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04/19/2012 05:21 PM
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Very much like your car your PC performs more efficiently if you give it a periodical clean up.

We are going to look at two basic tasks that form part of a standard PC Health check and which can easily be carried out by all computer users. The first is to remove data that is no longer used or required by the system and the second to analyse and clean an area known as the Windows registry, an area that contains various settings and files that windows needs to perform certain tasks.

The first thing to do is download the free application, CCleaner via the web address click the Download button and when prompted select the link. Your web browser will next prompt you to save/run the download. This process varies slightly dependent on which browser you are using but essentially download and install the CCleaner application by running it.

During install you will be asked to accept the terms and then prompted to complete the settings. Click to select your options (recommendation is to leave the options as is).

Once installed double click the CCleaner icon to open.

The two clean up tools are listed on the left: Cleaner & Registry.

Running Cleaner:

When running the cleaner you have the option to run it directly or to analyse first. The process is identical but Analyse will show you changes before they are implemented. Run Cleaner carries out the clean-up.

Click on Run Cleaner now.

During the cleanup the tool will show the progress being made followed by a list of items addressed. When it has finished it will also show you the amount of disk space that has been recovered. The initial clean up is now complete.

Running the Registry Analyser:

Click on the Registry icon on the left

Click on Scan for Issues

As before the application will now analyse your system and display progress. However there is an extra step to carry out due to the sensitivity of the Windows registry.

Click on Fix selected issues

You will next be asked if you want to backup the registry. Click on Yes

You will then be asked where you want to save your registry settings. Your Documents folder is the default and this is fine so Click on Save

Finally you will be prompted to show each fix individually or to Fix All. Click on Fix All

CCleaner will now step through all the issues and address each one. When complete Click the Close button.

You are now all done with these basic clean up actions and can close CCleaner. Well done!

CCleaner provides additional tools via the Tools icon. These include an Uninstaller, a list of Startup programs, a tool to remove data from your disk drive and access to the Windows restore feature.

04/19/2012 05:22 PM
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Basic Malware and Spyware Removal

Malware has progressed to the point where some infections can be extremely difficult to fully remove. And there can be residual left over damage to many aspects of the Windows Operating System that may also be very hard to repair. As such, the act of removing malware can sometimes cause unexpected problems due to how the malware has hooked itself into your operating system. While in most cases, we do not have problems, we cannot guarantee that there will not be any. Thus it would be a very good idea for you to begin by backing up all important personal information before undertaking the act of malware removal. You can bypass this step at your own risk, but remember that we cannot guarantee what the result will be from trying to remove malware from your PC.

You have to start computer in Safe Mode by doing the following:

Restart your computer

After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, keep tapping F8.

Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu should appear.

Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode with Networking.

1. In Safe Mode, please download this Malwarebytes at

2. Install Malwarebytes by double clicking on mbam-setup

3. Follow the prompts. Make sure that Update Malwarebytes and Launch Malwarebytes are checked. Then click finish.

4. Malwarebytes will automatically update itself after the installation, click the OK button to close that box and you will now be at the main program Window.

5. Close All opened Windows, Programs, File or Folders.

6. Make sure you are on the Scanner tab. Select Perform quick scan then click the Scan button as shown below.

7. Malwarebytes will now start scanning your computer for infected files.

8. When the scan is finished a message box will appear, click OK to continue.

9. Click Show Results.

10. You will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections.

11. Click on Remove selected.

12. When removing the files, Malwarebytes may require you to restart the computer in order to do a complete removal. If it displays a message stating that it needs to restart, click Yes.

13. After that you can close the Malwarebytes window, your computer is now cleaned from the malware infection.

04/19/2012 05:23 PM
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1. Visit the Microsoft Security Essentials Web site at and click the Download Now button to download Microsoft Security Essentials.

If asked, choose your version of Windows: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 (32-bit), or Windows Vista or Windows (64-bit).

To find out your version of Windows, click the Start button, right-click Computer or My Computer, and choose Properties.

2. Click Save to save the installation file to your PC.

Download it to a folder where you can find it easily, like on your Desktop, or in either your My Documents or your Downloads folder.

3. Start the Installation program by double-clicking the downloaded file.

Click Run or Yes, if asked, to approve the program's running on your PC.

4. Click Next when the installation program appears onscreen.

You're on the way!

5. Read the licensing terms and click I accept to agree to their conditions.

6. Click Validate to make sure your Windows copy is legitimate.

Microsoft Security Essentials can only be installed on PCs running authentic, activated copies of Windows. PCs bought with Windows pre-installed will pass this test, as well people who've installed Windows themselves and gone through the activation process.

7. When the PC passes the validation test, click Install.

The program takes a few minutes to install itself, connect to the Internet, and download the latest virus definitions.

You must be connected to the Internet before the program can download the latest definitions.

8. Click Finish to complete the installation and scan your PC for any existing viruses.

Scanning your PC takes another few minutes. Feel free to minimize the program and let it work in the background.

9. If desired, change the scheduled time and date for the program's weekly antivirus scans by clicking the Settings tab.

The program normally scans your entire PC on Sundays at 2 a.m. If your PC is normally turned off at that time, click the Settings tab, click Scheduled Scan from the left pane, and choose a different day or time from the drop-down menus on the right. Click the Save Changes button to save your updated scanning schedule.

When you're through, click the minimize button and let the program live in your Taskbar's notifications area, in the lower right. The program will start automatically when you log onto your user account, and notify you if it detects any incoming viruses.

04/20/2012 06:25 AM
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Very cool thread!!! Very helpful! Thank you guys. I hope we can keep it pinned so everyone can refer to this. What a great idea! Smile

04/20/2012 07:19 AM
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Post edited by: KittenMittens, at: 05/02/2013 11:59 AM

04/28/2012 09:57 PM
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Here are some other 'How To's' to help make things here a bit easier.

04/29/2012 04:03 PM
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How To Start A Discussion

First you need to decide which forum you would like to post in. The choices are: Introductions & Personal Stories, General & Support, Medicine & Treatments or Lounge - Off topic discussions

Click the Forums tab and then choose the forum you would like to post in. Then follow these instructions:

1. In the upper right corner of the screen, click the green "Start a Discussion" box (you must be part of the group to start a new discussion or to reply)

2. It will take you to the New Discussion Post - Give your Discussion a title

3. Proceed to the next box and enter the content

4. Use the formatting buttons help on the left side of the formatting buttons if needed

5. Add an image or attach a file

6. Enter a Health Topic (if you want)

7. click 'get notified about replies to this discussion' to receive emails of any replies

8. click Preview and if you like what you see then click submit & if you change your mind click cancel.

04/30/2012 07:32 AM
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I agree Anna!

Erin, can you pin this thread?!

04/30/2012 07:37 AM
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1. go to

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7. go to the profile settings

8. add to the 'about me' section and add the link to the box area

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Post edited by: KittenMittens, at: 04/30/2012 07:39 AM


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