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Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP

Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP - PCSTATS
Abstract: From quick tips to WindowsXP, right through to cool tweak, toys and experiments, PCSTATS has go you covered with over a hundred new Tech Tips!
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Computer Security Tips 53-54

53. Test Your PCs Security with Online Security Probes

Are you security conscious? Have you secured your PC with anti-virus and firewall software? Did you follow PCstats Ten Essential steps? Whether you answered yes or no to these questions, you should still test your PC for security vulnerabilities with one of these online security-scanning services.

Each will probe your computer for security weaknesses which could be used by a malicious hacker or virus to compromise your PC and data. Use these services to ensure that you are well secured, or use them as an incentive to fix your insecure system; just use them.

Some free online security scanners:
https://grc.com/x/ne.dll?bh0bkyd2
http://www.pcflank.com/scanner1s.htm
http://scan.sygatetech.com/


54. Disable Annoying Sartup Programs

Whether it's spyware or just an annoying feature of a legitimate program, everyone has experienced the phenomena of the annoying startup program. They may take up all your system resources at startup, causing your computer to c...r...a...w...l along, or they may be unwelcome pests causing havoc within your system.

The thing that startup programs all have in common is that they need to be run during the Windows boot from a few specific locations. Traditionally in Windows XP, you can use the built-in MSCONFIG utility to find and disable automatically starting programs, but this utility does not check all possible locations.

For a more comprehensive scan, we suggest using Sysinternal's free 'autoruns' program to display all auto-running software on your computer. To paraphrase a certain commercial, this utility checks the parts that MSCONFIG can't reach.

To use autoruns download and run the program.

The program displays all software (including some essential Windows files) that runs automatically after Windows loads. By unchecking the boxes, you can disable specific programs and prevent them from loading. Note that there are several entries here you should not disable at any time, the two most important of which are userinit.exe and explorer.exe.

Be very cautious with anything authored by Microsoft in this list (though it is possible for malicious startup programs like spyware and Trojan horse viruses to use the Microsoft label here also).

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: 104 Tech Tips for Windows XP
 Pg 2.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 1-2
 Pg 3.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 3-6
 Pg 4.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 7-9
 Pg 5.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 10-11
 Pg 6.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 12-14
 Pg 7.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 15-17
 Pg 8.  WindowsXP Interface Tips 18-20
 Pg 9.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 21-23
 Pg 10.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 24-25
 Pg 11.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 26-30
 Pg 12.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 31
 Pg 13.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 32-33
 Pg 14.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 34-36
 Pg 15.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 37-39
 Pg 16.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 40-41
 Pg 17.  Computer Maintenance and Troubleshooting Tips 42-46
 Pg 18.  Computer Security Tips 47
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 Pg 20.  Computer Security Tips 48-49
 Pg 21.  Computer Security Tips 50-51
 Pg 22.  Computer Security Tips 52
 Pg 23.  — Computer Security Tips 53-54
 Pg 24.  WindowsXP Shortcut Tips 55-57
 Pg 25.  WindowsXP Shortcut Tips 58-63
 Pg 26.  Disk and Storage Management Tips 64
 Pg 27.  Disk and Storage Management Tips 65-67
 Pg 28.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 68-69
 Pg 29.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 70-71
 Pg 30.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 72-75
 Pg 31.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 76-78
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 Pg 33.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 79-81
 Pg 34.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 82-85
 Pg 35.  Cool Tweaks, Toys and Experiments 86-90
 Pg 36.  Networking and Internet Tips 91-93
 Pg 37.  Networking and Internet Tips 94-97
 Pg 38.  Networking and Internet Tips 98-101
 Pg 39.  Networking and Internet Tips 102-104

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