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Make Your Computer Run Like New

TESTIMONIAL: I ran the last couple of steps, Malwarebytes, CrapCleaner, and Auslogics Defrag. My computer now turns on 30 seconds faster, and seems to run faster too. I took the chance of not doing the backup as suggested, and it worked out. (I was really surprised MWBytes found some bad stuff because I never go anywhere bad on the Internet. No social sites whatsoever.) Good luck to you. Here’s the rest of the article:
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You might’ve been able to save yourself an Eighty Dollar computer tune-up charge by getting up early Sunday morning to listen to the computer show on KFAB 1110 AM. Thor Schrock of Schrock Innovations (dot com) was offering the usual $80 dollar service for $30, and in the course of the show, listed all the things they do, and if you were taking notes, might do for yourself. It’s an eight (8hr) hour process on their computer bench.
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The steps begin with blowing the dust out of the power supply or in the case of a laptop, the air vents on the bottom, and continue with a power supply test, hard to do without a load tester, but easy enough if all you want to do is measure a couple of voltages. Note: That old analog meter isn’t accurate enough. The five Volt line ought to be within a few hundredths of 5.0, certainly not more than a tenth Volt off. (The Harbor Freight four dollar digitals were tested at a SWIARC meeting, and compared well with expensive Fluke brand meters in accuracy at 12 VDC and 120 VAC.
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You could go to the Schrock Innovations site yourself and listen to the 08/11 Sunday show AFTER THEY PUT IT UP which could take a week, or try some of these maintenance items yourself:
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Open the case and blow dust off the main board
with special attention to the power supply,
even going so far as to open it too.
Measure the +5, +12, -12, and 3.3V lines
with an accurate meter.
Inspect the caps, looking for bulging cases or
obvious leakage.
Then do the RAM and Hard Drive tests. (You’ll have
to look up how to access your internal test programs
or go online and find some. Often it’s as simple
as pressing a key (F11 or F12 ?) during bootup.
Do a hard drive backup (to an external hard drive).
Update all your software.
WINDOWS
FIREFOX or Chrome / Internet Explorer or such
All support software like JAVA, FLASH, ADOBE READER etc.
(There could be a dozen such. Outdated sfwr is a reason you get viruses.)
Include your Antivirus. Or get one if you have none.
Scan H/D with MalwareBytes
Check and optimize registry with CCleaner
Defrag the Hard Disk
Ck memory utilization. Add RAM if needed.
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There may be a couple steps I missed.

 

– Rich WA0ZQG