1.       Viruses, Malware and Adaware

Viruses are malicious programs generally spread through email, filesharing networks or something of that sort. They generally do direct damage to your computer.

Spyware is software that runs quietly in the background, usually making itself hard to detect, and records what you do (what you type, for instance).

Malware is sort of an umbrella term that covers any kind of software that does things that aren't nice.

Adware is software that hides on your computer and causes pop-up ads to open even when you aren't doing anything.

Worms are much like viruses in their effects, but instead of having to be mailed or downloaded, they spread themselves.

Trojan horses are programs that act nice ("Free Antivirus Software," or "Free emoticons!") but actually have a hidden ulterior motive. They got their name because their tactic is a lot like the Trojan Horse -- they act nice to get inside the "city walls," then start killing stuff.

 

2.       Should I leave my computer on?  Can it hurt my computer?

The answer is No.  You should not leave your computer on when you are not using it.   Reasons,

a.       The number one killer of all computers is heat.  Heat will destroy processors, graphics cards, and most importantly hard drives.  Would you leave your car running? What about your TV?  They will all generate heat which is bad.

 

3.       What is more important the memory or the CPU?

Memory is used to send the data back and forth to different areas of your motherboard including your CPU.  The CPU processes the data and send it back out.  My answer would be that they are equally important but I would say the CPU is the “Most” important thing to look for when purchasing a computer.  The CPU would be the Heart of the computer.

4.       How often should I clean out the inside of my desktop?

Yearly, especially if you have pets.  Remember that it is not as easy as it looks.  Whenever you have static electricity involved it can be fatal to your computer.  I also highly recommend reapplying thermal paste at least every 2 years.  It is always a good idea to add an extra case fan to any desktop.

 

 

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