows Operating System)
-Running occasional Disk Fragments (Windows Operating Systems)
-Only download files , software , programs from reliable, trusted websites. If you aren’t sure if a website is reliable you can do a Google search. Type in the website name and reviews and It will give you the information you need.
- If you ever get a popup on your desktop, browser or in an email saying something like “Your computer is Infected call this number to remove the infection” with a number listed below ABSOLUTELY DO NOT CALL THE NUMBER. IT’S A SCAM. The programs listed above , Avast and Malwarebytes should be able to detect and remove it if your using the most up to date software,
Note: If you are running Windows 10 it does have it’s own virus removal program called Windows Defender. You can use it if you want and it’s reliable I just prefer using Avast since I’ve been using it for so long.
I hope this guide helps those who may not know much about computers and don’t know how to remove viruses and etc. Again in no way am I professional computer expert or repairer and my advice is solely based off my personal experiences with each software mentioned.
If you know about Computers please feel free to give your own advice on how to keep your computer running smoothly and up to date for those who don’t know much about computers / virus removals.
Sorry about the length of the post. I wanted to give as much information as possible. Hope this post helps computer users!