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The Art of PC Maintenance for Computer Novices

Friday, 07 March 2008

Over the years, computers have infiltrated our lives in many ways and now from banking to playing, to communicating with friends and colleagues, we depend on them daily. However, even with the pace in which the importance of computers has increased in our lives, there are still very few of us who actually know how to fix them.

This article introduces you to some easy-to-use tools that you can use to perform regular PC maintenance and ensure that your system stays healthy for a long time.

Registry Cleaner

The registry is important for your Windows computer because it comprises the hardware, software, user, and system setup configuration information that is essential for your Windows computer to function. Registry problems may unnecessarily slow down your computer and generate several computer errors that may hamper your work. To prevent and repair registry errors, it is recommended that you seek the help of a reliable registry cleaner tool. Using a good registry cleaner tool you can:

  • Scan, detect, and remove unwanted information from the registry.
  • Repair invalid and corrupt entries to resolve several types of computer errors.
  • Defrag the registry to compress it and speed it up.
  • Back up the registry

Antivirus Tool

Malware programs such as virus and Trojans are a major cause of concern for several computer users today. These malicious programs not only cause severe harm to your data, but may also cause physical damage to your PC. You can prevent these programs from infiltrating your computer with the help of antivirus tools. You must:

  • Always keep your antivirus tool updated with the latest definitions.
  • Enable the real-time protection feature of the tool to ensure that your PC is safe at all times.
  • Schedule the tool to run periodically to detect and remove any malicious data from the system.

Antispyware Tool

In addition to malware such as virus and Trojans, spyware and adware programs have also emerged as major threats for computers today. These programs usually come packaged with other software, especially the free software you download from the web, and stealthily install on your computer. They not only slow down your system, display unwanted popup ads, and hijack your Internet Explorer Web pages, but also have the capability to steal your personal and confidential information. To prevent these malware programs you need an antispyware tool on the system. Just like the antivirus tool, you need to keep this tool updated, turn on its real-time protection, and schedule it to run periodically to ensure complete security of your computer.

Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter Tool

Another important PC component that is vital and needs regular maintenance is your hard disk. Two tools are shipped with your Windows XP and Windows Vista systems to perform these tasks. These are the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter tools. Using Disk Cleanup you can perform tasks such as empty Recycle Bin, clean cookies, clear temporary Internet files and program setup files, uninstall unwanted programs and remove outdated system restore points. The Disk Defragmenter tool helps you consolidate fragmented files on the disk, to optimize it and as a result speed up your slow computer.

PC Diagnostic Tools

To help you perform regular PC maintenance, several third-party PC diagnostic tools are also available today. Using these tools you can run diagnostic utilities to troubleshoot and resolve problems related to your system's hardware components, operating system, and other aspects of your computer.

All of us want to work on a healthy, high-speed computer. Use the tools discussed here to perform regular PC maintenance and ensure yourself an optimal computer experience.

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