eRodzen & Son Computer Services
System Cleanup Tools and Advice
Remote assistance disabled –
security risk if enabled
Automatic Windows updates set to
automatic or notify when available
Messenger Service disabled – this
has no use except for
SSDP service disabled – security
risk while online
Temp and cache files deleted
Stop programs running in the
background that are not
needed all the time
Add/remove programs for known
Install if needed, Update and run
virus scanner –
remove any viruses found
Search for and delete all
Adaware, SpywareBlaster, MS AntiSpyware, WinPatrol & PestPatrol)
Windows updates installed
Install current version of Adobe
Reader (for PDF files)
Google toolbar installed
Here is a list of things that I
recommend and may
have installed on your computer while I was working on it – to
it work better for you:
I always recommend and install this program
computer does not have a paid up subscription to McAfee or Norton or
one of the
other anti virus programs. I honestly
believe that this FREE (for personal use) program is as good, if not
and uses less of the computer’s resources.
AVG will try to run an online update every 14
if it should forget you can easily check yourself by opening
the program and clicking "Check for update". If
it is out of date it will start an update – you do need to be online
for it to work.
AVG will also run a full scan of your
day – usually it is scheduled for 2:00am – but you can change that by
on the Scheduler and then scheduled tasks button on the lower right. If you usually shut your pc off over night
the time to
when you have it on but don’t need great response time (lunch) or just
to leave it running once a week over night to do the scan – maybe every
I use this FREE program as a first line of
against Spyware, Adware, and other nasties, etc. I
leave it installed for my customers so that you may use it if
you choose. When you run it you can
choose to update it (you must be online), and then do a “Check for
problems”. If it finds anything you can
have the program “fix” the problems. This
is an easy way for anyone to do some cleanup.
is another freebie that will scan and fix junk that it finds. Similar to Spybot but they each will find some
items that the other one does not. Update
it and scan for all, then let it remove all.
Prevents the installation of ActiveX-based spyware, adware, browser
hijackers, dialers, and other potentially unwanted pests. Blocks
spyware/tracking cookies in Internet Explorer and
Mozilla/Firefox. Restricts the actions of potentially dangerous
sites in Internet Explorer. SpywareBlaster can help keep your
system spyware-free and secure, without interfering with the "good
side" of the web. And unlike other programs, SpywareBlaster does
not have to remain running in the background. SpywareBlaster is
freeware for personal and educational use.
While this one direct from Microsoft will only run on Windows 2000 or newer, it is free, (so
far), and does a good job of killing some difficult junkware. It
will continue to run in the background, update itself when you are
online, and do a full scan every night at 2:00am (unless you change it).
Scotty the Windows Watch Dog sniffs out malicious "mysteryware" , web
attacks and parasites that may assault your computer. WinPatrol puts
you back in control of your computer so you'll know what programs are
and should be running at all times.
CCleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and contains NO Spyware or Adware! :)
I always do all the Critical
Updates and I also will have installed the other updates that I feel are needed for your
computer. Please learn how to allow Microsoft to install the critical updates as they come out in the future: A little globe will appear in the system
tray (near the clock) and if you click on it directions will appear to guide you thru the update process – again you need to be online for this to
work. (I also will usually do the online updates for Microsoft Office if you have it installed, and I remember.)
I always install the google toolbar in
Internet Explorer. It is a quick and easy way to
do online searches. But more important
than that it includes a built in pop-up blocker. When
it blocks you will see the counter increase, a sound will
play, and the cursor will change for a few seconds.
If you need to allow pop-ups for a certain site just click the
counter button while at the site and it will change to show pop-ups
click it again to turn off. The toolbar
also includes a form filler that you can populate with your name,
and when you are on a page that wants that info the fields will turn
let you know you can click once on the Auto-fill button to fill them in
your personal info.
usually will uninstall your version of Adobe reader, if you had one,
and install the newest available version. This
program is free for anyone and allows you to view PDF files, and
Installing other programs found
Please do not allow any programs to be
installed while you are surfing the net unless you know exactly what it is and
why it is asking to install. A few like
Shockwave, Java, and some Microsoft files are ok, but there are many
others that are spyware and junk that you should stay away from.
The same thing with FREE software that you can download and
install. Do a Google search for the
program name and spyware and see what is said about it before you
install. (Or ask me!)
You may save us both a lot of time and headaches.
KAZAA is one of the absolute worst – do not
any circumstances let anyone install KAZAA!!!! If
they want a way to download music download and install WINMX.
It is small,
free, and has no built in junk. Just
make sure you do not share your private music collection with the world
music industry is getting very upset with people that do that!
If there are programs missing now that
were there when
you sent it to me most likely I removed them because they were possibly
problems. Check with me before
re-installing any that might be questionable!
Also I will have stopped many of the
that were in your system tray (near the clock). They
can be started from the start menu or a desktop icon when
you need them. The more things that are
running in the background the slower the pc is going to act. If you don’t use things all the time, why
have them hogging the pc in the background? If
I shut off something that you think is important to you
please ask me
about it and we can turn it back on if you want.
As always, if you have any questions please email
me. I respond to most emails within
hours or even minutes. If you feel it
would work better for you a phone call can also usually work.
letting me work for
you. If you have any complaints please
tell me – if you are happy with my work please tell everyone else!!! If you can use some of my cards to give to
friends I am happy to give you as many as you would like!
you have any trouble with links on this page you can probably also find
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