Jan 242014

Computer Vocabulary

  • Adware –  A software application which displays unwanted pop-up advertisements on your computer while in use. Adware is often installed on your computer at the same   time as free software or shareware.
  • Anti virus software – A program that finds and removes viruses from a computer.
  • Application -An application is any program designed to perform a specific function directly for  the user. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or Adobe Photoshop are examples of  application programs.
  • Backup – A copy of files from a computer’s hard disk, usually made on some external medium such as CD-ROM or flash drive. A backup is made in case the hard disk file(s) are erased or damaged.
  • Bit, Bytes – A bit is the smallest piece of information that computers use. For simplicity, a PC uses bits in groups of 8 called bytes (8 bits = 1 byte).
  • Bluetooth – A way of communicating wirelessly over short distances between electronic devices (for example computer and mobile telephone)
  • Boot, Boot up, Boot disk – You boot (or boot up) your computer when you switch it on and wait while it prepares itself. Instructions for startup are given to the computer from the boot disk, which is usually the hard disk.
  • Browser – A program or tool such as Internet Explorer ,Firefox or Mozilla that enables you to browse use it to view  or browse the Internet sites.
  • Bug – A defect or fault in a computer program that prevents it from working correctly.
    Bugs are caused by mistakes or errors made by the people who write the
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