Welcome to issue 5. Due to the recent virus attacks,
and the importance of protecting yourself and your computer, we are going to cover many subjects related to
This month we shall begin the "Inside your
PC" section. Every month we will now cover two items that are
needed to run your computer, internally and externally. We hope to
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2 Inside your PC Part 1 - The Base
Unit and Motherboard
The Base Unit – Your base unit is the main
part of your PC, also known as a desktop computer (Lies flat) or tower
unit (Stands upright). This is the main box where you insert the CD’s
and/or disks, sometimes incorrectly called the processor, the monitor or
the hard drive, amongst other things.
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This is the heart of your PC. Over coming weeks we
will take a look at each component in turn, explaining what each does.
These bits and bobs, ie the motherboard, processor, memory, hard drive,
disk drives etc, can all be replaced and upgraded pretty easily, when
you know what to do. You find out just how right here.
The aptly named motherboard is the backbone of your computer; this is
where all the other components plug directly into.
Your motherboard will determine your processor support, memory type,
peripheral connections, and quite often will have many integrated
components. (Onboard video, sound, network, modem, etc.)
It is essential that your
computer has a high quality, expandable & easily configurable board,
without this you will find your computer wanting in the not so distant
future. You will also find that integrated components are best avoided,
especially video if you are an avid gamer. These devices tend to be of a
lower quality than their plug in counterparts.
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buying a computer or changing your motherboard then you will need to
determine your needs.
important question is what are you going to use the computer for? There is
no point in buying an all singing and dancing system if all you want to do
is surf the net, but do remember that 6 months after buying the system you
may decide to use it for other things, and if it is not upgradeable, then
you could be looking at an expensive change.
round up, make sure that when buying, even if all the components are
onboard that you have free expansion slots so that the system is future
proof. An AGP port (allows for graphics card changes) and free PCI slots
(used for adding expansion cards), support for Pentium 4 or Athlon XP
processors, and DDR memory are some of the important, and presently modern
items that you would look for.
In future issues we will look at each and every
component, helping explain their functions and what to look for when
Month read about the processor and the memory
3 Virus threats
Click on link below to see world wide and local present
Click on link below for a guide on
locating and removing viruses
Want to find and remove viruses online,
check out the link below, remember if you find a virus, read up on it
before removing as you may find that there is registry settings or files
that need replaced, to allow your computer to function correctly again.
Check out this link to read up on
viruses, what they do and how to get rid of them.
With the recent high publicity based around
the Blaster virus, the subject of viruses is best covered.
Many computers that I have worked on
recently have been infected with not just the Blaster virus, but several
others as well. The Blaster virus has made headlines simply because it has
been the first that exploits a problem with Windows XP and Windows 2000,
allowing it to install in your computer when you are on the internet, not
by downloading files or opening emails, but just by being connected.
So how do you protect yourself from such
threats? In this day of age there is several methods that must now be
used. Use a Firewall, an Anti-Virus program, and always update Windows
with the latest patches.
A Firewall is simply a large digital wall
that your computer uses to protect you while browsing the Internet. It
protects your computer from unauthorized access from computers or software
running else ware on the web. While Windows XP has a basic free firewall,
all other systems don’t and you must purchase a firewall program. Either
Symantec or McAfee Firewalls would be ideal purchases; a local computer
store will be able to advise you appropriately.
Alternatively you could try out Zone Alarm.
The free trial will give you an idea about what Zone Alarm is all about.
The Windows XP free firewall install is covered
in this newsletter.
Anti-Virus programs are more and more
becoming essential to computer use, not always providing a cure, but great
at prevention. It will stop viruses getting to and installing themselves
in your computer, and if kept up to date will provide piece of mind when
downloading and installing files from the Internet. Remember though that
installing an anti-virus program after getting a virus can cause no end of
problems. Once you get a virus it is best seeking professional help, to
help understand the viruses function and how to get rid of it. Both
Symantec or McAfee Anti-Virus programs are ideal purchases, and both
companies provide telephone support to help assist in the removal of a
virus. So if you don’t have a virus program, then consult a local dealer
and get one installed and updated as soon as possible.
Alternatively you could try a free Virus
scanner like AVG Anti-Virus, http://www.grisoft.com/us/us_dwnl_free.php
An online Virus Check and Removal as
also available from here, http://www.windowsreinstall.com/virusremoval/software.htm
keeping your Microsoft Windows up to date. This is quite important as many
patches are released weekly for the Microsoft operating systems.
