DIY Windows Security Check and Tune-up
Here are the procedures for doing your own “Do-it-yourself” Tune-up of a Windows 7, 8 or 10 based computer systems.
(If you get stuck we are here to help with an automated tune-up or technician assisted for a reasonable additional fee – see http://burgoynecomputers.com )
- Run CCleaner.
This step eliminates extra files on your computer and helps the other processes below to run more quickly. CAUTION: This step will remove all your browser history INCLUDING saved passwords, cookies and recent sites. To run it, click:
then click Run when asked.
- Download Malwarebytes, update and start scan.
If you have trouble installing or running, try booting to Safe Mode with Networking and try again.
Click: Malwarebytes Installation – and “Download Free Version”
- Remove un-used programs using PC Decrapifier.
Download and run it from: https://www.pcdecrapifier.com/download/free. (Alternatively you can use the Control Panel “Programs & Features” (Win7/8/10). If you don’t know what a program does, leave it there, but be sure to remove games, widgets, desktop apps such as WeatherBug, MyWebSearch, etc.
- Remove browser search tool-bars, Google, Yahoo, MySearch, MSN, Bing, etc. (you can add them in later if you want, but they are mostly useless). PCDecrapifier can do this for you.
- Remove all Anti-Virus software. YES REMOVE THEM ALL! Get rid of Norton, McAfree, Trend, PC-Tools, etc.
- Double-Check that you removed all ALL Anti-Virus programs using Control Panel “Programs & Features” (Win7/8/10) – PCDecrapifier can do MOST of this for you.
- Reboot the computer above if you weren’t already prompted to reboot.
- Get latest Windows updates:
Make sure latest service packs are applied from Windows Update service in your Control Panel. Reboot if prompted. (Windows 10 automatically updates).
IMPORTANT: All versions of Windows can have viruses or malware that prevent updates. Eliminating the malware may prompt your computer to begin updating requiring several reboots.
- Install an Antivirus program
reboot if prompted, and run a full system anti-virus scan.
- Sophos Home– Free for home users with up to 10 devices. Create a free account then Download and install.
- Windows Defender comes free with Windows 10 and is more than adequate. However, step 4 is CRITICAL in keeping Windows Defender working well.
To keep your system running smoothly regularly run CCleaner and Malwarebytes updates and scan. Windows Defender and Sophos automatically scan and update so no maintenance is required. Unlike other AV programs these two stay out of your face! They only notify you when there’s a problem that needs your attention (like a reboot or manual update).
- “I can’t do this myself! HELP!!”
Burgoyne Computers has great options for Automated or Technician assisted tune-up service. Simply sign up for one of the other services at: BurgoyneComputers.com
Q: Is Remote Tune-up safe?
A: Yes, in fact, I think your computer is safer at your house with a technician remote controlling it that if you take it in to a repair shop:
- You keep control of your computer and just share your screen.
- A technician will remote control your computer and clean it up using similar steps above – although a little more geeky version.
- No need to haul your system into a store. Tune-ups can be done from anywhere with Internet access!
- Burgoyne Computers is a long-time, respectable computer security company. They’ll take care of you and keep your information safe and secure.
- Check out our customer testimonials at http://burgoynecomputers.com
However, don’t let just ANYONE remotely control your computer. If you see an add on your computer for a required tune-up, be very cautious! Only call reputable computer service companies.