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Yontoo Annoyance
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Direct from Symantec.

Yontoo is a potentially unwanted application that installs a browser extension to display advertisements that appear to be from Facebook.     Read More…

To repair, simply go to Control Panel, Programs and Features and uninstall Yontoo.

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General Housekeeping
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Monthly maintenance tips and general house cleaning rules

Housekeeping is something we all do. It should be the same for your computer. From deleting unnecessary programs to scanning for viruses, these 5 chores could be on your monthly “must do list”.

  1. Running a scandisk for hard disk errors. This will help with the stability of your data.
  2. Defrag your disk (every 3 months) No need for monthly.
  3. Go into the control panel, programs and features and verify all the programs (if unsure call your local technician) and uninstall the programs from here. Deleting the programs from the hard disk does NOT uninstall them.
  4. Verify your start up programs in MSCONFIG (if unsure call your local technician)
  5. Run a full computer virus scan monthly.
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Backup files
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Schedule regular backups of your data.

Your data is most valuable to you. Have you ever had that “sinking” feeling when you go to open your files and you get a “Your data is corrupt and unrecoverable” message, or your hard disk crashes. Now all your hard work on your files is gone and you are left with the daunting task of recreating these documents. Almost everyone has program disks to reinstall their software, but now you need to recreate your data. One way to protect your data is to invest in a USB stick for backup. Your choice, most USB sticks work well but you want a USB stick big enough for all your files (min 8GB)

Steps to set up your backup are as follows:

  1. Save your data in the My Documents directory in folders for easy access.
  2. Set a schedule for your backup; daily or weekly, it’s up to you.
  3. Before logging off your PC, click your start button and follow the 3 steps below:
  1. click the Documents option on the right,
  2. press the Ctrl+A keys together to select all files and folders,
  3. then right click your mouse button, in the menu left click the “Send To” option and choose your USB stick.

This will copy your latest files to your USB stick.

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