Preventive Computer Maintenance

People in our society are using computers more than ever before. The average user spends four hours every day on their computer. The best way to make sure your computer is a reliable and efficient machine is to do some basic preventive computer maintenance. If you have experienced a slowdown in performance, it’s time to do a bit of fine tuning. Believe me, this is very easy to do and will be well worth your time.

“Computer Maintenance Checklist”

The first thing you need to do is get a few third party programs that will make your computing experience much better. The best part is that this preventive computer maintenance is free except for the cost of your time. Windows utilities are a good start, so you should familiarize yourself with them. Some of what Windows does can be done better with these programs and provide a level of security for only a small investment in time.

We’ll begin this basic preventive computer maintenance guide with the anti virus suite called AVG Free Edition. This is a solid and reliable way to prevent spy-ware, viruses and other malware from slowing your computer down. Download.com is a good, safe place to download software; just type what you’re looking for into the search button to download without worry.

Next, you will need a program called Eusing Free Registry Cleaner. I’ve been using this free program for years for my own preventive computer maintenance and find that it updates the Windows Registry much better than Windows does on it’s own. This means the computer will be speedier and more reliable.

Next, you will need an alternative Internet browser. Internet Explorer is not the choice of savvy users because of security issues that can compromise your sensitive and private data. For the record, a browser is simply a program that allows you to view and interact with the Internet. Choose from the following three choices below before continuing with your preventive computer maintenance:

Mozilla Firefox- easy to adapt to if you are used to Internet Explorer
Opera- invented tabbed browsing and still does it best
Google Chrome- very clean interface, relies on keystrokes over mouse clicks

Once you’ve installed those programs, you’re ready to move on to the next step in basic preventive computer maintenance. First, turn off your screen-saver so that none of the processes you are about to do will be accidentally interrupted.

Next, you should begin some real preventive computer maintenance by using Windows’ Disc Cleanup utility to remove old files, effectively de-cluttering your hard drive. If it has been some time since this has been done, of if it hasn’t ever been done, this can take some time depending on the specifications of your computer. Feel free to come back to it later for the next step if you have other things to do.

Next, run Eusing Free Registry Cleaner to fix and registry errors. The final steps in preventive computer maintenance are to defragment your hard drive using the Windows utility, turn your screen-saver back on and then reboot your system. Your computer will now run much better, will crash less often and be less likely to freeze.

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