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Reasons of a slow PC

Is your PC slowing down and you just don't know what to do? Well, don't worry! We are going to throw light on the top 5 causes of slow computer problems and what you can do to prevent them.

Reason # 1: Virus and Spyware Infections

With computers being connected to the Internet 24 X 7 these days, malware programs, such as virus, Trojans, worms, spyware and adware have become major threats for computer users. These malicious programs infiltrate your system through unprotected Internet connections, spam e-mails, infected external media and many other sources. Once your PC is infected, you may notice a drastic fall in its performance. You may also notice several PC errors, and at times, it may become impossible for you to even work on your computer at all. To prevent infiltration of these malicious programs and to clean your computer from any infections, it is essential for you to install security tools, such as antivirus and antispyware on your PC. You must schedule these tools to run on a regular basis and also keep them updated with the latest definitions to ensure that you are protected against the latest viruses.

Reason # 2: Damaged and Fragmented Registry

The registry is Backbone of ur Windows operating system because it stores all hardware, software, and user configuration information within it. As your PC gets older, the registry gets filled up with loads of unwanted, outdated, and invalid information that causes registry bloating. A bloated registry easily gets damaged and fragmented, and as a result can slow down your PC. To prevent problems due to a cluttered registry, you must regularly scan and clean your registry. You can do this easily with the help of a reliable registry cleaner tool.

Reason # 3: Filled Up and Fragmented Hard Disk

When you create new files, add new programs, browse the web or perform other activities on your system, information is added or removed from the hard disk. Quite often, your computer activities leave behind information on the hard disk in the form of orphan program files and folders, temporary Internet files, no-longer-required program setup files, and loads of other such data. This unwanted data unnecessarily fills up the hard disk and causes data fragmentation. To prevent these problems, you must uninstall unwanted programs from the system and use the Disk Cleanup utility to get rid of all unwanted files and folders. It is also essential to regularly use the Disk Defragmenter tool to consolidate broken files and speed up data access time.

Reason # 4: Too Many Startup Programs

Many times, when you install programs on your computer, they add their shortcuts to the startup list, so that some of their services load in the background when your PC is turned on. These programs unnecessarily eat up system recourses and cause your system to slow down. This is the reason why, it is recommended that you disable these unwanted startup programs. You can do this easily with the help of the Windows System Configuration Utility (Run -- >msconfig --> Startup) or by using a reliable third-party startup program management utility.

Reason # 5: Less System Memory

As you install new programs and more high-end software on your PC, the hardware requirements of the system increases. This is the reason why, to speed up your PC you may need to upgrade your system requirements. By doing this, you can considerably enhance the performance of your PC by increasing the system memory or RAM.

If you remove all these problems its a guarantee that there are no slow speeds.
Enjoy super fast computer!

Here are some utilities that can fix the above mentioned problems :

Tune Up Utilities
Spotmau PowerSuite Professional
Ram Cleaner
Vista Manager
Advanced Vista Optimizer
Super Utilities
Revo Uninstaller
Eset smart security

Keeping your PC clean

I'm writing this to hopefully keep you virus, spyware, adware, and malware free. This short article will hopefully educate you on malware, help prevent it and help remove it.

So what's this 'malware' then?

So, what is 'Malware'? Malware is the name given to viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, keyloggers and all the nasty things you want to avoid when computing. Malware is a common issue with computers (especially Windows, lesser on Linux and Mac) because there's a wide variety of ways you can get infected by malware, anyway let's move on.

How do you stay virus, trojan, adware, spyware, keylogger etc free?

The easiest option is to run a variety of security software. Most Anti-viruses have spyware and adware definitions in there too, which means in theory it should protect you from both. So a must, is a good Antivirus irregardless of how experienced with computers you are. There's several free ones, a personal favourite is Avira Antivir Personal. Why? It's free, reliable, quick, light and simple. It does the job, it doesn't bother me and automatically deals with viruses and such. There's a few others such as AVG Free or Avast which I tend to stay away from as Avira comes out top in almost all Antivirus related tests.

