Originally posted by HAVOC2k5
Software maintenance is important, but hardware maintenance is equally as important.
1.) One mistake that a lot of people make is putting their desktop towers in cabinets with-out proper ventilation. There are a lot of PC desks that have small cabinets with doors to store towers in. But, this is one of the worst places to put a tower due to the lack of ventilation and heat build up. The area that your tower is in should be well ventilated and free of obstruction.
2.) Do not have your PC on the floor or Rug. (Most important, do put your PC on the floor next to were your feet are under the desk or table. These areas are loaded with dust, dirt and debris that accumulates from shoes and feet. Electronics (PC'S) are dust magnets.
3.) It's impossible to prevent all dust and debris from entering your PC. But, following rule 1 & 2 plus routine internal cleaning of a PC will greatly prolong it's life. If you feel comfortable opening your PC, buy a car of compressed air and give it a GOOD cleaning. Areas to focus on are (Fans both case & CPU), (Power supply fan) (bottom floor of the case) motherboard, videocard... ETC...
Overheating is one of the main causes for SLOW PREFORMANCE....
Great tips dude.
I would shut down unnecessary programs that automatically start when you load windows. The easiest way to do this is through "msconfig". Start/Run/ type "msconfig", go to start up tab and disselect all except antivirus, video card or anything you always want running in the background....
Go to Pcpitstop.com and run a free system analysis, only works with internet explorer.
Stop using internet explorer. (dont try uninstalling it though) Although i have been finding it slow lately, if you are worried about spyware/viruses etc, Firefox is by far the best tool against it.
oh and i would rec a defrag at least once a week, i do it every 2-3 days.