10 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Computer - Without Upgrading

Written by Jim Shutes

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7. Install and run a good AntiVirus program to keep out viruses that can take over your system. One of my favorites is AVG. It is not only a really good AntiVirus program, but it is also FREE! If you don’t have any AntiVirus software on your computer, get AVG AntiVirus NOW by downloading HERE... http://www.lapeertechgroup.com/downloads.asp

8. Get rid of Spyware. A lot of computer users have Spyware and don’t even know they have it, much less how to get rid of it. If your computer has been taking you to websites that you don’t want to go to, or if you get pop-ups when you aren’t even onrepparttar Internet, or if your computer has been running extremely slowly lately, for no reason, you probably have Spyware.

On all ofrepparttar 144880 computers that I setup, I install two different AntiSpyware programs: AdAware SE and SpyBot. These two programs are highly recommended by TechTV (G4) and other computer authorities (including my own research on Spyware) and work very well together. They compliment each other and catch Spyware thatrepparttar 144881 other misses, but together, do a very good job.

Get SpyBot HERE... http://www.lapeertechgroup.com/downloads.asp. Download all updates and runrepparttar 144882 Immunize option a couple of times.

AdAware SE does a good job when you keep up onrepparttar 144883 updates and manually scan your system with AdAware. Get it HERE... http://www.lapeertechgroup.com/downloads.asp

In some cases, whenrepparttar 144884 Spyware has become too entwined into your system, even a computer repair technician can’t get rid ofrepparttar 144885 Spyware. At this point, it is better to just backup only what you need and haverepparttar 144886 operating system reinstalled. Believe me, when your computer gets to this point, you don’t want to just put a “band-aid” on it. Just start from scratch with a clean system. It’srepparttar 144887 best way to go.

9. Streamline MSCONFIG. One thing that really causes a HUGE performance decrease is to have unnecessary programs running inrepparttar 144888 background. Some of these programs can be seen in your System Tray (located next torepparttar 144889 clock). These are tiny programs that are robbing you of memory and processing power. Some of them you need, while most you don’t. Some ofrepparttar 144890 programs you DON’T need are printer icons, CD burning icons, shortcuts to programs (such as video settings), AOL, any Instant Messaging Programs, etc. Just because these programs aren’t always running, doesn’t mean that you still can’t print, burn CDs or Instant Message. They can all be run from a shortcut.

You can use a utility, called MSCONFIG, to turn OFF unnecessary Start Up items.

a. In Windows 98, Me, and XP, click on StartRun and type msconfig. Click onrepparttar 144891 Startup tab. This is a list of everything that is running inrepparttar 144892 background, some of which show up inrepparttar 144893 System Tray. Now, be careful, some of these you do need. Some items to keep are Ctfmon.exe (XP), Scan Registry (Win98, Me), Task Monitor (Win98, Me), System Tray (Win98, Me), LoadPowerProfile (Win98, Me), Rundll.32, any AntiVirus programs (such as McAfee, Norton, or AVG). Others, you can uncheck, such as NeroCheck, ypager, qttask, AOL, and any other Instant Messaging programs, or printing programs. Remember, if something doesn’t work, because you turned it off, it can always be turned back on. You just have to reboot every time you make a change here. But, as you uncheckrepparttar 144894 unnecessary programs that run inrepparttar 144895 background, you will see that Windows loads much faster, that there are less icons inrepparttar 144896 System Tray, and that your system is much more “snappy” and quick to respond.

b. In Windows 2000, MSCONFIG wasn’t supplied. You actually have to download and run an MSCONFIG utility. Downloadrepparttar 144897 MSCONFIG utility HERE... http://www.perfectdrivers.com/howto/msconfig.html.

After you reboot, you will have a window that says thatrepparttar 144898 configuration utility was edited. Just check not to show that inrepparttar 144899 future, a check box atrepparttar 144900 bottom. This just means that there was a change made torepparttar 144901 MSCONFIG.

10. Defragment your hard drives. NOTE: to efficiently defragment a hard drive, it likes to have 25% free space. It can still dorepparttar 144902 defragmentation with only 15% free space, but it takes quite a bit longer. If you can, delete any unnecessary files before deframenting your drives.

a. To defragment your hard drives (in any Windows operating system), double-click on My Computer. Right-click onrepparttar 144903 c-drive and click on Properties. Click onrepparttar 144904 Tools tab and chooserepparttar 144905 bottom button, to Defragment Now…

Good luck. I hope this article has helped you. If you live inrepparttar 144906 Lapeer County, MI area, and would like a Professional professionally TuneUp your computer(s) in your home or business, please contact Lapeer Tech Group at (810) 793-1093, or visit our website at www.LapeerTechGroup.com

I have worked in the IT field since 1989 and hold several Microsoft certifications. I am a network administrator and owner and operator of Lapeer Tech Group, located in Columbiaville, Michigan (just outside of Lapeer). During these years, I have supported both Macs and PCs, am an accomplished graphic and web designer, and have had the opportunity to support 2nd and 3rd level enterprise networks for GM, EDS, Delphi and Delco.

Cross-Platform Custom Software Development & Integration – IT strategy for large corporation

Written by Andrew Karasev

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•Java versus C#. The appearance of C# confirmedrepparttar fact, that pure Java conception with its virtual machine and isolation doesn’t satisfy Microsoft .Net development requirements. .Net objects could not be isolatedrepparttar 144659 same way as Java/EJB/J2EE. This is where we again have to admit coexistence of two Worlds: Microsoft Windows and Java •The Stakes. Probablyrepparttar 144660 mixture – and consideringrepparttar 144661 fact that cross-platform integration is addressed from both sides – different platforms should be just integrated. Good balance would be relatively inexpensive Microsoft Business Solutions ERP application: Great Plains (USA, Canada, Latin America, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, UK), Navision (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Russia andrepparttar 144662 rest of continental Europe), Axapta – if you need rich ERP functionality – then your business specific application: Freight Forwarding database, Lease tracking, Consignment, etc. should be placed into Oracle/DB2/Unix/Linux. Microsoft CRM - this isrepparttar 144663 temptation and we do recommend it - it could be integrated with Java applications •Reporting. If you plan to deploy them from Windows side: use Crystal Reports upon heterogeneous SQL views, inrepparttar 144664 case of Java – it depends onrepparttar 144665 vendor: Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, IBM Lotus Notes Domino, Siebel, etc. We encourage you to analyze your alternatives. You can always appeal to our help, give us a call: 1-866-528-0577 or 1-630-961-5918, help@albaspectrum.com

Andrew Karasev is Chief Technology Officer at Alba Spectrum Technologies ( http://www.albaspectrum.com ), serving Microsoft Great Plains, CRM, Navision to mid-size and large clients in California, Illinois, New York, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington, Minnesota, Ohio, Michigan and internationally.

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