Spring Time is Clean PC Time

Published On April 2, 2014 | By Tom Huskerson | Security

Spring time is when all things are new again. Flowers bloom and the leaves return to the trees. Its also a good time to clean up your computer.  A clean PC that is  up to date is faster and safer. Any way you look at it your computer could probably use some maintenance.

I urge black people to ask themselves these questions; when was the last time you defragmented your hard drive? Do you even know what defragmenting means? What about your desktop? That’s the screen you see when you are have no programs running. How about your browser with all those bookmarks and cookies? These are all actually fairly simple tasks and you don’t need a computer science degree to do it. Visit  the Kaspersky blog site to get all the information you need to get a clean PC for spring.

After you have done your spring PC cleaning take the next step and perform a virus and malware scan. Microsoft’s Safety Scanner does an excellent job at detecting those nasty programs that may have found a home on your PC. You might be surprised what it finds. And do the complete scan not the quick scan. I usually do this once a month or more if I suspect something funny is going on. I also activate it just before bedtime because it takes hours to complete but it does a good job.

Of course it won’t work for Apple computer so I suggest you try Housecall, a TrendMicro product for scanning Apple computers. Both of these companies offer free anti-virus tool so check them out when you go to the site.

I have written on this blog before urging black people to treat their computer and Internet connection like their home. Keep it clean and locked. Don’t let just anybody and anything inside. Check the archives!

 

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. He attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has returned to focus on writing both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and EbonyCandle. Most recently Tom has launched the blog African American Cyber Report. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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