We are here to give you helpful tips to help keep your PC running like new.
Step 1: Anti Virus Software
Since your anti-virus is your first line of defense, you would want to go for a utility that strikes a balance between something capable of defending your PC from the latest and most harmful of viruses and all kinds of security threats but it's still lightweight and flexible enough so it won't eat up resources. When choosing your anti-virus, you'd be like a soldier choosing a gun: you'd go for something capable of protecting you but it won't slow you down.
In the past, PC users would spend lots of money to buy an anti-virus utility. Good thing that now, free anti-viruses are now available online. We recommend you use these free ones since you could try them first and check if it slows down your PC or if they're easy to use. We recommend the following Anti-viruses:
- AVG Free Antivirus - AVG is very capable of protecting your PC with all kinds of threats that your PC might face. It's feature-rich and of course, it's free.
- Avast Antivirus - Avast is recommended because it's very lightweight and it does it's job without you noticing it or doing anything. Which is excellent for any anit-virus.
- Microsoft Security Essentials - MSE is the best Anit-virus utility out there. Not only it's made by the same people who made the OS you are using, but it's very lightweight, it performs its security checks silently without you doing anything and it's definitions are always updated.
Of course, nothing beats good 'ol common sense. Alway remember not to click links from people you don't know or if you think the link is very suspicious. Do not let your curiousity get the best of you. It's better to be safe than sorry!
Step 2: Back Up Your System
In this day and age, backing up your important files in a disk or on another drive in not enough. You'll want an off-site backup or a backup of your files outside your vicinity. This way, when all of the things around you fail for some reason, you can easily have a copy of your files because it's stored elsewhere.
Because of this, we recommend you use Dropbox. Dropbox is an easy to use and secure utility to backup the most important of files. The good thing about Dropbox is that you could install their program and it acts like a normal folder where it automatically syncs everything stored in tht folder.
The downside is that you get only 2 GB for free. Which is smaller to some of the backup utilities out there. But we highly recommend you use this since it's the easiest to use and you literally have nothing to worry about. Another downside is that backing up through the internet takes up bandwidth so be sure that your internet can handle it and check to your Internet Service Provider if you have an upload cap on your Internet plan.
Step 3: Clean Out Your Temporary Data
A commonly used program for this is CCleaner which is a powerful tool that can clean up hidden temporary files in your system. It is recommended that you clean your temporary data so that it won’t pile up in the future.
Step 4: Defragment Your Disks
It will take the computer a long amount of time to track the missing files of the origin of the file that is fragmented. But worry not because there is this process called "Defragmentation."
Defragmentation will put these pieces back together and complete the file again in its specific area. This will likely increase the speed of one's computer, and even reduce boot time.
The process of defragmenting could be also risky, though. If one is defragmenting, make sure that the power is not likely to go out because if defragmentation is interrupted, a file could be corrupted. It is also advisable that one should back-up his/her files before doing so.
If you're a windows 7 user, just click start, and type Disk Defragment, and it's right in front of you.
For Windows XP users, click start, highlight accessories, then system tools, then choose Disk Defragment, and you're good to go.
Remember: Put back the broken pieces of your files.
Step 5: Remove Those Unnecessary Software
By just opening one's control panel, and choosing "Programs and Features," one can easily remove a program easily capacitated with a gigabyte or two by right-clicking and choosing uninstall.
If one's uncertain whether the program is safe to remove or not, there are search engines to aid you in these endevors.
It doesn't end there. If one accidentally removes a program that is very important, there's system restore to aid you in restoring these programs.
So what is it, that uninstalling will really do to your computer?
Answer: Piling up files in the hard drive will slow down your computer. Moreover, if one's computer slows down, the performance is sure to be limite
Step 6: Updates. Updates. Updates.
High Priority Update- These are the updates that automatically updates the operating system, for these are critical updates, and are very important for one's computer.
If you wish for your computer to be updated, it's simple. If the computer prompts you that windows has an update, and wishes it to be installed, accept. Otherwise, if you would like to check for updates that are not automatically prompted, open the control panel, and choose windows update.
Don't just update Windows, check for updates to your other installed programs. These updates can fix exploits, bugs and can add new features to your programs. Not checking for updates can increase the risk of hackers and viruses
Also update your drivers, Drivers is what keeps some of your hardware running smoothly. It tells your hardware how they should work. Not updating your drivers can also slow down your system, because driver updates are important. They can improve your system's performance as well as solve some issues with the hardware when running certain programs.
Remember: Be UP-TO-DATE.
And you're done!
Be sure to maintain your PC regularly to reduce the risk of failure, viruses and crashes.