Friday, March 5, 2010

Mike Nash Leaves Microsoft

First, it was Windows Senior Vice President Bill Veghte who left the stage and now the Corporate Vice President of Windows Platform Strategy, Mike Nash. He is the second top Microsoft Executive to leave the company in less than a month. Mike Nash is expected to join where his services will be highly useful.

While at Microsoft, Mike Nash was responsible for helping Microsoft make several important acquisitions in the security space. He was also a key player and Microsoft can't thank him enough for his role in ecosystem engagement, Internet Explorer, Windows business strategy, emerging markets, and consumer security.

Mike Nash has spent 19 years at Microsoft. He was also part of the first product manager on the original Windows NT marketing team. He was at one time the Corporate Vice President of the Security Technology Unit.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Three Common Causes of Slow PC Speed

If you use a new computer, even for a minute, you would instantly appreciate the excitement of using a fast machine. The feeling is always great with a fast computer: programs run at a very comfortable pace, websites open at the click of a mouse and so on. Sad enough, the speed of new computers diminishes with time.

Malicious malware and registry errors are two common causes of a slow computer. However, you can prevent these from taking a toll on the speed of your computer. You definitely do not need to be a techie to maintain your computer’s maximum speed at all times. All it needs you do is to show a little care.

Malicious Malware

Malicious malwares are dubious programs that penetrate and run on your computer. Even a brief stop at some unsafe website would automatically load and run threats such as Viruses, Trojans, Spyware, worms and a truckload of other threats. These threats gain entrance to your computer without your permission or knowledge.

To avoid the danger of malicious software running on your machine you need an up-to-date and good Anti-Virus. Secondly, avoid opening email messages with attachments except if you are sure of the source. Try to avoid downloading and running freeware unless you know the freeware is a trusted software. Almost all downloaded freeware comes with hidden vaults-of-threats that spread their tentacles on your system stealing information, corrupting files, studying your browsing behaviour and sending you targeted ads. For what it is worth, it is important to say your email address could be used to send spam messages too.

Registry Errors

Each time you install and run a program on your computer, the registry gets a new instruction about the program. This instruction is used to run the program. When these programs are later removed from the system and your computer is switched on, it tries to execute these instructions; the result is registry errors.

Good registry Cleaners could help you delete registry errors. If you do not want to get a registry cleaner right away, then you have to avoid installing unnecessary programs: Only install programs that are very important to you. Read reviews to see the good and bad sides of a program instead of installing and running a trial version that you will end up uninstalling later. One useful tool is tuneup utilities. You can find a tuneup utilities review here.

Hard Drive Fragmentation
Fragmentation occurs when the operating system cannot or will not allocate enough contiguous space to store a complete file as a unit, but instead puts parts of it in gaps between other files. This fragmentation causes your hard drive to run slower and fragmentation will build over time. You can use the windows defrag utility to help cut back on hard drive fragmentation.