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Computer Definitions

computer definitions

This “what is” segment is a free online computer definitions tool designed to help you understand different computer terminology. Use this page to expand your knowledge. As I show you through this site ways to fix and maintain your PC, computer terms that may sound unfamiliar to you will inevitably arise. If that is the case, you can come here and read about them.

Understanding computer definitions is very important. For instance, if I tell you to run disk defragmenter on you PC to increase computer performance, but you don’t know what disk defragmenter is, how can run it? If I ask you to check the properties of the “my computer” icon on your desktop and you don’t know what the desktop is, how can you do what I ask? Simple terms like these are used throughout this website so it is important that you understand what they mean to therefore understand the tutorials better. Check out this computer definitions section.

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What is an IP address?
An IP address stands for internet protocol, it is a unique number given to every computer on the internet or in a network. Read more.

What is a spyware?
It monitors and gathers information about a user's behavior over the internet and it's sent back to the software's creator to manipulate the info. Read more.

What is a swap file?
It allows the operating system to use hard disk space in order to simulate extra RAM memory. Read more.

What is a web browser?
It is the application which allows the user to gain access and explore the content of the internet. Read more.

What is a computer virus?
Computer viruses are programs that copy and infect computers without the consent or awareness of the owner. Read more.

What is disk cleanup?
Disk cleanup is a computer maintenance utility tool designed to free up space in the hard drive. Read more.

What is disk defragmenter?
Disk defragmenter is a computer maintenance utility tool that analyzes the hard drive and merges fragmented files into one contiguous block. Read more.

What is RAM memory?
RAM is an acronym for Random access memory. Every computer program or every task you do in your computer requires a certain amount of memory RAM to run. Read more.

What is the command prompt?
The command prompt is a non-graphical interface able to interact with your operating system through command lines. Read more.

What is the desktop?
The desktop is the screen that you first see on you operating system when you boot up your computer. They vary depending on the version of the operating systems such as Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8, and even among different platforms such as Macs, or Linux. Read more.

What is the World Wide Web?
The World Wide Web also referred as the web, is the collection of all accessible web-sites located all over the world. Read more.

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