Commonly Neglected Computer Maintenance

A computer, like a car, requires continual maintenance to ensure it runs smoothly. Of course, you can't plan for everything, but these eight rules of computer maintenance might help you along the way.

  1. Keep computer free of dust. Not only will this help to keep your computer looking shiny and new, but it will also keep your computer's vents and fans clean, which protects your computer from overheating.

  2. Keep antivirus up-to-date and make sure everything looks okay once a week. This is important, because new viruses continue to pop up everywhere, and unless your antivirus software is up-to-date, it won't be able to identify new viruses on your computer.

  3. Have additional anti-malware software, such as malwarebytes, and scan manually. It's not always obvious when a computer is infected; it may continue to run smoothly for a period of time. That's why it's important to have extra protection.

  4. Have a technician you can trust, like myself, come out at least every six months for a checkup. Obviously, many people out there don't know the ins and outs of their computers. That's why it's helpful to have someone you trust make sure everything is running smoothly on your computer at lease twice a year.

  5. Install recommended updates from windows and other programs. And install the updates as often as possible. Updates not only can enhance the security of your computer, but they help to prevent or repair known problems as well.

  6. Don't visit a website you don't trust. These are usually the websites that offer prizes or deals too good to be true or sites that offer illegal services or products, such as copyrighted TV programs.

  7. Don't open email attachments unless from a trusted source. In other words, don't open spam emails. Not only are they obnoxious and clog up your inbox, but a lot of them contain traces of viruses, which when opened, are released into your computer.

  8. Don't try to fix something yourself unless you are an expert. Seriously, don't do it. When something goes wrong on your car, you take it to a mechanic. Have the same respect for your computer, please!

If you need somebody to maintain or repair your computer onsite/online
in Northern Arizona or online out of the area, please contact me.