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Clean Your Computer & Make It Run Fast – with No Cost Tools

A step-by-step guide to fixing your computer with no cost programs & a little bit of knowledge, avoiding costly repairs.
Joanne Reid
1,766 students enrolled
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Remove annoying and distracting pop-up and fake advertisements.
Clean viruses and malware off your own computer easily and without paying another cent.
Increase the speed and usefulness of your computer.

Take back your power! Speed up your computer – for free.

***This course is ideal for beginners in the world of taking care of your computer. It is designed to take you step by step through the very basics of working with your computer.***

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Learn how to keep your computer running as fast as it can. Even if you are afraid to look at anything other than your email or Facebook, you can learn how to use completely free tools to fix those things that destroy your surfing pleasure.

Have you ever tried to look at a website only to find your computer screen completely unusable because it is covered with pop-ups?

Do you get big bright messages telling you that you have hundreds of viruses?

Are you tired of taking your computer to the repair shop to pay hundreds to have it cleaned and speeded up?

Then this course is for you. You will take a gentle peek at your computer and learn a bit more about it than you ever thought you wanted to know. Then you'll discover the truth about how you can surf the 'net and how to protect yourself from brutal attacks and hijacked webpages.

You'll learn about the different programs available and how to safely and properly use antivirus and antimalware programs to protect yourself.

The course can be finished in a weekend if you want to plunge right into it. The best thing is, you can see immediate improvements in your computer's performance before you are half-way through the course.


Welcome and Let's Have Fun!

Don't be afraid of your computer. Its purpose is to serve you just like your coffee pot and toaster do. You're the boss. It's time to show that to the computer.

Getting to Know Your Computer

You'll take a quick look at a couple of things about your computer you likely did not know. These are easy but powerful things you can do that will give you the power to make your computer work at maximum capacity.

Update on Windows 10
Get Back Online If the Malicious Software Has Disabled Your Internet Connection

This is a quick fix for a common problem caused by malicious software and often when this happens, you are motivated to get your computer fixed because your enjoyment of the internet has come to a grinding halt.

How Do You See the Internet?

You need a program to look at any webpage. There are several programs available but in the Windows world, the big three are Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome.

What do you know about your computer?

Can you answer a few basic questions about your computer?

Malicious Software and Other Bad Things

Viruses and Other Nasty Things

Malicious software? What is that? What can it do?

Worms. Don't Eat Them and Don't Allow Them on Your Computer

A computer worm is a malware program that worms its way into your computer and takes a free ride along your network.

Where Does This &%(#@ Come From?

But how did this bad stuff get on your computer and why would it tell you such lies?

But, But - I Have Protection

You have programs that are supposed to protect you. What could have gone wrong?

Microsoft Does NOT Call You to Warn You that Your Computer is Under Attack

So many people get a serious sounding phone call claiming to be from Microsoft and saying that they noticed your computer is not working properly. Do not talk to them. Hang up.

The Secrets You Need to Know About Your AntiVirus Program

What Antivirus Program are you Running?

What do you have on your system now for protection? Is it functioning and up-to-date?

One at a Time Please

If one AntiVirus program is good, does that mean that two are better? No.

Should You Get a Free or Paid AntiVirus Program?

How much should you pay for protection and does the more you pay make your computer safer? The answer might surprise you.

Highly Recommended Antivirus Programs - Free and Paid

There are more than the ones described here but in the interest of brevity, I am only mentioning three of the more popular paid ones and three of the more popular free ones..

Installing an Antivirus Program

A couple of the big names in paid antivirus programs often come bundled with your new computers. Let's take a look at them. Whether you pay for your antivirus or not is up to you. These are all excellent choices.

Let's Get To It: Cleaning Your Own Computer

Peel off the first layer of PUPS and nuisances.

If your computer a mess? Let's start by removing some of the pervasive and low-level aggravations that cause pop-ups and threatening messages.

Dig a little deeper

This is another pass at getting rid of even more annoying programs and maybe some viruses. Every program has its own strengths. This is a nice easy one that you can run online without having to install it.

Keep On Digging

One more cleaner that catches more than most when it comes to malicious software. This one you can leave on your computer as a companion to your antivirus program. Get the free version and run it every couple of weeks.

Clean Up The Mess

After you've cleaned out some of the dangerous threats, it is a good idea to clean up the traces of programs and leftover files that you no longer need.

Update Your System

When your system is free from threats, check to make sure your Windows operating system is up-to-date. It's a good idea to have the latest security patches and bug fixes.

Cleaning Your Keyboard - Might as Well Get the Outside Clean Too

Sometimes dirty keyboards can cause their own special problems. They are surprisingly easy to clean. Here's how.

Programs to Delete

Some programs are just a nuisance. Here is a list of programs that you might as well uninstall.

Wrap Up

A Word About Resources

Here's a list of the suggested sources for the free tools used to keep your computer sparkling clean inside.

Keep in Touch

Here are the best ways to contact me.

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