Is your computer slowing down? You are not alone. A lot of people complain that the older their computer gets the slower they get. While it is true that age affects the speed of a computer, if you can regularly clean it, you will have it running at good speeds for a very long time.
What does keeping your computer clean mean? It means that you don’t let your computer get exposed to any dangerous software. There are 3 ways to do this.
1. Keep away from viruses and malware
These are usually picked up from the internet; sharing devices can also give your computer a virus. There are some sites that are more likely to give you a virus than others. Porn and bit torrent sites are notorious. So are the websites that flash an ad asking you to download free screensavers and wall papers. If you want a screensaver or wall paper, look for a legitimate site.
It is not advisable to share devices like flash disks. You may plug one into your computer that contains a virus. If you absolutely must, run it through an antivirus first.
2. Keep your computer protected
A virus or other malicious software may somehow get into your computer and begin to replicate. This can only be stopped using antivirus software and a firewall. The antivirus goes after the bad code while a firewall keeps it from spreading throughout the computer.
There are different kinds of antivirus software. Some are for computers that are used for routine tasks – Microsoft programs and a little surfing. A machine that is used for a lot of internet interaction is continually exposed and may need a more complex antivirus.
You should also consider the level of security that you need; if it is high, then you need a powerful antivirus.
There are free antivirus programs on the internet that provide basic security but if you want high level security, install one that is paid for. You should also make sure that you program the software to update automatically. New viruses are released all the time and you don’t want to take a chance.
3. Make unauthorized access difficult
If anyone ca use your computer, they can go to whatever sites they want and they may pick up viruses. You should always password protect your machine especially if you use it in an office setting. Make sure that your password is not obvious and contains both numbers and letters to make it hard to crack. You should change it every few months.