Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet
Things to do first on your brand new PC August 27, 2007 - techtipster Bought a new computer? Before you do anything, perform these stepsfirst 1. Isolate your computer from the Internet Do not allow your computer to connect to the web until you have prepared itfor the onslaught of viruses. A study has shown there is a 50 percent chancethat a non-ready PC will be infected within 12 minutes of connecting to theInternet. So do not connect your Internet cable, and turn the wireless functionoff, either physically if there's a wireless switch on the PC, or by going to [StartMenu -> Control Panel -> Network Connections] and disabling itthere. 2. Check whether you got what you paid for Go to [Start Menu -> Run] and type 'dxdiag'. You will see a summary ofyour computer's specifications, such as the RAM (memory) and the processor.Check both of them, as well as the graphics card used inside. Does your PC havewhat the salesman said it does? 3. Decrapify your PC Most computers come bundled with advertisements in the form of "free"promotional software that clutter up your desktop and take up disk space. Justdeleting them from your desktop doesn't remove them from your PC. You have tomanually uninstall them by finding the uninstaller program for each of them andrun it. The PCDecrapifier makes it a hassle-free process by searching for theseirritating apps and taking them out for you. Best of all, it's really free!Download and step-by-step guide here. 4. Turn on your firewall Firewalls block any unauthorised intrusions to your computer. Windows XP comeswith its firewall turned off, so you have to manually turn it on by going to[Start Menu -> Run] and type in 'Firewall.cpl'. Then select the 'On' button.Windows Vista comes with the firewall turned on, while Mac and Linux usersdon't have to bother about viruses. 5. Install an antivirus program If you've bought antivirus software, such as Norton or McAfee,put in the CD and install them. If not, download a free antivirus program suchas Avast or AVGon your old computer, and transfer the files via thumb drive or CD-ROM to yournew computer and install them. Your computer is now ready to connect to the web! OPTIONAL 6. Partition your hard drive Partitioning means splitting up your hard drive - for example, if you nowhave a single C: drive, partitioning splits it up into C: and D: drives if youchoose to split it in two. Doing so enables better file management. Most people install the operating system (Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, etc) onthe first hard drive, and all the programs and documents on the second. Thatway, if you have to reinstall the OS, your files don't get lost. Why partitionnow? Partitioning a hard driveusually requires you to format the hard drive a.k.a wipe it clean of data. Sodo it now when your computer is still brand new and untouched. Step-by-step guide here (Windows XP) and here (Windows Vista). 7. Protect your startup Many programs that you are going to install in the coming days as you havefun on your new PC are likely to try adding themselves to the startup list. Thelonger the list, the slower your computer takes to get ready for use when youturn on the power. Use the free and bite-d Startup Guard program to prevent programs from adding tothe startup list without your exclusive permission. Tip: only allow programsyou want to be automatically running when you turn on the computer to addthemselves to startup.
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