Getting The Most Out Of Your Computer

happycomputerGetting the most out of your computer doesn’t have to be a huge task.  The more you know about how your computer works, the better it will run!  Read on for some tips on how best to operate your computer as well as some tricks you can use in order to get it running like never before.

The best thing that you can do is to ensure that you’ve got all the updates installed on your computer.  Allowing your software (and hardware) to automatically update is a great idea, and something that you should strongly consider.  For example, when you first install Adobe Flash there is an option to enable automatic updates.  Always select this option.  It’s too easy to put off updating your software and many viruses and malware can intrude through holes in these types of software, especially Flash.  Ensure that Windows is allowed to update, as well as your internet browser.

Another thing that you should definitely do is to sweep for malware and spyware on a regular basis.  There are a lot of criminals out there that want your personal info – and it’s too easy for them to sneak a program onto your PC without your knowledge.  I highly, highly recommend that you run scans with software such as Spyhunter 4.  If you’re wondering what that program does, the folks over at We Hate Malware will give you all the information you need.

If you’re struck by a virus and it has crippled your computer, then a good program to rehabilitate it is Reimage.  This program has the ability to fix installations of Windows on the fly without the need to reinstall the entire operating system.  This is a great fix for people who haven’t backed up their data and can’t afford to reinstall Windows.

And that brings us to another great point – always backing up your data.  This is probably one of the most important points that I can make.  If you don’t currently back up your data then I definitely recommend that you start a habit.  The easiest way to do this is to sign up for a cloud backup service such as BackBlaze or CrashPlan.  These will back up your data automatically so you don’t have to really think about it or remember to do it.  Whenever you’re connected to the internet your files will be backing up.  You can also manually control these settings if you only want to back up from certain places (or internet connections).

Another thing to do is to update all of your drivers.  Newer drivers can often boost performance and improve bugs as well as increase or fix compatibility issues.  For example, after updating the battery driver in my new Surface Pro 4, the battery life improved markedly.  It’s a mystery why the device shipped with old drivers but I digress.

Another secret to improving computer performance is to uninstall any unnecessary programs that you don’t use.  Go through the add/remove programs menu and see if there are any programs that you use that you don’t really need anymore.  Also, don’t install programs you don’t need.  Unless they’re quite necessary I always avoid installing new software.  Unfortunately the more software you install, the slower your system will eventually get.