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PC General Maintenance



Here you will find setup instructions for your new PC and some suggestions on how to keep it running its best. We also have provided some links for anti-virus protection and common internet problems.

MetroCast does not officially recommend or support any specific software, but after listening to our customers, we can show you what they have used and were satisfied with.


New PC Internet Connection Setup
Click the link below to know the fastest way to connect your new PC to the internet.
PC Internet Connection Setup


Illegal Operations
Illegal Operations can be caused by several different factors. Click the link below to find out how to resolve this error.
Illegal Operations

ScanDisk & Defrag
Here are two useful utilities built into every modern Windows product that will improve your PC's performance. Before running either program, make sure you have most programs shut down or it could delay the scandisk/defrag from completing its task. It is suggested to run them once per month.


Antivirus
If you have Norton Antivirus, or McAffee VirusScan, please update regularly. If you get notified that your subscription has expired, try out one of these freeware antivirus products. Make sure you download the file and uninstall your expired program before installing the new antivirus program.



Adware
Generically, adware (spelled all lower case) is any software application in which advertising banners are displayed while the program is running. The authors of these applications include additional code that delivers the ads, which can be viewed through pop-up windows or through a bar that appears on a computer screen. Use the program below to protect your PC from adaware.


Spyware
Spyware is any technology that aids in gathering information about a person or organization without their knowledge. On the Internet (where it is sometimes called a spybot or tracking software), spyware is programming that is put in someone's computer to secretly gather information about the user and relay it to advertisers or other interested parties. Spyware can get in a computer as a software virus or as the result of installing a new program. The headache with this type of software is in its constant contact with a central server slowing your connection down.



Browser Hijacking
A browser hijacker (sometimes called hijackware) is a type of malware program that alters your computer's browser settings so that you are redirected to web sites that you had no intention of visiting. Most browser hijackers alter default home pages and search pages to those of their customers, who pay for that service because of the traffic it generates. More virulent versions often add bookmarks for pornographic web sites to the users' own bookmark collection, generate pornographic pop-up windows faster than the user can click them shut, and redirect users to pornographic sites when they inadvertently mistype a URL or enter a URL without the www. preface. Poorly coded browser hijackers -- which, unsurprisingly, are common -- may also slow your computer down and cause browser crashes.



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