It doesn’t matter what you use your computer for, whether it’s work, play, or simple writing. Your computer will always perform better and live longer if you perform regular, intense maintenance on it. PC maintenance is a combination of many different categories that keep your computer safe and running at the highest performance level.
Good computer maintenance even extends to your use of the Internet. Failing to be cautious in your Web surfing can actually damage your computer more than anything, meaning that it’s necessary for you to practice safe Internet habits in order to keep your computer running at top speed.
- Always keep your computer equipped with a firewall and anti-virus program that focuses on prevention as well as elimination of viruses. By having your computer secured with a firewall and anti-virus program you increase your line of defense against threats.
- Basic maintenance includes things like disk defragmenter, disk cleanup, and other basic options found in your programs under accessories/system tools. When you reach your system tools you’ll see several options for maintenance that can help your computer run faster.
- Scan Disk checks your drives for errors so that you can quickly catch and eliminate all disk errors from your computer. This is a very important part of PC maintenance and should be performed regularly, not just when there are signs of trouble.
- Empty recycle bin: When you don’t need it, throw it away. This goes for your personal space and for your computer. If you’re through with files, don’t let them linger on your system.
- Backup: Backup your computer at all costs. A computer backup can save your computer’s life at a later date. There are gruesome viruses out there that can wipe out almost everything you have on your computer, so never forget to backup your files and keep them in a safe place.
- Schedule tasks: Everyone forgets important things. There will be times when you’re so busy with something else that you forget to run your usual maintenance routine on your computer. If this happens, don’t worry about it. You can prepare for those times by scheduling regular tasks. If you don’t like running defrag during the day, don’t run it during the day. You can schedule an automatic disk defragmenting that will occur while you’re asleep or busy with something else. When you schedule something like this, you never forget.
- Run regular virus scans: It’s amazing how easy it is to forget this step. Having an anti-virus program is great, but there are always new viruses out there that pop up and sneak by. Use your anti-virus program to catch these threats before they harm your computer. The best way to do this is to be committed to running a scan regularly, at least a few times a week. There are viruses out there that can destroy your computer. It’s always important to run anti-virus scans and see if your computer is infected.
- Avoid Unknown emails and programs: Internet users beware. Unsolicited emails and programs often contain viruses. Avoid these like the plague. By doing this, you’re performing a kind of maintenance that keeps your computer just as reliable as disk defrag or cleanup. What you get is a computer that works properly at all times, a sure sign that you’ve kept up with maintenance.
This list could go on and on. There are many resources to find out more about general maintenance and you’re always encouraged to check those sources out. They can save your computer from doom and keep you the owner of a high performance machine that is there when you need it.
Make a maintenance schedule and keep it. If you can’t, schedule all your tasks to happen at once, automatically, so that there’s no possibility you might forget. If you do this, your computer will last longer and you’ll enjoy your time using it.