Keep Your Computer Running Smoothly

The longer you use a computer without performing some basic maintenance, the more sluggish it will become. If you’ve noticed a significant decrease in your computer’s speed lately, there are several things you can do. If you have an adware infection, there are programs designed to scan for and remove these threats.

Install the latest available updates. Open the Mac App Store. Click the Updates tab at the top of the window. Free up space on your hard drive. Uninstall old programs by dragging them from the Applications folder to the Trash. Check your Downloads and Documents folders to see if there are any old files that you can delete. Programs like CleanMyMac3, Disk Inventory X, and DaisyDisk can find and remove tons of old junk files from your computer. Use Monolingual to remove unused language files. You can get it for free from monolingual.sourceforge.net/. Remove excess icons from your desktop. Clean up your startup sequence. Click the Apple menu. Select System Preferences. Select the Users & Groups option. Select Login Items. Select an app that you want to prevent from loading at startup. Click the – button. Click the padlock. Enter your admin password first. Check your hard disk with Disk Utility. Launch Disk Utility from the Utility folder in the Applications folder. Select your hard drive in the left frame. Click the First Aid tab. Click Verify Disk. The scan will begin, which may take a while to complete. Click the Repair Disk button. If the scan reports any errors.

Be very careful when downloading programs from the internet. Be sure to decline any additional offers and double-check each checkbox. Run a lightweight antivirus. Blow out the dust on a regular basis. You can purchase an air compressor to remove most dust from inside the computer. Uninstall programs when you’re finished with them. Remove excess icons from your desktop. Install the latest available updates.

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