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Back Up and Restore Data With Windows 7 Guide for New Users

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

Backing Up

First you need to launch Windows’ Backup and Restore utility. You will find it in the Control Panel by selecting first System and Security and then Backup and Restore. If you have never used this tool before, you’ll see a message under ‘Backup’ that says ‘Windows Backup has not been set up’. Click the link labeled Set up backup to the right of that message.
After the program starts, it will prompt you to choose a location for it to store your backup files in. Windows won’t let you choose your main hard drive as a backup drive; so if you haven’t already plugged in your external hard drive, do it now and click Refresh.
After you’ve chosen the drive that you want to use for your backup, the program will ask you to identify what you want to back up. The default selection is to let Windows choose for you, and create a disk image at the same time. You can be much more selective, however, by clicking the radio button next to Let me choose.
Once you’ve chosen what you want to back up, and where you want Windows to store it, the program will display a backup summary screen that confirms the options you selected. Before you run your backup, though, you’ll probably want to take a look at the default schedule that Windows has set up for you, to confirm that your computer is going to be on at that time of day. If you want to adjust it, click Change schedule and then set it to something more suitable to your schedule.
Finally, click Save settings and run backup. The first backup will be a somewhat lengthy process, but future backups will be quicker, as they will back up only files that have been added or changed since your previous backup.
Restoring From Backup

Restoring files from your backup is fairly simple. First, launch the Backup and Restore utility, (as described above); then decide whether to restore all of your files, or just specific files that may have been deleted or become corrupt.

To restore all of your backed-up data, click Restore my files, followed by Browse for folders. Next, on the left side, look for the folder bearing the name of your backup. Click that folder, and then click Add folder. Once you’ve added the folder to your restore list, click Next and choose whether you want the files restored to the original location or to a new location. Finally, click Restore to bring back all of your data.
To restore specific files, first click Restore my files, and then click Browse for files. Navigate to your backup folder, and choose the individual files that you want. Again, the program will ask you whether you want to restore the files to their original location or to a new location. Once you decide where you want them, click Restore to recover the data you selected.

Unsure about the name of the file you want? Click Restore my files, and then use the Search button to examine your backup for the keywords that you type into the search field. In the search results, locate the files you need, add them to the restore list, and restore them as described above

Basic Computer Security Tutorial

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Recently, many anti-scam websites have been under denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by the scammers. Believe it or not, they’re using the not-so-protected computers to perform the DDoS attack. The innocent people unknowingly help this irresponsible people to perform the attack. This computer is called ‘zombies’ and the zombies computer are computers infected by virus or trojan and used by the scammers to perform the DDoS attack.

The virus or trojan will open a backdoor on target computer for the hackers so he or she will have access to the target computer. In some cases, the hackers will sell the access to another person and that person will use the access to any purpose that the he likes. If a spammer gets access to your computer, he’ll use it to send spam emails.

The DDoS attack is perform by the scammers by sending useless data to a specific web server and when the server cannot handle the data flow, it’ll crash. This is what’s happening right now to many anti-scam websites.

This is just one thing what hackers can do when our computer is not well protected. If I’m going to list what they can do to not-so-protected computers, it will be a long list. Therefore, we need to protect our computer. But, some protection come at a high price and some are free. In this article, I will tell you where you can get good optimum computer protection without paying a dime.

1. Antivirus

Your computer needs an antivirus. A good antivirus will have real-time protection, good detection rate and it’s easy to use. If you don’t have any antivirus on your PC, get one now. Antivirus can find and remove viruses and trojan from your PC. There are three antiviruses that I personally recommend. Avast! Antivirus, AVG and Avira Antivir Personal Edition.

2. Firewall

Firewall is important so you can block ingoing or outgoing traffic. If you have malicious programs on your computer, it will not be able to send out information out from your computer and firewall will be able to block it. When you’ve bought a new PC, I suggest you to activate the Windows Firewall before going online. Even though the Windows Firewall cannot protect you from some malicious threats completely, but it’s good enough to protect you before you install a new firewall. After that, you need to find a good firewall and install it in your system. I personally recommend two free firewalls. Comodo Firewall Pro and ZoneAlarm.

3. Spybot Search and Destroy

Spybot Search and Destroy is good software to find spyware, malware and adware threats inside your PC. It also has some real-time protection and best of all, it’s free. It has good detection rate and can detect keyloggers inside your computer.

4. Ad-Aware 2007

Ad-Aware 2007 Free has been used by 250 million people because it provides good protection. If you have some money to spend, consider upgrading to Ad-Aware 2007 Plus because it has real-time protection. However, the free edition is good enough if you’re tight on budget. But you need a little more work because you have to perform the scan manually and it has no real-time protection.