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Protect your computer against virus and spyware

Spyware collects personal information without letting you know and without asking for permission. From the websites you visit to usernames and passwords, spyware can put you and your confidential information at risk. In addition to privacy concerns, spyware can hamper your computer's performance.

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Keep your operating system and other programs up-to-date

High priority updates are critical to the security and reliability of your computer. They offer the latest protection against malicious online activities. Microsoft provides new updates, as necessary, on the second Tuesday of the month. How?

Remove unessential startup programs

There are many programs that are being loaded during startup of windows but you don't need them to do, having too many programs being loaded during startup of windows will slow down boot up process, so it's better you remove those that are not essential and after boot your windows, start those that you need. TuneUp Utilities will help you for doing this, it will suggest you for disable unessential startup programs and also it has a powerful program for disable unessential startup programs. Read More: TuneUp Utilities

Disable unessential background windows services

Else than startup programs, there are many windows service running in which you usually don't see them but they are using windows resource and can slow down your works. Disabling windows services maybe a geek stuff since you need to know what does each one, but TuneUp Utilities make it easy for you, It has a feature called program de-activator, using this you can install every program you need without worry of slow down your computer since using this feature you can de-active them, this feature disable services of that program plus remove it from windows startup until you need that program again (Run it!) and once you run that program again TuneUp Utilities will active that program (restore disabled items). Read More: TuneUp Utilities Program De-Activator

Uninstall unused programs

Every program even if not running in windows, can affect windows performance or even have impact on windows safety, so if you don't use a program why keep it?
Once a while take a look at windows programs and features (add/remove programs in Windows XP) in control panel and look at what programs you don't need to uninstall them. Also TuneUp Utilities does it automatically for you, once you install it it will ask you after how long a program should be consider as unused to remind you uninstall it!, read more: TuneUp Utilities

Defragment Hard Drive Periodically

Disk fragmentation slows the overall performance of your system. When files are fragmented, the computer must search the hard disk when the file is opened to piece it back together. The response time can be significantly longer. How?

Free up Disk Space

The Disk Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete, and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files. How?

Detect and repair disk errors

As you use your hard drive, it can develop bad sectors. Bad sectors slow down hard disk performance and sometimes make data writing (such as file saving) difficult, or even impossible. The Error Checking utility scans the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether certain files or folders are misplaced. How?

Learn all about ReadyBoost

If you're using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can use ReadyBoost to speed up your system. A new concept in adding memory to a system, it allows you to use non-volatile flash memory—like a USB flash drive or a memory card—to improve performance without having to add additional memory.