commonly repeated myths about computers debunked

When something as complicated as a computer enters society and quickly gathers millions of users around the world, you know there is going to be some nonsense. In fact, myths, legends, and other outright nonsense are an inevitability, and that misinformation can quickly grow out of control.

Here are a few popular, often repeated myths about computers that simply aren’t true.

Computers Need To Be Switched Off/Left On

One of the most persistent myths is that computers either need to be left on at night or turned off at night, in order to increase their lifespans.

This is one of those myths that simply have no factual basis of any kind. Virtually every computer under the sun these days has a hibernation or sleep mode, and that is basically all you need to know.

Use these functions, and forget any other nonsense you may have heard.

Macs Are Safe From Viruses

This is one of those myths that is grounded in reality but is complete nonsense none the less. Of course, Macs can get viruses. They have an operating system, don’t they?

The truth is that Macs simply operate in a much more stringently controlled environment, which means that they are less likely to get viruses and that fewer viruses are written for their systems. Depending on what a user does with his or her own system and what apps they use, however, it is still very easy to pick up an infection.

 Defragging Needs To Be Done Often

In the days of old, defragging a hard drive had to be done manually. These days Windows 10 handles this automatically by default. Just ensure the option is turned on, and never again let it worry your mind.

A Slow Computer Needs To Be Upgraded

Yes, computers need to be upgraded every so many year as new tech comes to the fore and parts simply wear out. This part is, of course, a fact. But if a computer is running slowly, when previously it was handling operations without a problem, the chances are very slim that the device requires an upgrade to return to its previous speed. More likely it needs maintenance.

There are a number of reasons a computer will start running slowly, including viruses, overheating, and other software related issues. Try reinstalling the operating system and see if this sorts out the issue. Chances are very high it will. Also, try opening up the case and cleaning out dust and pet hair.

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Updates Are Designed To Slow Down Your System

A long-running myth that ventures into conspiracy theory territory are that Windows and Mac update purposefully slow down systems, in order to persuade users to upgrade their hardware.

If you have a very old system, then it is possible that an update might unintentionally slow it down. But we’re talking about a system that is extremely old, and obsolete, in this case. If your computer is even semi-recent, an update will more than likely not have any performance impact. But it isn’t impossible, so Google the issue if you are convinced.