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History and Origins of Computer Viruses and How to Protect Your Computer from Them

Turning on your computer to discover that it has been infected with a virus can be just as frustrating and upsetting as waking up to the realization that you’ve become really sick overnight. Computer viruses operate in much the same way as a biological virus in that they thrive on being passed from computer to computer. In other words, if you have an infected computer you’re likely to pass on that infection to all of your friends’ computers in the same way that you’d also pass the common cold onto them. Unlike a biological virus, however, your computer can infect the computer of a friend who isn’t even in the same country as you. Virus protection software is getting more advanced each day but it is still important for users to take precautions, especially with their e-mails.

Speed up Windows XP

I know Windows 7 is out and is garnering positive feedback from majority of users. Unlike its Vista cousin, Windows 7 is faster, more responsive and takes up less system resources. Still, there are users who would just like to stick to the good old Windows xp. I am also running windows xp service pack 3 and its’ never given any headache since sp3 was installed. While my windows xp runs excellently, there are users who are not happy with the sluggish performance of their computers. In most of the cases, malware is the primary reason for slow running pc. I’ll get back to the malware thing some other day, for now, let’s get windows xp running faster by tweaking few settings. There is an ebook I came across on PC security forum, that lets you speed up windows xp to the level that you can run it comfortably with a 256mb memory, although having more memory is recommended.