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Utilities and Protecting Your Computer Utilities programs that perform some task usually related to maintaining the computer, its devices, or programs examples: 1. msconfig 2. error checking (scan disk) 3. disk cleanup 4. clean browser cache 5. anti-spyware, anti-adware and pop-up blockers 6. anti-virus 7. uninstalling programs 8. defrag 9. recovering deleted files 10. firewall 11. cleaning the registry 12. backing up your computer 13. file compression 14. monitoring performance 15. diagnosing problems Also, keeping your computer free of dust can help keep your computer run better and last longer. Seems too simple, but just having a dirty computer can slow it down. Excessive buildup of dust can cause heat buildup which will degrade performance and will accelerate wear and tear of the parts inside the system unit which can lead to premature failure of critical parts. (Remember to unplug the computer before opening the case and be careful when cleaning.) A buildup of dust can also make overclocking difficult. Some info about how to clean the keyboard, mouse, monitor: http://www.cs.clemson.edu/~cashiel/ Notes/CleaningComputer.doc
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1. msconfig ( http://www.cs.clemson.edu/~cashiel/Notes/msconfig_2-25-2004.doc ) can be used to remove unnecessary startup items Start, Run, type “msconfig”, click the Startup tab, uncheck the items that you don’t want to start up automatically when the computer boots up If you want to exercise greater control over the Startup group, you could try: o Mike Lin’s Startup Control Panel (free (donateware); http:/ /www.mlin.net ) o MetaProducts’ Startup Organizer ($25.00; http:/ /www.metaproducts.com/mp/mpProducts_Detail.asp?id=9 ) 2. error checking (scan disk, chkdsk) scans the hard disk for the presence of bad sectors (drive areas that cannot hold data, primarily due to physical deterioration of the storage media), lost clusters (storage areas that the hard drive mistakenly assumes are in use) and cross-linked files (two or more files that try to occupy the same part of a drive) advice is to run this before running defrag because this can possibly help defrag run smoother several ways to run this: o Double-click on My Computer, right-click on the C: drive, choose Properties, then choose the Tools tab, then the “Check now” button is at the top above the defrag button o Start, Run, type in “chkdsk” 3. disk cleanup cleans up temp files on your hard drive It often takes hundreds or thousands of individual files to build a single computer program that works. An active computer user can generate hundreds more simply by using those programs. So what’s the big deal if you have a couple of junk files (any file with no discernible purpose, such as a TMP [temporary] file or an orphaned data file) hanging around on the hard drive, too? Nothing, if the number of junk files amounted to two or three in total. But the fact is that your system
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course CPSC 120 taught by Professor Cathyhochrine during the Fall '08 term at Clemson.

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