Tips to help you help yourself:
Sasser Worm -
Protect your computer from this recent exploit. Learn more about
and what to do if you're infected. The Microsoft Hotfix that
counters this exploit is KB835732. Windows Update will alert you to
install this important update. To verify that you are protected,
check Add or Remove Programs for the Hotfix. (Start ... Control Panel ...
Add or Remove Programs)
Windows Update - This is Microsoft's automated
operating system updater. When you get a new PC, it is essential to
connect to the Internet and run Windows Update. Some of the upgrades
enhance OS features, but, more importantly, many fix security holes.
These holes, if left unchecked, pose serious risks to your computer and
the information it contains. Windows XP will
automatically notify you when a new update is available. To verify
that this is enabled, check the Automatic Updates tab in System
Properties. (Start ... Control Panel ... System)
If you do not have Windows XP, it is very important to be proactive and
visit Windows Update often to check for new updates. Windows Update
can be accessed here.
Scandisk / Defrag - These tools are included with
almost every Microsoft OS. They keep your hard drive free of errors
and running smoothly. It is recommended to do each monthly.
These tools are found in the Tools tab in Local Disk Properties. (My
Computer ... right-click Drive C: ... Properties) Run
Error-checking first and Defragmentation second. If either one is
having trouble completing, disable your virus protection and try again.