Category: Computer Terms

What is a Trojan Virus?

In many cases, it is difficult to tell if your computer is infected with a virus. Computer viruses can look like harmless and useful programs, but actually contain code that can destroy data or install adware or spyware on your computer. Trojan viruses can be embedded in email attachments, programs that have been downloaded, or even through operating system vulnerabilities on your computer.…

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Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Windows Check Disk

Microsoft has produced a variety of operating systems, and every version since the DOS system has included a tool for locating damaged files or folder structures known as windows check disk. Operating on the computer as Chkdsk, windows check disk is a computer utility program that in a sense provides free computer maintenance through repairing damaged files and folder structures, which typically improves the speed of slow computers, and will optimize computer functions.

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What Is A Firewall?

For centuries, the term “fire wall” implied an actual wall that was constructed with fire resistant material that would actually contain a fire to a certain location of a structure, vastly different from a Windows firewall or Microsoft firewall. The Internet brings people from around the world together through technology, but along with that unfortunately comes the risk of unwanted information exchange – usually known as phishing or hacking, and the need for a Windows firewall or a Microsoft firewall, in addition to an overall windows security.

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What Are Cookies?

Cookies are text files that store useful information. Cookies can be used for authentication for certain websites, storing information about a shopping cart, storing user preferences, and many other things. The type of cookie defines its function:

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What Is Ready Boost?

Ready Boost is a feature on Windows 7 and Windows Vista that allows external memory to be used to improve system performance. Ready Boost can take advantage of USB storage devices, SD cards, or CompactFlash cards. Windows 7 can take advantage of up to 8 devices using Ready Boost. It also can make use of up to 256GB for additional memory use. Windows Vista can make use of up to 4GB. However, Microsoft states that Ready Boost uses a 2:1 compression ratio. This means that 2GB of memory could potentially hold 4GB of data.

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