Basic Computer Maintenance
Chatham University Information
How do you treat your car?
You probably do at least the
Oil changes, air filter changes, antifreeze
Why not treat your computer the
same way? After all, it is an appliance
(and costs as much as a used car).
Virus vs. Worm
A virus stays on your computer and
your computer only.
Worms crawl through networks.
Unlike a worm, a virus cannot infect
other computers without
assistance. It is spread via trading
programs with others (file sharing
Spyware vs. Adware
Symptoms: Sluggish Pc, Increased
pop-ups, homepage changes, strange
Both are data miners, meaning they
are looking for information. Both
cause the above symptoms.
Can lead to identity theft.
9 out of 10 pc’s are infected.
Good place to look for info?
You can try to do it manually- but is often
Often it can disrupt major computer
You can check out the following free
SpySweeper (both versions, free&pay)
NOTE: Please be careful when downloading
these tools, some programs claim to remove
spyware, but instead, come with their own
Top Spyware Threats
VERY VERY IMPORTANT
Norton and McAffee come with many
new computers for trial periods.
After your “trial period” it will prompt
you to buy the program. What you
are paying for is to stay updated on
virus definitions (meaning the # of
viruses your antivirus is able to
detect). If you don’t stay