If you have a computer, then you should know that they should be looked after like you would a family member. – They provide us with so much knowledge and wisdom when we ask for it, and make us laugh when we need to. And because of all of this, they deserve to be taken care of too, as over time they can get old and won’t be as quick on the ball as they maybe once were.
If you want to make sure that you are looking after your software correctly – here’s what you should be doing.
Clean your temporary internet files
The more surfing you do online, the more internet files you gather up – which are little bits of data that your browser stores on your hard drive so it can recognize them the next time you open a tab. Even if you didn’t download or save anything, this just happens automatically. This will make the whole system run slower, so delete these so you can browse quicker. You can do this whenever you see fit.
Regularly update your antivirus
If you haven’t already downloaded an antivirus software onto your computer, there will most likely be a default one already installed.
You should make sure you update this once every one or two weeks to ensure you can explore the internet without any problems.
Uninstall your old programmes
The more programmes you have on your computer, the slower it will run because your drive essentially takes longer looking to find and load them as there are so many.
The type of computer you have will determine how much it can deal with, for example, a heavy duty gaming laptop won’t have much problem, as it is built for this purpose alone. But if you don’t have one of these, just uninstall what you don’t need.
Regularly defragment your hard drive
Defragmenting means that it optimizes your hard disk by putting all of your files in an order that best suits it. That way things are easier for your computer to load because they are organized in a way that it understands.
Keep track of software bugs
If you have a bug in the software, this can affect the whole system resulting in nasty error codes popping up on the screen. This is not only terrifying, but very frustrating and damaging to your computer. Open source bug tracking will keep track of any reported bugs in the software so you can deal with them immediately.
Permanently delete your unnecessary files
Even when you delete a file, it doesn’t actually disappear, instead your computer just moves it into the recycle bin. Now while this can be very lifesaving sometimes when you have deleted something you didn’t want to – it’s still holding onto all that data, meaning you haven’t yet saved any more space by deleting the file.
So when you’re sure you want something gone – delete it permanently from the recycle bin so you can free up valuable space on your hard drive.