Computers do not take care of themselves; they rely on users for maintenance. If you want your computer to perform at its best, chances are you’ll need to do a better job at maintaining it. It’s time to start taking care of your computer. These three PC tasks require minimal work for maximal results.
1 – Defrag Hard Drive
Defragmenting your hard disk is a great way to increase the performance of your computer. Defragmentation is the process of locating the noncontiguous fragments of data file may be divided as it is stored on a hard disk, and rearranging the fragments and restoring them into fewer fragments or into the whole file that take up less space. By doing this, you’ll lessen the work load of your hard drive, quickening the pace at which files are read and written to the disk. Defragging disks is especially essential to Windows PCs. I use a third-party defrag program called Auslogics Disk Defrag, which is better than the one provided by Microsoft. Defrag process may take hours to do, due to the speed of the computer. I defrag every month after patch Tuesday.
2 – Computer Backup
It’s only a matter of time before your computer crashes, the hard drive fails and all your data, pictures and music is lost forever. This will never happen if you backup your computer with an image of your hard drive, I use ShadowProtect Desktop which is paid software to back up to an external hard drive for daily and weekly backups there’s also EaseUs todo backup free software you can use. You can also use cloud storage to store your data, I use Carbonite to store my loose files in the cloud it backs up automatically every day. You can backup your computer at least once a month or sooner depending on how much data is installed on your computer.
3 – Computer Cleaning
The final task is the simplest and most physical of the bunch is cleaning. Cleaning the keyboard of sticky keys and dusting your monitor is to start. Computer cleaning will help to lengthen your PC’s lifespan. You will need to take apart your desktop or laptop computer and visually look inside the computer and check for dust. You can use compressed air, a small leaf blower; I use Metro Vacuum ED500 DataVac 500-Watt 0.75-HP Electric Duster 120-Volt to blowout the dust. This will help keeping the computer or laptop cooler and running longer. At least once a year or sooner if you’re in a dusty or smoky environment.
What is virus, malware – and how does it get on my computer? Malware is short for malicious software, and includes viruses, spyware, scareware and similar programs installed on your computer without your consent or knowledge. Most malware mimics legitimate software in an attempt to get you to purchase something and give out your credit card information. Here are some ways you can get Malware:
- Malware can come as an e-mail attachment that you downloaded that you are not expecting to receive.
- You can be tricked into installing free software with malware.
- From an infected web site that you go to via a link in an e-mail.
- Malware can be installed automatically when you visit an infected website.
How to avoid getting viruses and malware? No paid or free anti-virus software is going to protect you from all viruses and malware. Best way is to change your behavior, is your best defense:
- If you get a pop-up window from an unknown program telling you that there are problems with your computer, immediately turn off or restart your computer do not click the red X in the upper right corner it also downloads and installs virus and malware program without you knowing it.
- Only download or purchase software from trustworthy websites or retailers.
- Avoid free download sites such as music and file-sharing programs, screen savers and toolbars they can install virus and malware.
- Do not get trick into paying with credit card for fake Spyware programs that tell you your computer is infected with malware, once you pay and download the program you are now infected with malware.
- When installing programs, don’t click “next” on each prompt without thoroughly reading and understanding each stage of the installation. Uncheck any optional search toolbars that are often bundled with legitimate software.
- Install Windows Critical Updates and Internet Browser updates when prompted as soon as possible. Many of these patches fix security vulnerabilities that allow malicious programs onto your computer without your consent. Also install updates for other programs that are used by your web browser such as Java, Adobe Reader and Flash Player.
- Consider switching internet browser at times to Firefox, Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, there are times when one is better than the other in not getting virus or spyware through malicious websites.
- Don’t click on links in e-mail messages unless you now who sent it.
If I have an anti-virus program installed, can I still get a virus and malware? Yes, new viruses are unleashed daily and the virus companies create fixes for the problem at different times. Anti-Virus program needs to check for virus updates daily and download new virus database files from the internet before running a scan, because old virus database won’t detect any of the newer viruses. Paid anti-virus programs need to be registered and require an annual subscription to keep your virus database files up-to-date if not you are not protected. Free anti-virus works good as the paid, unfortunately, no anti-virus program detects all viruses. The best anti-virus is practicing safe internet and computing habits.
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