In order for your computer to continue operating at its best, it needs to be cleaned and well maintained. Below are a few ways you can help your PC run more effectively and give you peace of mind.
Keep your OS updated
Updates for your Operating System and software are very important, they ensure everything on your computer is updated to the latest version, runs smoothly, and is secure. You can either let software update automatically, or schedule updates at a time that' best for you. We recommend you download and install all critical updates yourself so that you are aware of any additions or changes to the software stated in the patch notes.
Keep your PC Clean, inside and out
As much of a pain cleaning might be sometimes, it’s necessary to give your computer system a thorough clean at least once a year.
Hardware computer components need to stay cool in order to operate, if internal components become hot or have to run faster due to blocked vents or fan, they become at risk of premature breakage - ensure your CPU and GPU are ventilated and free from dust. Use an antistatic band (to protect against static damaging any internal parts) and a compressed air can to clear away dirt and dust from the inside of your computer to ensure optimal flow and cooling.
Unplugging the connections between your PC components and blowing out any dust isn’t bad, as long as you are certain all of the connections are firmly back in place afterwards. If you choose to use compressed air cans, follow the instructions on how to use it and hold down the fans so that they don’t spin & accidently cause a surge of power.
Computer cleaning kits containing all the essential equipment are available online; other appropriate cleaning equipment may include a damp lint-free cloth or screen wet and dry wipes to keep your LCD monitor screen free from dust and greasy finger marks. Additionally, your keyboard will need to be cleaned from crumbs and dirt, simply pop out the keys and give the complete thing a wipe down.
If you are unsure on how to dissemble your computer, we recommend that you read the instruction leaflet or search for tutorials online.
Install an Anti-virus and keep it up-to-date
Detecting and stopping malicious programs getting onto your computer is probably the most important thing you have to make sure of when it comes to PC security, so you need to choose a good Anti-virus. You can find several good (not to mention free) Anti-virus programs online, such as Avast Free Antivirus.
However running two Anti-virus programs on your computer at once can cause conflicts. Problems between the two programs can make your computer slow and - at worst - can cause crashes. If you have two different antivirus programs installed on your computer, make sure only one of them is active.
Back up your files on an External Hard Drive
If you have any documents or photographs that are considered valuable to you stored on your computer, we recommend you create a back up copy of these files on a USB stick or External Hard Drive so you can access these files should your system break.
Uninstall / get rid of junk files and applications
When you first buy a computer or after years of use, you can acquire a build-up of pre-installed, useless or outdated software - known as bloatware. Go through your software applications and see if there are any that are not essential or of any imporance, uninstall them to save some space.
Create a restore point
To make a computer restore point, click on "Control Panel" in the Start Menu and go to "System Security". Click on "System", then "Advanced system settings", go to "System Protection" and hit create; once you give it a name to identify it you’re done. It is a good idea before you install or uninstall a program to create a restore point, just in case things don’t work out entirely well.
Once you have completed these points, your computer should be running effectively and efficiently. If you have any unknown issues with your computer, give us a call and one of our IT technicians will carry out an assessment.