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.
leave my computer on? Can it hurt my
The answer is No. You
should not leave your computer on when you are not using it. Reasons,
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
3. What is more important the memory or the
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
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.