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To maintain your computer 10 Tips on How to Properly Maintain Your Computer
ignore, reg cleaners.
Steps that I did not notice on the guide include:
Running a scan disc before doing a defrag
Using Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes.
Making System Restore points, at least once a week
Makaing a system Image once a month (varies by user)
Not relying on your A/V common sense, should prevail. You know of many sites can cause a problem.
Do not use any reg cleaning or optimizing software.
Download and use Ccleaner about once every two months. Untick any registry entries. http://www.piriform.com/
Download and use PSI, to to be sure that all of your software is up to date http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scanning/personal/
If you follow these instructions, you will be trouble free for a long time to come.
Be sure to back up your hard drive about once a month (varies by user) and to keeep system restore points up to date. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...er-performance http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/81176-speed-up-performance-vista.html