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Thursday, June 5, 2008

How to Keep Your PC Running

How to Keep Your PC Running


A slow computer can be quite troublesome and may really affect your work. Given here are some simple tips that you can use to fix errors and speed up your PC.

Use a Registry Scanner Tool

A large bloated registry, filled with loads on unwanted, obsolete, and incorrect information, easily gets unstable and fragmented and as a result, considerably deteriorates the performance of your PC. Therefore, the first tip to keep your PC running smoothly is to maintain a compact, error-free, healthy Windows Vista registry. In order to do this, you must regularly scan and remove unwanted information from the registry.

You can easily perform this task using a reliable registry scanner tool. You can download a registry tool that meets your requirements from the Internet. Registry tools have a user-friendly GUI-interface and you can easily use their options to perform many registry maintenance tasks, such as scan and remove unwanted information from the registry, defrag the registry to make its files contiguous, and backup the registry.

Regular registry maintenance, not only helps you maintain your PC in a good working condition, but also enables you to repair and prevent several system errors, such as DLL errors, driver errors, and ActiveX errors.

Use a Disk Cleanup Tool

Over time, the hard disk of your PC gets filled up with several unwanted files. Therefore, your next step to improve the performance of your PC is to free up some disk space. You can do this with the help of the Disk Cleanup tool. You can open this tool from Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools.

Disk Cleanup is a one stop tool to compress old files, delete unwanted Internet Explorer files, empty the Recycle Bin and get rid of unwanted program setup files. You can also use this tool to free up disk space by uninstalling unwanted applications and Windows components, and also delete old System Restore snapshots.

Use a Disk Defragmenter Tool

After you have freed up disk space, you must defrag your PC. Defragging helps in making files and folders on your computer contiguous by collecting bits and pieces of a single file stored all over the hard disk, and then putting them together in adjacent data blocks on the disk. Defragging reduces a lot of load from your hard disk, makes data access a lot faster and consequently speeds up your computer.

Use Antivirus and Antispyware Tools

Any system speed up process is not complete unless you are sure that the system is free from virus and spyware infections. Viruses add several malicious files and entries in the registry and infect your applications with malicious codes to alter their normal function and generate errors. Spyware programs not only slow down your PC, but also steal your confidential data and trade it with external sources for malicious purposes.

Therefore, you need to regularly scan your PC with reliable antivirus and antispyware tools. Keep these tools updated with the latest definitions to ensure that your PC is protected against the latest malware. You must also turn on the real time protection feature included in these tools to prevent malware infiltration in the first place.

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