13 Necessary step in maintaining computer hardware

Let’s take a look at some of the most common computer problems and quick tips for solving them.

I really love it when my computer crashes and slows down my workflow so much that I can’t meet my deadlines… never tell anyone.

I mean, to be honest, have we ever not looked for more speed, efficiency, or usability from our laptops and desktops? In our modern technological society, these qualities are the key to success in our business and personal worlds. Think of the chef and his need to keep the blade sharp; Blunt tools can get in the way of your work, ruin your creations, and even damage your reputation. Luckily, there are a number of DIY fixes and tips that will keep your computer running at optimal levels. Let’s take a look at some of the most likely problems and how to restore your system’s performance and speed.

Do monthly cleaning

One of the easiest ways to keep your computer running smoothly is to regularly clean, merge, and delete unnecessary files. Develop a routine for creating folders to store valuable information and remove unwanted or unused bits of data.

Delete cookies or temporary internet files

When we browse the Internet, our computers collect and store information that helps websites load and run slightly faster. But for the speed you get compared to the space consumed, it is better to delete cookies or temporary files, especially if they are for websites you rarely visit.

Use anti-spyware software

Malware, spyware, greyware, trojan horses and other tracking software often hide inside your computer and send information back to remote sensing devices about your personal browsing habits. The motive can be as simple as helping you customize and personalize the advertisements you encounter on the internet, or as deceptive as using passwords and PIN numbers to steal your wealth.

Run antivirus software

As dangerous and increasingly sophisticated, computer viruses also attack your computer’s operating system to disrupt or damage your computer. Viruses designed to destroy large corporate networks often attack users. Opening unknown files or traveling to untrustworthy websites can make computers vulnerable and infected. Run regular antivirus scans or purchase antivirus software to install on your computer.

Disk defragmentation

This process of clearing program paths helps your system perform less work to access and use the information on the hard drive.

Backup Files

While you are cleaning your computer, this is also a good time to send valuable information to a backup device. External hard drives, flash drives, or even storing information on disks ensures that your valuable information is safe and doesn’t take up unnecessary space that can slow down your computer.

Remove unnecessary applications or programs

With the popularity of useful applications and programs only a click away from purchase and installation, it can be tempting to keep your eyes on the latest tech gadgets. But if you really analyze how much or how often you use a program or application, you may realize that it is unnecessary and takes up space.

Implementation of software and hardware upgrades

Once you’ve reduced the number of programs or apps you don’t use, it’s best to optimize the ones you do use. Software and system updates can increase overall speed and user appeal, and improve performance as well.

Check your software firewall

Sometimes it is necessary to manually check our own systems for changes to settings that you may or may not have made. Do you remember spyware and viruses? This intruder can sometimes make changes to your system during installation. A firewall should protect most of these computer bugs, but have a look to make sure.

Avoid shady websites

Too many pop-up or clickbait titles are a sure sign that this very flashy site could contain a lot more. Is the word free overused? You know what they say. They are often a breeding ground for broken programs and bugs.

But what about Macs? Even though Apple computers are often advertised as being reasonably spyware and virus free, there are still potential problems they can run into, and more are popping up every day. Many of the tips above will apply, but here are a few more that Apple users may find useful.

Install anti-malware

As mentioned above, Mac OS is exposed to more viruses and data tracking software. Install protection and don’t rely solely on the myth that Macs cannot be infected.

Minimize background utilities and services

Some Mac users run a number of programs and services all the time, which can slow down overall system performance. Turn off infrequently running utilities when they are not needed.

Clean up your desktop and old files

While this is a point mentioned earlier, it needs to be reiterated. Often, some of the biggest problems we face are our own fault. By cleaning and organizing your files, you not only increase the performance of your system, but also your own, as the cleaning process will help you focus and remember your work and personal information.

Keeping your computer systems running properly is a responsibility we have to deal with on a regular basis. There are programs that update or run automatically which can be set to run weekly, monthly or on a schedule that you set yourself. Whatever your preference for keeping your blades sharp, start sharpening your tools today.

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