Keep your Windows operating system up to date. Open Internet Explorer and click on the top menu item "Tools / Windows Update" and follow the instructions. Use the popup blocker that comes with current web browsers unless you need it off for an application you use or you are behind a good hardware firewall. When you get those pesky little pop up balloons in the lower right corner of your screen that say "Updates are ready for your computer" don't just close them, click on them and update your system. Microsoft has those appear for a reason, and you should always keep your system up to date. Better yet, go into your control panel, open your security center and enable automatic updates.
Manage your internet browser. You're probably using Internet Explorer, the default browser for Windows. You can add special toolbars into Internet Explorer that help you navigate the web, but stick to the well established toolbars like Google, and Yahoo. Some of the other toolbars are actually malicious software trying to track what you do, where you shop, and what your passwords are and come bundled with dangerous files. When it comes to web sites, browsers and toolbars, stick with brand names you trust; there are a lot of unsavory programmers out there trying to lure you into using software that can hurt you. If you don't like Internet Explorer (I dislike the Internet Explorer myself) or it stops working right, try another browser. Firefox is very popular,as is Google Chrome. I like theMaxithon Browser. whatever browsers you choose get at least 2 now, once your Microsoft Browser gets broken it probably will at some point, you wn't be able to get online.
There is some evidence that the these non-microsoft browsers may be safer since the evil doers like to take down the big boy.
Clean up your hard drive(s). Get rid of programs and files you never use on your C drive and any other hard drives you may have.
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