I recall compiling games for an article (which I think turned into a handful of blurbs but I don’t remember) for the now defunct Computer Games Magazine and I wish I could find it but maybe you’ll have better luck? Anyway, there was a time when you got what you paid for. Now despite your sass–and I’m looking at J-man here–there are some quality games on facebook. The problem arises when you go looking online to maximize your experience, and find some pop up program/tracker/malware/terrorist that kills your computer and just shows you viagra.com and porn sites. Completely relevant to me, a female.
I was so super pissed that looking up layouts for Restaurant City tables was enough to get a bunch of garbage hacked onto my computer that I completely forgot about The Troops. It was a rookie mistake to shout expletives and then go watch House on DVR until I calmed down enough to try and fix it. In the end I did get that shit off of my computer completely and thoroughly. Yes. I. Did. Here’s how not to get fucked in the ass by stupid random whore programs and shitware that installs itself at every opportunity.
- I like lists. It’s a true fact. So starting with the first thing you need, this one is so fucking simple it hurts me to watch Mac commercials. GET MOZILLA FIREFOX. Most of your viruses, malware, trojans, tracking cookies, and pop ups are due to stupidly using Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Next, this one is both useful, idiot-proof, and helps you extra special more. Install the Google Toolbar. You will have a utility that helps you Google all the time, but more importantly, you will be that much more protected because it has a pop up blocker.
- Spybot Search & Destroy and Lavasoft Ad-Aware are your two Champions against bullshit on your computer. Just scroll down (and if you haven’t noticed, all the programs I’m listing are completely free and work great). Unless you want to support the developers you can just figure out how to download them without paying anything. Every week or so you should run these scans, and make sure you check for updates. They GET RID of the trash on your machine. Gone. Baleeted.
- Now that you know how to get rid of trash, you should be able to clean what’s left over. It’s like irradiating your fridge after you clean out one-month-old moussaka, a dead body, and gardening refuse. Here’s how: CCleaner! It uninstalls programs you can’t find the uninstall button for, it makes your registry all nice, lets you turn off programs that start themselves up when your computer does, and helps you when you’re getting rid of things that just do not belong. I assure you it is paramount to keeping your PC running without the pukey scent of slowdown.
- So if you’re advanced (and at this point you are if you have all the other stuff installed) you can move on to AVG Antivirus which is both free, and not circumvented all the time like McAfee and Norton programs. Just keep it updated, scan your system if you get concerned, and all is well. You don’t need to pay for anti-virus software that is awesome.
This should get you started. I still don’t recommend fooling around on ad-supported sites that claim to know how to set you up with the best restaurant layout–I was weak and stupid–but thankfully, I was also prepared.