Practical Computer Hardware and Software Advice
In today’s digital world, we rely on technology for nearly every aspect of our lives. Computers have become an integral part of what we do on a daily basis. Keeping both your computer software and hardware in top condition is crucial to making your life more comfortable and productive. Read the following tips in order to diagnose computer software and hardware problems yourself. In this way, you can avoid paying for costly computer repair.
Protect Your Computer With These Simple Steps:
- Be sure to only use the latest version of any software product, when possible. Older versions often contain bugs and incompatibilities that are fixed in newer versions of the software. Choose programs that have undergone rigorous software testing to eliminate bugs. Popular programs used are Visual Studio test edition, or Jazz, which are both used to greatly improve the software quality through different types of testing and management. Proper software testing can prevent many headaches further down the line. Note that programs whose version number ends in “A” for “Alpha”, “B” for “Beta” or “RC” for “Release Candidate” are not final versions and should be used with caution. Replace these versions with a final release as soon as one becomes available.
- Keep your operating system up to date. New updates are released for Windows, Macintosh and Unix systems on a near-daily basis. These “patches” can not only fix bugs, but also close security holes that could otherwise make you vulnerable to hackers and identity thieves. Your computer’s operating system should have an “Automatic Updates” feature. If present, be sure to turn it on. It is usually most convenient to set this feature to perform updates during a time when you are unlikely to be using the computer, such as very late at night. Of course, the computer needs to be on and connected to the Internet in order to perform these updates.
- Run an antivirus program. One popular and free antivirus application is Avast. Other popular Antivirus suites include AVG, Norton and McAfee. These programs must be manually run frequently or set to scan the computer automatically. Do not set them to scan when the system is performing updates. Be sure to keep the antivirus engine and definitions up to date. These definitions are the result of countless hours of software testing by the antivirus program’s manufacturer. Without the latest definitions, the program will not be able to detect the latest viruses and worms. A large percentage of computer repair orders involve machines where there is no problem with the computer hardware, only the computer software.
- Run a malware removal program. These software packages remove malicious code such as spyware, keyloggers and backdoor software that can allow hackers to compromise your computer, steal data, commit identity theft or use your computer for illegal activity. Just like an antivirus program, the program’s scanning engine and definitions files must be kept up to date and scanning must be done frequently. Making sure you follow this advice should keep you safe from having to use potentially expensive computer forensic software to diagnose and fix problems.
- If you don’t do all of the above your computer could easily be slowed down with viruses, malware, keyloggers and hackers may even have full control of your machine. If the above steps do not work and your computer is already been infected you may want to consider formatting your hard drive and re-installing the operating system or buy a cheap refurbished computer from a company that provides after sales support to help keep your computer secure.