What Should You Do To Maintain Your Computer Running Well

Your computer and your car have a lot in common. Whether large or small, used for long periods of time or not, both can enhance your life, and both should continue to serve you season after season. The key to making this happen, however, is proper care and maintenance.

If you had the chance to read the manual of your car, you will notice that the item that triggers the time for service is the number of kilometres you have driven.

It is not possible to know how many kilometres a computer has run, but we can (and we should) schedule daily, weekly and monthly maintenance tasks to keep the files safe, the computer secure and having the same performance of when it was purchased.

 

Daily Basis

Secure your files.

“Not backing up is like not wearing a seatbelt.” – This is how Lincoln Spector, a contributing editor to PCWord, describes not having a backup strategy in place. Don’t let horror stories of lost files include you. Protect your important information by backing up your data files to a remote location. In his article, “Introduction to Backup” Lincoln states, “You absolutely must backup your data files every day.” Data files include your text documents, spreadsheets, photos and emails.

Get in touch with us so we can provide you tips and assistance to start your backup strategy.

 

Weekly Basis

Remove what you don’t need.

As a desktop support officer, I often see user’s desktop areas full of files. It is easy for anyone to save files on the desktop, but when it comes the time to retrieve them, it becomes a bit of a struggle. You will get your file eventually, but you will take a time to retrieve it. Save precious time keeping your desktop tidy, keeping your files in the documents folder and organising them into other folders. Delete unnecessary files and empty your bin regularly.

If you don’t feel confident about how to do it, let us give you a hand. Contact us.

Defragment your hard disk.

Nowadays is very common to hear people saying that you need to defrag your disk. That actually might be a good idea. The way that PC’s save files in the hard disk is not the ideal and in a long time, files become fragmented along the disk and consequently the HD requires some extra spins to read each file. Those extra spins are what make your computer run slow.

Get in touch with us so we can show you how to run the defrag tool or even better, install a solid-state drive (SSD) in your computer (SSD’s are not required to defrag and makes your computer up to 10x faster.

Remendar IT can assist you in backing up and transferring everything to the new hard disk.

Protect yourself against malware.

Millions of new viruses are created and released daily. This report provides an alarming picture of how difficult it’s becoming for computer users to stay safe online.

Protect it by running a full virus scan and updating your virus definitions.

Let us help you find the best solution for you and learn how to keep your system up-to-date.

Check your hard disk’s health.

Give your hard disk a weekly check-up to identify issues hidden to the naked eye.

Remendar IT can help you to assess your hard disk health and make sure it is running as expected.

 

MONTHLY

Dump unneeded programs.

Just as your files fill up your hard drive, so do your programs. How many of these do you really use? Deleting the ones you don’t need can speed up your computer.

Check for updates.

You might not have time to deal with updates that seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times, but they are important. Updates are necessary to keep your computer secure and operating at its optimal level.

 

QUARTERLY

Wipe it clean.

A dirty windshield presents safety issues. You avoid them by wiping it. Avoid problems that dust, dirt, and crumbs on your computer may cause by cleaning the screen, keyboard, and peripherals.

 

ALWAYS

Think before downloading and installing.

Before downloading from the Internet ask yourself two questions: Is the object worth the burden? Is it virus free?

You will not even require to use an antivirus application if you are aware of what links to click or what files to open from your mailbox.

 

Adopt a computer maintenance schedule and enjoy your computer for years to come

Remendar IT can  show you how to perform each of the tasks above so you have your computer running without issues for a long time. Contact us to know how.