Is your computer showing signs of slowing down or aging? Can you describe the symptoms? Does it need a tune up? These questions may sound silly but they do happen. How would you know when a computer needs a tune up and what is a tune up anyway?

Most computer users do just that – use their computer every day, never bothering to maintain it. PCs do need regular maintenance. It is a machine after all. Even if it works tirelessly, it requires periodic cleaning externally and internally. Externally, you must ensure that you keep the computer dust-free, not only to make it look like new, but to prevent dirt build up that could enter the inner recesses of your computer terminal and computer parts or in case of laptops, clog the air vents and the keypad.

Internally, you have to ensure that unwanted programs are deleted and files are stored properly. For Windows PCs, several things could be done to ensure that your computer is always at peak performance level. Rather than do the tune up yourself, there are companies, like that develop tune up utility apps, to make the task faster and more efficient.

Signs that indicate it’s time for a tune up

Even if you are not a computer technician, you’ll be able to tell that your computer needs a tune up by observing its performance. Here are some of the top signs.

  1. Computer is slow

A brand-new computer works fast, but as it ages, it shows signs of slowing down. It happens gradually, so it may have skipped your notice. You might have installed too many apps, games, videos and music that eat up a lot of memory space especially if the games and videos have very high resolution. Downloading items from the Internet adds to data clutter. Some of your computer’s hardware may be failing or your system resources are no longer adequate for all the programs installed on the PC.

  1. Error messages keep popping up

When you intermittently get error messages, there could be a problem with your hardware or your software and either one is having an issue when executing certain functions. It could be caused by a bug in the program, too.

  1. Boot up and shut down takes longer

If your computer takes time to boot and shut down, some useless files could be hampering the process. You see, installing and uninstalling programs and downloading stuff from the web creates a file in the Windows registry. Often that is not a problem but over time, it can cause the system to lag.

  1. PC crashes or freezes

When a PC crashes or freezes once, that is all right. However, if this problem occurs frequently, your PC is telling you that it is short on resources and cannot execute the process that you want it to do. Sometimes it is because too many applications are open. It could be because you have too much data on your hard drive and not enough memory for applications to execute normally.

You can call a computer technician to fix problems with your PC. Your other option is to find a good computer tune up utility app that will perform the task of maintaining your computer and ensuring that it is always in tip-top condition.


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