There is some software we all need for home and work use, Wordprocessing, spreadsheets, Presentation software, but the leading brands who set standards are riddiculously expensive.
If you cant afford to buy the Microsoft Office Suite, then free or low cost compatible software is available.
There are many free 'Chat' programs to choose from, some text based and others with full video-calling features.
Outlook is the most commonly used email program, but there are others out there that are easier to use .
Our computers can now connect to many other devices and display on a variety of screens and televisions.
There are many different Online Scams around.
Find out more and how to deal with them.
There are many different makes of reader available, all use their own format so cannot always read a book created in another style. There are free emulators and e-reader software availble to use, some read all styles.
Not everything is included when we buy a new computer, and we often rely on certain programs that are not part of windows to view graphics, video, or PDF files.
We may need Maintenance software, Office software, or even new browsers.
There are links here to the latest.
There are many Anti-Virus programs on offer, ranging from £10 - £100's. But there are also good free programs that do the job just as well.
Computers need regular maintenance to keep running, they need to be cleaned and organised
There are many individuals out there who are desperate to get their hands on your money and do not have any morals that stop them from trying to acheive their goals.
Some will hack your computer trying to find your personal information (Identity Theft), to obtain account details and paswords so that they can use this information illegally to withdraw maoney or open bank accounts or online purchasing.
Some will download hidden virus style programs that corrupt or lock your disks and operating systems and then blackmail you into making a substantial payment to obtain the password needed to unlock the system and allow you to use.
Others will do nothing to your computer, but try to convince you that they have, or that they have noticed someone doing it and are trying to protect and help you, obviously for a price.
Credit to: Jason Smart
If your screen receives a po-up that informs you Microsoft have noticed your computer has been hacked and a virus installed and you need to pay to have it removed.
DO NOT RING THE NUMBER AND DEFINITELY DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENTS.
Watch this video on how to remove it.
Credit to: Jason Smart
Help to remove actual virus attacks.