How to Keep Your Computer Safe While Browsing The Internet

There should be an image here!Every time I go home for the holidays, my father always asks me to fix his computer because it’s been running unbelievably slow to the point that it’s unusable. I’m sure there are a lot of people that have had similar problems, especially if the computer is connected to the Internet.

I’ve been using a 2007 HP Slimline for three years now, and it runs very smoothly and I’ve never done any reformatting; nor have I had to do a system restore. In this article, I want to share some tips on how to keep your computer safe while you browse the Internet.

First of all, do not use Internet Explorer. IE has many security loopholes that can be exploited. If you want some suggestions on browsers, use either Firefox or Chrome. Chrome is very fast, lightweight, and it’s published by Google. The downfall with Chrome is that it doesn’t give its user many options. Then there is Firefox. Firefox can be a bit bloated, but it allows users tons of options.

If you are using Firefox, here are some tips. If a Web site you’ll be viewing is script heavy, Flash movie heavy, or has tons of popup ads, simply go to the options / content and uncheck “JavaScript.” Doing so will eliminate at least 90% of the scripts on that page. This means the Web sites cannot execute malicious popups, active X objects, or secretly install junk onto your computer. Of course, if the actual content of your interests requires JavaScript, then it will also not be shown, so it’s a double-edged sword.

Second, you want to equip a nice firewall so that you can be in control of which programs can access the Web and which cannot. I use a free program called ZoneAlarm. This program notifies you when a program attempts to access the internet. You can then choose either allow or deny. So if something that you are not familiar with like trojan.exe is accessing the Internet, you can simply click deny. Also, it’s a great way to diagnose computer problems if you can actually see the weird applications trying to connect to the Internet in the background.

Two additional free programs you should get are Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-Aware. Both programs do similar things, but having both gives you better protection. Search & Destroy, in my personal experience, does a better job in finding malware, but it uses so much CPU and RAM. Ad-Aware is much more lightweight when it runs, but it is not as comprehensive. That’s why I have both.

Hopefully my tips will be useful and protect you while browsing the Internet. If you have additional suggestions or tips please feel free to comment.

Jie Liu is a 26-year-old computer lover from Georgia.

[Photo above by krossbow / CC BY-ND 2.0]

Inksaving Font – Download Ecofont

According to its Web site, Ecofont can save anywhere from 20% to 25% of the ink or toner we use. Ecofont uses a font called Spranq_eco_sans_regular to perform the magic. So how does it work? It is actually fairly simple. Inside of the font itself are small circles that use no ink, but are invisible to the naked eye. The font blown up looks like this:

By setting the font as your default you can start saving on ink immediately.

Give it a try and see what you think.

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What Is The Fastest Way To Get A New Personal Computer Up And Running?

[I am posting this so that I can refer people to this article when they ask how to set up a new personal computer system. I also hope that it helps others who read it as well. Please add your comments and contribute to this piece. TIA, Ron]

You have just brought home that brand new personal computer system and you want to get your new system up and running as fast as possible. This is actually a lot faster than it was several years ago. There are a bunch of free programs that anyone can use to not only clean the gunk off of a new system, put to also install software and quickly with little user intervention.

First you need to get rid of the ‘crapware’ that comes installed on your new personal computer. This includes all of the trial ware programs that you may not wish to use. The first thing you need to download is a program called PC Decrapifier linked below. This free software program will remove most of the junk and gunk for a user automatically. Here is how it works.

Running the Program

After you run the EXE you will be guided through the process with a “wizard” style series of questions. You will have the choice to pick and choose what you want to remove. It will not begin removing anything without prompting you first!

Next follow the onscreen instructions from the images below:

Next, create a Restore Point by clicking on the Create Restore Point button.

Next select the programs that you wish to uninstall:

If you are not sure which programs should be uninstalled ask someone before you leap into the uninstall process. May I suggest you ask your question[s] over at the Help forum for Lockergnome located here.

