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Computer Performance Tips
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If you are experiencing trouble browsing the Internet, it may be due to:

  • The presence of spyware, viruses, and malware on your own or other network connected computers.
  • The presence of browser helpers like HotBar, ClearSearch, or Comet Cursor.
  • The use of peer-to-peer programs like BitTorrent and Limewire. These are not allowed on SEMO's network.

You can protect your own computer's performance by:

  • Never opening an attachment or hyperlink included in an unexpected or oddly-worded email message.
  • Using the Close button (the X in the upper right corner) to close out unexpected pop-up windows.
  • Using the Windows Disk Cleanup feature to remove unnecessary files.
  • Open My Computer, right-click on the local hard drive, select Properties from the pop up menu, click on Disk Clean-up.
  • Using the Windows Disk Defragmenter feature to optimize data storage, however, do not use on Solid State Drives (SSD) machines.
  • For Windows 7, click on Start menu, click on Program Files, Click on Accessories, click on System Tools, click on Disk Defragmenter.
  • For Windows 10, click on Start menu, search for defrag in the search bar, select Defragment and Optimize Drives, select your hard drive, and click Optimize.
  • Researching the effects of any program that you are considering installing on your computer.
  • Discontinuing file-sharing activity (File-sharing is often illegal and subject to a loss of network rights, prosecution, or both).
  • Keeping your operating system up-to-date with Windows critical updates or MAC OS.
  • Removing undesired programs using the Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
  • Removing spyware from your computer.
  • Installing and regularly using an up-to-date anti-virus software package.

If you find it necessary to remove spyware, viruses, or malware from your computer, follow these recommendations:

  1. Remove spyware using a spyware removal utility. Several free applications are available to scan for malware/ remove malware, One of these appliications is Malwarebytes it is available from Another one is CCleaner, it is available at A copy of these programs can be downloaded and copied to a flash drive or burned to a CD from any open computer lab.
  2. Install and run a CURRENT antivirus program to identify and disinfect or remove any infected files. Set your software to update on a daily basis.
  3. Install the Windows critical updates. Reboot when instructed. Return to scan for additional updates required for the new update installations. When an option, set your windows to run automatic updates.
  4. If you continue to have problems, the IT Help Desk is available to assist in virus removal.
To learn more about Malware and Computer threats visit:


IT Help Desk

(573) 651-4357

IT Office

(573) 651-2217
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701