Regular Computer Maintenance

Properly maintaining your computer is vital in ensuring its longevity as well as in boosting your productivity. However, many desktop and laptop owners commonly neglect to take care of these vital maintenance tasks. If you fall into this category, here are a few of the computer maintenance tasks that you should be performing on a regular basis.

Delete Unnecessary Files and Programs

One of the most important maintenance tasks you should be performing on a regular basis is cleaning up your computer’s hard drive. Freeing up space on your computer is a great way to improve performance and help your PC run faster. Start by uninstalling any programs that you no longer use. If there is a program that you haven’t used in more than 6 months, delete it to free up space on your computer. You can also use Disk Cleanup on a windows computer to help you remove files you no longer need and are simply taking space up on your computer such as temporary files, items in your recycle bin and other unnecessary system files. Doing this regularly can greatly increase your computer’s speed.

Maintain Your Antivirus Software

Another important step you need to take is to maintain your antivirus software. Keeping your antivirus software up-to-date, as well as regularly running scans for viruses, can help to ensure that your computer is properly protected and free from viruses. However, with malware attacks on the rise, you should also consider installing malware protection software in order to protect your computer(s) from ransomware or some other kind of malware attack.

Keep Your Computer Clean

In order to ensure your computer’s longevity, it is also important that you keep it physically clean. In particular, it is important that you clean your keyboard regularly if you have a laptop. Not only can dust and debris slowly destroy your keyboard over time, but also, this debris can make its way inside your laptop causing damage. You will then want to keep your keyboard as clean as possible. One of the best ways to do this is to use a can of compressed air, which you can easily purchase at most hardware stores. Use the compressed air to clean out your keyboard, your desktop or laptop’s ports, and any other nooks or crevices where dust can collect, as doing so can help to extend your computer’s life.

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  1. I liked that you mentioned that freeing up space on your computer is a great way to help it run faster. My husband and I just moved out in the countryside to enjoy our retirement, but my husband still wants to have reliable networks. We are hoping to find a team of I.T. specialists that can help us with our technology while being so remote.

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