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Authors: Carey Holzman
ISBN-13: 9780072229233, ISBN-10: 0072229233
Format: Paperback
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Date Published: October 2003
Edition: (Non-applicable)

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Author Biography: Carey Holzman

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Book Synopsis

Keep Your PC Running Smoothly—Without Spending a Lot of Money!

Solve everyday PC problems, improve performance and speed, and protect yourself from malicious attacks with the helpful tips in this user-friendly guide. Easy-to-follow "recipes" show you, click-by-click, how to prevent computer catastrophes and recover completely from unavoidable disasters. If you've had a hard time understanding other computer guides, you'll love this book's clear, accessible approach. PC guru Carey Holzman dispels common myths and explains complicated issues in language that anyone can understand, regardless of their computer experience. Don't be held hostage by hackers or overpaid computer technicians. Learn how to maintain and upgrade your own PC and have fun in the process.

Inside, you'll learn to:

  • Avoid disasters caused by computer viruses, hackers, and hard disk crashes
  • Use Scandisk and Defragment to find and repair hard drive problems before it's too late
  • Remove spyware, Trojan horses, unnecessary temp files, and unused programs
  • Eliminate pop-ups, spam, email hoaxes, and unwanted Internet solicitations
  • Manage cookies, temporary Internet files, and Web browser preferences
  • Defend against worms and Denial-of-Service attacks with firewall and anti-virus software
  • Understand and optimize DMA, Active Desktop, animations, fonts, and swap files
  • Tweak power and hardware settings, screen savers, and start-up routines
  • Back up and restore Windows configurations, files, and applications
  • Obtain and install Windows, application, and driver upgrades
  • Optimize your Internet connection

About the Author:

Carey Holzman, A+, IBM Quality Service Skill Certified, HP Laserjet Hardware Certified, is the owner of Discount Computer Repair, in Phoenix, Arizona. He also hosts his own Internet radio show featuring the latest computer news, and has been an operating systems beta-tester for Microsoft since Windows 95.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. IBasic Maintenance
Ch. 1Temporary Files, Internet Cache, Scandisk3
Ch. 2Improving PC Performance and Reliability15
Ch. 3Optimizing Your Internet Connection37
Pt. IIInternet 101
Ch. 4Internet Cookies, Temporary Internet Files, and Pop-ups55
Ch. 5All About Email: Spam and Hoaxes73
Ch. 6Firewalls87
Ch. 7Basic Windows Performance Tips103
Pt. IIIOptimize Windows Performance
Ch. 8More Windows Performance Tips127
Ch. 9Safe Computing143
Ch. 10Computer Upgrades157
Pt. IVAdvanced Topics
Ch. 11Preventive Maintenance171
Ch. 12What to Do When Things Go Wrong187
Pt. VAppendixes
App. AFree Technical Support199
App. BNetworking203
App. CSystem Resources207
App. DWindows 98/Me Help!211
App. EWindows XP Help!217
App. FUseful and Safe Freeware221
Index225

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