By Mitz for Windows Talk
Most people don’t do enough computer maintenance—but a few people get overzealous in their computer maintenance and start to do things that are harmful to their computer. Here’s a list of a few things you shouldn’t do if you want your computer to keep running smoothly.
Computer Maintenance Doesn’t Require Memory Optimization
There are a bunch of programs out their that claim that they’ll optimize your memory. Other programs claim to defragment your memory. All of these programs imply that they’ll make your computer run faster.
I’m not sure that claim is correct. Even if they do optimize your memory, the speed increase is probably quite small.
But if the gain is small, the risk is high. Messing with computer memory puts every program on your computer at risk. That’s why, in normal operation, only one program is allowed to allocate computer memory—the operating system, Windows.
Memory optimizers may make your computer unstable. I’d especially mistrust shareware memory optimizers or those produced by a non-brand-name company.
You don’t need memory optimizers to perform good computer maintenance, so I suggest that you just avoid them altogether.
This excerpt is shared with permission from Windows Talk.