Tips For Keeping Your PC Running Smoothly

computerhealthIf you’re looking for ways to keep your office computer running smoothly, then here are a few tips that will help you to that goal.  We all know what it’s like to have to work on a computer that is running slowly or sluggishly.  There are a number of various software tools that can help you optimize your system as well as clear out junk files, viruses, and malware or spyware programs.

Clean Out Your PC

If you want the best performance on your computer you first have to ensure that it’s not getting bogged down by a bunch of useless programs as well as a ton of extra files and folders.  A computer that is filled to the brim will not operate as efficiently.

First, uninstall any software programs that you don’t use.  Go into the Add/Remove Programs option in the Control Panel and remove those that you don’t need or use.  Then run a software tool such as PC Health Advisor in order to clean out any junk and duplicate files.  It will also clean out the registry that would be rather helpful especially if you have just recently uninstalled a lot of software.

Then run an antivirus or antimalware tool.  A great option is Spyhunter which will get rid of any adware that might have accumulated.  These programs are great because you can scan your computer before you have to purchase the program.  Obviously you don’t have to buy anything if it doesn’t find any malware.  If all it finds are some cookies then you’re probably okay to not buy it or use it.

Don’t Download Software

If you can help it don’t download and install a lot of software programs.  This includes games, screensavers, and other fun things.  Usually this is how you get spyware and malware – those free download sites are very sketchy.  Also, don’t do file sharing sites such as torrents and Kazaa or Bearshare.  These are an invitation for getting a lot of junk on your machine.

Don’t Browse Bad Websites

Don’t visit adult or gambling websites.  Even forums for these activities could become hacked and install malware onto your computer.  You have to stick to safe and known websites if you’re on a company computer otherwise you risk security breaches.

So yes, internet “bad neighborhoods” are definitely off limits!

Install More RAM

The best way to speed up an older computer that is starting to show its age is to install some more RAM.  Usually you can do this yourself.  A website such as Crucial will even scan your computer and tell you exactly what types of RAM you can buy.  You then buy it and install it.  It’s as simple as swapping out a few chips that are usually easily accessible.  I did this on a laptop once and noticed a HUGE performance increase.  It’s the cheapest way to upgrade your computer and you will immediately notice the difference.

The Great Importance Of Data Backups

Backup Computer Key In Blue For Archiving And Storage

Backing up your computer should be automatic.

It doesn’t matter what industry you are operating in; whether you succeed or even survive will depend on your ability to protect your assets and the manner in which you will go about keeping them secure from loss or damage.

The business arena in the modern world is heavily dependent upon data; an asset standing at the center of most business operations, integral to nearly every facet of most companies, a business’ ability to secure its future will often depend upon the data backup systems and mechanisms it puts in place to protect its data, some of those considerations and elements that everyone should keep in mind about data backups including the following:


When trying to decide whether or not you need data backups, you must endeavor to first identify all the relevant risks your data might be facing. Data loss can happen when the medium or system within which the data is stored experiences failure of one sort or another. Data corruption is also a common threat, making the information contained within a given system inaccessible. The best data backup solutions will take into account the most prominent threats facing your data before crafting mechanisms designed to most effectively protect it.


There are four parameters that govern the requirements for your backup strategy, namely: the probability of data corruption or loss, its impact on the business, how quickly you will need to regain access to your data (Restore Time Objective (RTO)), and how old the data has to become before it proves useless or irrelevant (Restore Point Objective (RPO)).

The probability of data loss or corruption facing any given business as well as the consequences they can expect to attract as a result of data loss or corruption will determine the stance they take regarding data backups.


It isn’t enough to simply back up your data; you must also take into account the quality of the data backups you are using, putting into consideration the sorts of threats and risks you might be facing. If the risks of data loss facing your business emanate from natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes, for instance, there is no point in storing your data backups in the same location as the primary data. While your most recent backups should be nearby to allow quick access, historical backups should be kept offsite.

All businesses are encouraged to scrutinize their data backups beforehand, testing their quality before disaster strikes. You do not want to learn that your data backups weren’t good enough at the time of a mission critical recovery operation.


Cloud services are gaining considerable ground today as a popular and effective means of backing up data. Their appeal lies in the seemingly limitless capacity and fault tolerance they boast. The fact that the speed of accessing your backups on the cloud is limited by your internet bandwidth might put some people off, though.

Businesses more often than not use cloud services to backup data they hope they will never have to access.

The majority of businesses today are data driven; as such data backups are critical to the efficient operation of any given business.