What is Antivirus Software and Malware? Malware is a term used to describe a broad category of potentially damaging software that includes viruses, worms, trojan horses, rootkits, spyware and adware.  The effects of malware range from brief annoyances to computer crashes and identity theft.  Malware easier to avoid than it is to remove.  Avoiding malware involves a two part strategy. Read more.... Computer training locally and by Referring Partners: Our Referring Partners also provide many other services such as Computer Classes. Montgomery Works hold Computer Basics classes periodically in addition to many other useful classes aimed toward improving employment skills. Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA) provides job skills oriented classes, including basic and more advanced computer training. The Gilchrist Center for Cultural Diversity offers a variety of programs and services to the Montgomery County community covering computer fundamentals, Microsoft Windows and basic Microsoft Word. Computer classes (and more) online: gcflearnfree.org is a website that offers a range of self directed classes on topics ranging from technology, such as Computer Basics, Basic Computer Skills, Mouse Tutorial, Typing Tutorial, Email Basics, Internet Basics and Windows 10. Although the website is in England, Home and Learn provides clear tutorials on using Windows 10 for basic functions like moving files and sorting pictures.  They also have a Beginners Guide to Going Wireless that explains the hardware, how it works and how to set up your own network.  There are also tutorials on Microsoft Word and Excel. Although this website is about Windows 7, it offers tutorials on many computer related subjects.  Free-computer-tutorials.net also offers tutorials on Microsoft Word 2010 and other Microsoft Office software. The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium has a very basic introduction to using your computer, starting with the mouse, email skills, word processing and web skills. For those that are just becoming acquainted with a computer, this is a good place to start. Digital Divide has a wide range of tutorials starting with very basic guides on how to use a keyboard and covering topics such as:  How to take a screenshot and How to install updates on your computer. Free Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus for Maryland Students.  Office 365 Education allows students and educational professionals to install up to 5 copies of the latest Microsoft Office suite for their PCs, Macs, tablets, phones.  Follow the link for more details. Internet service providers: Internet Essentials from Comcast. Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low cost internet service and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Internet Essentials includes: o Fast internet service for just $9.95 per month + tax. o No activation fees and no equipment rental fees. o Access to free internet training - online, in print and in person.
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