PCWorld offers a list of 7 critical things to do immediately with a new PC. Whether you have a new PC or you’re trying to hang on to an old one, here’s how to tweak those steps to make your computer even more efficient and secure:
“The first step is by far the most tedious. You shouldn’t muck around on the web unless your copy of Windows is fully patched and up to date, period.”
Definitely make sure your new PC is running the most up-to-date version of Windows.
Tweak: Add an extra layer of protection against activity-logging spyware that Windows and many antivirus products cannot detect. Block and quarantine keystroke, screenshot, webcam, clipboard and SSL logger malware with a free trial of PerfectGuard.
“Install your favorite browser”
You may be used to using Internet Explorer, or you may want to install Chrome, Firefox, another browser.
Tweak: Whether you install a new browser or use the built-in IE, you can make your chosen web browser(s) react faster and keep your browsing history private by placing your browser cache on a RAM disk. When your browser cache is located on a RAM disk, it is automatically cleared at shutdown. Follow the instructions for your web browser here. [Read more...]