Reliant on your computer? You wouldn’t miss your car service, would you?
Have you tried turning it off and back on again?
Don’t just install everything and be mindful in what you download. If it looks dodgy, it normally is!
Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your computer running smoothly and preventing bigger repair expenses in the future. We’ve put together a list of maintenance tips that will increase the life of your PC, reduce the number of maintenance call-outs and will even increase the speed, reliability and overall performance of your computer.
Whenever your computer’s manufacturer has an update available for your computer, we recommend that you download and apply it. This is one of the most effective ways to ensure optimal performance, security and compatibility for your system.
Better yet, why not turn on Automatic Updates. This will download and install updates automatically, but still advise for your input if the computer might need to be shut down to apply them completely.
Updates are different from upgrades. You should only upgrade your operating system (ie. Windows 7 to Windows 8) if you are sure that all of the apps and programs that you use are compatible first. Upgrading might seem like a great thing to do right away, but if your “go-to” program won’t work, then it’s a lengthy process to get you back to the previous OS again.
Computers these days can be very power-efficient, but this doesn’t mean that you should go forever with turning them off. If you’re not planning on using your computer over a few days, then it’s a great idea to turn it off and give it a refresh. Also, if you’re finding that your computer is running a little sluggish and it’s been a while since you turned it off and on again, do this as well. It can seriously work wonders. Think of your computer as the human brain. If it doesn’t get sleep or take a rest, then it will become dysfunctional – your computer will do the same!
Apps and programs that claim to speed up your computer may be doing the opposite. There are a few things that you can do to clear up your machine instead:
(we recommend Malware Bytes for Windows and Adware Medic for Mac)
If you get a suspicious email, don’t download its attachment or click on a link inside it, as this could be compromising your computer. Simply delete the email. If you’re unsure of the legitimacy of an email, contact the sender through another channel (i.e. maybe over the phone). If you’re installing new software, try to keep to Apple’s Mac App Store or Microsoft’s Store for your installations, as some offerings freely available online carry some hidden annoyances, such as extra toolbars in your internet browser or other unwanted programs. Make sure to read the pages before you click “install”, as you don’t want to accidentally give permission for something to install that you don’t want on your system.
Mac OS X and Windows both have security features and firewalls built in if you wish to enable them. You can also download and install 3rd party apps and programs that can increase your security. You may have heard of products like Trend Micro and Norton. There are a number of great offerings out there, but try to get one that meets all of your needs at a reasonable price.
Dirty hands on a keyboard means you will have a dirty keyboard. Consuming food and liquid around your computer can also pose hazards for spillage and damage. As a rule, make sure your hands are clean before using any electronics wherever possible, and only have sealable bottles near your computer. This is an easy way to avoid unnecessary damage and maintenance costs.
If you find that your computer is already quite dirty, such as your computer screen, we recommend cleaning with a microfiber cloth and isopropyl alcohol to clear away germs. Remember to always spray any liquids on the cloth first – never on the computer directly!
There are still glitches and issues that can pop up even if you’re taking great care of your PC. Depending on your business, Tech Help Direct recommend weekly, fortnightly, monthly or 3-monthly maintenance of your computers to keep them in their best shape.