The thing about computer tips that everybody should realize is they are not only actually sort of fun to read and learn (since you probably can put these tips to use every day), but they could save your computer or your business one day. And that is no joke. We do a lot of Raleigh computer repair work, and we often get called for pretty simple problems. Now, sure, if you get the latest virus digging holes in your operating system, you probably WILL need to call us. In a lot of cases, though, you can fix a lot of issues with just a little knowledge!
So give yourself a hearty “Attaboy” for taking the time to check out this article today. What usually happens with many users is it dawns on them that their computer is not running quite right. That is exactly why it is in your interest to read about computers and all the things that could go wrong. We hope you will find the computer tips you are about to read a worthy addition.
How much junk DO you have in your trunk?
If you have a PC computer, then you may not know it but the icons in the lower right corner of your display (affectionately called the “System Tray”) are usually applications running in background. If there are just a few icons in there, then you’ve probably been doing a great job at keeping up with your computer. If you have, oh, say 10-15 (OR MORE) of these icons, you might need to trim them down just a bit. The one thing that will drag down your computer is having too many apps running at a time for your memory. That would be the computer memory, not yours. I personally often forget all the programs I’m running, but I’m also sitting flush with 16 GB of RAM. It helps. If you have 4 GB of RAM (or less), then you will need to keep your running apps down just a bit. Need help with all of this? Talk to the guys at North Raleigh Computer Repair if you’re up in that area.
These days, very many software programs will automatically do that by default, but that is generally not much of a problem depending on what they are. Adobe and iTunes in particular are all about making sure their apps have some foothold in your PC system at all times. You just never know when you might need to open up a PDF file in 2 seconds and you just can’t SPARE that extra 2 seconds to NOT have the Adobe reader preloaded into memory. If you have massive amounts of RAM (like my 16 GBs of RAM), then it really won’t be an issue, but if not, then it will slow things down. So unless you absolutely want them running, or need them, then simply right click on them to shut them down.
Install a second browser
There is something you can do today, and that is get another browser on your computer if you only have one available. All you need to do is select another one, download it and then install it, etc. Since this is looked at as a spare, then you realize that it is also for getting a handle on performance problems. There are times when a problem can be specific to a particular browser. So this is very simple to do, and you may even discover that you like your new browser.
We’re personally BIG fans of Firefox, but there are browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera that work well. Your personal preference is what makes the difference. Seriously, just because a browser came with your operating system, don’t fool yourself into thinking that it’s the best WITH your operating system. Far from it. I would personally go with Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and then IE, in that order, as far as the top 5 browsers are concerned.
Know Your Computer – and When It’s Acting Different
What we want to talk about now concerns those people who spend heavy duty time on the web. Software programs are the web marketers best friend, and that is why you may be in the situation, as well. If you want to engage in best practices, then know what all you have and just remember that. It really is a smart idea to just get rid of all those programs that do not have a reason to be on your computer. These programs will have left without deleting certain files, and that is what you should do.
The above computer tips are very easy to put to work on your behalf if you choose to make it so. In time, you will have your computer running much better if you move forward. Never believe that you are immune from stuff happening because chances are good it will, eventually. If something should come along, then hopefully you will be able to resolve the issue on your own.