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Assignment 2 Set up a Computer System

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Task 1 Virus Protection In today's technology there are load of viruses that are harmful to any computer systems, however as the years go on they are to me becoming a thing of the past because we are more protected and most of us know what to do when we are attacked. I am not saying that no to worry but not to fear as long as we are protected and we are constantly backing up we will be fine. Types of virus There are loads of viruses out; here is a list of most common Trojan horse A Trojan horse virus is common, but yet difficult to remove, as it tricks people by hiding it's self in an application. The role of the Trojan horse is to allow other virus in by making a gateway to target computer systems. Spy ware Spy ware is a type of malware that is installed on computers and that collects information about users without their knowledge. Spy ware programs can collect various types of personal information, such as Internet surfing habits and sites that have been visited. Spy ware interferes with the control of the computer in other ways. An example of this would be installing additional software and redirecting Web browser activity and personal information like bank details, passwords. ...read more.


Microsoft, typically release a service packs, because the number of individual patches to a given program reaches a certain limit. Microsoft thought that installing a service pack is easier and is less likely to create errors than installing a high number of patches. Service packs update virus protection and makes the security systems better with less glitch. A patch is a small piece of software designed to fix problems with or update a computer program or its supporting data. This includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance. Though meant to fix problems, poorly designed patches can sometimes introduce new problems. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patch_(computing) Clean- up tools The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk by searching your disk for files that you can safely delete. You can choose to delete some or all of the files. Use Disk Cleanup to perform any of the following tasks to free up space on your hard disk: Remove temporary Internet files. Remove downloaded program files. For example, ActiveX controls and Java applets that are downloaded from the Internet. Empty the Recycle Bin. Remove Windows temporary files. Remove optional Windows components that you are not using. Remove installed programs that you no longer use. You can start Disk Cleanup, by doing any of the following: Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. ...read more.


Back up to CD using compression software Making hard copies of work in the form of CDs is safe way to keep important files, from unforeseeable threats such as viruses and computer failure; yet, storing massive amounts of files or large files can take up room you will need to create multiple CDs to hold all the information. This takes up more room and also means if you want to access them you will have to do so individually, one disc after another. You can avoid this by compressing your files. Compression is a method of minimising file sizes; a compression tool will compress a file to a fraction of the original size. This is only used only back ups for a reason, thought smaller, a compressed file cannot be opened without extracting it to its normal state. If you are going to back up daily why not use a rewriteable CD for each day of the week. I recommend backing up as it will cut out all the stress and worry when something dose go wrong with your system. If anything happens you will know that you would have backed up. Also once you have backed up to any device it needs to be kept in a safe place I would recommend a fire proof safe. ?? ?? ?? ?? Craig Waters Assignment 2 - Set up a Computer System 1 OF 9 ...read more.

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