How To Back Up Files

Have you ever experienced that on the next time you open your personal computer, it just won’t boot up? All of your important files are there and you need to finish a task or work in the soonest time but unluckily you cannot run on your schedule because of your computer’s system failure. 


This is the reason why it is deem necessary to do a back-up or a copy of your most important computer files regularly.  It will surely make you worry-free and save your time retrieving lost files if your computer hard disk failed or has been corrupted.


Here is a tutorial on how to make a back up file.

  • First, organize your files.  Simply create folders on separate files, then rename it accordingly for easy navigation and find.
  • Put all your important files in one place, or on your desired drive partition, in my case I have my important files in my Drive D.
  • Decide on which of the following options you want your files copied and saved: 
              a. flash disk 
              b. external hard drive
              c. burn it into a dvd recordable format
              d. online file storage, the web offers online storage, and you have plenty of sites to choose from
  • Start copying the files you want to back-up and you’re done!

Just make sure to do it on a regular basis, so new added files will be saved on to your external copy.




           
         


How To Show the Classic Navigation Pane in Windows

As much as possible refrain from double clicking folders and drives.  Make a habit of clicking drives and folders through the folder tree or navigation tree pane. 
How to Show or Display Classic Navigation Pane in Windows Explorer in:

Windows 7
  • Open Windows Explorer.
  • Click on Organize pull down menu.
  • Select Folder and search options.
  • In the General tab, tick the check box for Show all folders option under Navigation pane section.


For Windows XP
  • Go to start menu
  • Click on Run
  • Type ‘explorer’ and press enter

Done!
Or
Right click Start then click explore

Important Reminder:  Always back up your files.

How To Show Hidden Files and Folders

This is a tutorial on how to show the hidden files and folders of the Drive C of your computer system.  In my experience it is very useful and important that these files and folders are shown in order to easily detect unwanted files mingling with them.  Most viruses hide and mutate too.  

These hidden files and folders are essential components of your system, so be very careful not to alter or delete it, or else an error will occur the next time you boot up your personal computer.  

The following are the steps on how to Show Hidden Files and Folders:

Open My Computer > click Tools > click Folder Options > click View


Tick on show Hidden Files and Folders
Uncheck the  next two  Hide settings
Then click OK
Now, you will see this when you open your Drive C. The files and folders in the boxes are the hidden files and folders of your system.



How To Disable Autoplay

This is a tutorial on how you will be able to disable the autoplay feature in your computer system.  Disabling autoplay will greatly help in minimizing the autorun viruses to get into your computer system, most especially in the registry portion.

For Windows XP

Go to Start Menu > click run > type: gpedit.msc > click ok

Group Policy Window will open.  Click on Administrative Templates as shown below then click System.  



At the right pane, scroll down, then double click Turn Off AutoPlay

Under Turn Off AutoPlay Properties, tick on “Enabled” and select “All Drives”

Click Apply and you’re done!


For Windows 7

Go to Start Menu > click run > type: gpedit.msc > click ok

Local Group Policy Editor will open, click Administrative Templates


Under Administrative Templates click Windows Components

Next, under Windows Components click Autoplay Policies

On the right hand panel, double click Turn Off AutoPlay
Turn Off Auto Play window will open


Tick on “Enabled” then choose “ All drives” in the option then click OK.

Voila! You can disable Autoplay feature by simply following the step by step instructions given above. 

How To Protect Your PC From Unwanted Virus

Virus contamination is a very common computer problem that most of us always experience. Viruses come in many forms.  They may be slow risk or high risk.  Here are tips on how to prevent acquiring viruses into your computers.
  1. Install an Anti-Virus Software.  You can choose from a range of anti-virus softwares in the web.  Some are free for home use and the rest are for paid subscription.  In my case I am only using a free anti-virus which is light and easy to use.
  2. Update your anti-virus regularly.  This is very important, for no matter how good your anti-virus is, if its database is not regularly updated, it will surely fail you.
  3. Run a complete system scan with your anti-virus on a regular basis too.
  4. Disable Auto-play.  This will prevent autorun viruses to run and get into your computer system.
  5. Show hidden Files and Folders.  This will enable your anti-virus to check on malicious hidden files and folders when you run the complete system scan.
  6. Make a habit of opening files and folders using the Windows Navigation Pane. Double clicking folders is ok, but if a virus is hiding inside such folder, especially an autorun virus, it will automatically run and go into your computer system.
  7. Explore external hard drives and flash disks with the Windows Navigation Pane.  External harddisks are the best culprits of transferring viruses, especially when you use it also in other computers.
  8. As much as possible avoid downloading files from untrusted sites.  Some files are usually accompanied by malwares, trojan virus and root kits.

 

I will be discussing on tutorials on how to disable auto play, show hidden files and folders and many more in my upcoming articles. So stay tuned J