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#1 wheeldawg

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 12:23 AM

I'm a teacher and have been trying to use this summer to learn more about using computers. I had a couple old pc's that I opened up and tinkered around with. I replaced a HD in another older pc and upgraded memory in a couple others. I feel like I learned quite a bit.

My current interest is learning more about internet/Windows security/protection. I have done a little bit of configuring my pc. I tried some settings changes that I go from a document, but when I set them, I couldn't access any websites except my default. LOL, glad there was a reset button.

Another related topic is learning what/how to disble certian things to boost performance and only run the things I need/want. I found some articles on pcstats.com that helped. I turned off some windows services and some are related to the security topic. Next is processes.

Trouble shooting is another good topic. I'm the type of person that likes to know how things work. One of my learning strategies is 'trying stuff out' I try to be careful and I'm not afraid to ask for help if it's available.

Anyway, I wish I found this site earlier. I have been hanging out in the Myspace computer forum. It's been helpful I learned some good stuff, but it is not moderated and sometimes some of the younger techies can be jerks to newbies.

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#2 jgweed

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 03:10 AM

Welcome to BC, a great user community. I think you will find the information here useful and of a rather high quality, while not being geeky or pretensious.

You can use the extremely large database of startup programmes (see the tab at the top of the page, Startup List) to determine whether each is needed, optional, or should be killed. And there are many excellent Tutorials that discuss various computer security topics; reading these should provide a solid basis for the understanding of how to keep your computer secure.

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John
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