You will now want to update your system with some of the best free software you can get to protect your personal computer and to enhance your overall computer experience. Over at Ninite Easy PC Setup you can select programs that you wish to install on your new system. Just check the programs you want to use and let Ninite do the rest for you. If you are not sure which programs to use, ask over at the Help forum for Lockergnome.

Here are some of the programs I recommend you try:

Web Browser: Firefox

Messaging: Thunderbird, Google Talk

Media: iTunes, Hulu

Imaging: Gimp, Picasa

Documents: Open Office, Foxit Reader

Security:  Avast, AVG, Malwarebytes, Spybot [caution – use only ONE anti-virus program]

Runtimes: Flash, Java

Other: Google Earth

Utilties: ImgBurn, CCleaner, Defraggler, Tera Copy,

Comments welcome.

Download PC Decrapifier from here.

Download Ninite Easy PC Setup from here.

Security Updates As Of November 15, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 11/15/09
  2. Avast: 11/12/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 11/11/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 11/11/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 11/13/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 11/11/09
  7. Microsoft Security Essentials: 11/11/09*
  8. Nod32: 11/13/09

Updates as of November 15, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of October 25, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 10/25/09
  2. Avast: 10/23/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 10/21/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 10/21/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 10/23/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 10/21/09
  7. Microsoft Security Essentials: 10/22/09
  8. Nod32: 10/23/09

Updates as of October 25, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of October 18, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 10/18/09
  2. Avast: 10/17/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 10/14/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 10/14/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 10/16/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 10/14/09
  7. Microsoft Security Essentials: 10/17/09
  8. Nod32: 10/16/09

Updates as of October 18, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of October 4, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 10/04/09
  2. Avast: 10/03/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 09/30/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 09/30/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 10/02/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 09/30/09
  7. Microsoft Security Essentials: 09/30/09
  8. Nod32: 10/01/09

Updates as of October 4, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of September 27, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 09/27/09
  2. Avast: 09/26/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 09/23/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 09/23/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 09/25/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 09/23/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 09/23/09
  8. Nod32: 09/25/09

Updates as of September 27, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of September 20, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 09/20/09
  2. Avast: 09/17/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 09/16/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 09/16/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 09/18/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 09/16/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 09/16/09
  8. Nod32: 09/17/09

Updates as of September 20, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of September 06, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 09/06/09
  2. Avast: 09/05/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 09/02/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 09/02/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 09/04/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 09/02/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 09/02/09
  8. Nod32: 09/04/09

Updates as of September 06, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of August 30, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 08/30/09
  2. Avast: 08/29/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 08/26/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 08/26/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 08/28/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 08/26/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 08/26/09
  8. Nod32: 08/28/09

Updates as of August 30, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of August 23, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 08/23/09
  2. Avast: 08/22/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 08/19/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 08/19/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 08/21/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 08/17/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 08/19/09
  8. Nod32: 08/20/09

Updates as of August 23, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of August 16, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 08/16/09
  2. Avast: 08/13/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 08/12/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 08/12/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 08/14/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 08/12/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 08/12/09
  8. Nod32: 08/14/09

Updates as of August 16, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of August 09, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 08/09/09
  2. Avast: 08/07/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 08/05/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 08/05/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 08/07/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 08/05/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 08/05/09
  8. Nod32: 08/07/09

Updates as of August 09, 2009 6:00am CDT.

Security Updates As Of August 02, 2009

Make sure your system is up to date and has the latest protections in place.

  1. AVG anti-virus: 08/02/09
  2. Avast: 08/01/09
  3. Norton anti-virus: 07/29/09
  4. McAfee anti-virus: 07/29/09
  5. Lavasoft Ad-Aware: 07/31/09
  6. Spybot Search and Destroy: 07/29/09
  7. Microsoft Windows Defender: 07/29/09
  8. Nod32: 07/31/09

Updates as of August 02, 2009 6:00am CDT.