Simple Things Can Speed Up Computer
Paul Watson, PC Technician Friday, May 4th 2012
A Few Tips To Keep You Running Smart
Eliminate What You Don’t Need Start by eliminating what you don’t need. Whether it’s a program that’s set to start up when you boot the computer, toolbars that came along for the ride when you installed something else, or files you no longer need, get rid of them. They take up processing power, memory and disk space – all of which can come back to haunt you and slow your computer performance to a crawl. If you don’t need it and don’t use it, get rid of it.
Don’t forget the programs that come loaded onto the computer when you first buy it. Many of these programs are demonstration versions that are crippled or time-regulated. If you don’t pay for a full license for the program within a certain number of days or weeks, the program stops working anyway. Others are truly free programs, but they have little or no value. Again, if you don’t use these things, get rid of them.
Update Your Computer Regularly If you run a Microsoft computer, you should know that Microsoft comes out with regularly scheduled patches and updates on the second Tuesday of each month – Patch Tuesday. They also sometimes deliver an “out-of-band” update, often on the fourth Tuesday of each month. In addition, third party manufacturers distribute driver updates on their own schedules. Configure your computer to download these patches automatically and install them. Your computer will be better protected and will function better and more reliably over time. With drivers, don’t rely on Microsoft to distribute the drivers you need. Either check the manufacturer’s website yourself or use a driver management software package like Driver Detective to keep track of your driver updates.
Keep Your Anti Virus Software Updated Your anti-virus software has a tough job to do. Keeping your virus definitions updated is critical to ensuring that your computer remains free of viruses that will slow the computer down and rob it of performance. With a compromised computer, your personal data may also be available for the taking, so keep your A/V up-to-date at all times.
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