There are many software programs available designed to remove Viruses, Spyware, Adware and other nasties from your computer. Uneducated users simply run these programs in the mistaken belief that once they do, all is well.For the best results, and to optimise computer performance and efficiency, it's best to eliminate the many temporary files and temporary Internet files that build up on one's hard disk over time.Temporary Internet Files result simply from visiting web sites. Each web page usually consists of a number of individual elements, including one or more images. A typical business page is made from a large number of individual images, even if only a single image is visible when the page is fully loaded. Each of these images is stored on your hard disk in the Temporary Internet Files folder, also known as the Internet Cache. Other elements such as cookies and multimedia files are also stored here. Particularly useful in the early days of the Internet when only dial-up accounts were available, the use of this cache idea helped speed up access to web pages on the second and subsequent visit. Because images and multimedia objects take a lot longer to download than text, once they were stored in a local cache, they would be displayed directly from the hard disk, and didn't need to be downloaded again. Web access was therefore a lot faster. There appears no way of automatically deleting these files, and so the number increases constantly.Temporary Files appear for other reasons. In the course of normal operation by some programs, they require working space and will create one or more temporary files. When programs are installed, particularly from zipped or compressed files, they usually need a temporary storage area in which to store files during the installation process. It would make sense in both these cases, for the programs to delete the temporary files when finished. However, it seems that in a lot of cases, the obvious doesn't happen.Why should we care that we have all these unwanted files on our hard disks?Firstly, they do take up disk space unnecessarily, and secondly they reduce the performance of our computers. But in the context of viruses, spyware, adware, malware and other nasties, there are two reasons why all these temporary files are unwanted.Most of the nasties mentioned above, apart from viruses, infiltrate our computers whilst visiting websites. Objects downloaded from web sites sit on our hard disk in the Temporary Internet Files folder. Deleting these files, therefore, is the first step to eliminating nasties. Some viruses and nasties will install themselves, or a copy of themselves in the Temporary folder where no-one can find them. Have you ever run a virus or spyware scan only to find that the culprit comes right back afterwards? The other reason to delete these files ... and there could be a great many of them over time ... is to minimise the time the scanning software has to run by reducing the number of files it has to scan.Fortunately, Windows gives us a simple method to delete these files.Click on Start and My Computer. With the right mouse button, click on your primary hard disk, usually the C: drive, known in Windows XP as Local Disk (C:). In the menu that opens, click on the Properties selection at the bottom. The window that opens will display a graphically representation of your hard disk showing the total space, and the amount used and free. On the left is a button called Disk Cleanup. Press that button.Windows will now check your hard disk and open another window showing how many temporary and temporary Internet files there are. If you click on ok, Windows will proceed to delete those files. It's safe to do so. The recycle bin is also listed, and if you haven't emptied it for a while, now is a good time to do so. Leave the other options unchecked.Your virus scanning software and anti-nasties programs will now run more quickly, and in fact, you might find your whole computer seems faster and more responsive.There is one limitation of the Windows built-in file cleaner though: it often doesn't delete all files, and the only way of doing it is to manually delete them. That'll be covered in a future article. Frank Wrobel is a computer consultant with many years experience in supporting everything from home computers to corporate networks. He has written a book explaining how to find and eradicate viruses, spyware, malware and other nasties: http://www.fixcomputernasties.com/
Copyright 2006 Otis CooperWhen Windows fails to boot it is normally caused by you installing a program or device and it has caused a conflict with one or more other programs.This will no doubt give you plenty of heartaches if you're not certain which program caused Windows to not boot up.If you recently installed a program or application and know where it was installed,you may be in much better shape as for as correcting the error.Here are common ways to correct the problem of your computer not completely booting up or not booting up at all.If your computer will not boot-up at all,hopefully you have made a good emergency boot disk. You can always make a windows startup disk by creating one from another computer running Windows 98 or Me.Perform the following if your computer won't Boot-Up At All.FIRST......Put your boot floppy disk in the floppy drive and turn on the PC.On some computers, you may have to access the bios and select the Boot priority to your A: drive.Save any changes and select "Start Computer without CDROM support" and press Enter.Once you are at the A prompt,type dir c: and press enter.If your programs and other files are present,try restoring your system Registry by following the steps below.This may repair Windows,the Config. Sys and autoexec.bat files to where the PC may boot up normally.When the files are present,its a good indication of a good hard drive.SECOND......To correct the problem of your computer not booting up,type in "fdisk /mbr" and press Enter to