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10 Tips to Make Your Computer Run Smoothly

Guest article by Bob
How to to make your PC run smoothly? Personal computers have become an inherent part of our lives and are very helpful in keeping the personal as well as business data safe and secure. To ensure that a PC continues to work fine, it is necessary to perform various maintenance activities.

There are numerous tools available in the market like computer maintenance software and tools to help you to keep your computer and data safe. This article discusses some useful tips that will help you keep your computer running smoothly.

PC maintenance tips

  1. Always protect your PC by installing some kind of antivirus and regularly keep the antivirus updated. There are numerous antivirus software available on the internet. Make sure you choose a known anti-virus after consulting a computer expert. A weak anti-virus program will do more harm than good to your computer. A high-quality anti-virus program on the other hand will protect your computer from dangerous invasive software that can wash out your important data. Here are top three free antivirus: Avast Home Edition Free Antivirus, Avira Personal Free Antivirus and AVG Antivirus Free Edition. You can choose the one you like best.
  2. Keep the firewall protection on as it will protect your PC from the unwanted interferers. If the firewall is not turned on and you are accessing the internet, then some hackers can see and access all the files on your computer and can infect your PC with viruses that can slow down your PC and can sometimes even crash it. Three free firewall products I recommend are: PC Tools Firewall Plus (totally free for Windows without limitations or time-limit), COMODO Internet Security and ZoneAlarm Free Firewall.
  3. Temp files, downloaded Internet files, and old, unused files can occupy space in your PC. Do regular disk cleanup using tools available or you can also do so manually. Regularly delete files from the Recycle Bin to remove all the unneeded files from the computer. Remove all the cookies from the PC as they are unneeded and will occupy computer’s memory and slows down its performance.
  4. You should also install a Registry Cleaner tool from the internet. It will increase the efficiency of the PC as well as make the hardware and software run smoothly. Run this regularly weekly for best results. There are a few popular free Registry Cleaners you can get online: Registry Mechanic, Registry Easy and Registry Fix. Also there are a few commercial Registry Cleaner tools I recommend: Registryrid, WiseCleaner and Registry Medic.
  5. Keep checking for spyware and adware infection by installing spyware detectors.  A high-quality Anti Virus program also helps you detect these. Spyware/Malware/Adware are very infectious and make the PC run very slow and sometimes even damage your system and invade your personal data. There are three popular free antispyware: Ad-Aware Free, Spybot Search & Destroy and Windows Defender. You can read the reviews before you download.
  6. All the software installed in your computer must be regularly updated so that they can work efficiently. Nowadays most software have auto update facility and they prompt for updating them. As soon as the internet is turned on, they will automatically search for the updates and if new updates are available they will get it.
  7. Sometimes it may happen that your computer is not infected but still it is running slow. The reason for this is the installed programs require more memory for smooth running than that is available in your PC. So the solution for this is to add more RAM.
  8. Backups help to preserve the data and important files stored within the computer. Backup creation is an easy process; you just need to copy your important data in another hard drive or pen drive/USB Sticks etc. depending on the amount of data. USB drives and sticks are convenient and portable.
  9. Make sure that you clean your PC to ensure that dust does not harm its components. CPU fan must be cleaned regularly to avoid dust and small debris which can harm your PC in many ways. CPU fan plays an important role in making the computer run faster. The computer monitor also must be cleaned. You can do so using the household glass cleaner and a soft cloth.
  10. When your PC is not in use, ensure that you turn it off. Also, don’t turn off the PC directly from the power switch till the Windows shuts down completely.

By following the PC maintenance tips discussed here, you will surely be able to make your PC run smoothly and efficiently.

Guest author Bob is a freelance writer and software developer at Yepbd.com. You can also write a guest article and share your favorite tools and tips.

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