The first step in tuning up your computer's performance is to remove any unnecessary programs. I install new programs all the time. Sometimes I'm thrilled with the new program and I continue to use it. Other times, it doesn't do what I hoped, and the program sits on my computer consuming resources and hurting performance.
Follow these steps to remove unneeded programs:
Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
Click Add or Remove Programs.
Scroll through the list and examine each program. Windows XP lists how often you use a program and what day you last started it. As shown in Figure 1, the Age of Mythology Trial is a good candidate for removal from my computer. Though I liked the game, I haven't used it recently and it's consuming a lot of disk space. You shouldn't remove anything labeled as an Update or Hotfix, however, because they improve the security of your computer.
4.Click each program you no longer need, click the Remove button, and then follow the prompts to uninstall it.
How To Disable Error Reporting
Windows XP or 2003
Many people are annoyed by error reporting dialog boxes that pop up whenever Windows has a problem, as in these two examples...
Since we usually say NO, it will save you some time to disable Error Reporting. To do so, right click on the icon and select properties. Then click on the "Advanced" tab as shown below.
Select the "Error Reporting" button in the bottom right hand corner, and duplicate the following settings;
Now you will only be notified when a critical error occurs.
In the Control Panel, select "System and Security"
Next, select "Action Center"
Click on "Change Action Center settings"
Then "Problem reporting settings"
Lastly, select "Never check for solutions (not recommended).
How to Prevent Online Credit Card Fraud
Advancements in technology have made it easier for some thieves. Rather than steal someone's wallet or purse, they simply log onto their computers and employ deceptive methods to swipe your personal information. Although 100 percent protection from online credit card fraud can't be guaranteed, you can lower your risk of becoming a victim. Employing a few safeguards will help you avoid the consequences of identity theft and preserve your credit rating.
Research unknown companies. Before purchasing an item online, conduct a quick Internet search and look for complaints or reviews written by consumers about the retailer. Websites such as Rip Off Report and the National Fraud Information Center can help you detect fraudulent companies.
Check for a security logo. Only purchase from companies with a secure site. The bottom corner of their web page will reveal a security symbol. If you don't see this symbol, do not input your credit card or other personal information.
Ignore unsolicited emails. In an effort to pique your interest and persuade you to enter your credit card information online, some fake companies will send mass emails advertising a product or service. Keep your credit card information safe and do not respond to these emails.
Close your web browser and log off your computer after making a purchase or paying bills online. This will make it more difficult for others to tap into your account and retrieve your information.