If you’re using your personal computer to code, then you definitely know that you want it to be running fast and furious. There are a number of different things that can case a computer to slow down, crash, and act weird. Even if you’re very computer savvy bad things can still happen to good people.
The best strategies to keep your computer running smoothly are to prevent the “bad” things from happening – namely by backing up your data often, not downloading a lot of junk files and installing weird software, and also installing protective antivirus and anti-malware software.
I personally use Norton 360 on my computers. I have been with them for a while and I like the way that Norton 360 is basically unobtrusive. I haven’t had too many problems with it and it usually stops the bad stuff from getting on my computer. There is a free trial if you want to take it for a test drive.
Another software program I use that’s very good is Spyhunter 4, which enabled me to get rid of a very annoying malware/adware program from my computer called “Conduit” which took over my browser. I probably could have removed it by hand, but I honestly did not have time to do so and I needed this thing gone for security reasons. Spyhunter is easy to use and very effective at what it does. You can check out an article about it here.
In order to adequately ensure the safety of your computer files you must set up a good backup procedure. I can’t tell you how many times it’s happened to me where I lose files due to a hardware failure or some other problem. However I’ve started to use online backups to ensure that there’s always a backup somewhere even if I forget to make a local backup onto a hard drive. This happened recently where I had been lazy and hadn’t backed everything up to a hard drive in a while and my hard drive broke! I was in the middle of a video editing project for a client and boy did I have a panic attack. But thankfully I had always been running Backblaze in the background and all my files were backed up to their servers (thankfully!).
Of course as seasoned computer professionals you don’t need me to tell you that you should try not to install software unless you absolutely need it. So don’t go downloading any “freebies” from those download sites, no matter how tempted you become. Also, try to stick to safe internet neighborhoods and don’t browse adult or hacking sites.
If you find that you computer is slow because it’s bogged down by a lot of extra files then a quick run of CCleaner or PC Health Advisor is a great idea. You should also think about uninstalling any unnecessary software programs that might be loading during startup. You can prevent these programs from starting when you boot your machine, or you can uninstall them completely if you don’t need them.