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home : columns : rick frederickson May 25, 2016

2/20/2013 2:41:00 PM
Tips to keep your computer running fast

Rick Frederickson
Computer Technician

Keep Your Desktop and Hard Disk clean - 
Lots of shortcuts and icons on your desktop slows down your computer. If you have lots of leftover folders and icons that you don't use, get rid of them or move them to another place such as your documents folder. It's fine to keep a few things on your desktop. Just don't make it a dumping ground.A fast and easy way to clean junk files and other unneeded items from your computer is to use a free computer cleaner. We recommend CCleaner. It can be found and downloaded at http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner.
Defragment regularly - 
Your computer is a virtual mess. As it works to do things fast for you on the front end, the back end becomes disorganized and inefficient. Defragmenting helps to straighten up the mess. On most computers, go to START/PROGRAMS (or ALL PROGRAMS)/ACCESSORIES/SYSTEM TOOLS. Double-click on the Disk Defragmenter and run it. Do this even if Windows says you don't need to.
Keep Viruses and other unwanted software off your computer - 
If you are on the Internet, then viruses and other unwanted programs are facts of life. Make sure your antivirus program is current and working. However, that is not a silver bullet. Go to START/CONTROL PANEL/PROGRAMS AND FEATURES (or ADD AND REMOVE PROGRAMS) and ununstall any toolbars and such. I also recommend dumping startup programs such as Desktop Weather or Weatherbug. These bring lots of ads and other unwanted 'free' stuff.
Of course, if you don't want to be your own computer mechanic, bring it in and we'll do it for you. At the same time we'll check your hardware and such to see if there are any larger problems looming.

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