Help! Our main computer is downstairs a Windows xp the router and modem are connected to it (Cisco Linksys, modem Westell 6100). The upstairs computer is a Windows 7 with the adapter connected to it Linksys I believe. The upstairs computer keeps loosing the internet connection. I am computer iliterate and am lost with all the jargon on this website. Can someone explain to me what I need to do without alot of jargon?
Why do you need an adapter? All netbooks, laptops and desktops should have an Ethernet plug. Your router should be plugged into that (RJ45- looks like a really wide telephone plug.)
Malware is malicious code. It can be as simple as a keystroke logger or as complicated as a virus . The thing to know is that it’s bad and you need to protect yourself from it.
Your computers need to be plugged into the router and the router into your cable modem or equivalent. The service connection is labeled “Internet” the computer side is numbered 1 through 4 normally.
If you haven’t already, download Avast or AVG and install them immediately. AVG is free, Avast is free for thirty days. Both are effective at protecting a computer and very user friendly.
Your Ethernet driver might need to be updated. The website for your computers manufacturer will have a listing of the current drivers under the service/ downloads section. Download them to your desktop and double click on them. They are self extracting files.
If you are surfing the web and doing your normal computer tasks on an Administrator login you will need to create a user level account and transfer all your files to that account. Websites you go to can exploit admin privileges to install programs directly to your hard drive.
XP is a great OS and is very stable but will not be supported anymore. You’ll need to update it to seven soon.