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How to Optimize Your Computer



Computers are complicated machines. What’s more, they can be difficult to maintain. However, if you want to get the most out of your computer and keep it running smoothly, learning some basic tips will help. In this article, we will share some simple tricks to help you optimize your computer:



Outdated Software

Outdated software is a big security risk. The longer you leave it, the more likely it will lead to malware and virus infections. To see which apps on your computer are out of date:

  • Open the Control Panel and click “Programs” on the left-hand side of the window.

  • Click “Uninstall or change a program” in the middle of the window. This will show installed programs along with their version number and release date (if applicable).

  • Look for outdated software.

  • Update or uninstall those programs so that they are no longer vulnerable to cyberattacks like ransomware or spyware.


Cleaning Old Files

To free up disk space, delete temporary files and cookies. In the Control Panel, click on "Disk Cleanup." The application will reveal how much space you could gain by deleting common items like temporary internet files and cookies. You can also set it to remove other things such as your browsing history, recent documents or old music and videos that are no longer used.



Encrypted Files

Encryption is a method of securing files on your computer using a password. The idea is to prevent unauthorized access by hiding the information in your file and making it unreadable.

  • Encrypting your data also protects it from malicious programs like viruses and malware. Some viruses can scan for passwords and other sensitive information. So, encrypting your files makes them much more secure than they would otherwise be.

  • Your computer automatically locks the screen whenever you close it. However, if you’re working on something important (like banking or email), this feature may not provide sufficient protection. Therefore, by encrypting a file with a password before saving it, you create an extra layer of protection against prying eyes.


Dealing with Viruses, Malware, and Spyware

  • A virus is a type of malware, which is software designed to disrupt computer operations, gather sensitive information, or gain access to private computer systems.

  • Malware includes viruses, worms, Trojans, and spyware. It can be transmitted through email attachments and file sharing websites or embedded in the programs you download from the Internet.

  • Spyware monitors your activities on your computer — such as what sites you visit and what files you create. It then sends that information to third parties without your knowledge or permission.


Automatic Updates

The best defense for computers is to run updates. When it comes to security, there's no such thing as too many updates. The same goes for performance. Using older versions of programs can slow down your computer or cause compatibility issues. Sans updates, some programs may even stop working altogether!

We love helping customers take care of their computers. So, rather than run the risk of updating something incorrectly or accidentally installing malware, bring your device into our Meridian store. We can run updates and safety checks to make sure your computer runs at maximum capacity.


About 208Geek in Meridian, Idaho

Owner/Operator Jacob Van Vliet began building and repairing computer systems for friends and family out of his home in 2001. Jacob was receiving so many requests for computer repair, that in the Fall of 2005, he opened 208 Geek with the vision of providing outstanding service and peace of mind. He has committed 208 Geek to delivering unparalleled, friendly, and professional service, with a 100% satisfaction. Our new hours include Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. as well as 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.



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