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Computer Maintenance Tips – PC Maintenance Tips, Bowie, College Park, Clinton & Greenbelt Maryland (MD)
When you acquire a new computer or laptop it’s important to start early building good maintenance habits. You want to be able to keep your computer running as smooth as possible so that it will last and by performing regular maintenance at least you know you are doing your part to keep it running properly. One thing to keep in mind though is that even though you perform regular maintenance, it doesn’t mean that something can’t or won’t go wrong. If you are having computer troubles and need someone trustworthy to take a look at it, give us a call here at Geek ABC. Our computer geeks have extensive knowledge in servicing and repair both PC’s and Mac’s and we can be reached via our website www.geekabc.com, or give us a call at 1.877.GEEKABC (1.877.433.5222) for more information or to schedule an appointment. We provide mobile, onsite computer and laptop service and repair for businesses and residents throughout the Washington DC metro area.
Below is a list of regular maintenance that you can perform yourself on a regular basis to ensure that your computer continues to work properly and run smoothly.
- Always “shut down” your computer properly. You never want to turn your computer off using the power switch until Windows has had a chance to shut down properly. By using the power switch you aren’t allowing Windows to properly shut down which can cause Hard Drive errors and can result in a number of issues, one being data loss. If you do run in to issues with your computer and need to shut it down manually you want to do it from the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice in a row. This will reboot your system. The only time that it is safe to shut your PC down using the power switch is when your computer totally freezes and your hard drive is not running, you can tell this by the lack of lights on the Hard Drive blinking.
- Invest in an “uninterruptable power supply” or UPS. This is much better than a typical surge protector because if and when you do lose power it has a battery back up that allows you enough time to save your data and shut down properly. For more information see my blog on UPS’s.
- Have and run an antivirus program on a regular basis. It is very important to keep your virus protection up-to-date because new viruses, malware and spyware are being created all the time and you never know when you might get infected.
- Have and protect your computer and its data with a firewall program. Hackers are constantly looking for ways to hijack and gain access to computers, by having and running a firewall you can keep them out.
- Create back up disks for your software and keep it in a safe place. You never know if and when you will experience a crash and therefore having backups of your software will keep you from having to purchase new software if you do need to reload your system due to a crash.
- Backup your data on a regular basis. I can never stress this enough. At some point in your life you will experience a computer crash, it’s pretty much inevitable. We tend to store massive amounts of data on our computers and think that it will be safe, but it’s not. With the better part of our lives being electronic and digital, these days, we forget that if our computer crashes that we can lose things like pictures and videos, which if lost are irreplaceable memories. We also tend to keep a good amount of financial data on our computers and its better to back it up on to disks and delete if from our hard drives; that way we can somewhat protect our personal data if the computer is hacked or if it crashes.
- Defragment your computer on a monthly basis. This will help keep your hard drive clean and running smoothly as well as helping to prevent a possible crash.
- Delete and programs that you don’t use, especially ones that might run on startup, they will slow your computer down considerably.
- If you have peripherals plugged in to your PC you want to make sure that you don’t unplug them while the computer is on. You can damage the connector sockets on your motherboard by unplugging them improperly.
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