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AVG AntiVirus Free Edition - The free version of AVG's antivirus software doesn't include heuristics to detect previously unknown viruses, but it does update its definition files daily. Customizable and easy to use, AVG is a good free choice for unprotected users.



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Microsoft Security Essentials - Free of charge for all registered Windows users, this beta program from Microsoft detects and removes malware from your machine. Additional tools include a privacy eraser and scan scheduler.



MalwareBytes - dedicated to fighting malware. Malwarebytes has developed a variety of tools that can identify and remove malicious software from your computer. When your computer becomes infected, Malwarebytes can provide the needed assistance to remove the infection and restore the machine back to optimum performance.


Hitman Pro - Hitman Pro 3 is a fast all-in-one tool to locate, identify and remove viruses, spyware, trojans, rootkits and other malware. Hitman Pro 3 will quickly show if your PC is infected with malicious software. Hitman Pro 3 uses innovative cloud computing techniques to detect and remove potential malware threats with minimal impact on system performance.


HiJackThis - When your standard adware protection isn't solving your problem, try this target scanner. It analyzes key areas of your local drive and Registry to suggest all possible threats.

Magnum Computer Services believes educating people about computers and technology is the best way to ensure a safe, trouble-free computing environment. On this page, we offer some helpful articles, download links and tips to help you take better advantage of today’s technology.

Below you will find several Windows XP tips, tweaks, bug fixes, prevention for Windows XP system crashes, and more. Contact Magnum Computer Services today for solutions to these issues or any other computer problem.

Random Shutdowns? You may have a worm

Your machine may be infected with the Blaster, Sasser, or other worms. We say “may” because there are other things that could be causing these random shutdowns. If you are experiencing this annoyance, check out the following sites on

Use Task Manager to Stop Unresponsive Programs

Keep malfunctioning Windows XP software from slowing your computer to a halt. Task Manager is a last resort but if your computer or a software program hangs, it may be the only way to restore access to your machine without a reboot.

To pull up the Task Manager, try one or more of the following:

  • Right-click on an empty area of the Windows XP toolbar and choose “Task Manager”.

  • If that fails to work, press CONTROL-SHIFT-ESC.

  • If that fails to work, try CONTROL-ALT-DEL.

Do Not Restart From a System Error

Keep the Windows XP “Blue Screen of Death” visible for diagnostic reasons. If you computer gets the “Blue Screen of Death,” contact Magnum Computer Services immediately!