Slow Computer TIPS

Date: 4 Apr 2014 Comments:0

This is such a common occurrence I decided to write a article about it. I have worked on thousands of computers and these are the typical items I find for most “SLOW” computers.

  1. The first culprit is usually dirt inside the computer. If the processor fans, case fans and power supply fans are dirty then the machine runs hot. Heat will slow down the processor and cause components to fail more quickly. You should blow out your computer at least once a year, I like to use a leaf blower.
  2. Too many startup programs. As software is added to your computer many of them add their programs to the startup processes. Fix: Go to Start>Run and type msconfig. Turn off all the startup programs and all the services EXCEPT for Microsoft services, you can check the box to hide Microsoft services if you want to make it easy. When you reboot your computer if something isn’t running that you need you can always go back in a turn on the service or startup program. To see what is running right click on the bottom toolbar and choose task manager, this will give you a list of items that are running. Warning: If you don’t know what something is don’t just delete it, do some research on Google before you act.
  3. Malware and Viruses are usually the next problem. If you are using windows you cannot avoid getting viruses and malware. I recommend doing scans, at least once a week, with antivirus software such FREE AVG (http://free.avg.com ) or Nod32 (http://www.eset.com) and anti spyware such as SuperAntiSpyware (http://superantispyware.com)
  4. Not enough memory. When computers are first purchased they typically have only the minimum to make the system run. As time goes on you will need more memory. Adding memory will greatly increase the speed of the computer.
  5. Full or Failing Hard drive – Once you use 85% of the hard drive space it is difficult (if not impossible) to defragment the hard drive. Defraging the hard drive put the files on the hard drive in order, kind of like straightening a messy office, so that the things the computer needs can be found faster. If you hard drive is over 5 years, you better have a backup because all hard drives fail and it WILL fail soon.
  6. Typically a computer should give you about 5 years of reliable service. After 5 years components will start to fail, the two most common are Power Supplies ($50.00) and Hard drives ($100.00). Once you add in the labor to replace these components a new computer may be a better choice. If it’s time get an external hard drive, pull off all the files you care about and move on. You can then keep the computer as a backup or wipe it out and install a free operating system such as ubuntu Linux (http://www.ubuntu.com/download) and use it as a second computer. Rarely is upgrading to a new version of windows the best option since you will usually need to upgrade the hardware and your other components, such as printers, and your software may not work with the new version.

Please note that Windows XP support ends April, 8th 2014. After this date Microsoft will no longer patch the holes or fix the bugs. It will not be safe to use XP on the internet. It’s time to move on to a new computer or upgrade to a secure operating system such as ubuntu linux.  http://www.ubuntu.com/download 

 

FREE Defrag Tools for Windows

Date: 2 Apr 2014 Comments:0

http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.php

Smart Defrag 3 is a FREE, light, and stable disk defragment tool designed for maximum hard drive performance. Based on IObit latest disk defrag engine and “Boot Time Disk Defrag” technology, Smart Defrag 3 not only provides defragmentation, like any typical disk defragmenter can do, but also intelligently streamlines your files based on using frequency, thus accelerating disk speed for faster data access! With the unique Deep Analyze technology, it smartly clean junk files before defragmentation to save more disk space for you. Being the first Disk Defragmenter that fully supports Windows 8/8.1 Metro Apps, Smart Defrag 3 works fast, automatically and quietly in the background and is a disk defragmenter suitable for large hard drives.

Record Your Screen Online

Date: 27 Mar 2014 Comments:0

http://www.screencast-o-matic.com/

One-click screen capture recording on Windows or Mac computers with no install for FREE!

Dictation for Free using Chrome

Date: 27 Mar 2014 Comments:0

With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard.

To get started, just connect the microphone to your computer and click the Start Dictation button. Dictation uses your browser’s local Storage to save all the transcribed text automatically as you speak. That means you can close the browser and it will resume from where you left off. The app internally uses the built-in speech recognition engine of Google Chrome to transform your voice into digital text.

Speak in your Native Language – You don’t have to speak in English as Chrome’s engine can recognize quite a few languages including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Malay, Indonesian and more. Dictation will automatically determine your browser’s default launguage and uses it for subsequent transcriptions.

Free Website Monitoring Tools

Date: 27 Mar 2014 Comments:0

http://www.monitis.com/free-tools

Monitis was founded in 2006 with the goal of providing the best cloud-based, agentless monitoring product on the market. We built a talented team that supports our customer base from offices in the US, Germany and Armenia.

Our all-in-one cloud and web systems monitoring is the choice of more than 150,000 users in 150 countries. With 30+ monitoring locations worldwide, we send 50,000 alerts and performs 80-plus multi-layer network (MLN) checks every day. More than 300,000 websites, servers and applications rely on our powerful technology.

Turn Your Adroid Phone Into a FTP Server

Date: 29 Oct 2013 Comments:0

https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=FTP%20Server&fdid=be.ppareit.swiftp_free

Access your phone wirelessly. This app can serve files over the internet but the most likely usage is to access files from another computer without needing a cable. The name Demo in the launcher just means that it corresponds to the free version on Google. The app is fully featured so instead of buying the “Full” version as a way of contributing you can donate via the Paypal link. License: GPLv3

pfSense – Block Spam at the Firewall with pfBlocker

Date: 9 Apr 2013 Comments:0

Repost: http://skear.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Configure-pfBlocker-An-IP-Block-List-and-Country-Block-Package-for-pfSense

PfBlocker is a package for pfSense version 2.x that allows you to add IP block list and country block functions to a pfSense firewall or router. PfBlocker was created to replace the functions of the IP Blocklist ,and Country Block packages. I would consider this package a must have package for anyone running an email server on their network. This package will quickly allow you to block the top 10 countries where spam originates from.

Backup Remote Linux Server with RSync

Date: 22 Mar 2013 Comments:0

http://kb.liquidweb.com/using-rsync-to-transfer-and-synchronize-local-and-remote-systems/

Rsync is a powerful tool that facilitates the transfer and synchronization of data between both local and remote systems. The article in the link above make it real simple.

 

Online Network Admin Tools

Date: 20 Mar 2013 Comments:0

http://online-domain-tools.com

Online Domain Tools is a set of free tools for everyday use. We have specialized tools for network administrators, webmasters, web application developers, domain owners as well as tools useful for all Internet users. If you want to have all your tools in one place ready to use anytime Online Domain Tools is the right choice for you. We are continuously improving our existing tools and we are also working on implementing new tools. Online Domain Tools offers and will offer using various tools for free. We plan to implement new features and tools, some of them may be paid, but the basic functionality will always be provided free of charge. You can watch news related to Online Domain Tools on the news page. The latest news are also displayed on the homepage. When a new feature or tool is implemented it will be mentioned there.

Pre-Build and Live CD Servers

Date: 6 Mar 2013 Comments:0

http://www.turnkeylinux.org/

Turnkey Linux is a virtual appliance library that integrates and polishes the very best open source software into ready to use solutions. Each virtual appliance is optimized for ease of use and can be deployed in just a few minutes on bare metal, a virtual machine and in the cloud. We believe everything that can be easy, should be easy. Packaging a solution as a virtual appliance can be incredibly useful because it allows you to leverage guru integration skills to build ready to use systems (I.e., turn key solutions) that just work out of the box with little to no setup.