How to maintain your computer?

Correct maintenance of a computer can provide a lot higher speed and longer lasting. However it is quite self explanatory to take care of your stuff, not many computer owners know how to do that. If you want your computer to run smoothly, follow these simple steps.

First and most important action is cleaning the computer. No matter if you are using laptop or desktop, you must clean it properly and regularly. Clean the dust form outside at least one a month and inside at least one a year. If you know how to dismantle your computer and how to put it back together, you can do it by yourself, but if not, better entrust it to professionals. If you are cleaning computer by yourself, use only appropriate cleaning products. Make sure there is not dust collecting in your computer and encumbering the work of your computer.

Also don’t forget to clean the system. If you are using Windows system, there must be Disk Cleanup utility included. If not, you can download free program for example CCleaner. If you have any of cleaning programs, the further work is very simple. You just need to scan the computer delete files if that’s needed.

Also you must use antivirus programs. The best programs are quite expensive, but they can really help your computer to work better and last longer. However, if you don’t want to spend any money for that, at least download free antivirus program or demo version of paid program. Also usage of antivirus programs is very simple; you just need to follow the instructions.

Also it would be useful to defragment your hard drive at least one a month. That can help to keep your computer run properly. If you are using Windows, you should already have a utility to do that, but if not, you can also use a tool called Magical Defrag. It automatically defragments your system during periods of inactivity.

Also keep your computer clean of programs and file you don’t use anymore. Just uninstall all the unnecessary programs and delete pictures, videos, music and other files you don’t need any more. They just occupy the place in your computer and make it run slower.

Always keep your computer up to date. Although updates can be quite annoying, they can help your computer running at its full potential. Update both, your operation system and programs. If you don’t have time for that daily, at least do it one a weak.

If you really care about your computer, you should also keep it surge free by buying surge protector. It will protect key electrical bits inside your computer from voltage spikes. It is small investment, but your computer will have lot less chance to get damaged.

And the last advice is to simply use the computer correctly. For example, if you have laptop keep it cool by putting it on a hard surface or using fan to cool it down. Also turn the computer off properly and just be careful and avoid from any physical damages.

How to improve your computers’ performance

Many computer users think that slow performance of the computer means that it has already served its time and they just need to get a new one. Actually, slow performance is a result of long usage without taking care of your computer and. There are some easy ways how to improve the performance of your computer noticeably. If you follow these instructions, your slow computer will work as new one.

First thing you need to do is scan your computer, using antivirus program. If you don’t have an antivirus program, download it. Better invest some money in good antivirus software to make sure your computer will be totally free of all the malware and other threats. If you use internet daily, but don’t scan your computer, it is definitely full with all kind of viruses and other malware. These files make your computer run a lot slower, so you must get rid of them as soon as possible. To scan your computer just open your antivirus program and follow the instructions.

Make sure you have enough free space in hard drive. Deleting all the unnecessary files can give meaningful effect. You don’t have to delete all of them manually. Just use the appropriate program. If you’re using Windows than use Disk Cleanup (Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk Cleanup), but if you use Mac delete Temporay Files (Applications, Utilities, Command Prompt, than type in “sudo rm -fr /tmp/*” and hit Enter).

Also unnecessary programs make your computer run slow, because the maintenance of them just occupies the space. You must uninstall all the programs you don’t use anymore. If you are using Windows you must go to control panel and then choose Add/remove programs. There will be a full list of all the programs installed in your computer. Find the ones you are not using and uninstall them. If you use Mac, just throw all the program files in Recycle Bin and empty it.

Then also you should defragment your hard drive once in a while. Defragmentation means organizing all the files. If the files get fragmented, computer need more time to provide their usage. If you use Windows go to My Computer, Properties, Tools tab, Defragment. You can also set automatical defragmentation. Mac users don’t need to worry about this action.

If you have done all the actions mentioned above, but your computer is still running slowly, there might be some serious problems for example some mechanical damages or serious viruses that antivirus program can’t beat. Then you really might need to bring your computer to service or buy a new one, but otherwise this really should help to improve the performance of your computer.

How to avoid computer viruses and other malware

One of the biggest threats to computers is viruses and other malware. They can be very dangerous and some of them lead to data loss and identity theft. Unfortunately it is possible to catch malware from some very simple daily actions. The good news is that there are some very effective ways how to prevent them.

One of the most effective methods is safe browsing. That might sound very simple and reasonable, but many internet users don’t know how to avoid all the malware completely. Experienced internet users know that it there is possibility to get some serious viruses by clicking on adds or pop-ups, but not every threat is so obvious. Better don’t click to any ads at all and avoid from unknown, suspicious websites. Luckily most of the internet browsers protect you from possibility to get infected, but make sure your browser is configured to always ask the users permeation before running files and downloading something automatically.

You can also block all these ads and pop-ups, because it is also possible to click on them by an accident. For example, usually there is a close button to the pop-up ad, but by licking it, you actually open the ad. Better use the Ad Block or other extensions to reduce the amount of these misleading pop-ups. They can be very dangerous so better configure your internet browser to block them.

Make sure you are using safe internet browser that is always up to date. If you are using older browser, be prepared that it won’t be so advanced and you might catch some viruses. There are no program extensions that protect your computer. Such browsers as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari are considered as safe, so better choose one of them.

Be very careful with downloads. Better download only programs and files that are really necessary and use only reliable, official websites for that. Also read the download agreements. Downloading unknown programs and files is the easiest way how to catch some very dangerous viruses.

Never open suspicious e-mails or messages in social media. Also that is very popular and easy way how to catch some viruses. Never download attachments if you are not sure about their content. If there are some e-mails that don’t look safe, just delete them as soon as you see them.

And the last and most important advice would be to buy reliable and good antivirus program. If your computer and all the files in it are important for you than better don’t try to save money on this. Buy a real program, instead of using free demo versions that are not protecting your computer fully. That will protect your computer even if you will skip all the previous conditions.