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I can't take care of a computer

italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
But I can learn.

I bought my second Laptop last year on Black Friday. Now, it still runs fine, but I can tell it's not doing well. It's making that I'm thinking really hard and overheating fan noise pretty often. I haven't had trouble with any applications yet, but I know it's only a matter of time.

What are some basics that every computer user should know? Along with some basic programs everyone should have. What kind of maintainance does my computer need, and how often should I perform it. Are desktops any different? (I have one of those too.)

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    FaceballMcDougalFaceballMcDougal Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    For laptops you really should be blowing them out with a can of compressed air every few months

    Other than that the only maintenance a PC needs is a defrag every once in a while - and if you install a lot of shit trying to get free porn etc then you will have to restore it to factory every year or so.

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    archonwarparchonwarp Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Part of the problem with trying to explain things to basic computer users is that they don't know what is or is not okay to uninstall/modify on a computer. If you don't know whether or not it's okay to delete a file, don't do it. Google search the file name and see if it's important before messing with anything.

    You need to get Spybot Search & Destroy, remove Norton Antivirus [if it's on there] and install something lightweight, such as AVG free. Firefox is a better browser than IE because it doesn't let you run crazy activeX scripts that blowup your system. Do a full system spyware and virus scan. Uninstall any program you know you won't use anymore. Go to the run menu and type "msconfig" without quotes, go to startup, and uncheck things you don't need starting up. Besides that, a good defrag here and there is necessary about once every other month or so, depending on how much stuff you do on your computer.

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    NatheoNatheo Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    http://www.ccleaner.com/ - This is good for deleting a lot of unneeded files, and trimming up your registry.

    http://www.spybot.com/en/download/index.html - Spyware removal.

    http://free.avg.com/download?prd=afe - They make this one harder to find nowadays. Probably the best free antivirus.

    Other than that just uninstall what you're not using, and while you're in msconfig, stay away from services.

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    KhavallKhavall British ColumbiaRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Yeah, I mean... don't install stuff you don't trust. Don't delete files that you don't know about. Blast some air through the lappy every once in a while to manage heat. That's pretty much the main talking points.

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    italianranmaitalianranma Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    thanks guys

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    JAEFJAEF Unstoppably Bald Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    archonwarp wrote: »
    Part of the problem with trying to explain things to basic computer users is that they don't know what is or is not okay to uninstall/modify on a computer. If you don't know whether or not it's okay to delete a file, don't do it. Google search the file name and see if it's important before messing with anything.
    Followed with:
    Go to the run menu and type "msconfig" without quotes, go to startup, and uncheck things you don't need starting up.
    :|

    The guy's probably not going to know what's what. http://www.blackviper.com/ is a good place to get your head around basic process management. This is more of a deal in lower RAM situations in XP, once you get into Vista and 3GB+ RAM, it's not a big deal.

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