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HWMonitor is a hardware monitoring program that reads PC systems main health sensors : voltages, temperatures, fans speed. The program handles the most common sensor chips, like ITE® IT87 series, most Winbond® ICs, and others. In addition, it can read modern CPUs on-die core thermal sensors, as well has hard drives temperature via S.M.A.R.T, and video card GPU temperature.

System Maintenance Utilities Detail

System Maintenance Utilities
System Maintenance Utilities

When you use a computer every day, you get a feel for its abilities, rhythms, and idiosyncrasies. So it always comes as a bit of a surprise when—after months or years of use—the device that previously zipped along like a puppy on speed seems to have slowed, now a geriatric hound no longer interested in chasing the ball. There are a lot of reasons this happens. After all, when you start the computer the first time, it doesn't have much to do but boot up and glow at you. The minute you install some software, you've started the slowdown process. You fill the hard drive and use more precious RAM until the eventual corruption of the operating system, especially in the Windows registry, where all the instructions and settings used by everything on the computer are stored. Of course, there are other reasons computers slow down; it could be simply trying to run too many programs at startup. Malware is also a big problem, so be sure you have the best antivirus solutions on hand. You may also have massive downloads happening on your system (or elsewhere on a network) that slows things to a crawl. Be aware of network usage of things like BitTorrent or streaming video. It's also possible your old hardware simply isn't up to snuff when the time comes to running the latest software. The occasional full reinstallation of the OS might fix the issue, but there's a reason people upgrade things like RAM, hard drives, and entire computers every few years: new software gets better and better partly because it's written to work with the latest and greatest components. We've focused here on PC slowdowns that you can fix. Most of these are problems for Windows users, but we found a couple of helpers for Mac OS X users, too. There are lots of great paid utilities out there, but don't forego the free utilities galore that help you clean up and speed up the computer. Regular system maintenance will go a long way to eking out many more years of use from your PC, so check out your options in the next few pages.

Computer Maintenance Software Detail

Computer Maintenance Software
Computer Maintenance Software

Computer Maintenance Software

There aren’t many software downloads that I recommend, but there are some that I trust and use, myself. I don’t generally pay for computer maintenance tools, so the programs on this page are either free or they offer free versions.

Antivirus/Antispyware:
AVG Free 2013
I’ve been using AVG Free for years and it’s never let me down. It may not be the lightest antivirus program available, but my computer runs just fine with AVG installed. Oh…and in case I haven’t mentioned, it’s FREE! Download AVG Free 2013

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
If you need a free malware/adware/spyware scanner and removal tool, I don’t know that you can beat MalwareBytes Antimalware. You’ll find yourself relying on it and you’ll likely end up buying the premium version. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Computer Cleanup:
CCleaner
CCleaner is an all-in-one solution for computer cleanup. First, it addresses temporary files and junk that has built up on your computer, over time. Second, it removes invalid registry entries. Third, it offers a way for you to uninstall unused or unneeded programs. Fourth, it allows you to see and choose which processes start with Windows. Download CCleaner

Computer Backup:
Angelo PC is a Carbonite affiliate and authorized reseller. I can’t stand asking a customer, after their hard drive has crashed, “Did you have your data backed up?” Too often, the answer is “No. I guess I should have.” Please don’t wait. Please do this, TODAY! Download CarboniteAre you at risk of losing irreplaceable files? Onsite backup is not enough. Choose Carbonite Online Backup Service!

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