Just out of the box and plugged in and you start to think to yourself, “I just bought a computer, now what?” Well before you start surfing the intertubes, there are a few things you need to do to make sure you are safe and securely using your new toy.
- Find or make your install disk.
- Antivirus and Anti-malware protection.
- Get and schedule Windows Updates.
- Find a nerd that can help you when needed.
- If all of this seems like too much work, fear not just give My Computer Works a call.
Find or make your install disk
Your new computer should have come with some media. Check to see if any of it says Windows Operating System. Got it? Yes, nice! No, no worries not all new computers come with the media.
To determine which options are available to create recovery media, click Start, click All Programs, and then click Recovery Manager.
- If Recovery Disc Creation displays in the list, you can use discs only.
- If Recovery Media Creation displays in the list, you can use either discs or a USB flash drive.
Seem like a bit much? Give us a call at (800)-935-6704!
Antivirus and Antimalware protection
Do I really need both? Yes, now days you do. Virus and Malware are two different animals and you need two different tools to hunt and kill the bad things. For antimalware we recommend and sell Malwarebytes Antimalware. It offers real time protection from Malware and can clean things that occasionally get thru. Antivirus has lots of options but we recommend Kaspersky Antivirus which can also be purchased thru MCW. While no protection will ever be perfect with these tools you will have some of the best protection out there.
Get and schedule Windows Updates
Considering that your brand new computer has likely been sitting in a box for a while its definitely already out of date. Now that you have your media and your protection you need to make sure that everything is up to date. Always make sure that your computer is updated by scheduling the time that works best for you.
I can’t say this enough. BACKUP FREQUENTLY. Personally 2 layers of backup are recommended. A local, like with a backup Hard Drive and remote backup. Remote backup is offered from several places from One Drive to Mozy. MCW Remote backup is also a terrific option and compared to the others probably the easiest. As it comes with Unlimited Support through MCW.
Find a nerd that can help you when needed
Get someone you trust for advice and help to fix your computer. We all know a “guy” that “knows computers”, but is he a professional nerd? Would you trust that person with all your personal data and files? Maybe you do. But if you don’t have someone that fits that description MCW is always an option.
Good work, all done? Take a break. Now you have a safe computer that is ready to go from Amazon to Zillow. Get out there and change the world. Or at least order a new monitor, everything is better with 2 screens.