Skip to comments.21 Essential Steps to Make Your PC Better/Faster/Stronger
Posted on 05/28/2009 11:24:21 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown. A savvy power user gives his aged PC a fighting chance for redemption. From tweaking your OS to compressing files to overclocking your videocard or CPU, there are plenty of ways to tune up a computer, and none require a trip to Bobs House of New PCs. Follow along this step-by-step as we show you 21 of our favorite techniques for making a PC better, stronger, and faster for free. These essential tweaks and tune-ups range from common-sense caretaking measures to practical adjustments that you'd be foolish to ignore. Combined, they release your PC's untapped potential and breathe new life into your system.
You know to update your antivirus definitions and run Windows Update, but did you know about that massive security hole in Acrobat 8.0 or the potential risks of running that obscure unzipping app you favor? Probably not. Thats where Secunias Personal Software Inspector (http://secunia.com) comes in. PSI uses its massive database of security holes to monitor all the apps on your machine and let you know which ones need updating. PSI even provides a link to any available patches and is on constant vigilance for new application security holes as they arise.
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Thought this might be useful.
Looking it over now ...
I am going to cases that have good dust filters cause I have filthy air...really gums up the CPU heat sink fans and cooling fans..
I think those small handvacs for cars and couches should be just fine. I agree with the article... I wouldn’t use the most powerful home vac system money can buy.
Ping for home.
Thanks for the info.
“A sucker buys a new PC at the first signs of a slowdown.”
SHHHHHH! This is how I get new PC’s. People complain how slow their old computers are, so they tell me they’re getting a new one. Invariably, they think their old computer is ‘broken’ and not worth anything. So, I offer to take it off their hands for a few bucks. Put a fresh install of Ubuntu on it, and I got a blazing fast PC that’s only a couple of years old with free updates for life.
So just KEEP QUIET!
Posted 01/29/09 at 09:00:00 AM | by Josh Kampschmidt
Malware is everywhere. You can't browse on any Internet tech forum without someone mentioning this word (with disdain), usually in search of a remedy after being infected with spyware. No matter how careful you are, were guessing that many of you have had malware inadvertently installed on your system and may have even ended up reformatting your computer as a last resort. While that may have been the most thorough solution, it is in a sense admitting defeat. Or worse yet, you took your computer to get cleaned and was charged anywhere from $50-300 -- a high price for humiliation. But don't fret, because you can actually purge your system of malicious software for free! Just follow our comprehensive guide.
Time = About 4 hours
1. Scrub your system with SUPERAntiSpyware
Pretty good looking and Media stuff is already installed...no 64 bit yet.
SpyBot (run the Tea Timer, too. It works)
AVG Anti-Virus 8.5
All free and easy to use. Once, twice, thrice a month or so keeps your PC running zippy-quick, Don't forget to update your video and sound card drivers whenever possible. Video drivers come out almost monthly or so.
Thanks for posting - a self-ping for home, where I do have one old soldier that could use a little help.
Macbots Attack in 3...2...1...
Secunia? have to check it out. I stayed a month in a place called Secunda in Sud AFRiKa..
I’m getting the laptop ready for a 10 day boat ride to alaska and back. already defragged it and virus updated.. but ya never know what else may be hitching a ride these days.
Thanks - very useful info.
Since I am not here simply to bash, my recommendation is back up your files, buy a bigger drive and reinstall a clean OS.
But I haven’t bothered with any of this garbage at home anymore after switching.
These days, a sucker buys a PC, or a Mac. The vast majority of all personal computers are little more than photo-storing e-mail terminals; kids these days are getting by just fine by using the schools’ computers when (if?) they do any schoolwork and using smarty fones to do all their vital texting and surfing.
Alaska....hmmm...has it warmed up yet?
Looks interesting.. will have to look at later at home.
long range forecast looks pretty good, 60ish , it’s been wet for awhile but looks to be clearing up .. I hope. no matter, we’ll be fat as walruses in no time. ;-)
bump for later reading
New oil and filter.
I shop Fry's & Microcenter and online...Newegg...
It's always smart to have backups of important data when messing with your computer....
Get rid of Adobe Reader, and use Foxit instead. Half the RAM footprint, and it doesn’t hassle you all the time like Adobe...
20. The Mother of All Upgrades: Overclock Your CPU
Isn’t for amateurs.
Must have a pair of 750 Gig Hard drives...Simple Tech owned by Hitachi...but not sure.
Well...if it is Raid 1...mirroring...then it must have a pair of 1.5 Terabyte drives..
Model is PROD1500Q
This goes to Fry's Model is PROD2000Q :
Two drives in one - Duo Pro gives you two ways to save: Speed Mode (RAID 0) and Copy Mode (RAID 1). Speed Mode works across both disk drives to read and write your files much faster than using one disk alone. Copy Mode makes an extra copy of your files on the second disk drive, so you always have two separate copies for extra protection
Two levels of backup protection - Duo Pro includes Fabrik's backup software suite that makes it easy to steer clear of life's little disasters and protect your irreplaceable pics, flicks and tunes from spilled drinks, curious toddlers, fire or theft.
Powerful, yet simple to use - saves copies of your stuff on both your Duo Pro Drive and on encrypted, secure servers for ultimate online backup protection.
Works with - USB 1.1 or 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and 3Gb/sec eSATA. Backed by a three-year warranty, compatible with both PC and Mac computer, the Duo Pro is high performance storage and backup made simple and affordable.
Try a piece of nylon stocking at the cooling intake. You can just throw it away after a few weeks, and put a new piece in its place.
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