Keeping your Computer Healthy


If your computer is running sluggish and downloading is slow, your computer may need a checkup. In today’s cyberworld of constant downloading, spam and cookies, your computer collects and stores more information than it needs too. This can slow your computer down significantly. Follow these steps to ensure your computer is in tip top shape.

  • Always update your operating system with the latest and greatest from your operating system manufacturer. Go to your computer manufacturer’s website to find the latest downloads. Most manufacturers now have a feature that will check weekly to make sure you are running the latest version of your operating system.
  • Filter your email effectively by setting your email server to the highest spam setting available. If you are concerned about missing an email, you can always take a few minutes each week and go through your “junk” folder.
  • Cookies are another thing that can take up a lot of space on your hard drive. You can limit the amount of cookies placed on your computer by opening your browser and clicking on your browser settings and setting your cookies to “None” or “Ask me”. Be forewarned, with the amount of cookies websites are using now, the “Ask me” setting can be more annoying than pop-up ads on a bad website! Cookies are really personal preference, they also provide convenience for the user, remembering passwords, shopping carts, etc. However you decide to handle cookies, you should delete your cookies periodically through your browser’s “Internet Options”.
  • Your computer also saves many “temporary internet files” that should be cleaned up every week or so. If you are using PC/Windows (Non-MAC), open your “My Computer” folder and right click on the “C” drive, then choose “Disk Clean-Up”. Check the “Temp Files” and “Recycle Bin” check boxes and click “OK”. Macintosh computers do not require you to do this because Macs automatically clean these temporary files.
  • Consider obtaining a registry cleaner. The Windows registry collects a lot of invalid entries and can cause complications that significantly slow your computer. Windows does not have a registry cleaner program or the ability to clean itself so it is necessary to obtain third party software to accomplish this.
  • Defragmenting your computer is also very important. As you use your computer and you retrieve, change and save files, your computer saves various parts of that file onto your hard drive where they “fit”. Over time, the pieces of files are spread all over, becoming much disorganized and causing your computer to have to work harder to put each file together when you request it. Defragmenting your computer is the process of putting those “pieces of files” together or closer together, reorganizing the drive. This will enable your computer to run faster and more efficiently.

    Click on your start button and choose “Control Panel”. Under Administrative Tools, click on “Defragment your hard drive”. This process can take some time, so do it at the end of the day or schedule it to execute at a time you are not using your computer.

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