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Computer Maintenance Tips
For some of us, a computer is our life. We work, pay bills, shop, meet people, socialize and even have intimate relations and activities online.
If some of our computers should crash, we would probably go crazy trying to make it through one night. If you want your computer to have a longer life, you can make it possible through care and a little effort on your part.
Last Updated - 30th September 2005
- It is recommended that you run an anti-virus at least twice a week to keep your computer clean of any virus that it may have picked up.
- Use a spyware detector when surfing the Net. This will filter out a lot of spywares that install into your computer automatically.
- You should defragment and clean up your hard drive(s) at least once a week also. You can also go to the control panel and click the 'add and remove software' button and uninstall any programs you no longer use.
- Dust and clean your keyboard every other day. Also your monitor, scanner and printer.
- Unplug your CPU and open it up. Then gently dust the circuit boards and every corner and crevice that you can get your brush into. You would be surprised at how much a little dust and cobweb can affect your system.
- Take your computer to a technician once every three months for servicing and take their advice if they suggest that you invest in an upgrade.
- Try not to take up too much space installing a lot of gibberish (stuff you know you are not going to use)
- Do not eat and drink around your computer. I have a computer at work that rats took over and started messing up inside the CPU because of this practice.
- Turn your computer off when you're not using it.
- If you are using a high speed connection like DSL or Cable, install a firewall program. This will prevent hackers from gaining access to your computer.
- To prevent hard drive defects like bad sectors, always turn off your computer properly. Do not turn off the power switch of the computer unless it has already locked up and the hard drive is not running anymore
- Keep your computer from crashing by using UPS (uninterruptable power supply). You will even have the time to save your work when a power outage happens because your computer will still be on for a few minutes
- Turn off your computer first before installing a new device. Make sure that you touch something non-static like rubber before installing the device to prevent damaging it.
- If you have important documents or files in your hard drive, make backups. There are a lot of backup media available now, you can use floppy disks, zip disks, CD-RW, DVD and tapes.
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