Practical Technology Podcast – The Proper Care & Feeding of Your PC

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Upcoming practical technology programs:

  • World of Open Source: AKA Free Software – Registration begins January 20, but drop-ins are welcome!
    • Come find out about the open source movement! We’ll discuss popular (FREE!) software that can replace many commercially available packages. Open source hardware will also be featured.
  • To Upgrade or Not to Upgrade: Is that Old Computer Worth Keeping – Registration begins February 24, but drop-ins are welcome!
    • Have an older computer lying around? Need a speed boost? This workshop will give you the info you will need to upgrade your old PC to make it seem like new again! Windows machines 7 years old or newer will benefit.

What do I do if I got an infection?

  • Step 1: Don’t Panic!
  • Step 2: Research any error messages or information that you can find. Some of these malware programs will give you a phone number to call to clean the system. Search the Internet for the number or error message to find out how to deal with it. Downloading any of the above software and running it multiple times is a good start. Usually, these will clean up your system and you won’t have to go further. For more insidious infections, move on to step 3.
  • Step 3: Once you get your computer up to a point where you can save files off it, save your documents, pictures, videos, music, etc. to a flash drive or other removable media.
  • Step 4: The only way to truly eradicate an infection is to wipe your drive clean and reinstall everything. Make sure you have your recovery DVDs/CDs and any other software discs you will need to reinstall programs and hardware. You may need to download software or drivers from a “clean” computer if you do not have the original discs. After wiping the drive, here are instructions on doing clean installs for different versions of Windows (Note: this process could take hours to do):
  • Step 5: Install device drivers from the recovery DVD/CD that came with your computer or from the install programs you downloaded.
  • Step 6: Connect to the Internet and run Windows Update. Install any updates. You will have to do this over and over until all updates have been applied.
  • Step 7: Install anti-virus and malware eradication programs.
  • Step 8: Run an antivirus and malware checker on your removable media you saved files to, in case some of those files are infected, before moving those files back onto your computer.

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