10 common computer myths you need to stop believing

Xiaobai Software  2022-04-22 19: 32  read 101 views

For most tech enthusiasts, computers are relatively simple machines that can be bought, operated, and (in most cases) understood.For the average, non-tech-oriented consumer, however, they're terrifying devices made even more terrifying due to jargon, misunderstandings, and downright fallacies.

So here we're going to clear things up by debunking ten of the most common computer fallacies that still exist.

1. You need to defragment the drive frequently

 

Windows computers have a built-in defrag tool that runs automatically in the background on a pre-set schedule.On macOS, Macs have a file system (macOS HFS+) that automatically defragments files in a process known as HFC or Hot File Adaptive Clustering.

Also, many modern computers now come with solid-state drives or flash memory, and you shouldn't be defragmenting them -- it will literally destroy your solid-state drive.

2. More (cores, memory, etc.) is always faster

 

Adding more memory will make your computer work more efficiently by reducing its reliance on virtual memory.By doing this, your computer will feel faster.

On the other hand, the kernel is a somewhat complex package.Quality matters, and high-end quad-core processors almost always outperform low-end octa-core processors.

Also, the word "better" means different things to different users, and while more cores are better in the sense of running most programs, there are trade-offs in other areas, like battery life.

While more is usually better, this is not the case all the time.

3. Viruses and spyware make your computer slow

 

Whenever a PC user experiences any slowdown, the first cause that comes to mind is malware.

While it's always possible for a computer to get infected, modern malware is mostly profit-oriented, so letting it quietly hide in the background is what its creators intended.Therefore, you usually won't notice any performance degradation due to infection.

Instead, it's more likely that your PC is slowing down due to too many programs running at the same time, unnecessary plugins and add-ons taking up CPU usage, lack of available memory or disk space, or hardware issues.It could also just be that your computer is aging and it's time to replace it.

4. To protect yourself from the vulnerability, please use Firefox/Safari/Chrome/IE

 

The "X" browser is more secure than the "Y" browser is a comparison and has little to do with the consumer using it.Browsers are just an execution environment for JavaScript, so they are all equally at risk of being exploited and attacked.

It's also important to note that most browser-based attacks are through browser add-ons and plug-ins, not the browser itself.To protect yourself, buy a good antivirus that detects online malware and local infections.

 

You should have seen this ad: "Download the X-Junk Removing Crapware Program and get 300x faster".These programs promise to clean up registry errors, download driver updates, uninstall programs you can't uninstall manually, or clean up your PC for "issues" of dubious origin and purpose.

What are the facts?It's crap software, and you don't need it no matter what OS you're using.

These programs are often used to deliver malware, such as spyware or adware, and rarely do anything useful, if at all.Registry keys are small, and deleting them frees up negligible space with no performance benefit.

Driver update?If prompted or encounter errors with peripherals, you can download these yourself.

Paid uninstaller?unnecessary.If you can't completely uninstall an app, the files they leave behind are usually in the registry and are too small to worry about.

Cleaner?The problem they actually clear is often not a problem at all, but a problem that makes them feel like they're worth the money or download.

6. Macs are better than PCs/Macs are overpriced junk

 

A Mac is a PC, just a PC running macOS instead of Windows or Linux.That being the case, it's impossible to say they're better than Windows PCs.

However, we can discuss whether they are overpriced junk or even if they are overpriced.While they're certainly not budget PCs, the so-called "Apple tax" has been effectively eliminated, and most Apple devices are practically priced on par with their Windows counterparts.

7. You don’t need antivirus software

 

The two most common reasons for not needing antivirus software are usually. "I'm on a Mac, and the Mac doesn't get viruses, or I don't do anything online that could get infected."

Both statements are completely incorrect.You always need an antivirus program.

Let's tackle the problem for Mac users first. Macs used to be relatively immune to viruses, but not for other reasons, but because virus writers were more time-efficient to infect Windows-based PCs because they completely dominated the market.

As macOS continues to gain more market share than Windows, hackers have taken notice, so suddenly Macs are not so immune.

You need to understand one thing: using a computer is never safe.Every time you turn on your machine, you take a calculated risk that you won't do anything that causes your machine to become infected.

Denying access to unsafe or unknown websites is not enough to protect you from all threats.In fact, neither can antivirus software, but it certainly helps.

8. Deleting your hard drive is actually deleting them / using magnets to securely delete data

 

It's comforting to all of us to know that anything we delete from our computer is gone forever.Unfortunately, this is not the case.

When you delete data, visible traces of its existence may disappear, but due to the way data storage works, the actual data remains until it is overwritten.

You can think of your data as a footprint on a dusty floor.When you leave the room, your footprints are still there, but as more people enter, they start covering yours with their own.

This is quite similar to how data storage works.Deleted files are marked as free space on your drive, allowing data to be overwritten.This will happen eventually, but until then, the data can still be recovered.

To actually delete your data, some people suggest using a magnet.The idea would have worked well if we were still using floppy disks, but with modern hard drives or flash devices, magnets are a pretty ineffective way of destroying data.Instead, experts recommend using one of two methods:

1. Use a program that makes multiple passes on your hard drive, overwriting it with a series of 1s and 0s, until it can't be recovered.

2. Take your power drill and drill 10 to 12 holes in the hard drive, making sure to spread them out, not in a straight line.

9. Regularly turning the computer on and off is bad / not shutting it off at night is bad

 

There is no absolute truth here: turning your computer on and putting it to sleep when not in use is a safe and effective way to avoid regularly turning it on and off.In sleep mode, minimal system resources and battery consumption/power consumption are used.

On the other hand, if you don't need to run your computer, you should shut it down from time to time.Every computer component has a finite useful life; turning off the computer when it is not needed will make the components last longer.

10. It’s cheaper to build your own computer

Years ago, this was largely true.Today, it's often cheaper to buy a budget PC in a pre-built model.You can still save money building a higher-end machine, but for most consumer-driven PC models, it's usually better to buy one when it's on sale.

That's not to say that building your own PC isn't worth it.Building your own might be the best option for those who like to experience it for themselves or just want to customize the machine to their liking.

Get rid of these misconceptions and enjoy your PC

Believing fallacies about computers can affect your overall experience, besides, why follow something that doesn't even help?So, enjoy your computer and don't worry about these rumors.

 

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