Software which automatically displays advertisements on your computer. This can often be installed with a free application.
Advanced Graphics Port (AGP)
A slot on the motherboard intended to house a graphics card.
Computer software intended to guard against viruses.
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
This is the technology that carries broadband Internet into the home via a phone line.
A measure of the amount of data sent over a specified amount of time. Bandwidth is often used to measure how busy a website is.
The default extension for images created in the "Paint" programme.
To 'burn' means to 'create' a CD or DVD.
A temporary storage component for recently used data, in order that future requests for this data may operate more quickly.
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance)
A standard used by electronics manufacturers to allow entertainment devices within the home to share content with each other across a home network.
The transferring of files from a server onto a computer, or of data from a computer to a portable device.
The name of the widely installed local area network (LAN) technology, used in homes or small offices.
A technological 'barrier' that protects your computer from hackers.
Giga byte (GB)
One thousand Mega bytes.
A type of graphics format used for displaying pictures on a computer.
A term used to describe any internal memory that does not involve the use of removable media such as a memory card.
ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network)
A way of transferring digital information across existing telephone networks.
A file format that stores digital images, saving memory space and enabling large data files to be stored.
A term describing a slot on a computer for a cable to be plugged into.
One thousand bytes.
Kbps (Kilobits per second)
This is generally used as the unit to measure the rate of data transmission.
Local Area Network (LAN)
A computer network covering the a small area that is 'local' to your computer such as a home, office or group of buildings
One thousand kilobytes.
MHz / GHz (MegaHertz / GigaHertz)
The measurement used to rate the speed of a processor. A higher MHz or GHz means a faster speed.
A portable storage device to which data can be saved and transferred between computers.
MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group)
A method of compressing moving picture files in order make them easier to store or transfer.
A Modem converts the analogue data from a telephone line back into digital data to be used by your computer when connecting to the Internet.
A pointing device used to navigate and select on your computer screen
The central circuit board in a computer that holds many of the system's main components, and connects to all other parts of the system.
An Anti-Virus program created by Symantec
The name given to a small portable computer, similar to a laptop but more compact.
The main software system used on your computer, eg. Microsoft Windows.
PDA (Personal Digital Assistant)
A term used to describe many types of small electronic organiser.
This term usually describes a "plug socket" situated on your computer, eg. a USB Port
The 'heart' of a computer, which performs all operations on the data stored in the computer.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
The name of the working memory of a computer, which is used to process data and determines the speed that information is sent around your computer
Hardware which controls the input and output of audio signals to and from a computer
USB (Universal Serial Bus)
USB was invented as a more universal method of connecting a variety of devices to a 'host', such as a personal computer. Most modern computers incorporate a USB port, to which devices such as a memory stick or those which include a corresponding USB lead, can be connected
A computer program that will 'infect' (usually via the Internet) and cause damage to your computer
The popular term used for wireless computer networking.
An Operating System created by Microsoft
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