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HOW TO : Cleaning up your Windows system
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You are returning to Clemson after a break and you are eager to get to work. But if your system is not up to par, you will lose a lot of productivity time fighting slowness and other odd behaviors. Hereand39s some steps to help clean that machine up prior to starting a semester. In fact, itand39s a good idea to do most of these on a monthly basis. Install Those Windowsand39 Updates Microsoft releases critical updates on a monthly basis. If your system hasnand39t been online in awhile, itand39s likely that you are missing a few. This is the easiest way to fall victim to a virus attack so make sure you donand39t skip this step. Check for Updates Open the start menu and go to Control Panel In the top right of the window, set the View by dropdown box to Small icons Click on Windows Update In the window, click on Check for updates on the left. Wait until the windows stops searching for updates On the right, you will see if any important updates are available. Click on the link to show the list of available updates. Go ahead and make sure all are checked and then click OK at the bottom. Click Install Updates. Do not turn off your computer while these are running. Windows may restart itself in the process. Setup Automatic Updating Open the start menu and go to Control Panel In the top right of the window, set the View by dropdown box to Small icons Click on Windows Update In the window, click on Change settings on the left. In the section for Important updates, set the dropdown box to Install updates automatically recommended Click OK at the bottom Note: If you miss the scheduled time, Windows will check for updates at next boot up. Scan your system for Viruses The worst way to start a semester is with a virus...so make sure thatand39s not the case If you donand39t have Trend Micro installed, you can download it from download.clemson.edu Check for Trend Micro Updates Right click on the blue circle in the task tray bottom right near the clock that says OfficeScan when you put your mouse on it. You may have to click the white arrow to show more icons. Choose Update Now In the window that appears, click Update Now Scan your System Right click on the blue circle in the task tray bottom right near the clock that says OfficeScan when you put your mouse on it. You may have to click the white arrow to show more icons. Choose OfficeScan Console In the window that appears, check the boxes next to the drives you would like to scan. If you check the box next to Computer all drives will be scanned. Press Scan. You will be notified when the scan is finished if any threats were found. Scan your system for spyware Trend Micro scans for spyware as well as viruses. If you have not installed Trend Micro, you can download it from download.clemson.edu. This provides real time protection as well as ondemand scans for spyware. Follow the same instructions as above to perform a spyware scan. If you are still having problems, you can try some alternative AntiSpyware products such as: Malwarebytes AntiMalware Free basic scan which can be downloaded fromhttp://download.cnet.com/MalwarebytesAntiMalware/30008022410804572.htmltagdropDownFormproductListingpop AdAware Free Antivirus Free basic scan which can be downloaded fromhttp://download.cnet.com/AdAwareFreeAntivirus/30008022410045910.htmltagmncol1 Clean Up Internet Cache Temporary Internet Files can consists of malicious files that pose a danger to your system. Itand39s good practice to clean browser cache out on a regular basis to avoid possible problems. There are many different kinds and versions of internet browsers. The following website provides instructions on how to clear the cache for each one:http://www.wikihow.com/ClearYourBrowserand39sCache