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How To Improve Computer Performance ?

improve-computer-performanceComputers often freeze or crash when one needs them the most, in the middle of an important presentation, a term paper that’s due the next day, or while updating our financial software. Many computer problems can be solved with free or low-cost products or just by using a few common sense tips to improve performance and keep your PC running for a long time.

1. Virus Scan Program

The most essential thing to have is a virus scan that is run weekly. Most new computers come with a virus scan already installed. If the computer you are using doesn’t have a virus scan there are free scans available online, but one really should be installed on your computer if you spend any time at all online. Spend the time learning how to use your virus scanner. Find out how it’s updated – most update automatically – and use the options to set it up to run automatically at a set time every week. Most computer problems can be prevented just by having a virus scanner installed.

2. Run the Scandisk program

At least every two months you should run a program called Scandisk. It is automatically on your computer. Scandisk actually scans your files and even your hard drive and can let you know of any problems it discovers.

To run Scandisk, first make sure everything running in the background on your PC is turned off. To do this press “Ctrl-Alt-Delete” and your close program box will appear.

Highlight each item EXCEPT “explorer” and “systray”. Click on “End Task” to close the program.

Then go to your start button and choose “Programs”. Choose “Accessories” at the top of the list. Move your cursor down to “System Tools” and Choose “Scandisk”.

A box will appear giving your choices of what you want your computer to scan. You can have it scan your files only or your entire hard drive. Scanning your hard drive will take longer.

3. Run the Defragmenter program

Another program that you should run about every two months is called Disk Defragmenter. Defrag will arrange your files better so your PC can access them faster. It’s best to run this program after the Scandisk program is finished.

To run Disk Defragmenter go back to the “System Tools” and choose “Disk Defragmenter”. It’s best to run this program overnight as it takes a long time.

You should not be using these programs while using other programs on your computer. If the Scandisk or Defrag program keeps starting over you may need to run the programs in Safe Mode, a special diagnostic mode. Read the manual for your PC to find out how to put your PC into Safe Mode.

4. Use a Firewall program

For anyone on a DSL or cable connection a personal firewall keeps viruses, hijackers and hackers from your computer. Since you are constantly connected to the internet by using these connections there is a constant threat that others may try to access your computer. There are free firewall programs available for download.

5. Run a Spyware program

Anyother important program is a spyware search program. When you download something from the internet sometimes other software is included. This software is called “spyware” and it can do many things to harm your computer, including letting someone from another website see what websites you surf in order to send you advertising. Other spyware tries to steal your passwords or other personal information. You should run a spyware checker at least once a month or at any time you are experiencing problems with your connection or computer speed.

6. Run a hi-jacker search program

Another important program to have is a hi-jacker search program. A hi-jacker changes your homepage to a different search engine page and can also block links to common search pages. They are trying to force you to use their homepage. Some of the hi-jacker’s homepages are not pages you would like your children to see. You should use a hi-jacker search program at least once a month or whenever you are having a problem with your homepage.

7. Clear your temporary files

Sometimes your PC’s virtual memory will become full. When this happens your computer may run slow, give you error messages or freeze during a program. This happens because everything you do on your PC – every picture on every webpage, every document you type, every photo you change – is saved somewhere on your PC, even after you have left that page and closed the document. In order to erase this memory you need to do the following steps:

Open your internet browser. Go to “Tools”, “Internet Options”.

A box will pop open. It should be open to the “General” tab.

In the center of the box is a section marked “Temporary Internet Files”.

Click on “Delete Cookies” and “Delete Files” one at a time. This will delete the temporary files that are clogging the PC’s memory.

8. Change your history options

Another way to clean out your computer’s memory is to change how many days it saves visited pages. You will find a “history” box in your internet options. It asks how many days you wish to keep pages in history. This is the part of the computer that saves all pages you’ve visited for as many days as you wish. By saving these pages for a smaller number of days you can clear up more of your PC’s memory.

9. Clean out old files

Periodically going through the files in My Documents or other folders you have set up and deleting or archiving them on a CD can also help your computer’s memory and performance. Do you really need to keep a saved copy of last semester’s English term paper? If not, delete it. You can also go through the programs on your PC from the control panel and delete those you no longer use. Don’t delete any of the shared files, though, if it asks, because that can cause more problems.