To update simply click on “Start” and then
“Windows Update”, while connected to the web. The Windows Update Page
will appear. Follow the instructions and allow the site to scan your
computer. Then download what is needed. Remember though that there may be
quite a lot to download and this may take some time, especially if you
don’t have broadband.
go to this link http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
5 Making the Most of Internet
Explorer Part 4
This week I am going to show you how to switch on the
free firewall which comes with Windows XP. If this had been switched on
then the likely hood of you getting the Blaster virus would have been
All images in this article are small, click on
them to have an enlarged image popup.
To begin click on start, then connect to, then show all
Next right click on your internet connection, it is
usually the one with the tick, which is default.
Now select properties.
Now select advanced and select protect my computer by
limiting or preventing access from the internet. Click on OK when
You will now beside your connection it will say "Firewalled".
A job well done.
6 Fixes and Tips of the Month
This month we are going to look at desktop wallpaper.
Brighten up your computing experience with some nice images, or even
pictures of you family, or favourite movie star. Just think you could
have even a picture of me staring at you every time your computer boots
Its easy to do just download and/or open up the picture
by double clicking on it, right click on the picture and click on Set as
on image to enlarge
You can also change it by going to start, settings,
control panel, (or just start, control panel) then click on display and
then desktop. from here click browse, locate the picture you want to use
as the background and click OK. Then select center, tile or stretch.
Once again click Ok and your background will magically appear.
on image to enlarge
Finally we have created a few background images for you
to use. Click on the image you like and open it in internet explorer,
right click on image and select set as background or use one of the
A useful link which i use a lot is www.themeworld.com.
7 Online Gaming Part 4
So what is online gaming ? Online gaming is playing a
game on your computer with one or more real people using the internet
to share the experience. The biggest problem with online gaming is its
addictiveness, in today's busy lifestyle we find it hard to go out and
enjoy an evening of socializing, so we now indulge in online gaming,
sometimes fulfilling our fantasies, and our need to meet people at the
same time. Below is a another game we have tried and reviewed.
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Release date Spring 2004
Warhammer Online is a new massively multiplayer online computer game
that allows players to take on the role of outlaws and mercenary
adventurers within a grim and gritty realisation of Games Workshop's
dark, gothic fantasy world. Spawned on the margins of society, our
players can rise to become mighty heroes or infamous villains, living
on their wits or the cut of a blade! Famous or feared throughout the
Empire for their daring and bloody deeds!
At the heart of the game will be this combination of fantastic new
technologies coupled with the deep, dark, gritty Warhammer background
and some extremely innovative player and character development within
an online RPG.
- A custom built Massively Multiplayer render engine that delivers
an incredible graphic environment. The game pitches players into a
grim and gritty realisation of the Warhammer world and propels
them headlong into a game of dark horror and adventure.
- Zone-less environment with fully dynamic loading, seasons,
climate and fully dynamic weather.
- Innovative character development that delivers exciting
narrative gameplay. Players choose their own fate, as 'good' and
'evil' are simply relative terms.
- A unique skill based magic system that gives every player the
ability to practice spell-casting.
- Vast urban dungeons. The landscape of Warhammer Online includes
the great cities of the Reikland – Marienburg, Altdorf and Nuln
- with hundreds of locations, characters and quests.
- At the core of game is a skills and careers system that
encourages players to progress through the world and develop their
characters in a unique, biographical and highly Warhammer way –
Rat Catcher, Beggar, Thief!
- Player versus player combat is integrated into the game through
the same career system. High-level careers are mutually
antagonistic and so if you choose to become a Bounty Hunter you
will become PvP to Outlaws and vice versa!
For any online gamer, especially Everquest and D&D fans, this
looks like a must. the only problem now is now that you know about it,
you'll have to wait until spring 2004 to get it
8 Guide to the Underground -
hopes to show you, why to avoid the underground
the Internet. You may have heard of serialz (serials or serial numbers),
crackz (cracks or software crackz), warez (wares or war-ez (illegal
software)), hackz (hacks), viruses and other
key words used by these places. People involved in such trades call themselves
pirates or hackers.
The temptation of getting something for free
can be great, but remember it is theft, and most of the time you are leaving
yourself open to attack by those who participate in the trade.
Crackz are the
illegal way of bypassing software protections, evaluation codes, time
limitations, and or shareware barriers.
A crack is
basically a small program which installs or replaces files that are installed
and lets you use software illegally.
programs tend to be small, you can just as easily download a virus and install
it. Stay away from these sites as you will find that in a short period of time
your computer will be riddled with porn dialers and other unsavory software.
You will also
find that using software that you didn't pay for will put programmers or
companies at risk, these people don't create for fun, but to make a living.
So our advice, stay away, support programmers and
buy your software.
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