Tips for Keeping Your Computer Running Smoothly

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If you stop to think about it, it’s kind of scary just how reliant we’ve become on our computers and mobile devices. If most people were to lose access to either one, chances are very good that they’d be panicked, and for good reason. Most people use their computers and mobile devices to perform leisurely and mundane tasks, yes, but people also use them for serious things like filing their taxes, paying their bills, and managing their finances. When you’re not able to perform those things with the same kind of ease, it can get hectic and scary. Most people rely on their computers over their mobile devices for the important tasks, and that’s why it’s so important that their machines are always running smoothly. If they’re not and problems keep piling up unattended, chances are better than good that at some point, there’s going to be a serious issue that could have a severe negative impact on all the activities you use your computer for.

Keep Your Desktop Uncluttered

It might seem like something too small to be significant, but the fact of the matter is that the more shortcuts and folders you have on your desktop screen, the slower your computer is going to run. The reason for this is that all of those shortcuts and folders are using your computers resources and if you’ve got 40 of them cluttering up your desktop that’s a considerable strain on your system’s resources. Try to narrow it down by a serious margin—you should never need more than 5 shortcuts or folders up on your desktop. Yes, that means you’ll have to exert some extra effort in actually navigating the menus to open the things you want, but it’ll be worth it to keep your computer running smoothly.

Install Antivirus

Protect your computer with an antivirus program
Protect your computer with an antivirus program
Even if you’re not much of a daredevil on the Internet you should have some kind of antivirus program installed on your computer. Even the safest websites can carry some kind of unseen threat and that’s what you need to protect yourself against. If malware or adware infects your computer, it’s going to seriously slow things down and can even lead to the loss of important information and constant crashing. The same applies if you somehow get a virus on your machine. By installing an antivirus program you’ll be protecting your computer from those very serious threats. And if you do somehow manage to get your computer infected, antivirus software will allow you to take the necessary steps to quarantine, remove, and clean your computer.

Browse Safely

browsersA huge part of keeping your computer running smoothly is to practice safe Internet browsing. Unfortunately it’s not always easy to tell what websites are safe. This is why you should seriously consider installing a safe browsing tool. You can find these as plug-ins for your browser. They’re free and easy to install and will inform you of whether or not a website is safe to be on or not. These can help you avoid any potential disaster websites and ensure that your computer remains uninfected.

Defrag Regularly

You should absolutely make use of your computer’s system tools in order to keep things running the way they should be. One of the most important tools is the disk defragmenter. Fragmentation happens when the files stored on your hard drive split from each other, which means that it makes them harder to read and takes longer to read them. When you run the disk defragmenter tool, the files that have been split get put back into order, making them easier and faster to read. While you likely won’t see a massive performance improvement when you defrag, it definitely does help and is something you should seriously consider doing on a regular basis.

Don’t Overtax Your System

Don't run too many programs at once
Don’t run too many programs at once
One of the biggest ways to bog your computer down is to overtax the system. This is most commonly done by running way too many programs at once. When you’ve got six programs vying for system resources, it’s going to lead to a loss in speed and possibly even crashing. Try to get things done in a certain order so you don’t need to run that many programs at once. It may take you a little longer but in the long run, it’s worth it.