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A computer, just like any investment you have needs to be protected. Computers are prone to a lot of security, hardware and software problems that can worsen if not solved right away. One common problem that a computer may suffer as you use it over time is a “crash”. Preventing this problem from happening proves to be a better step than solving or fixing the effects left after it occurs.

What Happens During a Crash?

Your computer contains a lot of information in the form of bits of data stored in your hard drive. Over time, these sets of data become mixed up and as you add more content to your computer like songs, pictures and other files important to you and the more games you install, the slower your computer becomes and the more likely it can crash at some point in time. A crash may occur when you run a lot of programs at the same time. It can also occur if you are fond of installing illegal software to your computer like those patch and crack versions offered in some sites. Internal memory crashes can also be caused by viruses, malware and adware that comes in contact with any file especially the executable ones.

Using an Antivirus Prevents Crashes

Your antivirus software can prevent crashes especially those that are caused by malware, adware or any other viruses that are luring around the cyberspace you usually surf and engage into. Antivirus software contains useful components that protect your system from any harm. Virus protection software protects you from crashes silently but effectively in the following ways:

  1. 1.       Scanning and moving harmful threats into a quarantine section

Virus protection software automatically moves a potential threat to a special quarantine folder where it is confined away from other files on your system. This prevents further infection on other files which commonly causes crashes.

  1. 2.       Automatic detection of any harmful software component

Most virus protection software is also able of automatically detecting any malicious component on crack and patch versions of software you are installing which renders the software useless so as to prevent other files from being corrupted and other system components from crashing.

  1. 3.       Malware and spyware protection

Almost all antivirus software at present has a malware and spyware protection component which shields your system against malicious software whenever you are connected to the internet. Most of these malicious programs are harmful especially when it gains access to some files on your RAM. Having one of this can cause a slow computer, frequent crashes and data loss.

 

Other Ways of Preventing Crashes

Limiting downloads to those that you only use and deleting unused files also works effectively in preventing crashes. Unused programs should also be uninstalled in order to free up some system resource (RAM) and hard disk space as well. Avoid storing too much data and running a lot of programs altogether. Windows also has free utilities like disk defragment and disk cleanup which can help organize files and cleanup the junks. Preventing your computer from crashing is just a matter of knowing your system capacity, protecting it with antivirus program and regularly cleaning it. Do these regularly and enjoy a crash-free machine!

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Your hard disk and the files stored in it can become defragmented as you use your computer for installing some games, programs and saving some files to it. Games and programs are all installed and written on your hard disk as executable, readable files and most of the time, these files are stored in separate locations which creates fragmentation.

What Really Happens When Defragging is not done?

Fragmentation on your disk is a common scenario where files are scattered. This causes your computer to slow down due to difficulty in looking for files related to each other. Everytime you install a program, your computer just stores the files on any available space the hard drive has creating a fragmented drive and resulting to a slow computer. For instance, when a program is run and the files needed for it to function is scattered, the program will take long to load or even exhibit some memory errors, crashes or your program will not be opened.

What Can You Do?

Defragmenting your hard drive or what is commonly known as “Defragging” will organize all related files for each programs installed on your computer. It also frees some disk space which will then make your computer faster than it used to be before you learned defragging your hard drive.

Benefits of Defragmenting Your Hard Drive

1.    Defragmenting it Increases Your Disk Space

A fragmented hard drive contains some blank memory packets in between files which increases the used space. Executing the Disk Defragmenter utility on your windows machine will help use these free spaces as it organizes all related files. Checking your disk properties before and after doing a defrag will help you realize this point.

2.    Defragmenting Prolongs Your Disk’s Life

A hard disk takes a long time reading and looking for related files once these files are scattered all over it. It also consumes a lot of resources which can shorten the disk’s life. Doing disk defragment regularly will help lessen the processing time and will minimize the stress on your disk which in return helps prolong its life.

 

3.    Defragmenting Helps Save Some Battery Juice

As mentioned in the items above, defragmenting your drive organizes files on your disk which lessens processing time. A computer uses up more battery juice when it is processing something and when the process takes longer; your battery may drain faster. Organized files will help lessen this scenario and prolong battery life.

4.    Defragging Helps Speed Up Your Computer

Related files organized together will help access to it easier. A computer which is not defragmented regularly will typically slow down and will suffer a lot of errors in running some programs. Defragmenting your disk will surely speed up computer speed and will eliminate crashes, errors and hangs.

