PC Maintenance Tips
With any machine, but more specifically with the parts that make up your PC or laptop such as the hard drive, power support, screen etc. they will stop working.
Ensure you’ve installed an anti-virus, it’s updated and you’ve run a scan. The software should remain running in the background all the time, set it to run scans weekly. For further information, see the website of the anti-virus program you are using.
Anti-spyware / Anti-malware software
Some anti-virus programs have a basic spyware check included, if not, install and run one of these.
Install and use a software firewall to protect your computer from remote scanning.
Uninstall programs you no longer need to use
This will free up space on your hard drive for other programs and files.
Run a disk scan to check for hard drive issues
This will identify any problems with your files.
Run disk cleanup to identify and remove temporary files no longer needed.
This will also free up space on your hard drive for other programs and files, remember to regularly delete your temporary internet files.
Check and empty your recycle bin
When you delete something, it doesn’t mean it’s actually gone. If it’s sitting in the recycle bin, it’s still on your hard drive and taking up space. To empty, go into the bin, double check you really don’t want the things in there, then empty.
Defragment your hard drive
This will help programs run faster by rearranging fragmented data, your disks and drives will work more efficiently.
Make sure your Windows has the latest updates including the latest Service Packs.
An easy way to do this is to turn on Windows Update. This will give you the latest security and other important updates from Microsoft automatically.
Check regularly for updates to other software you use often on your computer.
For example; security software (anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, etc.), office suite, Internet browsers, PDF readers, Java.
Remove any unwanted / unnecessary internet browser extensions, add-ons or plug-ins.
This will free up space on your hard drive.
Back up your data regularly.
Make sure you have a current backup. Just in case there is a problem in the future, you should make sure you don’t lose any of your valuable data. Ideally, back up remotely or take a backup to a remote location.