Useful Computer Tips and Tricks

This section will include useful information about helping your system run smoothly and securely. Here you will also find interesting articles and instructional videos about various computer questions and their answers.

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Here is a Top 10 list for the most frequent computer problems:

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  • 1. My computer used to be fast and now it is super slow. This could happen due to a combination of problems. You may have a virus or any other malicious software that is running in the background, slowing down your computer and putting your private data at risk. Files on your computer may have become defragmented. Your registry may be cluttered with old or nonfunctional entries. Perhaps too many programs are starting up, hogging the available system resources. And finally you might not have enough RAM for the tasks that you are attempting to do.
  • 2. I canít go on the internet anymore. Well, the above-listed factors could contribute to this problem. Besides that you could have a malfunctioning modem, router, network card, hardware driver or a cable break somewhere.
  • 3. I bought or downloaded an anti-virus program but my computer still has viruses. You may have been schemed! Oftentimes viruses pose as antivirus programs so you will download them. Next the virus might demand your credit card number, infect you with more viruses, steal your personal information and so on.
  • 4. My homepage has changed itself. This is a common symptom for adware or spyware that has taken over your system.
  • 5. My computer freezes and goes to blue screen. This could be a number of things, such as ad software conflicts, bad drivers, not enough RAM, viruses and spyware, corrupt system files, bad fragmentation, etc. A simple tune-up can help in most cases.
  • 6. My computer suddenly reboots itself. Most of the time this is hardware related. For example, your CPU could be overheating, power supply going bad, too much dust on cooling fans and ventilation slots, defective RAM--some viruses could cause this behavior too.
  • 7. The clock on my computer is always falling behind. The CMOS battery is getting old and needs replacing.
  • 8. My computer is making strange noises. There are only only few moving parts in the computer: cooling fans, hard drives and optical drives. Unusual noice is an indicator of a failing device. The computer needs to be shut off and checked for hardware problems.
  • 9. The computer wonít come on. Again, this could be any number of reasons; hence it needs to be inspected by an expert. First, however, remember to check if the computer is plugged into the wall and if there is power outage in your area.
  • 10. I want to keep my system running smooth and secure. To find out the answer to this question read the top Top 10 list for a trouble-free PC.

  • Top 10 list for trouble free PC.

  • 1. Run windows update frequently or set it to receive automatic here to learn more
  • 2. Most definitely install an anti-virus and antispyware program to protect your here to learn more
  • 3. Be very cautious with the software you install, especially from the Internet. Try to visit only known and trusted websites.
  • 4. Keep your disk defragmented. You might want to schedule automatic defragmentation to run every 3 days or here to learn more
  • 5. Keep your registry clean by minimizing the amount of installed and uninstalled programs. You can also run a registry cleaner. (Remember some of the best ones are free). click here to learn more
  • 6. Make sure only the programs that you want to run will be executed upon startup. Sometimes you can end up with multiple programs running in the background which will significantly slow down your system. Click to learn more. Avance users only!
  • 7. Keep your computer physically clean. Make sure there is no clogged up dust on the fans, heat sinks and ventilation slots.
  • 8. Backup, backup, backup. Copy all of your important file on a removable media often. Also create a system restore point in case you need to restore you system to the previous state later. click here to learn more
  • 9. Have enough RAM memory or increase your computerís virtual here to learn more
  • 10. Shut down your computer properly.

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