Peter Clarke

PC PAL Andover and Winchester

Peter Clarke is based in Andover and looks after both residential & business customer in Andover, Salisbury, Winchester & surrounding areas. Tel: 01264 931000 or 01962 921000 Email: andover@pcpal.co.uk
Tips & How-to's 8th December 2014 1507

Do You Have A New Years Resolution?

asks Peter Clarke of PC PAL

A lot of New Year’s resolutions revolve around adopting a healthier lifestyle. When you are planning yours please don’t forget your computer – after all it is a member of the family that can really benefit from a New Year overhaul!

Give it a detox:

  • Make sure you have a virus checker which has regular updates and use it to scan your computer regularly; the easiest option is to schedule it to run the scan automatically. Even virus checkers can miss some other ‘bugs’, so use an anti-malware program to periodically scan your computer and really clean up the hard drive
  • Avoid PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). A PUP is a program that a user agrees to download, even though they often don’t realise it as it appears in the ‘small print’ related to a program they do want. PUPs load in the background and slow your system down but they can be removed to help restore your system's former vitality

Don’t forget a weight loss program:

  • If you don’t use it - remove it. Old programs that are no longer in use still take up valuable resource so removing the program (not just deleting the shortcut) can considerably improve your computer’s speed
  • Windows has several tools, such as Disk Cleanup & Disk Defragmenter, to re organise how your computer utilises space on the hard drive, hence making interactions quicker

Consider healthy supplements:

  • Set your system to perform a regular back-up to safe guard all your important files and photos
  • Just like your car, your computer can benefit from a regular service to identify and address all of these ongoing issues

If your computer requires a ‘personal trainer’ to help get it into shape then give me a call!

PC PAL would like to wish all our customers a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Peter Clarke

Peter Clarke is based in Andover and looks after both residential & business customer in Andover, Salisbury, Winchester & surrounding areas.

Tel: 01264 931000 or 01962 921000
Email: andover@pcpal.co.uk

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