I'm at my drawing table this morning and, as is usually the case, I was surfing around Youtube. I do this while searching my mind for ideas for my cartoon panels and strips. Hoepfuly, I'll see something which will spark an idea.
Anyhow, I stumbled on video after video recommending varous software fixes for Windows. These "free" downloads claim that they can scan your hard drive, correct all your Windows problems, speed up the system rid viruses, etc. I won't link to any of these beause i can't vouchfor their legitimacy or safety. If you're running Windows, youhave to be careful of any download from the web. youneed to treat it as a potential virus or trojan which could infect your system. youneed to do an antvirus scan (with your antivirus softwae) to make sure you're not adding a virus and creating a whle new set of probme for your Windows system.
If you really want to speed up your system, get rid of viruses, Trojans, spyware, popups and other infectious elements, simply GET LINUX!
Linux is immune to all these windows problems, plus it's more seure and increibly stabel. in many cases, Linux is FREE! If you need support, you can purchase a support program for aniominal fee or join a community forum where folks in the Linux community will help you to understand thsi amazing operating system a bit more. But, don't worry, Linux is easy to use, with a familiar and friendly interface. And, there are thousands of free software programs available for just about any task.
The distro I recommend more than any other is Kiowa Linux.Kiowa Linux is currently in it's RC phase (release candidate). It has the most cutting edge Linux technology on board, current and new software packages, a great looking desktop and many more improvements on the way. if you want to start out in Linux and learn from some great people, Kiowa Linux is a great way to start. Simply join the Kiowa Linux community forum, download the latest Kiowa Linux release and you're on your way.
Regardless of the Linux distro you select, the whole point is the sooner you move away from Windows, the sooner all these Windows headaches and problems will disappear.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.