Ten rules to keep your computer safe and fast

Here are our top tips to keep your computer safe from infection and running smoothly. If any of these tasks seem daunting, Refresh Technology will be pleased to help you with them. A computer health check and software clean up is just £15 if you bring your computer to our office.

  1. Don’t use Internet Explorer, use an alternative like Firefox or Chrome and install Adblock Plus to block adverts as they can be a source of infection.
  2. Install some anti-virus software and make sure it is up to date.
  3. Make sure that Windows Auto Update is enabled and is always up to date.
  4. Backup your data to a USB memory stick, hard disk or via an online service.
  5. Look out for fake messages about virus infection that do not come from your anti-virus software.
  6. Do not install software from websites that you do not know.
  7. When installing software, use the advanced option if available, and make sure to untick any toolbars, browser add-ons or extra software that might be included with it.
  8. Consider removing any software that runs in the background, it will slow you down.
  9. Do not run any software sent to you by email, even if you know the sender.
  10. Don’t click on any links in an email purporting to be from your bank or from Paypal. They are probably fake.