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4 Tips for Keeping Your CPU Running Smoothly

I spend most of my day working online. That means that speed and performance from my computer is of utmost importance. My computer isn’t just a convenience – it’s my lifeline and I can’t do my job without it. There are a few tasks that I perform on a regular basis that insure top performance. Everyone, no matter how non-technical you consider yourself to be, needs to know just a few basics in order to keep your computer in tip-top shape.

1. If you surf the internet a lot, it is particularly important for you to delete temporary internet files and clear your browser history. This should be done at least once a month, maybe more often if you are a heavy internet surfer. Deleting browser history will not wipe out your favorites files or subscribed feeds. I wouldn’t recommend deleting cookies because they help with your web browsing speed and keep you from having to enter the same information over and over again. Find directions in the manual for your operating system. Or, ask your best techie friend or any high school kid.

2. You MUST have good malware and virus protection software in place. If you don’t buy one of the top-rated brands, at least put one of the free ones in place, but I recommend that you do your due diligence and purchase a good protection package. I cannot emphasize this enough – this is NOT optional. I’m a motorcycle rider, and there’s a saying…”It’s not a matter of IF, but WHEN you’ll drop your bike.” The same thing applies here…”It’s not a matter of IF you’ll be hit with a nasty virus, but WHEN.” When you install the software, set up an automatic scan on a daily basis, perhaps in the middle of the night so you’re not interrupted in your work.

3. Defrag your hard drive regularly. Windows has a built-in disk defragmenter, but I haven’t found it to be as efficient as others that I have purchased. It’s not an expensive software, and you should check out the top recommended products and make the investment.

4. Clean the registry regularly. This will require that you purchase a good registry cleaner software. If you find your computer is acting sluggish, this could be the problem. I clean my registry on a weekly basis and more often if I see signs of less than optimal performance.

It is not within the scope of this article to review all products available, but I will tell you I use an all-in-one product called PCMatic.  You can go to PCPitstop.com and check it out.  You can also review products at Cnet.com .

I have a local computer technician whom I consider to be a vital part of my team. I cannot imagine doing my job without having him somewhere nearby to make recommendations, untangle a mess I may have made, or to help me keep my hardware and operating system running smoothly.

Wherever you are, find someone you trust if you are not the expert.