restore your master boot record.Type "Scandisk C:" to check the hard drive for errors that have occurred. You can also type "Sys C:" to hopefully restore files needed to boot up your computer.THIRD......If the above procedures fail to repair your computer,you can repeat the first part of step one above and select "Start Computer With CDROM Support" re-install Windows.Making A Windows XP Bootable FloppyWindows XP users should create a boot disk now by placing a formatted blank diskette in the A: drive, open Windows Explorer to the C:,select Tools,Folder Options ,show Hidden files and and folders,then View Tab.Now you uncheck "Hide Protected Operating System Files (recommended).You will see a warning and click Yes and click OK.Copy the files ntldr,ntdetect.com and boot.ini onto the disk.Remove the disk and label it the Windows XP Boot Disk.After making your boot disk,recheck "Hide protected operating system files and folders (recommended)" in the Folder Options dialog box.To use the disk when Windows XP won't boot,place the disk in the drive,and then re-boot,the computer, Windows simply bypass the basic boot files on the hard drive and continue to boot up.If The PC Won't Boot Pass WindowsFIRST......If your Operating System is Windows Millennium,turn on the computer and immediately press and hold down the CTRL key.Once the startup options appear,release the CTRL key. Select Safe Mode and press Enter.You are now in Windows limited version.If you know what caused your computer not to boot,you can now either change or delete that program.SECOND....Repair your Registry by selecting Start,Run and typing "scanregw /fix" and press enter.This will fix any damage done to the Registry. You can also restore your registry which replaces your current registry with an earlier copy that was backed up by your computer.Click on Start,Run and type "scanregw /restore and press Enter.To repair your Windows 98 Registry,hold down the CTRL key as you start the PC and select "Command Prompt Only".Type "scanreg /fix" and press Enter and "scanreg/restore" to restore a previousely saved copy of the Registry.If you have Windows XP,press F8 after rebooting the PC should Windows freeze while booting up. You can select "Last Known Good Configuration" after rebooting to allow the computer to boot the last backed up files.And you can choose "Safe Mode" to remove any files you know caused the operating system to hang up.Be prepared when your operating system fail. It would be a great idea to go over this article a few times and print it.Make yourself s notebook and place this and all related articles there.If your computer fails to boot or begins to become unstable,you can refer to these articles to make corrections that are needed.Be sure to note any changes you make to your Registry and if you're not sure,its best to find a friend that's pc savvy first.Above all,be certain you back up your registry before making any changes and know how to restore as well.
Business cards dont have to be an expensive advertising tool. With the birth of the internet, companies and small organizations are now taking orders into their own hands. They no longer rely on the help of a professional business card printing agency. Luckily, with great computers and printers now available, there are many affordable business card printing programs and templates that will allow you to make cards quickly.If your company is planning on printing a small amount of business cards, it may be smart to use business card software to do it yourself. This is because a small order will make it much easier for you to spend close to nothing. On the other hand, if you are planning on creating thousands of cards, it may be smart to take it to a professional. By printing your own cards, you will be avoiding extra fees and longer process times. However in order to make them look professional, one must purchase business card software. Most of these programs are about $50 to $100, but it is a great purchase in the long run.For those who are unsure of the best business card printing software, it is important to make sure that the programs are customizable. Every business wants the option to change the font, size, and design. There are also different templates that allow you to change the place of the text. One of the most popular programs right now is called Business Card Designer Plus. This program not only contains easy to use business card software, but it also provides you with thousands of options from different textures to colorful backgrounds. It is a perfect program for someone who wants a professional look, yet wants to save money and do it on their own. With such an easy to use program, any computer literate employee would be able to create cards. Other general software that provides great "business cards" is Paint Shop Pro or PhotoShop. They also have remarkable templates and offer effortless instructions. Nevertheless, these programs are also moderately expensive. Luckily there are free trial downloads, which permit you to use the program for thirty days or so. This way you can see if you like the program, before shelling out the money to use it for good.If you do not want to spend a lot of money, you can also download business card templates. Many companies like Microsoft Word and SouthWorth permit you to download business card templates for free. Unfortunately, many of these templates are very simple and do not contain a lot of unique designs. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quick and trouble-free way to create a great looking business card, then this is the perfect option for you. Although many of these designs will be plain, these business card templates will give you a fast result and in minutes you will be able to give them out to clients. For that reason, no matter what type of look you are going for, business card printing software or templates will create a great end result. The only thing left for you to do is to give them out!
