All actively running programs are listed in your Windows task bar. Background programs like your preventive protection programs are found at the far right of the task bar next to the current time display. There is usually a button to see all background programs. The button has an arrow that points to the left, which (when clicked) will expose any hidden icons. Pointing your mouse pointer at each icon will display some information to identify the corresponding program that is running in the background.
If you see more than one anti-virus program (i.e. Microsoft Security, Norton Anti-virus, McAfee etc.), then you are unnecessarily degrading your computer speed. Select the program you wish to keep and get rid of the rest. During this process, you should also make note of any other hidden icon programs that are present but not needed, as these programs also rob your computer of processing speed. Ridding your system of the redundant/unwanted programs requires two steps. First, you should end the currently running version of the programs you do not want by clicking the right mouse button over the respective icons and selecting the option to exit with your right mouse button. Some programs will not have a means of terminating, such as “exit.” If this is the situation, move on to step two, which is uninstalling the program.
Uninstalling is done by clicking on Control Panel, which should be located in your “Start” menu, and then clicking on the Add/Remove Programs icon. Windows will provide a list of all installed programs and you need only click on the programs you want to remove. This will highlight the program and display a change/remove button. Click the change/remove button and the program will be removed from your system.
Earlier, I mentioned curative programs. Curative programs will scan your computer for undetected viruses. It is a good idea to have more than one curative program (Ad-aware, Spybot, SpywareBlaster or one of a thousand others). Each of these curative programs may identify different viral threats and therefore using more than one program provides more thorough protection. These programs can take a while to run and will definitely reduce system performance while running. Scheduling these programs to run when you are not using your computer will eliminate any negative impact on system performance. The easiest form of scheduling is to start the program just before you leave work at the end of the day. You can then select a different program for each day of the week to ensure the best protection possible.
You follow these few steps, your computer will perform better without compromising protection against electronic vandalism.
Vol 4, Issue 4