 

Though most computer experts say that operating systems at present are smart enough to need any disk defrag, it is recommended that computer users defragment their drives regularly especially if they are suffering from errors, crashes and a slow computer.

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Your computer contains some files stored in one device known as a “Hard Drive”. These files stay there until you decide to delete it for good. Your hard drive can store files in a varied size and limitations. Hard drives in the past 2 years had a memory capacity of 100, 150, 200 260GB’s but the latest trend at present already reached up to 600Gigabyte-1Terabyte. Imagine carrying such a massive memory capacity on your computer. It’s about double the memory an average computer owner has on his machine. As memory capacity increases, the price also jacks up higher.

Whether you are selling your computer or just suffering from a slow computer, cleaning your hard drive is important. Find out why by reading through the items below.

Benefits of Cleaning up your Hard Drive

Cleaning it Speeds up Your Computer

The files in your hard drive, as you use it every day becomes mixed up and fragmented. Related files become separated from each other and stored in other parts of the drive making the access to these files quite hard causing your computer to behave slower. Cleaning up your drive using “file error checking” and defragment utilities helps organize related files and speed up access to files and the overall performance of your computer as well.

Cleaning Your Hard Drive Prevents Viruses

When a disk cleanup is executed regularly, your computer becomes more protected from errors caused by viruses, adware and malwares since most of the errors created by these devils are fixed right away and the viruses are deleted instantly.

Regularly Cleaning it Prevents Major Damages

A clean hard drive is a great advantage to anyone who owns a computer. Not only it helps speed up your virtual office functions, it also assures you that your computer is working normally and spares you from major software problems leading to major problems like replacement of your RAM or your hard drive. Cleaning your hard drive regularly is really a must in maintaining its good state.

Cleaning Your Drive Prevents Crashes, Errors and Booting Up Problems

Crashes, internal memory and boot up errors are all caused by a poorly maintained drive. Errors and corrupted files on your registry also cause problems which develop into more serious ones if not addressed right away. Cleaning up your drive helps prevent these things from happening.

Cleaning it up Before Selling Your Computer Prevents Unauthorized Access To Files

If you already decided to trade your computer then it’s always advised that you reformat and delete everything first but of course, backing up everything is also needed to preserve your important files for it to be transferred to the new computer you will be having as a replacement. Doing this prevents other people from accessing any of your private files illegally whether it is intentional or not.

The hard drive in your computer serves as the storage of everything. Taking good care and maintaining it regularly assures a safe, better and faster computer that will surely serve all your virtual needs.

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You probably wonder what a defraggler is. If you’re suffering from a slow computer or if your machine has been suffering from a lot of errors and crashes then you probably need a program that can do this.

A defraggler is a program that can organize all the files on your hard drive. Your computer’s main storage becomes filled with files from all the games, programs and documents you store in it. You also get some files from the internet pages and websites you regularly visit which are commonly referred to as junk or temporary files in the form of browsing history and web certificates.

All of these files are stored into your hard drive but some are located far from each other. For instance, some files for an installed program may be located in places too far from each other making the access to it very slow resulting to a slow processing time or the program takes time to open.

What Should You Do?

One thing that you should do is to organize all the files but this job is not done by you manually. This is where a defraggler enters the picture. There are lots of software offered free to download and use which you can have to achieve maximum performance on your computer. You can choose from the list below.

Windows Disk Defragment

Your windows computer has a free utility called “Disk Defragment” which is part of the accessories that comes with the version of windows you installed to your computer. You can use this one for your defragmenting needs.

Piriform Defraggler

This free defraggler was made by Piriform and is a good defragmenting software considering that it’s offered free. This software also gives you an option to defragment a specific folder like a huge library of songs or other types of files. Unlike the windows disk defragment utility, this doesn’t come with your windows computer but don’t worry, you can get it for free from a lot of sources in the net by typing the name on your search engine.

Disk Defrag

Developed by Auslogics, this defragment software can defrag multiple files in one operation. It can also do the process in 38-40 minutes. This is best for those who have a little time waiting for the process to finish because of office tasks. Best of all, it works well for any version of windows and is available free to download too!

Diskeeper

This is probably the best one available in the market but of course, anything that works best comes with a price. Diskeeper is available at about $39 and the price you will be paying is worth everything. It can check and fix file errors, put important files on easy-to-access places, it updates automatically, and a lot more! It is also compatible to any file system format and any version of windows that you have. Having this software installed on your computer will surely make it work like new again!

