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PC Maintenance:Learn about fixing your everyday PC troubles, and the tools to maintain it

It has happened to all of us. You’ve a presentation to submit the day after, you hover your mouse or click on the power button, and the unthinkable happens. The system just won’t comply with your wishes. Either it will keep looping around a blue screen, or will act so slow that you literally can’t do any work on it, or worse, it just won’t turn on. With complex operating systems these days, pointing out the culprit is never straightforward and the steps we’ve outlined here are suited for a more general approach.
Everyday issues

  • Speed and performance glitches(Windows is freezing or slowing down)
Freezing is one of the most common and frustrating issues our computers run into every few months. It happens for a myriad of reasons with a common cause being insufficient processor cooling. Generally, it’s when the CPU fan gets clogged up with too much dust, or when the thermal paste between the sink and processor has dried up. Cleaning and replacing the thermal paste should help. Additionally, loose cables and components can also degrade the performance, so you will want to check and tighten everything right. Also, in case you’d overclocked your CPU or GPU recently, you should restore it to normal if it continues to heat up. If your computer has also slowed down recently, you need to check the task manager to know which process is at fault and uninstall or temporarily stop it. Also, browsers with too many extensions and plugins installed consume a lot of resources.

Maintaining a system 
  • Clean, clear, optimize your registry.

Much like your house, an operating system also becomes cluttered and messy over time. And much like your house, the system needs cleaning and optimization as well. Regardless of the Windows version you’ve installed on your system, it is always a good idea to defragment your hard-drive every once in awhile. For that, you can use Windows’ built-in defragmentation tool called Defrag. To open it, go to Start menu and type “defrag” (without the quotes).
For advanced cleaning and optimizing, such as of registry’s, you can try avg pc tuneup . Its user interface is eye catching, you can see on the screenshot above, it can automatically detect and fix several issues.

  • Keep your computer virus free and secure.

Make sure you’ve a good anti-virus suite installed on your system. The preinstalled security suite from Microsoft has certainly become better over several versions, but according to several reports, it is still not enough to combat some of the more sophisticated malware our computers are exposed to these days. Don’t think about getting more than one anti-virus, though, as it often raises conflicts like false alerts. Besides, it may even hog too much memory and thus slow down other operations. Updating Windows is also very critical and something that you should not be neglecting. 

 One of the common gateways for viruses to get into your computer is your browser. And that’s why it has become very important that you check whether your Anti-Virus suite offers internet security or not.
  • Cleaning internal components

Regardless of where you keep your system, they are bound to gather dust over time. You can use a vacuum cleaner to get the dust off but be careful since bringing it too close to the motherboard might cause a few components to fly off (e.g. jumpers). You should also pay extra attention while going through processor fan (CPU fan) and processor heat sink. If your CPU has been getting too hot lately, you may also want to check if the thermal paste between the heat sink and processor chip has dried up. You can buy a new refill for that paste from your local computer store.