You don’t really need to be an expert to keep your PC in relatively good condition. When your computer slows down or crashes sometimes you don’t really need to get a PC upgrade, all you need to know are some basic maintenance formula’s which will help you get the best out of your PC in the long run.
- Uninstall Programs You Don’t Use Anymore
Over time, unused software piles up like unattended dishes in our kitchen which we dread to clean. They were useful for the time being, but chances are you don’t really need them anymore. So if you haven’t used a program in the last six months, uninstall it and allow your computer to free up space and run the important stuff more efficiently.
- Delete Temporary and Unnecessary Files
Each time you visit a website, your computer stores information so the next time you visit, the page will load faster, these are called cache. This makes the websites load faster but temporary files add up over time, and may ultimately slow down the PC. If you haven’t deleted temporary files or caches in a year or longer, you may be able to free up quite a bit of the computer’s memory.
Your device data is written and stored in disk blocks. Over time, files are deleted and new files are added to the system. If a file can’t be stored in adjacent blocks, they become fragmented. One 5 MB jpg. photo file, for example, could be scattered across 500 disk blocks. Instead of pulling the pieces of a file from adjacent blocks, the computer has to gather it altogether, which of course takes longer. Defragmenting is simply a way of eliminating these empty blocks and putting files back together which helps make your machine run smoothly.
- Scan for Viruses, Spyware, etc.
Use your security software to do a sweep for viruses, trojans, worms, and spyware that can harm your computer and compromise your privacy and slow down the overall performance. Schedule a regular clean to make sure your computer is safe and secure from all threats.