If you’re having computer problems then you’re not alone. I don’t think I’ve met anyone that’s never mentioned to me the sad state that their computer is in. Whether the hard drive breaks or the computer gets overrun with malware and adware, there’s never usually a moment when someone brags about how fast their computer is running.
I think the biggest complaint that I tend to hear about is the gradual slowdown of a computer system. I always hear people talk about how sluggish their PC has become. This is usually the result of a lot of extra junk on their computer. This junk could be extra software that is running in the background – the more programs you add, the more resources seem to get drained even if you’re not running that particular program at the time. It’s the fact that Windows tends to have an architecture that allows the base operating system to get affected by software a bit too much.
The solution to this particular problem is to uninstall any software that you don’t use. I also suggest to manage what software is allowed to load when the computer boots up. Did you know that many programs have small pieces that will load up when you start your computer and that run in the background even if you’re not using it? This can be a huge drain on system performance, especially when you add them all up.
Another thing that can really kill system performance is adware, spyware, and malware. These are rogue programs that sneak on your computer without your permission. They can piggyback with legitimate software programs or they can install themselves via “drive by downloads” just by visiting an infected or hacked website (and you won’t ever see it coming). The best defense is to prevent this via the use of antivirus software. However, some programs will masquerade as legitimate software and the antivirus won’t detect it. This is why we suggest supplementing your antivirus with a good antispyware program. One great option is Enigma’s Spyhunter 4. I use this in conjunction with Norton 360 and it has worked very well for me.
I suggest that you also try to prevent this from happening in the first place by avoiding shady “internet neighborhoods” such as adult sites and gambling sites. Even forums can be a danger depending on the subject matter.
Another great thing to do is to keep yourself educated on computer security. One of our favorite websites is called Krebs On Security, and it’s a great resource that almost reads like a crime novel. Krebs reports on all different areas of computer and internet security and delves into the seamy underbelly of the internet and all the crime that lurks in its darkest regions. I definitely suggest that you check it out.