DISCLAIMER: These tools can be easy to use if you follow directions, but they are also powerful applications that can damage your computer. If you need help or get stuck, please call us to continue where you left off.
CCleaner – We choose CCleaner due to the friendly user interface and multi-function capability. From one simple control panel, you can securely remove many types of temporary “junk” files that accumulate on your PC, as well as scan the registry for any errors. The program is updated regularly and includes the ability to stop unnecessary programs from starting up in the system tray – down by the clock – on your computer. Using all 3 components of this free program regularly can optimize your system.
Mozy Backup – Despite having a strange name, this small tool rocks for data backup! This small tool will work on just about any Windows or Mac computer. Very quick to set-up, it will scan your computer for all important personal files, such as documents, pictures, music, videos, and emails, while leaving out unnecessary system files.
You can configure the program to perform backups at time intervals of your preference, or even real-time. As soon as you save changes to that important document, you can be assured Mozy is backing up an encrypted copy off-site.
Mozy offers 2GB of storage space for free. For 50GB of data, the cost is only $5.99 per month. Discounts are available for Annual Subscriptions. Knowing your personal data is protected off-site gives you peace of mind against fires, floods, theft, “knocking over that external drive,” etc.
Microsoft Security Essentials – Microsoft has released a free antivirus for Windows users! The program is resource-minimal, meaning it doesn’t slow your computer down on older computers. It uses a simple interface with automatic updates, real-time protection against most viruses and malware. Did we mention it is totally free?
iAntivirus – While many users are under the impression that ‘Macs cannot get viruses,’ there are actually several variants of Malware/Viruses written specifically for Mac OS X. While you are much less likely to have a virus problem with a Mac, we do suggest a a protection program called iAntivirus. Since it is free and does not slow your Mac down, why not have the extra layer of protection? As Apple products increase in popularity, OS X will be increasingly worth targeting for hackers and virus-writers.
It is highly disruptive to have your computer infected with a virus or any other malicious software. We offer a 90-day guarantee on our malware-removal service. Many different tools are used to ensure your PC is completely clean and completely optimized.
Spybot Search and Destroy – Does it seem like your computer has a life of its own? Are you receiving advertising popups? It could be a trojan horse or spyware. Spybot Search and Destroy provides Immunization against over 100,000 known exploits, in addition to having the capability to remove existing infections. Run it monthly to maintain optimal protection! Make sure to backup your Windows registry before removing any infections.
As long as your computer is currently in a clean state, with no spyware, viruses, or trojan horses, you should be plenty secure using the latest version of the built in Mac OS X or Windows firewall. You will also need to ensure that your operating system has the latest updates from http://update.microsoft.com/ or on a Mac by clicking on the Apple logo and choosing ‘Check for Updates’.
PC – FIleAlyzer – This free tool will display system file contents and show you where the big files are hiding. (PC)
Mac – Disk Inventory X – This free tool will display system file contents and show you where the big files are hiding. (Mac)
RunAlyzer – Displays many relevant system settings (PC)