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How NOT to get infected with a virus when using the Internet

OK the title of this post is actually misleading but for good reason. I'm not just going to talk about viruses but in fact about a range of nasties that can infect your computer. But most of us tend to call them viruses even though many of them are quite different. A computer Virus is a self-replicating program that can travel from computer to computer. It is the self-replicating bit that makes it a virus. There are other sorts of "malware" (malicious software) that don't replicate themselves, don't spread from computer to computer, but cause a lot of heartache all the same. These include but are not limited to: Trojans, Spyware and Rogueware. A Trojan is a trojan-horse program. As the name suggests, it is a malicious program hiding inside another program. You might download a useful application...

Speeding up your computer

As a computer gets older, relative to the new software you are likely to be using, you tend to notice it becoming slower and slower. Luckily there are a few easy ways to speed it up and get some extra use out of an aging system. I will start with the easy stuff that has the most effect: 1. Consider getting extra memory - as a rule of thumb there are 3 main bottlenecks in terms of computing performance that you are likely to experience: the CPU, disk and memory. If you have an older system, chances are it only came with about 512MB of RAM and so topping that up to 1 or 2 GBs will make a noticeable difference, especially when using more than one application at a time. This is not usually very...