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The Top 11 Ways To Maintain Your Computer!

Posted by: on Apr 27, 2015 | No Comments

Today TechGeniux is happy to share a list of the top 11 ways to help you maintain your computer to make it function and operate healthier. All of the information and tools in this post are geared toward Window systems. I will do another article on the Mac and Linux in the near future. Drum roll….

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1.Backup-Always back up your data. We add a ton of new pictures, document and videos on our computers daily. It is vital to back up your system with a external or online storage systems. I prefer an in home backup system because online systems have a monthly cost to store your data but other concerns like privacy and hacks can cause your data to fall in the wrong hands. There are several ways to back up your data. I use the Western Digital “My Back” 4 TB hard drive solution. There are no monthly fees and it’s easy to set up to your computer. I opt for this method  for all my videos, documents and pictures I use for my job and personal use. It’s protected and gives me complete privacy. The Western Digital “My Book” will cost you about $150 for 4TB of hard drive space. My second solution I use for back up is a USB drive. This solution is quick and easy to use. I use USB drives for small or for quick transfer of data for meetings and projects. The drawback to a USB is the space and the compact size. The USB is limited on space but more USB companies have increased the storage size. The second drawback is the size, its compact but it’s easy to lose if you’re a busy person like me. It can be a task to keep track of a small USB. So only use the USB for work projects, personal use but not as a exclusive alternative to store your important data. The last method I would like to share is the CD disc. CD’s hold about 700 MB of data, DVDs hold 4.7 GB. The CD has some of the same restrictions and limits apply for the CD or DVD storage solutions. Regularly backing up your PC will help it run better once you remove old files, images and pictures you no longer use on a daily basis.

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2.Clean The Browser –How can you do this? Use the Disk Cleanup utility included on the Windows systems, or downloads a freeware program such as CCleaner to do it for you. Stuff left in your browser can really slow down your PC. Cookies and cache left behind by browsers can amount up to gigabytes of wasted space, so it is essential they’re deleted. You may ask, “What is a cookie?” A cookie contains information that websites have gathered about you and stored on your computer as a small text file. These cookies track your website habits or recommend ads based on your online browsing. Some of these files can really make your computer run slow and malfunction. To make certain that companies are not keeping tabs on what you do online, use the following methods to clear your browser’s cookies. Go to your browser settings tab and click the “Clear browser data” tab. The browser clear history tab will let you select from your browsing history, download history, cookies and other third party options, cache images and files. However, if you want to delete all the information under the browser settings just hit the “Clear Browser Data” option tab near the bottom of the browser settings. Remember to make sure you don’t delete your online preset passwords or fill-in forms for the web, if you do, you will have to restore each credential for all the sites you visit. Clearing your browser history and other resource-eating applications will definitely help your computer speed up depending on the files stored on your system.

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3.Defragment Harddrive-Defrag your windows harddrive monthly to keep things running smoothly on your system. Windows systems have a utility to do this and make the process really easy to perform.Depending on your computer and files stored on temp files the defrag could take a few minutes to a few hours.

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4.Use the msconfig Command-Use the msconfig command in the RUN command prompt to open a window that will allow you to uncheck start up programs you don’t use. This tip can make your system start faster. Be careful to only check the programs you don’t use or programs that make your system boot slow.

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5.Clean Dust-It doesn’t take dust long to get trapped or attached to your computer depending where you have your system located in the home or office. Check your PC maybe one or three months depending on how much does is in your house. If it’s not too dusty, then check every few months, but if it’s really dusty (your house), then be much more proactive about it. Remove the dust on the bottom with a vacuum (or cloth), then spray with compressed canned air. Check your PC enclosure fans but more importantly check the CPU heatsink and CPU fan. I prefer to wipe my fans (system off) rather than spraying but using the compressed canned air is quicker just avoid all the dust coming off the fan and spray at a angle not to get dust all over the other parts of the PC.

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6.Clean The Cabling And Enclosure-All computers have cable and cables really collect dust. All computers have peripherals like keyboard, mouse and printer cable. Wipe down these cables with a dry cloth and consider using cable management of some type. Cabling management is vital to keeping and maintaining a healthy PC.

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7.PC Protection-Computer protection is vital to maintain a healthy computer. I use the free Malwarebytes to protect against malware. for antivirus I use the Avast free tool to protect against virus. Any computer that is connected to the internet needs to have some sort of antivirus software. You have to protect your system against Adware and spyware because these threats can really cripple a system and make your system run slow. So make sure whatever protection you decide to use for your PC try to scan your system every few weeks to make sure you’re protected from outside destructive threats. While Adware may not be as destructive as viruses, adware and spyware will compromise privacy and slow your computer drastically. Run scans for them at the same time as your antivirus.

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8.Clean up your software-Every few months go through your add and remove programs interface and remove unwanted programs from the Windows uninstall list in the Windows Control panel. Removing cookies and unwanted files/programs will definitely help your computer speed up depending on the files stored on your system. This include browser toolbars, free games and other resource hungry applications. Just be careful not remove system drivers that appear in the list. I usually check the date and try to remember what I installed on my computer. Do this and watch your system improve in function.

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9.Regular Windows Updates-Try to keep your system updated with the latest Windows Updates. Go to the Control panel on the “Start” button tab. Next, go to the “Adjust your computer Settings” screen and click on the “systems and Securities” tab. Under this tab you will see “System Updates”. Click check for updates and Windows will do a automatic scan to check for new updates or patches.

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10. Clean Your OS-Sometime Windows may require some attention. It saves a large amount of unnecessary information, mostly in the form of temporary files (which never get deleted) lists of recently performed searches, registry errors, and broken files. You can search online for free programs to help clean up your OS.

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11. Power Protector-Make sure you have the proper power surge protector for your computer. Random spikes or surges can add additional stress to your computer, and in some extreme cases damage your system. Make sure to check and replace old power surge protectors as required because over time power surge protectors lose its protection mechanism with just one good power surge or spike. Keep an eye on surge protectors. Check the power surge status light if applicable.

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12. Stay Away From Unknown Websites And Emails (Bonus Tip)-Stay away from websites that look like phishing and scam sites that require you to download information to your computer. stay away from these sites  if you are not familiar with the site or URL. You may get an unrecognized email, spammy links and URL’s that ask you to follow the link, stay away and delete the email immediately. Remember a legitimate enterprises or business will never ask you to give your information in a pop-up window. Some of these sites carry phishing, virus, spyware or malware to infect your PC.  There are so many bad people and programs trying to hack and access your computer so you must stay on guard. In must cases you can use some of these tips on the list to remove unwanted infectious virus from the internet but it will take time and the proper skills to fix the issue.

That conclude our top 11 tools to maintain your computer. Share this list with your family and friends. Share your thoughts or questions in the comments.

 

 

 

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