One of the easiest things you can do to help protect your computer and data, if you have windows XP is to use the limited and administrator account options. In Windows NT, 2000 and XP. You have the option of these types of computer accounts. Running your windows sessions under a limited account will help protect your data.
This type of account can stop anything from getting into the system files of windows. You see, windows has important files that should never be messed with. Think of these files as the engine that runs windows. When you get a virus, it can mess with these files and cause your computer to stop working all together.
The administrator account has full access to the computer and system files. If you get a virus under this account, it has full access to your computer and can do as it pleases. This is why it is so important to run under a limited account when you use your computer. You can perform other things like installing software under the admin account. There have even been a couple of times when I got lazy and decided to run my computer under admin all the time and you guessed it, I paid the price. I lost data and all sorts of things.
Believe me, its not fun starting over again from scratch. Do yourself a favor and learn this all important little task right away and save yourself from paying any high computer repair bills in the future. Here's what to do if you have a new computer and you are not sure if you running under admin. Go to the start menu and then control panel.
Once in the control panel, choose user accounts. Find your name and under it you will see that it says either limited or admin account. If you only have one account and it reads admin, then you will need to create another account and choose limited. Windows comes installed with an admin account by default. If you already have your own name account, then just check to see which type it is. If it is an admin account then you should change your screen name to a limited account.
However, before you do this make sure you know what the admin's accounts password is so you can get in there to perform any admin functions if you need to. If you are still not sure about how to do this, you can look under the windows help file for more information, in the help box just type in user accounts. You can also find a friend who is knowledgeable about computers to help you or call your computer manufacturer. Just by doing this simple little task you can save yourself a lot of grief in the future from most viruses.
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