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Keep your PC running smoothly

Keep your PC running smoothly

Q. I’ve only had my computer for a year and it’s already starting to slow down and hiccup. What can I do to speed it back up and keep it that way?
-Jeff from Knoxville, TN, listens to my national radio show on WOKI 98.7FM

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A. There’s nothing like getting a new computer. Once you remove the pre-installed junk, it starts up in a flash. Programs load quickly. Everything is smooth sailing, at least for a while.

But then, over time, the computer gets slower, and you start encountering warning messages. Frustration sets in. You want to throw the computer out the window and start fresh.

Fortunately, you don’t have to go that far. Just like your health and your car, your computer requires regular maintenance. A little work from time to time will spare you hours of frustration down the road.

Before you can maintain a computer, you need to make sure it’s in good shape. Get it back in good working order by speeding up your startup and making sure your hard drive is clean.

You should also remove unwanted toolbars and clean out any viruses.

Once your computer is speedy again, here’s what you need to do to keep it that way.

The first place to start is software. It pays to keep your operating system and programs up to date. Updates add security and stability improvements to help your system run better.

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