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Your computer, no matter what type or brand it is can never be immune to errors both on its installed software and on the system asHow to Defragment your PC well. Your operating system and your hard disk stores all the files needed for your computer to work and execute the commands you want it to do.

A computer normally slows down in time as you use it on a number of tasks. It also stores all the files from the programs and games you install. On the process your drive becomes fragmented with files stored in separate memory packets. Most related files are stored far from each other which cause your computer to slow down thereby creating a lot of errors which leads to major problems.

Prevent these things from happening by learning to use a free windows utility called “Disk Defragment”. There are also additional cleanup utilities available on your windows computer like “file error checking” which can be used to fix errors and make your computer perform faster.

Steps in Doing a Disk Defragment

1.    Just Click “Start” then go to “All Programs”, choose “Accessories” find “System Tools” then look for “Disk Defragmenter.”

2.    Look for the drive that needs to be defragmented. It is usually labeled (C:) on most computers because this is where the operating system is installed.

3.    Hit the “Defragment or defragment disk” tab to start the process.

4.    The defragmenting process can take as long as 15- 30 minutes to an hour depending on the size of files and the content that needs to be organized.

 

What Does It Do?

The defragmentation process organizes all related files together according to how you use them. This helps free up some space and makes access to files faster. Doing a regular disk defragment not only organizes everything, it also fixes some errors and restores or deletes corrupted files thereby making your computer perform even faster.

How Long Would It Take?

The time it takes to defragment your drive depends on the size of files that has to be moved, organized and placed in one location on your hard drive. Freeing up some disk space also makes the process longer so if you have a large amount of files on your disk then you should expect the process to take longer maybe an hour or so. Regularly performing a disk defrag also helps shorten the duration since files to be organized becomes lesser and lesser in number when you do it regularly.

Warnings and Tips

A disk defragment process is recommended only for Hard Disk Drives since this type of drive doesn’t automatically organize files written to it. SSD’s or Solid State Drives doesn’t need to be defragmented because these disks are capable of organizing things written to it just like your USB. Windows 7 will also automatically disable or will not allow the disk defragment utility even if you execute it; doing so will only cause problems. Remember to check what type of disk you have before doing a disk defrag on it.

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Your computer, just like your car, needs to be maintained. Lack of maintenance would cause your machine to slow down and even have a lot of malwares and viruses that will later on damage your hard drive and would render your computer useless in a later time. Here is a rundown of the maintenance checklist to maintain your computer at its peak performance.

 

1.     Always Remember to Remove Junk and Unwanted Files

There are two ways to do this maintenance step. First is by performing a disk cleanup.

Your computer actually accumulates a lot of files when you use it in browsing the internet. Most of these files are useless like downloaded contents which are in your download folders. The second is by clearing your browsing history.

2.     Control all your Installed Programs

Uninstall the trial versions which have already expired. Don’t waste your computer’s power and energy by keeping useless programs. There are two options that you have. It is either completely uninstalling the program and deleting it or registering your product by getting a license.

3.     Secure your Computer

Install a good antivirus software. The free versions that are offered may protect you but in a limited level. Spending on a license will open your way to a full protection for your computer’s software and its contents as well. Avoid using illegal versions of any software.

Some computer geeks make professional versions of some programs free but you don’t know what is in there. You may enjoy it for a short period of time but later on render your machine useless due to malwares and viruses that were brought by the illegal software you used.

4.     Set a Limit for Downloads

Make sure that you are getting safe downloads from secure sites. Be careful of the things that you are feeding your machine. Search for credible websites where you can get the free software that you want.

 5.     Avoid Bad Websites

Avoiding XXX websites and others which offer things that are too good to be true, actually carry a lots of viruses and tracking cookies which can infect your computer. It is always best to stay away from these sites. Also, don’t open any suspicious emails. These type of emails most likely carries a virus with it.

6.     Organize your Files

Always put your files in designated folders and on the directories they belong. This not only saves you time but also makes your computer easier to manage. Delete all files that are not used and keep those that you will need in the future.

7.     Defragment your Drive

Your disk has to be defragmented and set in order. Your drive actually accumulates all the programs and in time it creates some packets of free spaces that consumes and exhausts its power.

This simple list will surely help you maximize your use of the machine you bought. Follow this computer maintenance checklist and everything will work perfectly as you want it!

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