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The Healthy PC: Preventive Care and Home Remedies for Your Computer (Consumer Education) 1st Edition

39 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 078-3254042025
ISBN-10: 0072229233
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Keep Your PC Running Smoothly--Without Spending a Lot of Money!

Solve everyday PC problems, improve performance and speed, and protect yourself from malicious attacks with the helpful tips in this user-friendly guide. Easy-to-follow "recipes" show you, click-by-click, how to prevent computer catastrophes and recover completely from unavoidable disasters. If you've had a hard time understanding other computer guides, you'll love this book's clear, accessible approach. PC guru Carey Holzman dispels common myths and explains complicated issues in language that anyone can understand, regardless of their computer experience. Don't be held hostage by hackers or overpaid computer technicians. Learn how to maintain and upgrade your own PC and have fun in the process.

Inside, you'll learn to:

  • Avoid disasters caused by computer viruses, hackers, and hard disk crashes
  • Use Scandisk and Defragment to find and repair hard drive problems before it's too late
  • Remove spyware, Trojan horses, unnecessary temp files, and unused programs
  • Eliminate pop-ups, spam, email hoaxes, and unwanted Internet solicitations
  • Manage cookies, temporary Internet files, and Web browser preferences
  • Defend against worms and Denial-of-Service attacks with firewall and anti-virus software
  • Understand and optimize DMA, Active Desktop, animations, fonts, and swap files
  • Tweak power and hardware settings, screen savers, and start-up routines
  • Back up and restore Windows configurations, files, and applications
  • Obtain and install Windows, application, and driver upgrades
  • Optimize your Internet connection

About the Author:

Carey Holzman, A+, IBM Quality Service Skill Certified, HP Laserjet Hardware Certified, is the owner of Discount Computer Repair, in Phoenix, Arizona. He also hosts his own Internet radio show featuring the latest computer news, and has been an operating systems beta-tester for Microsoft since Windows 95.

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Product Details

  • Series: Consumer Education
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media; 1 edition (May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0072229233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072229233
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book without any reservations, qualifications or any other comment that would minimize this superb book: All those symbols you didn't know e.g. EULA (End User License Agreement), GUI ( Graphical User Interface) and numerous others that I used to just pass over while reading because the authors seldom took the time to explain what the symbols stand for and what they function they perform on your PC, I now understand what the translation is when I encounter these symbols and how they work on your PC.
Carey Holzman writes cleary and in plain English so the content of this fine book is easy to understand. I just followed along with the numbered step by step instructions which are combined with the screen shots that clearly illustrate the written instructions of the author. Don't hesitate -- buy this book and you will be rewarded with a much better understanding of your PC. As a bonus, perhaps for the first time you will be able to carry on a knowledgeable conversation with other informed PC users for the first time.
While I dislike the use of the term: empowerment; it certainly applies to this book. For the first time -- 4+ yrs.-- in working with computers -- an XP system -- and often feeling frustrated, I now feel that I really comprehend my PC and how it works. It is now my primary reference source that I will use with confidence.
Many thanks to Carey Holtzman.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
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Our computer club had a chance to buy and use Carey's new book, The Healthy PC. In my case I had already accomplished some of the suggestions in Carey's book, but others he included certainly did speed up my PC and make it safer. The book includes a number of performance and safety suggestions I had not heard of. His step-by-step instructions, as well as why we should consider each "fix", are simple and easy to follow.
My daughter has been complaining about problems with her PC. I know she will definitely benefit from Carey's book, since she is not a PC technie and is too busy with work to spend time learning how to fix it on her own. It's just the book for her.
Definitely a five star book that every PC owner can benefit from.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Parrott Sutton on June 9, 2004
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This book is so full of practical home remedies for a computer I would have paid much more for it. I received it one week ago and already my five-year-old E-Machine is humming like new. I had many annoying problems with my PC and computer techs told me nothing could be done. Just one example.....defragging. I have literally been trying to defrag now for months and it would not complete. Carey gives a process to do it, I tried it and it defragged in twenty minutes!!! Please folks, order this book now and put it on "rush". Tell your friends. You will love it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Myron Lieberman on February 11, 2004
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Don't let the cover fool you. This is a must-have book for the person who needs to use a computer and the Internet as tools, but feels uneasy or confused about how to do so safely and has little or no computer background.
It is not as much for those who want to become "do-it-yourself computer gurus" and work on their computers as it is for those who want their computer and Internet connection to work reliably for them. Virtually no technical jargon is used and generally when a computer term is used it is clearly defined or explained.
The title also seems too restrictive. The book covers Internet issues as well as PC issues. "The Healthy PC" is an invaluable reference for both the computer and the Internet, but it is written in such a way as to be worth reading from start to finish as well.
In addition to explanations, definitions, helpful tips and background information, step by step instructions are provided which are fully illustrated with pictures of what the screen will look like at each step of each procedure.

Among the topics covered are ways to maintain and upgrade the computer, optimize performance and reliability of the PC and Internet connection, Internet issues (including safety, security and privacy), and much more.
The author suggests what to do when dealing with threats and annoyances such as viruses, hoaxes, worms, spam, and spyware in addition to e-mail software and firewalls.
We all know that if you look hard enough everything will have its positives and negatives. If I had to nitpick to find a negative, all I could come up with is timeliness, which is out of the author's control when dealing with publciction deadlines.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carola E. on July 10, 2004
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When you work or deal with young people, talking about computers
is a big challenge and most of the times you feel like a "dummie or an idiot". This forces you to run to Barnes & Noble or the local Library to end up more confused and frustrated not knowing which book to pick.
"The Healthy PC" is not as tedious as other computer books,
on the contrary once you start reading you will not stop, and if you follow the steps Carey recommends you'll feel very comfortable.
This is a great book, to bad he does not have any publications about hardware, but I understand his next book will be about "networking" available next year, I can't wait to buy it.
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