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Maintenance Tools for Windows PC

Here are some preventive maintenance tools that can help computers run in tip-top shape. These tools which can be downloaded from software websites (some are free) can prevent computer problems such as hard disk issues, bad memory chips, viruses that will cause registry errors. Preventive maintenance can save you time and effort, not to mention the frustrations when your computer suddenly bogged down.

The Personal Computer (PC) is a prized machine that will get your work done fast and easy saving valuable time and resources. This piece of equipment is truly amazing especially if they’re new. But over time, the wear and tear factor will take its toll on this wonderful machine. Hard disk issues, bad memory chips, viruses that will cause registry errors and software malfunctions are some of the issues that will cause the computer to bogged down and will stop working. But there are some preventive maintenance tools which can be downloaded from software websites (some of which are free) which can be used to make these machines running in tip-top shape.

 Here are some of the tools that can keep your computer running in top condition:

 1.  CCLEANER by Piriform (http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download)

This tool removes unused and unwanted files from your system allowing Windows to run faster. It has a fully featured registry cleaner which can keep your registry free of errors. There are 3 versions of CCleaner:

  1. Free version which can be downloaded free but it comes with no technical support;
  2. Professional version which costs about $24.95
  3. Business edition which is recommended for network computers and cost about $34.95

  2. HDDScan (http://hddscan.com)

This is a free hard disk diagnostic tool that supports standard drives, RAID arrays, Flash USB, and SSD drives. This tool can scan for errors such as bad blocks and bad sectors, show S.M.A.R.T. attributes, and can change some HDD parameters such as AAM and APM. Data loss can be prevented by performing regular test using this tool. The storage device tests include:

  • Verification in linear mode (helps to determine if your drive needs data rescue, has recoverable errors or in its perfect shape
  • Reading in linear mode
  • Erasing in linear mode
  • Reading in Butterfly mode

 3.  MemTest (http://hcidesign.com/memtest)

This is a tool that tests whether your computer can reliably store and retrieve data from memory. This tool works by running a series of intense diagnostic tests through the memory to see how it responds. A computer that fails these tests will be less stable and crash more often

 4.  Defraggler by Piriform (http://www.piriform.com/defraggler)

Defragmenting the hard disk is needed to avoid slow access to certain files in the hard disk and this defragmenting tool is one of the best available for download over the internet. This tool can defrag an entire hard disk, individual folders or files. One advanced features of this tool is its ability to move large files which are seldom used to the end of the drive.

 5.  Install a good antivirus or anti-malware software and make sure that its virus definitions are up to date

Many of the causes of system bogged downs are viruses. It is worthwhile to note that new viruses or variants of already existing ones pop up almost daily. By installing a good antivirus and keeping its virus definitions up to date, it will keep out those nasty viruses. Some of the best antivirus softwares rated by About.com are the following:

  • Bitdefender Internet Security Suite
  • Avira Internet Security 2012
  • Bitdefender Sphere
  • Kaspersky Internet Security 2012
  • F-Secure Internet Security Suite

Remember that a little preventive maintenance can go a long way and the easiest way to fix a computer and get the most out of it is to prevent it from having problem in the first place.

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Back for another read of your informative article today.

Thanks Christy!

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