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  If web security interests you, this might be a good point to mention that Computer Security. This webpage contains information vital to the efficiency and security of your embroidery computer. Many students complain to our teachers that their computers are running slowly or have been loaded with Internet files, which slows down their program processing. Since Bernina software is graphics intensive, it is important to keep your computer operating at peak efficiency.
  Often, the cause of a slow computer is inadvertently downloaded malware or even normal programs that hackers have been able to compromise. Protect your computer from viruses and malware by performing weekly computer system maintenance and security checks.
  Don't let this valuable embroidery or quilting asset become so troublesome that it begins to operate slowly or that you might not be able to find an important file, required training information or a design you've created.
  Remember program hacking, malware and viruses are just temporary nuisances; while creativity and excellent designs are forever.

  The text below describes methods and suggested resources for All About Embroidery students and computer users. Maintaining a high level of efficiency and ensuring online security for computers using the Microsoft Operating System can be ensured with a few add-on programs. The Microsoft Security Essentials software program is recommended for the Windows, Version 7 Operating System.

  In newer computers, a good security program called Windows Defender is included in the Versions 8 through 10 Operating Systems. NOTE: Windows XP is not secure, is no longer supported by Microsoft and must not be used for online or Internet activities.

  Even though this website is intended for students of Bernina Embroidery Software V7 and V8 in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles County, anyone interested in computer security may utilize this information to increase the speed, efficiency and security of their MS Windows-based computers.

  Besides utilizing computer for controlling machine embroidery, your computer can access a wide variety of information on the Internet, which makes it a valuable tool to enhance the Bernina machine-embroidery experience.

  Communications between students and teachers at All About Embroidery rely heavily on the Internet and e-mail communications. This requires a high-performance, virus free and secure computer working at optimized computing levels.

 There are several excellent programs that can ensure a safe, clean and efficient computer. A few of these programs preferred by All About Embroidery to keep computers running at highest efficiency are either free or inexpensive. The list below is not totally inclusive; you may know of and use programs that do a better job for you.

1. The Windows Operating System used on many computers is somewhat messy, compared to UNIX-based operating systems like Apple or LINUX-based systems. Window based computers create many unnecessary files during their data handling, information processing, and possibly during installation and removal of programs.

2. As Microsoft has advanced into the Windows 10 Operating System, most of the system clutter has been reduced and controlled. But with older computers, maintaining a more efficient operating system requires cleaning out residual file clutter. Doing so thus enables your computer to work faster on your complicated graphics and/or embroidery designs.

3.  One of the best add-on housekeeping programs for Windows Operating Systems is called Advanced System Care Ultimate 10 from IObit.com. At this location you can choose from several levels of service, including the Professional at $23.98 (provides yearly licenses to service three computers and other gratis goodies.)

  Our favorite is the free version of IObit, which is available from Cnet download.com, which is a ©CBS Interactive Inc. website. The free program, has a somewhat reduced functionality in comparison to the paid versions, but its ease of operation is very convenient and worth trying. Be aware that they will ask you to upgrade on a continuous basis and attempt to persuade you to by additional features.

4.  The top screen, as shown in Figure 1 gives you the opportunity to select items 4a to 6a.

     The Speed Up Menu (Figure 2) which provides the following programs:

4a.  Turn ON Turbo Boost; this IS recommended for heavy graphics processing by releasing RAM from running extraneous services.

4b. Hardware Accelerate is NOT recommended because programs usually optimize their own interface drivers during system updates. However by clicking the little question mark at the right of the "Install Now" button, you can see what your computer's current driver status is at present. If by inspection you observe that certain areas are slowing you computer down, you or your tech person can update the drivers manually in your Control Panel's System Devices section.

4d.  The App/ToolBar Cleaner is not recommended because it will eliminate and/or delete programs without your direct control. Although you might not have used them in awhile, you still might need them at a future time.

5.  Protect (Figure 3) provides tools to help your browsing experience, as available in your version of the program, such as protecting your Browser's Home Page, Web Surfing Protection, Browser Anti-tracking and System Protection.)

6.  The Clean and Optimize is shown by default in Figure 1 provides enables selection of a program tabs or specific tools to select and clean or bypass.

6a.  To run the SCAN program, select check each hexagonal box for the most often used, and possibly the most cluttered programs you wish to clean; usually it is best to use the SELECT ALL button to enable Advanced System Care to do all the hard cleanup work for you.

6b.  Cleanup is automatic and a detailed report after scanning and repair has completed, as shown in Figure 4, will show what has been accomplished on your computer.

7.   It is surprising how much faster a computer will operate, and be able to process large graphics files, such as those in Bernina embroidery or quilting designs, after reducing the residual clutter in your computer.

8.   We have seen up to ten gigabytes of useless data hanging around in a slow computer while that junk just makes a pest of itself. After firing up the Advanced System Care program, and letting it clean house, so to speak, the resulting graphics as well as general system operations perform much faster.

9.   Advanced System Care Ultimate 10 will scan for and remove most virus that hide in malware and compromised programs. You might also investigate an anti-virus program that has specialized ransomware protection, which is called Malwarebytes_for Windows. But be warned this program is not for casual users; it is very aggressive and considers some programs to be threats. There is a_free_version for your consideration.

  NOTE: There are many other tools and tricks to keep your computer working in top drawer condition. The important thing is to use them consistently for best results. You can sample various anti-malware and anti-virus software at: http://download.cnet.com/windows/.

  Just remember some versions of free-to-try software will ask for payment after a trial period to move you up or to continue using the proram. Others might offer professional versions, which might be of value to a system administrator (Advanced System Care uses this method of gaining revenue.)

If you have questions about computer security, this page or your user rights when adding material to this website, you can call Diane at 805-901-8907, or contact us by e-mail at: diane.joan@aaembr.com.

If you would like to join us for embroidery or quilting lessons, see our class schedule.

Thank you.

Joan and Diane

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