Yeah! it's working perfectly.

I wanted to call this post stress free computing, but there is probably no such thing. However, there are things you can do to decrease your PC problems. Think of these proactive steps as laying a good foundation. Much like with a house, if you build it on a poor foundation, you will likely have problems creep up year after year. Here is what has worked well for me over the years.

BUY A GOOD COMPUTER – Most computers are well made these days, but there are some with better ratings than others. Do some research online to see what other people are saying. Websites like amazon.com, pcworld.com and pcmag.com may prove helpful.

BUY A GOOD UPS – A UPS will protect your computer from electricity problems.

USE GOOD MALWARE SOFTWARE – Malware is short for malicious software. Viruses, spyware, worms and rootkits are different types of malware. The goal of malware is to steal your information, delete your files or corrupt your files. There is even a type of malware called ransomware. Ransomeware holds your data or PC hostage. Your computer or your data will be locked (unusable) until you pay the money the cyber crooks are asking for.

USE A GOOD FIREWALL – You should be in control of what information leaves and comes into your computer.

USE COMMON SENSE…BE SUSPICIOUS – Be careful about what websites you go to and especially what links you click on. I don’t open emails from people I don’t know. If you happen to open an email from someone you don’t know, definitely do not click on any links in that email. Never give out personal information to strangers.

USE A SECOND INTERNET BROWSER – Most people just use Internet Explorer because that’s all they know. Well, browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are typically faster and more secure than Internet Explorer.

KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED – Software companies are always fixing problems with their products and making them more secure. Make sure you take advantage of that fact by updating your software.

MAINTENANCE – Once a month run scandisk and defrag on your PC. Also, check for dust and dirt. Heat and electricity are two of the biggest enemies of your computer.

As always, questions and comments are encouraged.

Happy Computing,



    • Pamela,

      Thank you very much. Be on the look out for a “living document” tab that will detail all the things you can do to proactively keep your computer humming along. The tab will be a constant fixture here at Tech Tools 4 Us and will be updated often to reflect changes in hardware and software that we can use to keep our computers safe and working well.

  1. Can you recommend a good malware and firewall program? What is scandisk & defrag? I googled UPS and assumed you weren’t talking about United Parcel Service…so is that an Uninterruptible Power Supply cord? Are there any specific, good ones out there? What brand PC would you recommend for the regular, everyday user? What’s the difference between a PC and a Mac…which one do you prefer and why?

    • Trina,

      Those are all very good questions. I hope my answers help.


      I use and like Avast Antivirus and Zonealarm Firewall

      *SCANDISK:* Is a built-in Windows utility that scans the hard drive and looks for problems such as file system problems and bad clusters. A file system problem may be one where your computer thinks file ABC is in location 1, but it is really in location 2. Scandisk would update the directory (think address book) so Windows would know where the files are located. Files are stored in clusters. Think of a cluster as a manila folder. A hard drive is made up of several clusters. There are times when a hard drive suffers scratches, much like the old vinyl records. Well, if the scratch is bad enough, the file that is in the scratched cluster will not work…Windows will not be able to load it. Scandisk finds files that are in bad clusters and moves them to a cluster where there are no problems. *DEFRAG:* Again, files are stored in clusters. The size of the file depends on if it is stored in one or more clusters that are right next to each other. Over time when a file grows or shrinks, Windows will divide up the file and place it in clusters that are appropriate for the size of the file. The more this happens, the more files you have scattered all over your hard drive. Your computer has to run around, find all of the files and put them back together so you can open them. All of this running around makes your computer slower. Defrag puts all of the files back in a nice, neat contiguous order. Your computer runs faster.

      *UPS:* Uninterruptible Power Supply. If the lights went out in your house, a UPS would keep your computer running and give you time to properly shutdown your computer.

      *COMPUTER RECOMMENDATION:* I like HP and Lenovo (formerly IBM). *PC or MAC:* PC’s (Personal Computers) are mostly used in business environments and run various versions of Microsoft Windows Operating System. A Mac is a computer that is made by Apple and runs Apple’s own operating system like Mac OS X. There are many people who say Mac computers are easier to use and less prone to virus infections. A Mac typically costs more than a PC. The choice between a PC or Mac really boils down to personal preference , what you are going to use the computer for and how much money you have to spend.

      I hope that helps.

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