How to Protect Your Privacy on Computer?

Thought your computer is safe with latest antivirus and anti-malware sogtware? This is totally wrong. Antivirus and Anti-Malware software can only protect your computer system from being damaged, and block some attacks from hijackers. But how about security of your privacy? Browsers and websites will always remember and collect your browse history to analyse, so to promote specific advertisement in your browse page. And how do you keep your online search history from being found by people who use your computer? You have to learn how to protect your privacy on computer.


First, clean your browsing history, caches, passwords and cookies , etc. after you exist your browser.

Browsers always offer such options for users to choose. But not many people notice it. Some people will think that it does not matter leaving such files in computer because they think privacy is something more serious, and if they don’t browse any illegal websites, they don’t have to do the cleaning. Later they will find that the advertisements and spam mails come in pile. Trust me, internet is much more complicated than you thought it was.


To clean browser, you will have to do the following setting:


For IE, go to upper menu bar, click tools, internet option, you will open the internet option setting page. Check the box to clean your browsing history when exiting IE.

For other browser, go to upper menu bar, click tools, choose browser setting/option, then find privacy option, you can set the setting for remembering history or not.


Second, use different passwords for different accounts.

It is never wise to use same passwords for all accounts. Internet is never safe enough for one to do that. If you can risk the chance to lose all accounts with one account being stolen, please ignore this paragraph. If you want to keep your accounts safe, remember to set different passwords for each account. You can use a paper to write down your passwords and save it in a safe place in your house. Your house is much more safer than internet.


Third, use a system protector to keep your privacy safe and clean the unsafe files from your computer.

It will detect and clean the unsafe files for you, and protect any malware or virus to steal your information.








Tips to Fix Windows Update Error 0×80070490

When you use Windows Update or Microsoft Update Center to install updates for your system, you may get an error code 0×80070490 which results in update failure. This error is commonly seen when the service packages of windows system are being installed, for example, windows 7 sp1 and windows vista sp1.


The cause of this error is  that the system is missing some important components for Windows update. To solve this, you have to repair the system. Instructions are given below:


For Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows 2000

Use the System File Checker to verify that the correct versions of the system files are present. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. Copy and then paste (or type) the following command in the Open box, and then press ENTER:
  3. At the command prompt, type sfc /scannow, and then press ENTER. Note If you are prompted for your Windows XP CD, insert the CD into the CD drive.
  4. After the System File Checker has finished, try to install updates again.

For Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
Performe a repair installation to restore the current Windows installation to the version of the installation DVD. 

  1. Close all the running applications .
  2. Insert the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 DVD in the computer’s DVD drive.
  3. In the Setup window, click Install Now
  4. Click Go online to obtain the latest updates for installation (recommended).
  5. Type the CD key if you are prompted to do this.
  6. Select the operating system in “Install Windows” page you want to Upgrade or Inplace.
  7. Click Yes to accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.
  8. On the Which type of installation do you want? screen, click Upgrade.
  9. When the installation is complete, restart your computer, and then try to install the updates.


If you do not have a install CD or repair CD of your system, you will have to get a system fixer to help you repair your system. It can also help you improve your computer performance. I suggest you use this tool, it also has a windows update function, which will automatically detect and install the windows update for you.



System Restore Does not Work, What to Do?

System restore is a helpful and important function in Windows system. It helps to backup the system when any important change is made, so you can get your computer back to previous state if any damage is caused by the change. However, system restore sometimes does not work due to certain errors. Usually when this case happens, many people will desperately reinstall the entire Windows and start from scratch. If you are having this problem and you haven’t done the full reinstallation, read this article and it may help you save a lot of time and energy.


If you are seeing error messsage as below:

System Restore could not access a file.

An unspecified error occurred during System Restore, (0×80070005)

System Restore did not complete successfully. Your computer’s files and settings were not changed.


 Please follow below instructions to fix it:


First, disable your antivirus and firewall sofftware.

Anvirus software is always the first to be blamed for failed system restore. It does protect the computer from virus and malware, but it also blocks any action that wants to replace system files. Such action is always what virus wants to do. Unfortunately, to do a system restore, the computer has to replace all current system files with old versions so to get the system back to previous state. So, make sure to turn off your antivirus and firewall before you do that.


Second, run a system file check to see if any file is missing.

  • How to run sfc by administrator on windows 7 /vista:
    Go to Start / All Programs / Accessories.
    Right click the Command Prompt item and select the ‘Run As Administrator’ option.
    Click Continue on the UAC prompt.
    In the command prompt window, type the following command.
    Press ENTER.
    (Make sure the command is entered exactly as shown, including the space)
    This will take a few minutes to run, try not to use the computer while it is running.
    After this is finished, exit any running programs and reboot the computer.
    • How to run sfc by administrator on windows xp:
      press Win+R button on your keyboard
      type cmd press enter
      type SFC /SCANNOW
      Press ENTER.
      (Make sure the command is entered exactly as shown, including the space)
      This will take a few minutes to run; try not to use the computer while it is running.
      After this is finished, exit any running programs and reboot the computer.



Third, get a registry cleaner to clean the registry errors. A good registry cleaner will help you to clean registry, fix errors and improve system performance. Use such tool will help you fix all the problems, you don’t even have to do system restore to solve the problem. It is just so simple to use and so quick to fix.





How To Keep Hard Disk Healthy

Hard disk is the basic of the a computer system. It is where all the information are written into and read from. If a hard disk is corrupted or injured, the stored information may be lost; more over, the system, which is counted on reading data from hard disk, may crash completely. You may totally lose this computer. The common disk errors are:


  • "Fatal Error - Cannot access hard disk"
  • "Hard disk drive failure"
  • "No fixed disk present"
  • "bad track"
  • "strange sounds when reading hard disk"


The reasons of such errors are complicated. Apart from the regular ageing of hard disk, it may also be caused by hear, low memory or too much dust. To keep the hard disk healthy, we wil need to clean and defrag hard disk regularly. In windows system, two tools are already equipped to help us. They are:


Disk Cleanup tool

Using this tool you can empty your Recycle Bin and remove the following items from your system

  • Temporary Internet Files
  • Downloaded Program Files, such as downloaded ActiveX Controls and Java Applets
  • Temporary Windows Files
  • Unwanted Windows Components
  • Unwanted Installed Programs

To start the Disk Cleanup utility, open the Start menu, point to All Programs, and then point to Accessories. Next, point to System Tools, and then select the Disk Cleanup command.


Disk defragmenter

Over time, the files that belongs to specific programs may be stored all over the hard disk where the space is available. This tool will help you to tidy up the files and keep them within the correct folder to save time for the system to find and read the files.

To run the Disk Defragmenter on your hard disk, open the Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter command. In the Disk Defragmenter window that opens, select the volume you want to defrag and then select the Defragment button.


Apart from above two tools, you can also refer to third party program to clean up your disk and keep it healthy. A registry cleaner and system optimizer will not only do above for you, but also clean regularly and automatically, and scan your registry errors and other junk files to free up space in your hard disk.