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Tech Tips

Welcome to our tech tips page. Use this as a guide to keeping your system optimized for protection, speed & performance. We should only see you once or twice a year for 'heavy maintenance' Following these steps will keep your system at home with you!

It is important for your computer to be putting the best foot forward! Please use the following applications and accompanying instructions to keep your system running the well between shop service visits.

Please note: These applications are 'use at your own risk' - we use them on a daily basis in our shop, but cannot be held responsible for any issues that may occur through their use. Please, if you have any questions, ask before taking action!

CCleaner
What it does: Cleans up temp files, internet history and more; must be run manually
How to update: Select 'check for updates (bottom right of the application window)
How to use: Launch application > Click 'Run Cleaner' (bottom right of the application window)
When to use: Once a week
Malwarebytes
What it does: Specifically targets 'malware' -type infections; must be run manually
How to update: Application will often prompt for update(s) upon launch; otherwise use 'Update' tab
How to use: Launch application > Select 'Perform full scan' > Click 'Scan'
When to use: Once a month (or as needed to address pop-ups/infections/etc)
Spybot - Search & Destroy
What it does: Specifically targets 'spyware/adware' -type infections; must be run manually
How to update: Select 'Search for updates' > Highlight any US server > Click Continue > Click Download
How to use: Launch application > Click 'Run Cleaner' (bottom right of the application window)
When to use: Once a month (or as needed to address pop-ups/infections/etc)
Disk Defragmenter
What it does: Optimizes disk storage for performance; run manually or schedule automatically
How to update: N/A
How to use: Launch application > Click 'Run Cleaner' (Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools)
When to use: Once a month
Add/Remove Programs (2000/XP) or Programs & Features (Vista/7)
What it does: Allows removal and repair of applications found on your system
How to update: N/A
How to use: Found in control panel; browse for little used apps, toolbars, demos, etc and remove/uninstall
When to use: Once a month

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