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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Protecting Your PC

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No matter how fast your processor and regardless of how much ram you carry, there comes a time when you realize your computer just doesn’t run as fast as it did when you brought it.

Windows loads slower, programs take longer to launch and in general, your computer drags like it just came off a 2-night drinking binge. If this sounds like your situation the following tips may help you.

Disk Cleanup Utility

You may not realize it, but just because you finish with or delete a file doesn’t mean your computer does. Everyone should use the Windows “Disk Cleanup Utility” to delete old, unused and temporary files that clog your hard drive.

Click Start>programs>accessories>system tools>Disk cleanup. Analyze your hard drive for files you can eliminate and it may shock you to see how much hard drive space (and speed) you can free up with a few clicks

Stop them at start-up

Go to start>run> type “msconfig” there (without quotes) and click the startup tab in the following window. You can view and change here the programs that starts when windows loads. Be careful not to uncheck any essentials for your computer to load. There is an additional option here for diagnostic start-up under general tab. Check this if you want to run your computer with basic essentials and then add to them only the programs you need. Some services like cidaemon.exe and ctfmon.exe are absolutely which you can uncheck to speed up your computer.


This is a time consuming activity but it helps. Sometimes lack of speed simply results from your computer working too hard to find the files it needs. You can solve this problem by “defragging” your hard drive. Click Start>programs>accessories>system tools>disk defragmentator. Choose the disk you want to defragment and expect the program to run for hours if you have a packed disk. And it needs at least 13% free disk space to defragment.

Uninstall Unused Software

We all maintain many types of software some of which we rarely use. Click Start>Control panel> Add/Remove programs to pull up a screen that allows you to remove any program on your system. Just click and remove programs you never use

Buy More RAM

Install maximum amount of ram your system can handle. More ram means more speed and ram costs are so low now-a-days but be careful so as not to overload your system.

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