Inside most desktop and laptop computers is a collection of moving parts. There are hard disk drives, optical drives and fans to cool the processor and blow hot air out of the system. These all add to the noise the PC makes, and with modern processors easily running over 45 degrees Celsius, the fans trying to keep it cool usually make the most racket, distracting users from their office or home computing.
Whether you’ve exhausted all options for repairing your old computer or you just fancy an upgrade, the choice of replacements out there can be daunting. For home computing, your list of requirements probably isn’t long, but it’s all too easy to get sucked into buying something more expensive than you need with a sales assistant breathing down your neck.
Windows ‘God Mode’, improving speed and keyboard shortcuts – there’s a whole range of tips computer users should know about – but most don’t. Here’s a few just for you, hopefully enabling you to get the best experience possible out of your home computer use.
Unless you’re vastly experienced in home computing, it’s highly likely that you’ve all manner of programs running on your machine each time you boot it up – and you’re blissfully unaware of it. Programs like to start themselves up, so that they’re instantly ready when needed and can perform updates and checks via the Internet. However, too many of these can slow your computer down.
They say that prevention is better than cure, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to viruses and malware infecting your PC or laptop. We’ve already covered how to get rid of a PC virus or malware, but here’s how you can avoid them in the first place.
As the World Wide Web becomes more and more a part of our daily lives, the cyber-criminals who create these programmes are creating them to be ever more sneaky. At the least invasive end of the scale, a virus can send annoying e-mails to your friends and colleagues – but at their worst, they can wipe your personal data or allow other people access to it.
Increasingly, modern computers and laptops, especially the class known as Ultrabooks, are becoming thinner and shedding what used to be common peripherals like CD-ROM or DVD drives. Don’t even ask about the long-dead floppy disk. That makes them less useful for reading old sources of data, programs and games that you might want to run on your new PC. However, there are usually a few solutions that we can help with.