As soon as you get home with your computer:
Dont install the antivirus software that pops up with instuctions to install.
Should be done at the end and this software, although probably free for a while,
will cost money down the road and is probably not the best.
Windows updates should be done immediately as you are vulnerable to problems
until updated; be sure to include office updates.
Adobe reader should be updated, the most recent version is a sandbox version which
reduces virus vulnerablity to your PDF files.
This is also the opportunity to download Adobe Flash Player
Download an alertative browser; ie FF or Chrome etc. In the event of problems with IE.
Remove any unwanted program bloat. They will slow up your computer and probably
cost money in the future.
Download your antivirus; Microsoft Security Essentials is suggested.
Make your recovery disc.
Now enjoy the internet.
To maintain your computer 10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer
ignore, reg cleaners.
Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:
Running a scan disc before doing a defrag
Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.
Making System Restore points, at least once a week
Makaing a system Image once a month (varies by user)
Not relying on your A/V common sense, should prevail. You know of many sites can cause a problem.
Do not use any reg cleaning or optimizing software.
Download and use Ccleaner about once every two months. Untick any registry entries. http://www.piriform.com/
Download and use PSI, to to be sure that all of your software is up to date http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
If you follow these instructions, you will be trouble free for a long time to come.
Be sure to back up your hard drive about once a month (varies by user) and to keeep system restore points up to date. Optimize Windows 7 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...er-performance http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/81176-speed-up-performance-vista.html