can I protect my computer from viruses and other 'nasties'?
- Most of the
broadband ISP offer their own free anti-virus, anti-spyware and internet
security software. All of these products work well and update regularly.
Check with your ISP if they offer free software
to update and run the programmes regularly on a weekly basis
machine is shutting down or freezing when running programmes
- A computer, like any
other electrical device, generates static and attracts dust.
- After a while it is
common for the heat-sink on the processor to become blocked with dust.
- Start up your machine
and enter the setup menu - usually the F2 or DEL key.
- Look for the hardware
monitoring utility and check the temperature of the CPU.
- If it is high - anything
above mid 50's then you need to open the PC.
- If you don't feel confident -
- TURN the PC OFF and DISCONNECT
from the MAINS.
- Open the computer and
use a soft air-brush or camera cleaning kit to remove the dust.
- Locate the fan
on the CPU and examine the heat sink. If it looks
blocked it probably is so remove the fan - usually 4 screws - and clean
- Do not remove the
heatsink from the processor.
- Re-fit the fan and try
starting the PC again.
to back-up your files regularly
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