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Is your computer slow? Maybe it’s time for a cleaning up

What have neglected kitchens and infected computers got in common? They’re both full of bugs and if you’re not careful you could catch something nasty. But a little bit of free house cleaning could make all the difference.  
Messy kitchens, slow computers and nasty infections Do you know that feeling you get when you step into a kitchen that’s just a little bit icky?  Perhaps there’s a slight squelching beneath your feet or you just saw something dart into the shadows?  As you get closer to the rubbish bin a host of small black things dart up and away. You pull open the fridge door and immediately recoil backwards driven by a smell that suggests some form of malodorous and noxious poison. As you clasp your hand in horror over your mouth you see some green fungal type creature slithering across a rack in the fridge. If you’re computer isn’t protected there’s every chance that your computer is infested with malware and you have in computing terms the virtual equivalent of an icky kitchen.  While you won’t be assailed with physical symptoms like pungent odours and sticky stains you’ll certainly find plenty of evidence of their virtual equivalents.

Have you recently spotted new icons on your desktop or excessive pop-up ads?

Running slow might be the least of your problems, as frustrating as that can be. Your browser may be home to annoying ads that keep popping up when you try to do a search.  Does your home page change automatically when you start up the browser offering you a thousand things you don’t want? Do po- up windows appear with excessive regularity like flies fleeing a bin – and you can’t get rid of them? Have you got strange icons and new shortcuts lurk in your taskbar or on your desktop and you’ve no idea of where they came from?

Installing a “cleaning up software” sometimes translates in strange redirects and programs gone missing

You install something that guarantees to speed up your searches and instead you find yourself with the browsing equivalent of someone limping along on crutches. You keep on getting redirected to strange websites. Unknown files and programs suddenly appear then disappear into the recesses of your computer. Programs go missing, some don’t work any longer and you begin to notice a list of new ‘favourites’ in your browser’s tool bar.

60 days free trial of BullGuard Internet Security

These are just some of the virtual imps and goblins that can infest your computer. There’s not enough space to list all of them, and you’d get bored reading about them.  But that said, perhaps you ought to try downloading a trial version of BullGuard Internet Security. You can get it for 60 days and play with its many features to clean your computer up. Two types of scan, one for malware and one for every nook and cranny in your computer, will detect lurking nasties and by shining the light of day banish them.  A tune-up function also runs through your system identifying things that are slowing your computer. You’ll be surprised at the difference these features make to how your computer functions, it’s like having a sparkling new kitchen, er… computer. You’ll also get got one of the best virus detection rates in the industry thanks to a feature that fuses signature detection with behavioural detection to give you multi-layered defence.  You’ve got nothing to lose and just about everything to gain, so why not give it a go? Oh, and of course you’ll also be practising good identity theft protection should there be malware that’s got designs on your personal financial information.

Written by Steve Bell

Steve has a background in IT and business journalism and has written extensively for both the UK national and trade press including The Guardian, Independent-on-Sunday, The Times, The Register, MicroScope and Computer Weekly. He's also worked for most of the world's largest IT companies producing content producing. He has a particular focus on IT security and has produced several magazines in this area.

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