What does it mean to be “optimized?”
When a computer is running to the best of its ability it is said to be “optimized.” Without routine maintenance to keep it at its peak, however, that performance can become sluggish. Routine tasks such as booting-up or opening an application that once took seconds can take minutes.
Performing routine maintenance will keep the system of any computer running at its peak performance, or “optimized,” says Raymond Castor, Senior Vice President for IT at Dobson Technologies. Castor recently took time to explain how businesses can keep the computers on their networks running their best.
Q: When a user tells you that their computer has slowed down or takes a long time to login or access an application, what do you look for?
Castor: There are a variety of reasons a computer’s performance begins to lag. Sometimes it is caused by a fragmented hard drive or by a virus or unwanted malware that has been introduced into the system. Poor Internet can cause a computer to run slow, which can be caused by inadequate bandwidth or by a poor performing computer system. Clearing temporary Internet files and deleting the cache from your browser can often help speed things up a bit. Slowness during boot-up can often be attributed to the number of programs installed on the system. Each program will often insert a small portion toward startup into the system boot-up process. Naturally, the more applications that have an element to run in the background and be required to start up will increase the length of this process.
Q: Are servers at risk for viruses or malware as much as desktop computers?
Castor: Yes, servers are also at risk the same as any desktop computer. Effective firewalls and antivirus solutions are the best source for protecting these systems.
Q: What is the different between a virus, a worm and malware?
Castor: A virus usually attaches itself to a specific file and infects it or renders it corrupt or unusable, while a worm usually does not attach itself, but spreads and replicates through system vulnerabilities to other computers. This is often done through a network. Malware can be any piece of software, whether malicious or not that is a nuisance. Often, malware can contribute in large volumes to poor computer performance once installed.
Q: What are the top five ways to optimize my computer system?
• Run a reputable antivirus software solution
• Routinely delete temporary Internet files and cache
• Run disk defragmenter periodically
• Reboot regularly
• Exercise caution when installing games or various software packages; many will install unnecessary add-ons.
Q: What does Dobson Technologies bring to its clients that will help them keep their computers and networks optimized?
Castor: Dobson’s team of system engineers and support personnel will assist clients with effective, proactive support measures to protect them from a poor performing computer. Effective troubleshooting and analysis are all tools that Dobson staff members will contribute in its Managed IT role for a client.