Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/school/pc-maintenance-for-beginners/lesson4/
Today we’re going to talk about improving your PC’s performance beyond the basic steps we’ve already covered thus far. Chances are your computer runs perfectly well until you start stressing it and then it will obviously slow down as it is given more demands.
It's a pity that there is no mention of the excellent filehippo.com
While filehippo is possibly the only download site that isn't doing their own crapware-filled download wrapper, much of the software that is available on their site has their own wrappers. In addition, I've often used an older version of some freeware app because I didn't like the update, and I'm guessing many people do that as well. And that's fine.
The simple fact is that most freeware apps don't need to be updated all the time, because they aren't attack vectors like Flash, Java, and Reader are.
So the regular PC user should concentrate on keeping those things updated (along with Windows and browsers) to make sure that they stay safe while browsing online. And that's what our series is telling everybody.
As someone who also uses older versions of certain apps and softwares, and doesn not automatically grab the latest version or update, I think that's a very important point which bears some attention and discussion of its own.
Some people subscribe to the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy - which I learned the hard way some years ago during an attempt to update all my hardware drivers.
Also - Thanks to HTG - I learned that I could get along just fine without Java and removed it from my system almost year ago.
@geek - What do you recommend for alternatives to Adobe Reader - and what about the internal function built into Firefox ?
Assuming you just need to view PDFs and don't need to do anything else, you're much better off using the viewers built into modern browsers, or Google's web-based viewer built into Google Docs, Gmail, etc.
And just uninstall the other PDF viewers entirely.
I don't think I've actually installed a PDF viewer for years now.
Thank you. I should have mentioned that I download a lot of music in PDF format from sites such as IMSLP, which I then print out for actual playing purposes. Would your method still work in that case ?
I agree but I have installed their update checker in both my laptops and it works quite well.
You'll have to test that out. In my experience, printing from Chrome worked just fine.
Good Article. I found the free version of avast has a "Software updater" function on tools that keeps track of browsers and the other attack vector programs listed here. I've also gotten to like Process Explorer and Process Hacker (poor choice of name, I think) to be more useful than task manager for look at what's going on in my computer.
Not sure if this would be the right place to post this but... explorer.exe regularly goes up to 33% (CPU usage( on my computer, which makes everything else suffer. I have restart the process every time and I don't know why it happens.
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