What to do and what NOT to do for your PC

Learn how to maintain a healthy computer!

Do’s:

1. People don’t usually turn their computers off, they just let them sleep or hibernate at night. If you follow this practice, which is better for your hard drive and power supply, please restart your computer at least once a week. Your computer’s memory will then be cleared which allows it to run faster, and updates that have been downloaded will be installed.

2. Remove temporary files at least once a once a month. You may use Windows’ built in disk cleanup application called the Disk Cleanup Tool.

3. Always make sure you are backing up your files at least once a week.  Your files should be backed up both on site and offsite, preferably to a hard disk and not a tape.

4. Open your email and delete the information you do not need. Pay attention to large attachments, because if you already downloaded them, it may be safe to delete them in order to free up space on your PC and in your email account.

5. Be sure that you only have one Anti Virus program. (Twice the protection is counterproductive to PC performance.)

6. It is suggested that you have separate anti virus and anti spyware programs and that both be proactive and programmed to scan your files at night.

7. Be sure your PC is patched and up to date with all critical security and operating system patches.

Dont’s:
1. You should try to avoid turning off your computer from the power switch. Always try to shutdown within Windows so that the PC can properly close all programs.  This will help avoid issues with hardware and data loss. If the PC freezes often it is a bad sign and needs to be checked.

2. Never unplug any devices from your PC while it is still running or is in use.  It may cause damage to the device or your PC. This applies to flash drives, external hard drives, webcams, etc.

3. Read all screens when installing updates and new programs.  Sometimes unwanted programs like search assistants, toolbars, spyware, and applications hide in installations of programs.  Remove check marks from unwanted tools. Avoid toolbars as they slow down PC performance and invite spyware.

by Armando D’Accordo of CMIT of South Nassau – http://www.cmitsolutions.com/southnassau

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One response to “What to do and what NOT to do for your PC

  1. Great advice, Yvonne. Thanks for posting this.

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