Of course you can go for paid versions such as Kaspersky, F-Secure, Bitdefender, Panda and a few others. It's all your choice, personally I prefer the free version of Avira (baring in mind theres a premium version)

Moving on, along with my Antivirus (Avira Personal) I run another software called Malwarebytes Antimalware just incase something slips through that Avira doesn't detect (baring in mind Avira is an Anti-VIRUS not an Anti-MALWARE) so that I don't get infected. Malwarebytes Anti-malware(I'll refer to it as MBAM) is a second layer of defense, which catches spyware, adware, and other things that Avira doesn't catch. It's a bad idea running two Anti-VIRUSES together, because they will 'fight' each other if they both detect a virus. MBAM is free (however there's a premium version which offers real time protection, you can get the cracked version free from CW though) it's also very light and extremely effective, possibly the best Anti-Malware out there currently.

So, we've got our Antivirus now our Anti malware, let's move on. Most people run a firewall too, which basically blocks access to your computer, that shouldn't be accessible. A free one that springs to mind is Comodo, I've used it in the past and really liked it, currently I don't run a Firewall as I prefer to travel light.

There are other security software (which you don't really need) such as immunzation software, other scanners, Host Intrusion Prevention systems and such, I just run my Antivirus and my anti-malware because I think anything else is overkill if you don't visit shady websites and download from places you don't trust.

Symptoms of infections

1. Redirects - a popular symptom is redirects, let's say you go to Google and it redirect you to some Russian website, you're most likely infected with a trojan so it's time to scan with your Anti virus, then your Anti malware.
2. Slow computer - Computer abnormally slow? You could be infected, run a scan.
3. Icons on desktop, you didn't put there - most likely an infection, scan!
4. Popups - I don't just mean the odd one, I mean quite a lot. If so, it's time to get scanning

A few tips

1. Always keep your Antivirus and Antimalware up to date, it's useless if you don't.
2. Run a scan once in a while (don't go overkill and scan daily, it's just wasting time and energy)
3. Don't run more than one real time Antivirus together.
4. Don't visit shady serial websites, or porn sites that you don't trust.
5. Always run an Antivirus, in the event of a virus and you don't have one you will really wish you'd had one (as I found out a while back)
6. Use common sense while using your computer.

God loves YOU!

Did you know that God loves YOU very much and He has a BIGGER plan for you?

Here are some verses from the Holy Bible:

"God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16, NIV)

Will you look at that? God has sacrificed His ONE and ONLY Son for us! Well, if you don't care about that, then I you could try sacrificing your kids and see how painful it is to see your kid being tortured and dying helplessly.

[Christ speaking] "I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly"[that it might be full and meaningful] (John 10:10)

Jesus Christ was the one speaking here, He came to fulfill his mission and save mankind so that God's individual plan for us would be continued.

But there is one thing standing before us, something so big that it blocks almost everything God gives you. What is that? It's SIN and that's our problem.

"All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

Man are sinners, no one is excused of that. We are all included.

"The wages of sin is death" [spiritual separation from God] (Romans 6:23)

Do not take all verses too literally guys. Death here means spiritual separation, it is the one that I meant earlier. That's why most of us don't receive blessings and miracles from God. :)

But what does Mathematics say about problems? If there's a problem, there's a SOLUTION. And what's our solution to this problem? It's Jesus Christ!

But why Jesus Christ?
1. He Died In Our Place
"God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)

2. He Rose from the Dead
"Christ died for our sins... He was buried... He was raised on the third day,
according to the Scriptures... He appeared to Peter, then to the twelve.
After that He appeared to more than five hundred..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6

3. He Is the Only Way to God
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to
the Father but through Me'" (John 14:6)

So, for us to break the wall/sin that separates us from God and all the plans He has for us, we must receive Christ individually and only then that we will experience and know God's plan for us!

What do we do?
1. We Must Receive Christ
"As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children
of God, even to those who believe in His name" (John 1:12)

2. We Receive Christ Through Faith
"By grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves,
it is the gift of God; not as result of works that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9)

3. When We Receive Christ, We Experience a New Birth
Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, "Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him. In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again. How can a man be born when he is old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother's womb to be born! Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, 'You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." (John 3:1-8)

4. We Receive Christ Through Personal Invitation
[Christ speaking] "Behold, I stand at the door and knock;
if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him" (Revelation 3:20)

You Can Receive Christ Right Now by Faith Through Prayer
(Prayer is talking with God)

God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude
of your heart. The following is a suggested prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life.
Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.


Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If it does, I invite you to pray this
prayer right now, and Christ will come into your life, as He promised.

And now that you've received Christ, I congratulate you for turning yourself towards a great, happy, God-fearing and sinless life. :)

A New Blog

Hello world! I'm Narice. I'm a 2nd year student, taking up Education, Major in English at HAU (Holy Angel University).

Hmm. What should I say? I'm running out of words to say.

The reason why I accepted Kira's invitation because I love writing, I love expressing my thoughts, I love to read blogs also, and lastly, I love to meet new friends.
I always write at night because as a student, I should prioritize my studies. I always review my notes before going to sleep.

If you're going to ask me, why did I took up Education, it's because, I love to share my thoughts and I love to teach other people and inspire them.

Hmm. If you have questions, please, feel free to ask. I always check them every night and as honest as I can be, I can answer all your questions. I'm also accepting suggestions to improve my blogging style.

So, this is it. :). I'm done with my first blog. (Yippee!!). Sorry if it's too short because it's late night and my mom wants to sleep so I should turn off the light in living room and I should sleep early because I have classes tomorrow, so I need to renew my strength.

So, read my next blog. And words are running out to express my thoughts. All I know, is that, I'm enjoying writing blogs.

Thanks for reading it. :)

I'm back!

Sorry guys, I've kept you all waiting for my next post. I was just so busy taking my last days of vacation sleeping all day long but now that my classes have started again, I would be very glad to update our blog every now and then.

Also, 3 more writers\authors are going to join me in bringing you some things that pops in to our minds. Their names would be posted as soon as I get my internet connection fixed. And will be adding one more writer soon so you'll be reading fresh contents from 5 different persons which may be enjoyable for you. Hmm, I'm using my father's Samsung Star wifi right now to write this one. I didn't think that using a touch screen phone to write an article would be this difficult!

Anyways, I don't know how to add some writers in blogger but I think I've seen a tool or link for that somewhere. So, for you to know who wrote the article, we would be putting our pen names below each post like this:
" -- KiRA "

Most of their posts would be in our language, Filipino, but you may be able to translate them through our bar below. Although, I wouldn't recommend translating it because when I used google to translate other languages, it translated the site, word by word. But still you can understand the meaning of those posts.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more stories.

Improve Computer System Speed

I got these tips from Microsoft and I just thought that you would also like to know about these top 10 tips. Enjoy!

1. Let your PC boot up completely before opening any applications.
2. Refresh the desktop after closing any application. This will remove any unused files from the RAM.
3. Do not set very large file size images as your wallpaper. Do not keep a wallpaper at all if your PC is low on RAM (less than 256 MB).
4. Do not clutter your Desktop with a lot of shortcuts. Each shortcut on the desktop uses up to 500 bytes of RAM
5. Empty the recycle bin regularly. The files are not really deleted from your hard drive until you empty the recycle bin.
6. Delete the temporary internet files regularly.
7. Defragment your hard drive once every two months. This will free up a lot of space on your hard drive and rearrange the files so that your applications run faster.
8. Always make two partitions in your hard drive. Install all large Softwares (like PSP, Photoshop, 3DS Max etc) in the second partition. Windows uses all the available
empty space in C drive as virtual memory when your Computer RAM is full. Keep the C Drive as empty as possible.
9. When installing new Softwares disable the option of having a tray icon. The tray icons use up available RAM, and also slow down the booting of your PC. Also disable the option of starting the application automatically when the PC boots. You can disable these options later on also from the Tools or preferences menu in your application.
10. Protect your PC from dust. Dust causes the CPU cooling fan to jam and slow down thereby gradually heating your CPU and affecting the processing speed. Use compressed air to blow out any dust from the CPU. Never use vacuum.

Partitioning your drives needs your computer to be clean slates. I mean, no files, just like a newly bought CPU. Yes, it is risky if you don't want your files to be deleted BUT it greatly increases your CPU speed when partitioned.

I don't have my laptop partitioned though. :)