Category: Tech Tips

Souping Up Your PC

happycomputerIf you’re looking for some good ways to soup up your computer, then look no further than these tips from some of our top readers.  They have written in to suggest to you the best ways to help you to get the most out of your computer, even older computers that have begun that slow crawl into old age and destruction.  You know the drill (haha).

Anyway, we highly recommend that you do a few of these steps so that you can ensure that your computer is running as fast as it possibly can, and that you have to deal with a minimum of frustration.

Get more RAM

One of the best ways to speed up a slower computer is to get more RAM.  RAM stands for “random access memory” and it’s a physical measure of how much your computer can do at one time.  RAM is relatively easy to update – just go to a website such as Crucial.com and use their auto RAM finder.  Some computers can’t update their RAM, such as tablets.

Clean Up The Junk

If you can clean up the junk files and folders in your computer that are lying around then that will go a long way towards speeding it up.  The more “junk” a computer has inside, the worse off it is and the slower it will become.  The best way to do this is to employ the use of a cleaning software program, such as CCleaner or PC Health Advsior.  These programs make short work of the excess files, duplicate files, extra registry entries, and all the other stuff that is likely clogging up the system.

Remove Any Adware / Spyware

If you can easily remove all the adware and spyware that tends to be on your system then you’ll be much better off.  These programs can sneak onto your computer and slow things WAY down.  The easiest way to complete this task is to run a software tool such as Spyhunter 4.  This program will make quick work of any infections or spyware that you have on your computer.  I’ve actually used it myself to get rid of a particularly annoying adware called Conduit.  You can check out an article about Spyhunter here at http://www.wehatemalware.com/how-safe-is-spyhunter-4/ so that you can see just how good and safe it is.

I also highly recommend (if you don’t have it already, which you should) that you install a good antivirus software program such as Norton 360.  This program will help you to ensure that no viruses get on your computer.  Adware is slightly different, but at least this helps.

Uninstall Useless Software

If you have any software on your computer that is useless and just sitting there then we highly recommend that you uninstall it.  It’s just sitting there hogging disk space and some programs even load into memory when you boot your computer.  So if you can get rid of these you’ll be in pretty good shape.  I always tell people not to install software unless it’s absolutely necessary.  However some people love to download lots of programs and then they complain that their computer is slow.  Well, no kidding!

Ways To Protect Your Data

spywareI have found that one of the best ways to protect your data this day in age is to sign up for a cloud based backup solution that automatically updates and uploads all your new and changed files.  This is a relatively new concept – as internet speeds have gotten faster and faster the concept of the cloud is a lot more accessible.

I have been a customer of BackBlaze for a while now, and when the hard drive on my video editing computer died a premature (well, maybe not so premature) death on me out of the blue, the fact that I had been running BackBlaze for a few months literally saved my butt and prevented the loss of hours of work as well as video footage that would have been impossible to get back.

Therefore I now use BackBlaze on all my computers.  Actually this post is a reminder that I have to set it up on my new editing computer, but it’s raining right now and I’m worried about a power outage.

Anyway, the best defense against anything such as malware, viruses, and other similar “baddies” is a good backup.  However we obviously encourage you to implement as many security features as you feasibly can so you can save yourself the time and hassle of cleaning up after a virus or malware breakout.

Besides backups, you’ll want to protect your PC simply because you need to protect your personal information from hackers.  Identity theft is a real danger these days and you don’t want to take any chances that you don’t have to.

I highly recommend using a password storage service such as LastPass so that you can create different and secure passwords for all of your logins.  The worst security is using the same password, which many people do simply because they cannot feasibly keep track of all the different passwords they need for all their different logins.

Another thing I highly recommend to my friends and family is to turn on the automatic updates of your software.  This means that you won’t have to remember to run or install an update – it’s done for you automatically.  This takes away the risk of security holes as most updates to software are to patch security holes.

Do you have any other security tips for our readers?  Leave a comment below!