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Consider a second monitor to boost your productivity

Have you ever found yourself constantly jumping between browser tabs because you need to look at two things at the same time? Maybe you’re writing an email or document and need to refer to another tab for reference. Rather than jumping back and forth between tabs, a second monitor enables you to view two screens […]

If you don’t get a lot of sun at your computer, consider a sunlamp

Many underestimate the necessity of exposing yourself to natural sunlight for at least 5-10 minutes a day. A persistent lack of sunlight can lead to negative psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression. At the same time, not everyone lives in a climate that gets much sunlight. If you can’t spend some time outdoors each […]

Update your BIOS when necessary — but not when it isn’t

Your motherboard’s functions are determined by its Basic Input Output System, or BIOS. It’s common for BIOS firmware to receive updates via the motherboard manufacturer’s website to enable support for new components, especially CPUs. Before you install any component into your motherboard, ensure that the two pieces of hardware are compatible. If not, you may […]

Periodically reapply your CPU’s thermal paste to prevent it from overheating

Desktop computer CPUs stay cool with fans installed on top of them. These fans are carefully attached to the CPU with thermal paste, which enables effective cooling. However, because thermal paste degrades over time, it’s a good idea to replace it every two to three years. To do this, you’ll need to remove the fan […]

Clean up your PC once in a while

Over time, your PC will make a whole lot of junk files that can take up quite a bit of space. Every now and then you’ll want to clean out your storage drive to not only free that space up, but also get rid of certain types of files, such as trackers, that you may […]

For better PC performance defragment your hard drive

PCs with spinning hard drives will take longer to start up and access files and applications if they are fragmented. Fortunately, you can use either the built-in defragmentation tools in the operating system, or a more comprehensive tune-up solution like Total Defense PC Tune-up, to organize data into fewer contiguous regions.