28 July 2017
10 Important Computer Maintenance Tips
Whether you handle the store inventory or simply get your daily dose of entertainment by browsing the web and playing online games, you have to stay on top of your computer maintenance.
Proper care of this powerful tool can help you get things done faster and avoid expensive repair. Fortunately, it is not too difficult to keep it running smoothly. Here are 10 important things that every computer owner (and user) must do:
- Only use the power switch for a direct turn off if the computer is locked. Always wait for Windows to shut down completely before pushing this button. If it isn't running or the hard drive isn't blinking, using the power switch to off-ramp the unit won’t harm it. However, there is a risk of data loss so consider this as your last option. Before going there push the ctrl, alt and delete key all at the same time in order to open the task manager. This will let you close all running programs and thwart damage.
- Make sure that there’s constant power supply for the computer. Invest in an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to keep your computer from electricity surges that can cause damages.
- Most often a computer is a lot cheaper than the data contained in it. Every IT expert would emphasize the importance of having a backup. Make sure you have saved copies of all important documents on a flash drive, external drive or online file hosting service.
- Conduct a defrag in order to put fragments back into their correct sequence. This will reduce the time it takes to read files and prevent lagging. Open the Windows' Disk Defragmenter and check if it’s keeping up with the schedule of defragging.
- Never unplug peripherals while the computer is still on. This will prevent shorting out the connector socket and motherboard. But you may exempt headsets and flash drives inserted into the USB port.
- Leave sufficient space for Windows and make it at least 500 MB. If there’s not enough space, Windows will discard data for the purpose of creating space for operations. By then your computer will begin to slow down. It is suggested to run CCleaner intermittently.
- Remove unnecessary programs because they only take up space and use valuable resources. Observe those that automatically open once you start the computer and make sure they are needed.
- Protect yourself from online invasion by setting up a firewall program. This will shield your system from getting hijacked by sneaky online raiders in order to get personal information. Go to Control Panel and click System and security to check if the firewall has been installed and turned on. And don’t download anything if the provider seems sketchy.
- Use a trusted anti-virus checker at all times. Make sure it starts the moment the computer starts. It will detect viruses before they can get into the system and cause internal damage.
- If faced with a computer problem and uncertain on what to do, it is advised to contact a professional. Don’t experiment in hopes of accidentally landing on a solution because this might lead to more serious and more expensive repair.