can ward off many computer problems just by following the steps
below. Think of it as tuning up your computer yourself. The
following tips can help improve your computer's performance and help
make your computer run faster.
software available to help you tune up your computer. First
step is to make sure you have antivirus installed and updated. You
should only have one anti-virus installed at a time. If you have
anti-virus that you paid for, but have not continued and is now
outdated, you will have to uninstall it before installing a
different or newer version.
Windows Update (Setup once, but check
weekly to see if it is working)
Delete Temporary Files
Defragment Hard Drive
Microsoft Fixit Website
You can only have
one anti-virus program installed at a time. Otherwise, your computer
will slow down as they fight each other. There are many free
and excellent programs out there. The one I am currently
recommending is Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE). About a year
ago, Microsoft made this available for free. Click on this
link to go to the Microsoft Website to download and install:
microsoft.com - Microsoft Security Essentials.
MSE will not run on
Windows Servers. For that reason, I have become an authorized
AVG reseller. AVG has a free version for workstations, but if
you want that version will not run on servers.
If your computer is
already infected and you are having a tough time cleaning it, I
recommend Malwarebytes. Just go to
download, install and then allow it to fully scan your computer.
This can take a while, but it will be worth the wait.
What is Windows
Update? There's an easy, free way to help keep your PC safer and
running smoothly. It's called Windows Update. All you have to do is
turn it on, and you'll get the latest security and other important
updates from Microsoft automatically.
Check your settings
Setting up Windows Update is simple: Just go to the Microsoft Update
website (Windows Update).
If you've already got automatic updating turned on, Windows Update
in Control Panel will open and show your update status. If it's not
yet turned on, you'll be guided through the steps to do so. After
that, all the latest security and performance improvements will be
installed on your PC quickly and reliably.
automatic When you turn on automatic updating, most updates will
download and install without you having to lift a finger. But
sometimes Windows Update will need your input during an
installation. In this case, you'll see an alert in the notification
area at the far right of the taskbaróbe sure to click it. If you
don't respond to a Windows Update alert, your PC might end up
missing an important download.
We recommend that
you use automatic updatingóbut if you choose not to, be sure to
check for updates at least once a week.
A backup requires
that you have your data in more than one location. If your
computer gets stolen or dies, you will still have access to your
data. Some of my clients backup their data locally and then move it
off-site. You can backup to tape or external hard drives
Another way my
clients are backing up is through the Internet. This automates
the backup and ensures that even if the building burns down, you
will have your data. Davenport Computers is an authorized
reseller of Mozy Backup.
Delete Temporary Files
temporary files primarily for backup purposes. Many programs, such
as those included with Microsoft Office, will save a temporary
version of a file every few minutes while the original file is open.
Then if you have not saved the file and the program unexpectedly
crashes or the computer is turned off, there will be a temporary
file that was recently saved. Temp files are typically deleted
automatically when the program is closed normally, but if the
program quits unexpectedly, the temp files are not deleted.
However, some temp
files are left behind even when a program is quit correctly. This
may be due to programming errors that cause temporary files to not
be correctly disposed of when an application is quit. These files
can accumulate on your hard drive without you even noticing.
browsers, such as Internet Explorer, create "Temporary Internet
Files" to store user data, including cookies, images from visited
Web pages, and the user's browsing history.
I like the program
CCleaner to clean up temporary files. You can choose which files to
allow to delete or just let CCleaner delete it all. I like to
keep my cookies, but you may not. And best of all, CCleaner is free.
Just go to ccleaner.com to
download and install.
Data fragmentation on a computer's disk drives quickly creates a
major source of performance loss. It increases the time required to
accomplish every task on your system, including launching
applications, working with data, interacting with page files and
hibernation files, all the way to the otherwise-innocuous startup
and shutdown activities. In essence, if you've worked with the
Microsoft Windows operating system (OS) for any period of time,
you've heard of this problem.
versions of Windows come with a defragmenter. However, I like
the free download from Piriform called Defraggler. Defraggler
allows you to schedule your defragmenting so you can set it once and
then forget it. Click this link
defraggler.com to download