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PC Maintenance Guide

Computers need to have some type of routine maintenance to always work at 100%. In this maintenance guide we will give you suggestions on what to do and at what intervals to keep your computer running at top performance.

What to do:

Daily

  • Update your antivirus and antispyware definitions.

New viruses are created every day and spread within hours of being created; for this reason, it is essential to configure these programs to perform daily updates.

  • Do an incremental backup.

An incremental backup only copies files that have changed since the last full backup.

Weekly

  • Full virus and spyware scan.

You can find all kinds of nasty bugs by performing a full scan of your system every week. We recommend that you pick a day of the week and stick to that same day all the time. This way you can schedule the scan to be done overnight and you will get into the habit of not shutting down your computer in that particular day.

  • Run Windows update.

This can also be set to be done automatically; however, it is a good habit to check and make sure all updates are being downloaded and installed as with Microsoft not everything always works as it should.

  • Perform a full data backup.

With people relying more and more on their computers and with digital pictures being the way to go to save those precious moments, it is crucial to have a backup of your data in case your hard drive fails. Not doing so can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars for data recovery.

  • Clean the trash out of your computer

It is also a good habit to remove cookies, temporary internet files, and other trash out of your computer. These tasks can be done manually but you can use Crap Cleaner to remove out all the trash with a simple click.

Monthly

  • Check for driver updates

A driver is a small program that allows the operating system to communicate with your hardware. Drivers can get corrupted or simply have “bugs” that are normally fixed with updates. For that reason, it is not recommended to install that old printer with the CD that came in the box, but rather to visit the manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver.

Yearly

  • Clean out your PC case

Desktop computers and laptops are magnets for dust due to the fans that keeps them cool. It is a good practice to clean the inside of your computer to keep the fans performing at 100% and avoid unnecessary repairs.

  • Perform a complete re-install

After time no matter how much maintenance you do on your computer, nothing will restore things the way they used to be than a complete Windows re-install.  This can rejuvenate your computer and it can be completely painless if you have all your backups and CD’s to re-install your programs.