If you’re like me, then you spend a lot of time on your computer. You work on it, play on it, and talk to your friends on it. But are you spending all of that time wisely? Or are there certain tips and tricks you can use to improve your PC life?

With that in mind, here are the top four New Year’s Resolutions that you should make in 2013:

4) Consider switching to Windows 8

Amidst all of the hoopla about Windows 8’s new Metro interface, there’s a really good operating system underneath. That operating system offers better security and usability than previous versions of Windows, and its plug and play functionality is a breeze to work with.

Microsoft is currently offering a promotional discount on Windows 8 upgrades until the end of January 2013, so if you’re interested in upgrading, now’s the time to do it.

3) Learn how to perform basic PC maintenance

Some people like to perform routine maintenance on their vehicle. Other people hate it. PC maintenance is similar – some people like and enjoy it, while other people don’t want anything to do with it.

If you want to improve your PC life, you should learn how to perform basic PC maintenance. For example, make an effort to learn:

-How to delete unnecessary files from your system

-How to scan for malware and viruses

-How to download drivers that optimize your system’s performance

-How to improve PC gaming framerates

To get daily updated tips about fixing your PC and optimizing its performance, be sure to follow our Fix My PC Free blog for the latest computer tech news.

Of course, if you’d rather just press a single button in order to perform routine maintenance on your PC, then PC Cleaner Pro is an excellent option.

2) Use your PC to save money, not spend more money

The internet has shown us countless ways to save money. If you’re ready to save more money than ever before, here are some useful tips you can follow using your PC:

-Avoid paying for premium Microsoft Office software by downloading free alternatives like Open Office

-Be smarter about upgrading your PC instead of just buying a completely new PC every time you encounter problems and slowdowns. Software like PC Cleaner Pro can make your PC as fast as it was on the day you purchased it. And it’s available for the fraction of the cost you would pay to buy a new PC. Download PC Cleaner Pro and save your upgrade money for another year.

-Squeeze new life out of older PCs by performing routine maintenance or installing PC Cleaner Pro

1) Browse smarter to avoid malware

Many tech experts don’t use antivirus software to protect their computers. Although this might seem to break every rule in the books, some people just don’t need antivirus software because they already make browsing as safe as possible.

How do they do this? Well, for starters, they pay attention to the following tips:

-Don’t download anything from untrustworthy sources

-Don’t download free premium software from pirating websites (they’re usually viruses in disguise)

-Avoid visiting suspicious websites

-Avoid clicking on online advertisements that seem too good to be true

-Clean up your PC on a regular basis using software like PC Cleaner Pro

These tips aren’t complicated. In fact, they’re quite simple to follow. You shouldn’t uninstall your antivirus software any time soon. But if you follow the tips listed above, you will significantly reduce your risk of finding viruses and malware on your PC.

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