10. Reboot the PC occasionally

The last thing that is very important to do but seems simple is just to turn your computer off periodically. Your PC needs to be restarted in order to reset itself after new programs or equipment is installed. It also erases the virtual memory from the last session and goes through a self-diagnostic to look for any problems. It sounds like a simple solution, but most problems can be fixed simply by restarting your PC.

Troubleshooting your PC’s problems doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or require technical expertise. By using just a few software programs and common sense most problems can be stopped and you will find that your PC has better performance and reliability.

How to read ‘Popular Magazines’ for free

spaceThis is a very easy trick for normal user to read latest newsstand issues of popular magazines like PC Magazine, MIT technology Review, Popular Mechanics, MacWorld, Lonely Planet, Reader’s Digest, etc absolutely free.
These digital magazines are exact copies of printed issues, with high-resolution images that can also be downloaded on the computer for offline reading.

Follow these simple steps:
Step 1: You need ‘safari’ browser, if you don’t have please download and install into the PC.

Step 2: Once you install Safari, go to Edit -> Preferences -> Advanced and check the option that says “Show Develop menu in menu bar.”

safari

Step 3: Open the “Develop” option in the browser menu bar and choose Mobile Safari 1.1.3 – iPhone as the User Agent.

Step 4: That’s all, now open ‘zinio.com/iphone’ in Safari browser and start reading your favorite magazines absolutely free.
You can use navigation arrows at the top to turn pages.

By this trick, those magazine can also be accessed anywhere from the world which are not available with ‘zinio’ subscriptions.

Use Yahoo!Mail with two new e-mail address

yahoo-mailYahoo introduced two new email address options, ‘ymail.com’ and ‘rocketmail.com’.
Right now, ‘yahoo.com’ Web-based e-mail service has over 260 million users, so it is very hard to get simple mail address. Now,after adding choices of two new domains with Yahoo!Mail, new users will be able to find simple and desired address.

E-mail accounts on ‘ymail.com’ or ‘rocketmail.com’ will have the same features available with yahoo.com addresses including unlimited storage and able to use instant message within e-mail inbox alongwith spam and virus protection.
Localized country versions of the domain will also be available. The ID’s will also work for signing in to other Yahoo sites and services, such as Flickr, and Yahoo! Messenger.

‘Google Translate’ includes ‘HINDI’

This week, another good news from Google. It introduces ‘HINDI’ the National language of India, with it’s popular version ‘Google Translation’ site ‘www.google.com/translate_t‘. On last Monday, Google officially announced an online platform that translates between Hindi and English.

Rahul Roy Chowdhury, Product Manager, Google India, says “There is a need to reach people who may be English-familiar, but Indic language proficient, We’ll work to make Google Translate in Hindi even better”.
Google Translate Hindi
The software displays very accurate results for small and simple senetences but sometimes it shows very funny results on complex sentenses,idiomatic and slang words.

Still, the software operates on the principle of “More you use, the better it can get” because users can offer alternatives and press a button that could make the computer “learn” and perfect usage over time.

Get ready for google ‘Visual Rank’

google visual rank

As of now, we all know search engines are object blind, but it seems Google is going to change this thought.
Google persons Yushi Jing and Shumeet Baluja disclose with the paper “PageRank for Product Image Search,” (PDF) in Beijing ‘International world wide web conference’.

By this new method of search, Google identify the ‘image’ itself, providing more accurate results, which is all different from its current method that reads the ‘text’ alongwith the images.

This is almost similar method like PageRank . The Google engineers made this model running through some experiments using 2000 of the most popular products queries. They found significant improvement, in terms of user satisfaction and relevancy, in comparison to the most recent Google Image Search results.

Now upload video on ‘Flickr’

FlickrYahoo has launched video sharing on its ‘Flickr‘ website, which already offered photo sharing.

You are now able to upload videos recorded by any digital device like camcorders, mobile phones or digital cameras up to 90 seconds in length. Flickr accepts files in any format including MP4. Also, you can send the video file to Flickr as an email attachment.

Another tool Flickr members can utilize is My Map, which allows members to use geotagging to show where on a world map their videos and pictures were taken.
Video on Flickr, which will be available in eight languages. Users who upload video are also given the option of making their videos private, visible to only friends and family or to make them public.