tellico village computer users club 

  Loudon, Tennessee

Welcome to the Tellico Village Computer Users Club

Important news, activities, events:

Tellico Village Computer Users Club Picnic.  June 2nd 5:00 pm, Tugaloo Pavilion.  You must sign up!


For Scanner information go to Member Services page.


Regular meetings of TVCUC are held on the first Tuesday of each month, 7pm on the top floor of the Yacht Club.  Regular BOD meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month, 3 pm Chota Rec Center, Room D.


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How to reduce the risk of getting hacked or scammed,
Joe Solymossy, May 2015 General Membership meeting.

In April we heard about hackers and scam artists and the many ways they can get into your computer or scam you out of your money.  This month (May) we‘ll talk about what you can do to reduce or stop this risk.


The most important thing you need to do is to be smart about your use of the computer.  For instance don’t go to questionable sites like drugs, porn, recipes or coupons without understanding the increased risk.  The bad guys go where most of the people go.


No one from any major corporation like Microsoft, Dell or Charter will call you about your computer unless you call them first!  And do not click on any link in an email unless you know the sender intimately.  You must have adequate protection installed, activated, and regularly used to keep your computer operating smoothly and efficiently.  Everyone using a computer will get bad stuff at some time or another, but you can limit the damage.


Make sure that “Windows Update” is always up to date.  Typically Windows Update is set to update at midnight or 3:00 am daily or you can change it to a time your computer will usually be on and not in use.

 

Here is what TVCUC recommends that you should have on your computer.  Although all offer free programs, you can buy upgrades to these programs that work automatically and give you more “bells and whistles”.  Remember there is a difference between “free” and a “free trial version” of these programs.

  • Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows Defender for 8 or 8.1 users)
  • Malwarebytes
  • SuperAntiSpyware

 

If you use the internet you must use an antivirus program, but only one.  Use Microsoft Security Essentials (free program) or another quality antivirus program and make sure it is set for automatic update and a full scan at least weekly, preferably at night (4:00 am or later, so it doesn't interfere with windows update).  Windows 8 or 8.1 have an antivirus program built in (Windows Defender) so make sure it is activated.

 

Once or twice a month do the following computer maintenance:


At end of day start Malwarebytes; let or make it do an update, then start a full scan (2-3 hours).  If you go to bed it will run and show you the results in the morning.  If it identifies bad programs, select “details” and make sure each block has a checkmark in it, and let it remove any items found. If it doesn't remove each one found, call FLST.


Then open SuperAntiSpyware.  Let or force an update, then run full scan (20-45 minutes).  This will almost always find something that should be removed.


After all this is complete, or any other time you want to clean out unneeded data, run C-Cleaner.  Open it and let it do an update if needed.  Then ensure it is selected to “cleaner” and tell it to “analyze” your computer. Once it is at 100% check “run cleaner”.  Do not run any other part of this program.  This program can be run daily for better performance.


If you use your laptop as a desktop computer it should be unplugged at least weekly, long enough to let the battery discharge, then plug it back in.  This will extend the battery life.

Technology Access Program (TAP)

The Technology Access Program (TAP) accepts:

  • empty ink cartridges
  • computers
  • monitors
  • and printers

for refurbishing and distribution to area families who do not have access to an in home computer.  Bring your usable equipment to TAP, 244 Lakeside Plaza (Ritchie Road, lower level of the 2nd building below Doug's Place).  TAP is staffed by volunteers so call ahead, 865 332-5313, to make sure there will be someone to receive your donation.

Are you coming to the picnic?  June 2nd, 5 pm, Tugaloo Pavilion.  Email your reservation by May 26th (Tuesday) so we can plan appropriately.

Thanks, we look forward to seeing you at the picnic.
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  • Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share.
  • TVCUC will provide your table service plus an assortment of Firehouse Subs and chips.
  • Bring your own beverages and lawn chairs if you wish.
  • Yes, there will be door prizes, but you must be registered to win.

Grant Writers for TVCUC-TAP

Janet Trimbath, Grant Writer for TVCUC-TAP, is pleased to welcome Linda Schuessler and Lou Miller who answered the call for needed assistance.  Grants are an important part of TAP funding without which TAP would be unable to meet the needs of so many students in the East Tennessee area.  So far this year four grant applications have been made and two have resulted in funding, one is still in process, and one was denied for 2015.

The LH picture is the world's largest 3D printer that printed the Shelby Cobra.   The RH picture is of a printed unfinished car shell with TVCUC members.

Graphite Reactor Tour April 7, 2015

Click the link below to see the recent video about our TAP program and scroll down for a couple of behind the scenes photos of Warren and Vince.