Keeping the Banshee at Bay

Keeping the Banshee at Bay
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I’m not mechanically inclined. Most of this is due to the fact that I’m just not interested in that sort of thing. Whatever IT is, I just want it to work. I don’t need to know how it works.

I’m sure someone out there is asking, “Well, what if it breaks? Don’t you want to know how to fix it?” My opinion, it wouldn’t do me any good to know because chances are I’d flub up fixing it somehow and that damn thing still won’t work anyway. I’m better off relying on someone who adores taking things apart and putting them back together again.

When things go wrong with my PC or laptop, I feel as though there’s a banshee invading my life, my precious space in the corner of the “computer room”. I yell for husband or quickly push the numbers into the phone for my son-in-law. My husband doesn’t know diddly-squat about software, but he used to work with the hardware all the time when he was still active-duty Air Force. My son-in-law is the software wizard. He’s a programmer by trade, and can be quite accommodating.

Still, despite my idiocy when it comes to fixing things, I have discovered some software programs–free no less–that repair the most common of dilemmas with my Dell PC and laptop. There’s many out there in cyberspace that are professing to keep your computer running like new.

Now, I’m not so foolish as to believe all that hype, but some of them do help so my poor machine doesn’t freeze or act erratic.

CCleaner

I’ve been using CCleaner for several years. It does a marvelous job at keeping my computer running as fast as it possibly can without taking it to a technician. It gets out all the rubbish that slows my poor contraption down.

I can do the following swipes with this little gem:

  • clean the general workings of the computer
  • clean the registry
  • use tools that will show startup programs, browser plugins, duplicate files and folders
  • do a systems restore
  • do an analysis of a disk
  • do a drive wipe

Of course, because I use the free version, I can’t schedule these things to happen. Once a week I set time aside for this duty. Most weeks I just need the general cleaning.

Drive Booster

IObit has several programs that help with PC maintenance. All are good, but for cleaning, I still like CCleaner the best. However, their program for checking on the latest version of drivers is so simple to use, I took it on. It’ll even alert me when one is getting terribly old.

Smart Defrag

OIbit’s defragging program is another good one to have. I can schedule this one so my poor machine doesn’t have shards all over the place just because I get busy doing other things. Not only that, but it works in the background too.

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Now that I’ve had a computer for seventeen years [not the same one, of course :P], I don’t think it would be easy to live without one. Sure, I could do it if need be, but I sure wouldn’t be happy about it. Keeping the contraption running as smooth as possible has become one of my missions in life. After all, it’s my main vehicle to the outside world these days.

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What software programs are you using to take care of the health of your computer?

“I know there’s a proverb which that says ‘To err is human,’ but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries.” ― Agatha Christie

 

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14 Replies to “Keeping the Banshee at Bay”

  1. You think YOU’RE not mechanically inclined? I think you’re a genius. I am truly a mechanical, technological, and digital moron. Partly because I’m afraid of mucking things up even worse, I just freeze until my son has a chance to come fix whatever is on the fritz with the computer.

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  2. I’m actually the kind of person who likes to know how things work and how to fix it. It can be overwhelming to learn, but the more I know, the more I feel in control and feel more confident about troubleshooting and making things right once again. I don’t do much to keep my computer’s health in check, though. I do have the Norton Anti-Virus program and I do scan my computer every now and then with it. Most of the time I blog and write on my computer, but nothing as heavy duty as streaming videos on hours on end.

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    1. Surfing on the internet can cause things to get out of wack on a computer. I do watch a few videos but it isn’t a regular activity. They usually come from blogs I follow. Heavy programs can get the workings of a computer erratic. Also, photos, I’ve found, can do a nasty number on my contraption too.

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  3. Best Buy and I have a relationship going. It’s a little one-sided as I’m theI c one who makes the first move, but I can live with that.
    I used to be fearless when still in the working world. Much has changed in the ten years I’ve been retired and I don’t even want to keep up. 😦

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  4. I enjoyed and identified with the title of this informative post, Glynis. My computer is a MacBook and I have no idea how to clean or maintain it, so the contraption I rely on is my husband. So far he’s worked out well.

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  5. I have an inexpensive Chromebook. No programs to slow it down, really. Either that or it’s because I only use it to blog. Now the other one…..the one that’s um….15 years old? Different story. I use Norton’s.

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    1. Supposedly Chomebook doesn’t get viruses. Of course, they said the same about Mac too. If you’re not doing any surging on the internet, chances are it’ll take a long time for you to have any problems with it.

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