Most of us buy computers for our work or college tasks, usually making do with laptops or readymade desktops. We use limited features of the computer, as, for the tech-defiant consumer, studying into the features of these devices is scary.
While some of the myths about computers may in fact be accurate, a lot of them are just made up. Here are the top 10 myths about computers that we usually think are true.
It requires frequent Disk Defragmentation
Gone are the days of Windows 95 and 2000, both the popular OSes - Windows and Mac have built-in disk defragmenters that work automatically, eliminating the need for a manual check-up every once in a while. This happens on a pre-determined schedule. Also, SSDs, the latest tech in data storage, don't even require a defragmentation.
Viruses and spyware slow down your performance
A lot of us blame slow computer performance on unknown viruses or spyware that might have crept in, but it is exactly the opposite. The virus developers need to ensure that programs run smoothly to make the user unaware about its existence. Also, your RAM or processor might be the reason behind this lag.
‘Task Cleaner’ software increases performance
We have all been spammed by requests to purchase the ‘amazing new task cleaner in town', something that has a decent price tag and lures you into discovering an easy way of improving performance. In fact, it does not help at all. This is junk software and it's never needed, no matter what operating system you're on.
Antivirus software is unnecessary
With media coverage focusing on the uselessness of antivirus software, a lot of users have shifted onto a stand that tends antivirus as an optional ‘program' in your PC. Reasons like ‘I own a Mac' and ‘I don't visit spam websites' are baseless and a basic antivirus is definitely required to help you scan and detect spyware before it destroys all files.
Not turning off your PC harms its performance
Turning off your PC every day isn't generally the best thing as it increases the time of closing and opening up the operating system as well as alters the processor speed. Simply putting it into sleep mode is enough to save your work conveniently. That said, you should turn off your PC at least once in a week or 10 days to maintain battery life.
Deleting stuff from the hard drive erases it completely
You would want to believe that whatever you delete from your hard drive is gone forever. But this happens only in a fairy world, because in the real world a hard drive never forgets. When you erase something from your hard drive, the visible traces vanish but the base of the data still remains, albeit professional help overwrites the hard drive.
Macs are better/worse than your Windows PC
I am writing this on a Mac device but I CANNOT say that a Mac is better or worse than a Windows machine. Each have their own fortes and comparing them on specific scales don't do them justice. For example, Macs are versatile when it comes to editing while Windows can handle games quite well.
Use Chrome and Firefox to protect yourself from spyware
More hardware means better performance
Filling up your PC/Mac with better processor cores and RAM sticks will speed it up? Well, think again because that isn't necessarily true. While RAM boosts up task completion substantially, processor cores are somewhat complicated. The word "better" means different things to different users, and while more cores is better in the sense that it runs most programs faster, there are compromises in areas like battery and graphics.
A custom-built PC helps you save a lot of money
This myth would have been true if we lived in the 1990s, but the fact is that buying a pre-built computer is more cost-effective than a custom machine, for the budget range. You can still save money building a premium machine, but for most consumer-driven PC variants, it's typically better to just buy one when they're on sale.
You can always make a custom desktop because, ah, the thrill.