Protecting Your PC

     Allow Windows to download and install Updates automatically. These are the patches and security updates that help keep your PC up to date fortified from malicious attacks. In other words, they fix the “holes” that are part of all modern software and operating systems.

Hit your Windows Key, or click the Windows button on the Task Bar, then type Settings in the Cortana address bar. Settings will be at the top. Click that and it opens the Settings window. Click Update & Security

Now you get this window. If it looks like this, you are OK. Windows Update is ON and operating automatically. If it does NOT say Windows is updating automatically, then Click Advanced Options

The next window has Choose…  On the drop down menu select Automatic. You may also want to check the box for Microsoft Product updates. Apps develop security holes too. If you want to check Privacy Settings, click the selection at the bottom and it takes you to the Privacy page.


So, that’s it. You are SET!

Number TWO

             Use Windows Defender to protect your PC from malware. You hit the Windows key and type Settings again, and click Update & Security again …

 … But this time select Window Defender. If all of these buttons are set to Off … PANIC! No don’t panic. Just turn them On. I turn them all On and allow Microsoft to monitor Defender. You can Exclude folders and hard drives from being scanned. Click the Add An Exclusion button and selct the files you do not want to scan. For example, I exclude my entire Video storage drive. It is huge and takes a long time to scan, and contains files I know are clean.


  Now click Open Windows Defender at the bottom of the window …

   Make sure Windows Defender is On and Updated. This window let’s you know.

   If Defender was OFF and have turned it ON for the first time, then click Update, then Update definitions. Let it Update, then click the Home button and select Full scan on the right. Now walk away for awhile. When the Full scan is done, set the Scan options to Quick. Now Defender will take care of things automatically.

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Number THREE

                What about your Browser? The Browser is the Program or App you use to connect to the web. The web is the place we all get our information, our news, pictures, music, mail (though I don’t recommend getting your mail from a web site), and, of course, malware, spyware and other bad viruses. 


The EDGE Browser that comes with Windows 10 is really very good. It is far better than Internet Explorer. In fact, if you are using IE with Windows 10 … STOP! It is like kissing an Ebola victim. If you want to try another browser, I like Firefox from Mozilla. (Click Here). I also use DuckDuckGo for my searches. It works very well with Firefox. (Click Here).

    On the DuckDuckGo site you simply click the Box at the bottom of the window to make it your default (all the time) Search engine. It will work in Edge, too, if you are using Edge. Just click the box at the bottom and it loads into the browser.

    Why DuckDuckGo? It does not allow any site to track you. It protects your Privacy.

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Number FOUR

                What if you think you already have a virus? Get MalWareBytes. This is a great anti-malware program. And it runs alongside Windows Defender without scratching and biting like your little sister. (Click Here)

    The link above will take you to the REAL MalWareBytes site. There are bogus sites; BEWARE! Click the DOWNLOAD button. It can tell if you are on a MAC or a PC. PC is highlighted for me on the lower bar. 

     You will get a screen that says Run or Save. Go ahead and click Run. It will take you through the install process.

     When you get to the end of the install process, there is a box you want to UNCHECK: “Enable free trial of Malwarebytes…” Uncheck that box or the App will bug you to pay in about 30 days. Leave it checked if you want the Premium paid version however. Premium does Real-Time continuous protection like Windows Defender. But I use it for “spot scans” if I suspect something has gotten through Defender.

Leave the Lauch button checked.

     When the program opens, it will Update the Scan definitions and start a scan. As soon as the Scan starts, go ahead and click the Settings button on the black bar.

     Once you are in Settings, click on Detection and Protection and put a check where it says “Scan for rootkits”. Windows 10 does a good job of preventing root viruses, but check it anyway.

     Now click the button below Detection and Protection called Update Settings. Reset the Notify User … from 7 days to 1 day. The Check for program updates should already be checked. Make sure it is.

That’s it. Done! Go back to Scan and check the progress. If it isn’t done, go find something else to do.

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Number FIVE

                Make Sure System Restore is turned ON. Some systems have System Restore in Windows 10 disabled by Default. Why? Dunno! But check it on your PC, and if it is OFF, turn it back ON. Here’s how:

     Hit your Windows Button on your keyboard and type Settings in the Search box. Up pops this window. Find System Protection and click it ~

That brings you to this window. Highlight your System Disk (usually C:), then click Configure…

And the last stop … Turn ON system Protection if it is not ON. Then go to the slider below and slide it to 10%. Then click OK and click OK again (previous window) and YOU ARE DONE! Windows Update will automatically make Restore Points at update. You can also make your own. See the Create … button in the 2nd window? Click that and name your new restore point, click OK and you do a restore back to this point. How do you do that? See the System Restore button in the 2nd  window? Click THAT …

…and it takes you this window. Click Next.

That brings you to this window. Click Show More Restore Points and select any Restore Point that you want. It will highlight. Then hit the Next button. Windows will ask “Are you sure you want to do this?” Say YES. In about 30 minutes your PC will be restored. Great, HUH?

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     This latest version of FreeOffice by SoftMaker was released in 2016. It is fully compatibility for DOC, DOX, XLS, XLSX, PPT, and PPT file formats (all of the main MS Office formats). They put a lot of work into making these formats “loss free” when transferring your files into Word or Excel or PowerPoint. So FreeOffice is great if you want a free alternative to Office but still need to work regularly with Office software.

     The software is also easy on the eyes and should be familiar to Word users. The toolbars and document creation options are similar to those in the Office suite. The latest software updates further ensure the program is quick and easy. PlanMaker, the Excel alternative, offers conditional formatting and pivot tables, which Excel users will be able to jump into without a tutorial.

     FreeOffice is compatible with password-protected files, PDF files and ePUB files. You can track document changes and switch between languages on the fly. Even more features like spellcheck and smart typing run in the background making sure you’re will not miss anything you found in MS Office.


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