July 2008

Tips and Tactics

Is your PC not running as smoothly as when you first bought it? While we expect our computers and the Internet to bring added convenience to our lives, computer performance issues can hold back productivity, not to mention lead to frustrating times.

Read our tips, below, to get you started on creating and maintaining a healthier PC. Remember – it’s always a good idea to backup your data before you run any system tools or try troubleshooting performance issues.

  • Remove spyware, adware, and viruses

Spyware and malware are among the most common culprits of a slow running PC. Not only can malware put your privacy at risk, it can also sap your computer’s processing power. If you have Ad-Aware 2008 Free, be sure to scan your system regularly to detect malware and to also use anti-virus protection. Ad-Aware 2008 Plus and Pro users benefit from real-time threat monitoring and extended virus protection.

  • Manage your computer’s memory

Your computer utilizes two kinds of memory: RAM (for fast access to temporarily stored information) and hard disk space (for slower access to permanently stored information). Your operating system and applications require available RAM to run properly.Monitor the number of programs you have open at any one time. Too many programs automatically running at startup can also be a cause of slow-downs. Check to see which programs run automatically when you start your computer, and remove any unnecessary ones.To manage your disk space, delete unwanted files or archive your data by using a removable storage device. If you’re running out of disk space, you always have the option to add a new hard drive to your machine.

  • Defrag the hard drive

Over time, your computer’s hard drive can grow to be disorganized when files become fragmented. This slows down overall system performance. When you defrag your hard drive, data is moved around in order to be stored and accessed more efficiently.

  • Tune the registry

Your computer’s registry, the database containing information about programs installed on your PC, can become bogged down with corrupt and unused data. You can increase your computer’s speed and stability with a registry scanner and repair tool. Try Lavasoft’s Registry Tuner to identify, clean, and correct these errors.

By following these tips, you should be on your way to a smoothly running computer. Keep in mind that there is software available that can help diagnose performance problems and carry out these fixes automatically.

 
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