Computer security

  Doberman 12:00 24 Oct 09
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I keep some financial information on my computer in password protected files.I am shortly taking the computer to a shop to be "spring cleaned" as it is running a little slow.Will the information be secure?

  octal 12:10 24 Oct 09

If it's that critical then I would be inclined to remove the folder then put it back when you're finished. It's probably secure in Windows but I'm not sure about accessing the files using another operating system which is easy to do, best to be safe than sorry.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:54 24 Oct 09

You can "spring clean" it yourself.

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
or
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:54 24 Oct 09

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI

controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to

change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error

checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if

you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32

(the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one

operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with

Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your

logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and

stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant

boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released

newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit

from newer software.


c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you

buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of

slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting

memory.

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