Computers, like most things, start to show their age as they get older. With longer boot times, slower video rendering, and sudden crashes often being the marks of death. But it is not too late; your computer can still be saved! These are some easy tips to help you maintain your computer.
1) Physically Cleaning the Machine!
Computers often perform worse if there is dust in the way of airflow. This will lead to higher temperatures, slower productivity, component failure, and even failure to boot caused by poor contact with connections. Using an electric air compressor is an easy way to blow any dust out of your computer. While you can use compressed air cans, we recommend investing in an electronic one to help prevent propellants from further damaging the ozone. Of course, you can always take your computer down to ARMOR, and we will happily do a full clean on your system with any repair or system optimization.
2) Updating Your Operating System and Drivers!
Updating your computer is always a very important thing to do. Driver updates can improve the performance of your device, fix bugs, and add extra security features. If you have a gaming computer or laptop, you also have to make sure that your graphics card driver is up-to-date. In the case of AMD’s Radeon 5700XT, a recent driver update made the performance of the device increase by 10%—that’s quite a boost.
3) Stopping Start-Up Tasks!
Long boot times in Windows can often be a result of your computer trying to open up to many things at once. This can be easily solved by eliminating the number of programs that start up when Windows is loading. Having too many programs trying to start at the same time, tends to lead to your CPU, RAM, and HDD maxing out. So, if you’re seeing that your computer is having a hard time starting up, try getting rid of any unnecessary start-up tasks.
4) Removing Bloatware!
When you buy a computer from HP, Dell, Lenovo, or any other major brand, you are doomed to have unnecessary programs slowing down your system. These programs often seem as if they may be useful, but usually are not. We recommend you to try and remove unnecessary software slowing your computer down.
5) Running Virus Scans!
Malware and viruses are in nearly every corner of the internet. Sometimes it happens because you click just a little too far to the left, opening a hidden button. Or maybe you downloaded something from a site you thought was safe. Malware and viruses can lead to computer problems. The programs are no joke and need to be removed as soon as possible. We’ve done a lot of research and have found that Malwarebytes is the best choice. You also have to watch out for computer scams.
If your computer is running slow or having any other issues, you don’t need to go out and buy a brand new one. Sometimes your system just needs a breath of fresh air to get it back to performing as it should. Also, are helping the environment by not producing more electronic waste. We are always available to help with any computer issues you have. So, come in today, and we’ll make sure all your hardware and software are performing their best.