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Basic things to keep your Laptop out of Trouble
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Basic things to keep your Laptop out of Trouble

by Joel MatiraFebruary 8, 2013

Got a new Laptop? And now what you just want is to keep your computer well-tuned, uninterruptable and of course virus-free.

Almost all laptops sold with OEM licenses come with free trial antivirus software like Norton, Trend Micro, MacAfee, etc. which you can utilize for a period of 30 days or even longer (Norton has this 90-day trial).

But after the trial period, what comes next? When it expires, you have two choices; you’ll need to purchase a subscription license to continue using it or you just ignore it and life goes on. The latter isn’t a good choice, please don’t ignore it, as it will stop updating its virus definition and if you are internet active, you will be vulnerable from hackers and malicious viruses. If you don’t like to purchase, you can just uninstall instead and get a free antivirus, having a free one is better than nothing.

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If you can stay away from cracked applications, please do so, most of the malwares and spywares rides in keygens and cracked licenses and it may severely harm your system. Avoid clicking links in an email, Instant Message or on your social network that asks you to allow installation of some applications.

Defragment your hard drive. Files on your hard drive can sometimes spread out, or become fragmented across different sectors of the drive. Defragmenting the hard drive aligns the pieces of those files in one sector, which increases the efficiency of the operating system to open the files.

Also, from time to time, Microsoft is releasing Windows updates. Be sure to update your system as it may contain patches that keep Microsoft Windows and several other Microsoft programs updated. Updates often include feature enhancements and security updates to protect your system from malware and malicious attacks.

Turn off your computer properly, this is basic, but still a lot of error issues are associated with the improper termination of Windows. You can also use the sleep mode. Windows automatically saves your work, there’s no need to close your programs and files before putting your computer to sleep. The next time you turn on your computer the screen will look exactly the same as it was when you turned off your computer. While your computer is sleeping, it uses a very small amount of power to maintain your work in its memory. After the computer has been sleeping for several hours, or if the battery is running low, your work is saved to the hard disk, and then your computer turns off completely, drawing no power.

Keeping your computer well-tuned is a challenging task but rewarding. Keep in mind that well-maintained and up-to-date systems minimize interruptions and guarantee efficiency.

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About The Author
Joel Matira
Joel Matira is a computer engineer turned development work specialist. Knowledge he earned from various training/exposure visits abroad proves that IT is a key factor to development. Joel completed his master’s degree in public management at the Ateneo de Manila University.. You may join his travel adventures thru his blog @batangmangyan.com .