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Make sure to take away the admin rights from normal users of a computer.
We all need only one account with administrative rights to install, uninstall or run maintenance software. Otherwise we should login with a standard account for regular computer use. This is actually how Unix based computers (like Apple) maximize the computer security by normally having only one administrator account called “root” and normally letting you login without admin rights.

– If your operating system is Windows XP Professional, it is easy to take care of this. Make sure that you assign a password to the administrator account. Go to the Control Panel –> Administrative Tools –> Computer Management –> Local Users and Groups –> Users –> Right Click on the Administrator Account and click on “Set Password”. 
Next step is to login as administrator and again go to the Control Panel –> User Accounts –> Choose the account that you login regularly and click on the ‘Change the account type’ and click on the ‘Limited’.
Finally log off the Administrator account and login with your username.

– If your operating system is 
Windows XP Home Edition, Restart the computer and and as the computer is booting press and hold your “F8 Key” which should bring up the “Windows Advanced Options Menu”. Use your arrow keys to move to “Safe Mode” and press your Enter key.  Then login as administrator –> go to the control panel –> User Accounts –> choose the Administrator account and setup a password for it then restart.
Next step is to login as administrator and again go to the Control Panel –> User Accounts –> Choose the account that you login regularly and click on the ‘Change the account type’ and click on the ‘Limited’.
Finally log off the Administrator account and login with your username.
 

  • Download and install “CCleaner” and “Malwarebytes” from the links provided in download page.
     
  • Click on the “CCleaner” icon –> Click on “Run Cleaner”
     
  • When done, Click on “Registry” button –>  Click on “Scan for Issues” –> Click on “Fix Selected Issues” When done, Close it.
     
  • Click on “Malwarebytes” icon –> Click on “Scan” –> When done, follow the instructions.
     
  • Go to START –> RUN and type this   defrag c: 
    remember, to add a space between defrag and c:
    It is going to take about 10 to 30 minutes to do the defragment.


  • While browsing the internet if you see a drop down horizontal bar at the bottom of the address bar, do not click on it. If you click, most likely it is going to let some spam or unwanted software in your computer. In some rare cases though, you have to click on it to let some legitimate software to be installed. (For instance, a known website)


  • Do not install any toolbar, like Google toolbar or Yahoo toolbar or any other kind of toolbar. You do not need them. If you accidentally installed one of them, follow these instructions to remove them: Go to START –> Click on RUN –> type: CONTROL –> double click on ADD OR REMOVE PROGRAMS  –> find the software that you want to remove –> once click on it and click on the button next to it that says “Remove” –> follow the instructions –> close when finished. –> Restart the computer.

  • Make sure to backup important and valuable information or photos that you have in your computer, frequently. The Hard drive inside the computer may go bad any time and as a result you may lose your pictures, documents and rest of the precious information you have saved for years. My first recommended way to backup is getting an external hard drive and at least once in  month, make a backup of your important stuff. Another way is to go to iDrive website and install the free version of iDrive online Backup. You would get only 5GB for free and if your run out of space, you need to pay for it.