Vol. I, Issue I

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June, 2002

Virus Protection for your PC

Today more than ever, it is important to have a good antivirus program on your computer and to keep your virus definitions up-to-date. New computer viruses are being written daily. Most are sent through email without the sender's knowledge or consent, but some can be downloaded from web pages on the Internet.

Two of the most popular antivirus programs are Norton Antivirus and McAfee Virus Scan. Both will protect your system if you keep your virus definitions up-to-date. The cost is about the same for the initial purchase, but Norton seems more user friendly and earlier versions can access and download virus definitions.

What are virus definitions? They are the "antidote" for the viruses. For every virus written, there must be a virus definition so the Antivirus program can "sniff" out and find the virus already on your computer or detect the viruses as they are being are sent to your computer. If you installed your Antivirus program a year ago and never bothered to update your definitions, then your PC is vulnerable to hundreds, possibly thousands of viruses which have been written since then. In fact, there is an excellent chance that your computer is infected with a virus right now.

Installing an antivirus program and updating your definitions regularly go a long way towards keeping your computer system virus free. However, your antivirus program also needs to be set to scan your computer constantly for any virus like activity and to scan ALL files, not just program files. The default installation of both the McAfee and Norton programs sets the program to scan program files only. In order to be fully protected, you must manually set the programs to scan all files.

How do you know if your virus definitions are up-to-date? How do you set the antivirus program to scan all files? Go to to learn about protecting your PC from viruses.

Computer Tips & Tricks -
Windows Shortcut Keys

Many of you are familiar with the toolbar that shows up at the top of the screen when a program is opened. You have all probably used the Edit/Copy, Edit/Paste and the Edit/Cut functions, but did you know there are shortcut keys on your keyboard that perform these same functions? Try the following:

  1. Open a text editing program such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Works
  1. Open a document
  2. Highlight a short section of text
  3. Hold down the Ctrl (Control) key
  4. Press the letter x just once and release (the highlighted text should disappear) - this 'cuts' the text
  5. Scroll to another place in the document and click to put your cursor there
  6. Hold down the Ctrl key
  7. Press the letter v just once and release - this "pastes" the text in this new spot

Try it again. This time, use the Ctrl key and the letter c. This will copy the text without cutting it. Choose a different section of text to try it on. This time you should see your original text in its original position and the same text in the new position.

     Ctrl x cuts
     Ctrl c copies
     Ctrl v pastes

More Shortcut Keys in the next issue!

Domain Name Scams

Low Ball Pricing: If you receive email or regular mail concerning low cost domain registrations, be sure you READ THE FINE PRINT! You will find that these registrars will lock you into high prices if you attempt to transfer, renew or change the domain information. They may offer some free extras such as web-hosting. What they don't tell you is that you will have annoying pop-up advertising on your web site. You might think you're saving money until you experience poor service, costly hidden fees and unwanted advertising. Be sure to make informed decisions for security, quality and support before transferring your names.

Deceptive Renewal Notices: Emails or US postal mailers are being used to mislead domain name holders about the expiration of their domain names. They are usually in the form of a warning about your domain names expiring. They may even look like a bill. Typically, your domain names and expiration dates are included in the message. If you receive any notices (either email or postal) from ANY registrar or reseller, contact Computer Infotech®. We renew our domain names for all our clients and bill customers directly. Renewal notices from other companies are an attempt to trick you into transferring to another domain registration company. (Excerpt from

The CI Quarterly is a publication of Computer Infotech®, providing technical information in lay person’s terms. Watch for the next issue coming in September.

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