JULY 30th 2008
It is time to update this page which was started to deal with the oft
reported problem of 'Disk Thrashing', the annoying over-activity of the
hard drive that interferes with the activity of the program the user
wished to use. I suggested a means to reduce this but now, after
further trials I have come to a more radical conclusion.
I write paticularly for those like myself who do not wish or need to
upgrade to the latest awful breed of laptop with low, wide screens (a
huge mistake, the 4 x 3 postcard/TV ratio has always been and will
remain the best) and reflective screen surface (which means you can't
see anything properly unless the area behind you has no bright lights).
It is amazing the mistakes the industry makes and these two are really
bad, though the low, wide screen is the most serious as it has no use
whatsoever other than in the cinema and not really even there.
While I have personally declined the temptation to move to Vista and
remain happy with XP, the following advice applies to both.
1. Get rid of all anti-virus, anti-spyware and proprietary firewall
2. Install PC Tools Spyware Doctor with Antivirus and PC Tools Registry
This is rather easier, if you have a PC of a certain age than adding
more RAM or fiddling around with other means to reduce page-file
writing and expanding virtual memory demands. It will speed up your PC
in the most surprising way, mainly due to the mess you will have
removed. It will add greatly to your security as SD updates
daily, very quickly.
some well-know antivirus programs may lead to problems with your socket
If that happens and you can't connect to the Internet, go to start menu > run > type in: cmd > ok.
The command prompt will open, type in: netsh winsock reset > Press Enter
HOW TO STAY SAFE
Use passwords made up
of letters and numbers and change them occasionally (if your memory is
poor, use a method for the changes)
and if you do receive spam messages, delete them immediately
and anti-virus software and keep it up to date (see July 2008 entry
Ensure home wi-fi has
a password and firewall and/or WPA encryption
If you suffer an
online fraud, report it to your bank, the police and the retailer you
computer's firewall is switched on.