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Work Like It’s Supposed to: Fix a Slow Boot-Up

Nothing is more tooth-grind-inducing than a computer that takes forever to boot up. You turn the computer on, you sit down, you get ready to work…and then you wait. And wait.

It’s a sad truth that the longer we have a computer, the slower it seems to boot up. This is due to a few things, and old computer age is not one of them strangely enough. The first major problem that your computer is likely having is that it is bogged down with too many programs trying to start up all at once when you initially boot up the machine. The second problem may simply be an overabundance of programs and their associated drivers and files.

Managing Startup Permissions

When you turn on your computer, a lot of programs try to kick in immediately. Some are absolutely necessary things like your antivirus software and all of the various Windows mechanics. But others are a bit less than necessary and they can drag your computer down as it kicks into gear.

Fortunately you can check out the program that are all starting up at the same time and control them in a single location. In Windows 7, search for MSCONFIG in the search bar of the Start menu. In Windows 8 open the Task Manager.

You’ll see a menu labeled Startup. This is the long list of programs that are currently working immediately when you turn on your machine.

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Roll Call: Essential Security Software

Okay, you know you have to have it: security software. The Web is crawling with baddies: viruses, Trojans and worms; and even though you never visit “high-risk” websites, you’re still at risk from those unscrupulous vendors that put out deceptive software or peddle aggressive adware. Sometimes all it takes is a seemingly reputable download from a d fraud, and sometimes all it takes is a stray link or email attachment from a friend whose computer has been hijacked.

The point it, you need security, but some of the terms are confusing. What’s the difference between anti-spyware software and anti-virus? Why do you need both? And importantly, where do you get it?

When making a competent security net for your home computer or home network, there are three essential security components you need: a firewall, anti-spyware software, and anti-virus software.

Firewall

A firewall is a piece of software that runs continually in the background when your computer’s on. It acts as a filter or “checkpoint” for the data coming into your computer from the Web. Firewalls maintain a list of known bad-guys, including individual pieces of software and websites that are known to be harmful. If either of these targets tries to get into a computer, the firewall will block it. Continue reading