How to install antivirus software in Windows XP

  • First, check your antivirus status.
  • This tutorial assumes that there is no antivirus software already installed.
  • There are many good antivirus products available. We will use Avast Antivirus because the license for the free version allows for business or personal use.
  • We will use the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. The process will appear slightly different if you use a different web browser.
  1. If virus protection is not found, click: Recommendations
  2. Click: How?
  3. Scroll down to Avast.
  4. Click: Avast
  5. Scroll down to Essential.
  6. Below Essential, click: Download
  7. Click: Download Now
  8. Click: Run
  9. Click: Run
  10. Wait for the process to complete.
  11. Uncheck: Yes, install Google Chrome as my default browser
  12. Uncheck: Yes, install Google Toolbar for Internet Explorer
  13. Click: Regular Installation
  14. Click: Continue
  15. Wait for installation to complete.
  16. Click: Done
  17. Notice the new Avast icon in the lower right.
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How to run Disk Cleanup in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Disk Cleanup
  6. Wait for Disk Cleanup to calculate.
  7. Check: [x] Recycle Bin
  8. Check: [x] Temporary files
  9. Click: [OK]
  10. Click: [Yes]
  11. Wait for Disk Cleanup to process.
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How to turn off visual effects in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Performance and Maintenance (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Advanced
  5. Click: [Settings] (under Performance heading)
  6. Click: ( ) Adjust for best performance
  7. Click: [OK]
  8. Click: [OK]
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How to disable the indexing service in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Add or Remove Programs (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Add or Remove Programs (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Add/Remove Windows Components
  5. Uncheck: [ ] Indexing Service
  6. Click: [Next >]
  7. Click: Finish
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How to run System Restore in Windows XP

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: System Restore
  6. Click: (.) Restore my computer to an earlier time
  7. Click on a date when the computer worked correctly (must be in bold).
  8. Select the desired restore point if more than one is available.
  9. Click: [Next >]
  10. Click: [Next >]
  11. Wait for the process to complete. It can take up to 30 minutes.
  12. Look for the success message. (How to fix: Restoration Incomplete)
  13. Click: [OK]
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