Staying on top of routine computer maintenance is very important in terms of keeping your computer running smoothly and without interference from viruses, crashes, etc. The following are some great easy tips you can follow that will keep your computer functioning at it's peak performance, because let's face it, there's nothing more aggravating than a slow or virus ridden computer.
1) Maintain your computer's hard drive on a regular basis:
Once a month it is a good idea to run your Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter. If you are running Windows go to Start Menu - All Programs- Accessories - System Tools and you will find both of these listed. The Disk Cleanup function will work to free up storage space by compressing your old files. The Disk Defragmenter function will search your hard drive for scattered files that can be consolidated.
2) Keep your computer software up to date:
Programs such as Windows and Microsoft need to be updated from time to time. Make sure you are staying on top of these updates by visiting your program's website once a month to check for any new updates for your computer. You can also manually go in and set your computer to automatically update new program versions.
3) Have a good spyware and antivirus software installed:
This is one of the most important tips I can give you. It is critical that you have a good spyware and antivirus software installed on your computer to keep your computer healthy and safe. If you do not yet have this kind of software installed, this is something you need to have. If you are experiencing a lot of pop ups on websites, this could be a good indication that your computer is already infected.
4) Keep clear of dust:
Dust accumulates over time not just on the outside of your PC's case, but also on the inside where it can do damage. Make sure to regularly dust the outside of your PC's case to keep dust away. For the inside components of your PC's case, make sure to first unplug your computer and carefully pop the front cover off. Using a small vacuum attachment, carefully remove any dust from disk drives, inside any little spaces where dust is accumulating, and around your computer's fan(s). Just be careful when doing this around the motherboard and expansion cards. Any areas you still see dust you can then use a little compressed air. This process can be done every six months or as needed.
5) Get Computer Help If Needed:
Sometimes our computers require the need to have outside assistance whether it be due to crashes, viruses, spyware, etc. There are many great resources out there for help with your computer needs, both locally and online. If you feel like having some in-home computer help from a professional, Computer Help Today has an onsite partnership with Geeks Mobile USA, and if you need computer help for your small business, please visit their small business support sister company All IT Supported.