Windows XP Home Edition does not support IIS1. You may need to put your Windows XP Pro CD into the PC.2. Go to Control Panel, Add Remove Programs, then Add/Remove Windows Components. In the Windows Components window, place a check mark beside Internet Information Services (IIS), then click next, then click finish.3. During installation, Windows creates a directory at C:\inetpub\wwwroot and places a few files there. You can view the home page of your web browser by typing http://localhost or http://COMPUTER_NAME (where COMPUTER_NAME is the actual name of your computer) into the address bar of any web browser. If you havent placed any files in C:\inetpub\wwwroot, you should see some basic IIS information in the web browser at this address.4. Your web server is now working. The console for IIS is located in Control Panel > Administration Tools (if you use Classic View; under Performance and Maintenance if not). The next steps are for adding a new virtual directory.5. To add a new virtual directory, open the IIS management console (step 4), click the plus signs on the left until you see Default Web Site, then right-click on it and select New > Virtual Directory.6. The Virtual Directory Creation Wizard is now on the screen. Click Next on the first screen. Type an Alias for your website. This will be the name you will type after http://localhost to view your website ( example: http://localhost/ALIAS ). Click Next.7. Now you must enter the directory path. Click Browse and browse to the appropriate folder location for your new websites files. This location will most likely be C:\inetpub\wwwroot\ALIAS. Click next.8. On the last screen you will see security information. If you are not worried about implementing security, check all of the boxes. If you want to run ASP scripts, select the first two. Click next.9. Your virtual directory is set up. You can view it by typing http://localhost/ALIAS into the web browsers address bar. For more tutorials visit http://www.studiothreehundred.com
Spyware refers to software that collects useful information from your personal computer and sends to another computer without your permission. The term spyware is different from viruses and worms because it doesnt self-replicate however it is designed to make use of infected computers for some commercial gain. Main motive of spyware is to deliver unwanted pop-up advertisements and theft of confidential information. It may cause Internet connection failure and some printing problems. Spyware can be installed via file-swapping programs that are generally used to download music and movies from Internet. If it is installed on your system it monitors your all Internet related activities and then transmits your private information to other party. You can easily remove spyware by getting all information about spyware. For the purpose of spyware removal it is essential to find spyware on your system. You can detect spyware by following certain tips like:-Note all the list of tasks that is currently running on your PC. You can check it by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL. It helps you in finding new unknown thing that occurs on your system.-Sometimes spyware is listed in the startup list so it is important to be familiar with your startup list. Spyware can restart your personal computer by appearing in the startup list and it also slows down the system processing. You can check your startup list by clicking on the start-run option and then type msconfig and OK. It will show you running programs at the time of rebooting. Spyware removal is important due to security purposes. Various companies provide free as well as low cost "spyware removal" software that check your computer and help you in removing the unwanted spyware. You can also remove it by uninstalling unfamiliar applications. For that purpose you should go to Add or Remove option from control panel and uninstall the unknown applications. It is an easy way to get rid of spyware.You can also choose a better quality spyware removal application. Its an effective way to secure your system from spyware. You should run these applications in safe mode because safe mode loads a file that is required by operating system. Spyware removal program can efficiently remove spyware in safe mode. If youre sure that your system has a spyware you can also eliminate spyware with the help of system restore feature. Several companies are currently providing the best spyware removal products. You can choose one of the following spyware removal products. Spyware Doctor eTrust Pestpatrol Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta 1 Spybot Search and Destroy Ad-Aware SE 6 Personal SpySubtract PRO Aluria's Spyware EliminatorRemember that prevention is always much better than finding and removing spyware. Spyware prevention is an easy task instead of finding in your system. Spyware can easily attack on your privacy. It can also make your system crash. You can prevent your personal computer from the spyware with the help of following tips: Keep your software up to date and always choose latest security patches Adjust your Internet explorer security settings Dont forget to implement firewalls Try something other than Internet Explorer like Firefox or Opera Whenever youre going to download a software from a website read all security warnings, privacy statements and license agreement carefully. Be alert while downloading some free music and movie file sharing programs because these are main source of spyware.