Tips & Tricks
Below you'll find some advice on how to keep your PC functioning as optimal as possible.
A Firewall checks and controls all
communication between your PC and the internet. Without a Firewall
hackers would be able to gain access to your PC and look at your personal files,
damage files or even delete them! Windows has a built-in Firewall, but you can also install a Firewall from a different
Check regularly that the virus definitions for
your Antivirus program are up-to-date. While using the PC, your Antivirus
program only checks files that are being used. Therefore
instruct your Antivirus program to run a complete system scan at least once a
week, to make sure there are no (sleeping) viruses hidden on the hard disk of
Spyware, Adware, etc.
Check your PC once a week for the existence of
Spyware and Adware. Your Antivirus program does not protect you against these!
There are several tools available, like Spybot Search & Destroy and Ad-aware,
to help you perform this task.
Second e-mail address
Don't give your e-mail address to strangers: that
saves you a lot of Spam. Many websites offer 'free' access, you only have to
register with your e-mail address. Sometimes these websites use your e-mail address
for sending unsolicited commercial e-mail (Spam). Therefore create a second e-mail address,
e.g. with Hotmail (free) and use it for this type of registrations.
Backup valuable data
Many people only realise how important the data on
their PC or Laptop is, after something goes wrong. Therefore you have to backup
important files, digital photographs and e-mails regularly. This way you
still will have a copy of your important data, in case your hard disk crashes or
your laptop is stolen. A memory-stick or an external hard disk is very
convenient to make a safety backup. Alternatively, of course, you can burn your
data on a CD or DVD,
for example with Nero Burning ROM. A small effort, but great peace of mind.
Upgrading processor and/or memory
The clock speed of your processor and the amount
of memory determine for a good part the total speed of your computer. Clock
speed is measured in Gigahertz (GHz) or Megahertz (MHz). For new
computers the clock speed usually is 2.0 GHz or higher. Memory is measured in Gigabytes (GB) or Megabytes (MB) RAM.
Many computers still have only 512 MB RAM, but nowadays is advisable to have at
least 4 GB RAM (= 4096 MB)
installed. If you want to learn what characteristics apply to your computer,
then hold the Windows-key pressed and press the Pause-key (
+ Pause). A little window will appear, in which you can read the clock speed
and memory size for your system. Both processor and memory can be upgraded to
improve the performance of your computer.
Internet speed tests
Do you doubt whether your Internet
connection is as fast as your provider says it is? Just check it out
Note: using a router might reduce the
speed some 20%.