In order to keep your computer running at optimal performance, there are some things you should do on a regular basis from the time you pull it out of the box. You computer is a very fragile machine with a variety of components that work together to produce a users desired output. Computers allow people to do anything from writing school papers to downloading music to assisting in developing experimental aircraft in the United States Air Force. So as you can see computers hold a very special place in today's society so it is very important to take good care of them.
There are a few important actions that MUST be completed even by the most casual computer user. . .
- Disk Cleanup
- Disk Defragment
- Virus Scan
- These are probably the 3 most important actions to perform on your computer on a regular basis to keep it running a peak performance.
Disk Cleanup clears your cookies, temporary internet files, empties recycle bin, compresses old files, and more. There are also other great programs out there (such as Cleanup Assistant, Zappit System Cleaner, and WinDirStat which are all free) to use for this that goes a little further and cleans your registry, shreds files to make them untraceable, and gives you more of a visual layout of your hard drive(s).
Disk Defragmenting involves moving files around on your hard disk in a more organized manor which helps the read/write heads on your disk(s) to save and retrieve files faster and more efficiently. Disk Defragmenting is an important thing to do because it keeps your hard disk(s) (which is where virtually ALL of your information is held) healthy and pro-longs the life of the drive(s). Alternatives to the Windows Disk Defragmenter are available at Download.com such as Auslogics Disk Defragmenter, and Perfect Disk8 which are free downloads.
In order to complete the Virus Scan you must have an Anti-Virus program installed on your computer. Avast Anti-Virus and AVG Anti-Virus are two great free Anti-Virus programs but the free versions do not come equipped with firewalls. But don't panic, because if you have Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher, you have a great firewall already, just make sure it is up and running. (See Firewall Tutorial at website below.
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