5 Best Computer Maintenance Tips

5 Best Computer Maintenance Tips 

Spending any length of time maintaining your computer will have a significant impact on the longevity of that system. This is what makes computer maintenance so important. In this article I have outlined 5 computer maintenance tips that you can use to ensure that your system is always in top condition.

5 Best Computer Maintenance Tips

1. Scan for Viruses

Your antivirus scanner is designed to detect and remove viruses from your computer, but these security tools are only able to detect a virus once it has gotten onto your system, this means, your computer is never totally secure and free from these malicious files.

The developers who make antivirus tools are aware of this vulnerability, despite the fact that you are able to scan your entire hard drive with these tools. One thing you should definitely do, is get in the habit of scanning your entire hard drive at least once per month.

If your computer starts to act up, the first thing you should do is run a scan of your computer. Many viruses today disguise themselves by hiding inside legitimate programs, causing all kinds of unusual behaviour. Only a full scan will detect them.

2. Backup Your Data

Your computer won’t backup itself, so you will need to setup something yourself. Your computer is vulnerable. Hard drives fail all the time, due to fires, floods, theft, earthquakes and other unforeseen circumstances. The hardware inside your computer can be replaced, but the data on it cannot, whether this data is family photos or confidential business documents. If you don’t want to be in the position where all your data has been lost, you must devise a backup plan. There are many ways that you can do this.

The first thing you’ll need is software. Then you’ll need the hardware device, such as a CD, USB, or external hard drive. Simply download and install a backup tool on your computer, and start the program up, these programs usually present you with simply file to backup procedures. Select the folder or drive that you would like to backup, and then specify a location to back it up to, and click on start back up.

You can back up your files to another location on your computer, but this only offers minimal protection, you also have the option of backing it up to an external hard drive or another computer altogether. This approach tends to be very quick and simple to get to grips with, but poses some risk, for example, if your home was to burn down, or if your computer was stolen, along with your backups, you would end up losing everything. This is where offsite storage comes into the equation as the best solution.

3. Clean you’re Registry

All programs on your computer store information inside the Windows registry, information such as a license key or trial data. However, when you remove these programs from your computer, often times this data remains inside the registry. Over time, this leaves your registry full of useless data.

Since, most of the programs on your computer access the registry several or even hundreds of times per day, removing redundant information from the registry can dramatically speed up your applications load times. It can also prevent these redundant entries from interfering with more recent entries inside the registry.

You can find a plethora of registry cleaner tools, simply find one that works for you, and run it at least once per month, to keep your system in top condition.

4. Remove Unwanted Programs

While you were attempting to organise all your old files, you probably noticed something, that you had a lot of old and useless documents and applications taking up a considerable amount of hard drive space. More than likely you removed some of these programs and files, but there’s a strong chance that you did not get all of them. The next thing that you should do is carry out a full audit of your systems hard drive.

This process will ensure that hard drive space isn’t being wasted on files and programs you no longer need or use, essentially speeding up your computer in the process; carrying out something as simple as this, will ensure that your computer is always running as fast as it should.

5. Install a Firewall

A firewall is a security tool that is designed to prevent computer hackers from gaining access to your computer via the World Wide Web. There is tons of what’s called Zombie Computers that are constantly scanning the internet, looking for security holes that they can exploit to gain access to your machine. Without use windows firewall program, your computer is vulnerable to such attacks whenever you get onto the internet. So definitely go out and acquire one of these programs, as soon as possible. 
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