Seven Steps to Better PC Health www.tradebit.comStay Productive – Organized – Secure with these simple, invaluable tips
What are the symptoms of a PC in bad health?• Runs slow – when starting new applications or switching between running applications• Windows takes a looooong time to launch• Applications run unpredictably and return strange errors• Files and folders keep disappearing• Strange files and folders keep appearing• Browser home page and default search engine change unexpectedly
What IMPACT does this have?• We use computers for everything!• Working, playing games, listening to music or watching movies, organizing finances, staying in touch, creativity… the list goes on.• A PC is just a tool. When that tool stops working properly – our productivity, creativity and efficiency is affected.• Then it‘s time to take action!
Step 1: Cleanup and Defrag• Your hard drive fills with old data over time. Windows has tools which prevent build-up of these files.• The first tool is the Disk Cleanup tool. To access this, click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup.• The second tool is the Disk Defragmenter, which rebuilds files that have become fragmented. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter. Analyze first, then Defragment the hard drive.
Step 2: Check for Disk Errors• Another tool that comes included with Windows 7 is the Error Checking Utility.• It checks the integrity of files stored on your hard drive, and repairs bad sectors (areas of the hard drive which cannot be properly read).• In Windows Explorer, right click the hard drive to check and choose Properties, then Tools. Click Check Now to start the Error Checking Utility.
Step 3: Install and Run Antivirus/Spyware Software• Any decrease in performance or strange behaviour exhibited by your PC could be due to a virus or spyware infection.• Get protected! There are many free antivirus tools that remove pre-existing infections and prevent new ones.• AVG Antivirus, Avast!, Comodo, Avira Antivir Personal, Panda Cloud Antivirus, Immunet Protect Free are just a few examples.
Step 4: Delete Temporary Internet Files• Your browser also collects old data over time. These are called temporary internet files and they are used for caching – improving the speed and responsiveness of browsing.• Cache files are useless when they are old and accumulated. All web-browsers allow you to delete your temporary internet files. This option is always within the Tools menu.
Step 5: Keep Windows Up To Date• Microsoft are constantly improving Windows and its various components.• This includes security updates that you won‘t want to miss!• To make sure you have automatic updates switched on, click the Start button, type Update and choose Windows Update.• In the Important Updates panel, ensure automatic updates are switched ON. Then do the same for the Recommended Updates.
Step 6: Organize Your Hard Drive• Although Windows doesn’t really care how you organize your hard drive, if you do this well then you use up less space and work more efficiently.• Create folder and sub-folder structures on your hard drive that support the way you use your computer, for work or personal use.• Always save media files (images, music, video) in the correct folders so that you can find them easily – and don’t download them twice.
Step 6: Organize Hints• Do not keep thousands of files in your “Documents” folder. If you have a bazillion holiday photos in there – Windows might get slow. Keep those many files in “C:myData” or somewhere else!• Outlook: If you need many many emails since the beginning of time: split up your datafiles (PST files) in outlook. Move older emails into an extra PST file. It is easy and helps!
Step 7: Monitor Resource Usage• If your PC is still running slow after doing all of this, it might be that you are trying to do too much with it.• Check the running processes in the Task Manager (press CTRL + ALT + DEL). Which programs use the most amount of RAM and CPU power?• Either run less applications simultaneously – or think about upgrading your RAM and CPU so that it can handle the workload.
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