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Alaska USA Mortgage Company
Phone: 360-679-5633 / 360-969-5550
License: NMLS#304060 / CL-157293
Quick & Clean
Eight Tips to Improve Your PC’s Performance
Every PC user has been there. One day, things are great – your programs open swiftly and you are able to navigate the Internet with ease. But when you turn on your computer the very next day, you quickly realize that everything has changed for the worse. Here's the good news: these issues are very preventable. The following are our eight favorite user-friendly tips for keeping your PC clean and performing at an optimal level.
We'll start by saying that if you are an IT person, or someone who really knows PCs, much of this information will be stuff you already know. This article is not intended as a definitive work on PC maintenance. Instead, this is meant for people who use a computer, but who need a few pointers to keep it performing well.
1. Purchase a Quality Antivirus Program
While there are several quality antivirus programs on the market, two that we keep hearing about are Trendmicro (available at www.trendmicro.com) and Spysweeper (available at www.webroot.com). Whatever product you choose, make sure you do so before surfing the Net, or opening emails. Also, be sure to keep your software current by downloading any updates, and don't forget to renew your subscription every year.
2. Perform Your Windows Updates
It's important to note, however, that some updates may have a negative result. This is because any time a change is made within your computer's operating system, it carries a risk of causing problems. The solution here is to keep track of all the updates you do. It will definitely help in troubleshooting any problems that may arise.
3. Utilize Your Windows Firewall
4. Make Sure You Have Plenty of RAM
You buy a computer thinking that you don't need the biggest, fastest, or most powerful one on the market. Chances are you probably don't. However, what many people fail to consider is their potential to outgrow a computer. Considering the thousands upon thousands of great computer programs on the market, it's not hard to do. Run a few too many programs on a computer with insufficient RAM and it will definitely run slow.
There is only one way to fix this problem, and the good news is that it's fairly easy and cheap. Go to a local computer store, preferably the one where you bought your computer, and tell them you need to purchase more RAM. The cost will depend on the amount of RAM you already have, as well as the amount you need for an appropriate upgrade. In terms of installing it, there should be no problem having it done at the store.
5. Uninstall Any Unused Programs
6. Perform Regular Housecleaning
Another bit of housecleaning one should regularly perform is emptying your trash bin. It's called trash for a reason, so you need to deal with it in the same way!
7. Defragment (Defrag) Your Hard Drive
As you add programs and data to your computer, the information in question takes up blocks of actual physical space on the hard drive. Imagine these blocks of information piling up linearly, one right after another. Whenever one of those blocks is deleted, a blank space is created. Build up enough of these blank spaces and it causes your computer to take complicated paths in order to find information. By defragmenting your computer, you remove the blank spaces and create a more efficient pathway.
In order to perform a "defrag" on your hard drive, start by double-clicking your "My Computer" icon. Next, right-click on the "C-Drive" option. Click "Properties," "Tools," and then "Defragment Now." Depending on how fragmented your computer's hard drive is, some system defrags can take several hours, and during that time, you cannot use your computer.
8. Use an Email Service with a Good Spam Filter
Aside from regularly cleaning out your email spam file, we also recommend never giving personal information via an email. A very common trick used by these "bad guys" is to send emails pretending to be your bank. The email will request you to update certain information and provide a link for you to do so online. After clicking on the link, you are taken to a website that may look like your bank's website, but it's not. If you provide the information, they've got you. If you ever do need to update information online, go directly to the company's webpage by way of your Internet browser.
You can now consider yourself well informed on the subject of keeping your computer clean and running quickly. But that's not enough. You should look at this article as a call to action. Trust us when we say that by taking a proactive approach with your computer, you will save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration.
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