Have you ever wondered what defragmentation really is? How an optimizer works or what lies behind a “Windows error code”? Tired of searching the Web for the right answer? With the TuneUp Glossary (available in English, German and French), you have a handy PC encyclopedia right at your fingertips. The TuneUp Glossary provides easy-to-understand explanations of dozens of computer terms and situations. As just a sample, we’ve provided three entries from our glossary that every PC user should know:
Autostart refers to the Windows process that occurs when you start or restart your computer. If you’re experiencing computer issues, such as slow start-ups or a noticeable lag when switching between programs, you should identify any unnecessary programs that start automatically. Windows allows programs to configure themselves to run in the background so that they appear to start quickly when needed. Some of these programs show an icon on your taskbar to let you know that they’re running, while others are completely hidden. These autostart programs probably won’t noticeably slow down your computer as it starts up, but they’ll steal away trace amounts of memory and processing time as your computer continues to run. Use TuneUp Utilities to configure your autostart programs to improve your computer’s performance.
Broadband is often called “high-speed” access to the Internet because it usually involves a high rate of data transmission. To a computer user, broadband has a tremendous effect on how fast Web pages are displayed or how quickly you can upload photos and videos. Generally speaking, any connection with a speed of 256 Kbit/s (0.256 Mbit/s) or greater is given the more concise term broadband Internet access. Broadband speed can vary according to geographic location, modem and other technical aspects, but is still considered a vast improvement over a 56K dial-up connection. If you have 512K broadband speed, it’s around ten times faster than a 56K dial-up Internet connection, which means you can view Web pages instantly. With a broadband speed of 20 Mbps, you can download a full-length feature film in less than 10 minutes. Use TuneUp Utilities to keep your broadband speed optimized.
Disk space refers to the available storage capacity on a disk. Over time, hard disk space may become cluttered with unwanted files that slow down computer performance. Unless you’re an expert in PC maintenance, you may cause more harm than good to your computer if you attempt to clean up this cluttered disk space. In addition to old files that you know you want to delete, it’s recommended that you remove temporary Internet files, downloaded program files, empty the Recycle Bin and remove Windows temporary files. Experts recommend using TuneUp Utilities to find and remove this clutter safely and effectively recover disk space.
A useful tool, don’t you think? The TuneUp Glossary is the perfect “cheat-sheet” for becoming a PC expert and is available in the following languages:
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