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Preventative Maintenance You can do


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Things you can do every day:

  1. Do an incremental backup; Making a copy of files that have changed since your last full backup is quick, easy and smart.
  2. Update your virus and spyware definitions; Viruses spread within hours, so keeping your antivirus software up-to-date is essential.
  3. Reboot when programs crash; Failed applications can cause other programs to falter. Restart your system after every crash to clear it out.

Things you can do every week:

  1. Do a complete backup; Better safe than sorry. A backup of all your data will help you recover if your drive fails.
  2. Perform a full virus and spyware scan; Find anything nasty hiding on your system by regularly scheduling a total scan.
  3. Run Windows update; Get the latest patches from Microsoft to secure your system by running this from the Start Menu.
  4. Run a spyware and adware removal program; Ranking of anti-spyware applications changes often, you will need to do some home work here. Some ant-spyware anti-virus programs can slow down your computer, some produce a large number of false positives. So read about them, goto Google or Yahoo and find out what has been said about a program you are looking into, forums can be very useful.

Things you can do every month:

  1. Check for new drivers; Installing the latest drivers for your devices can help speed up and stabilize your computer.
  2. Update your programs; To make your apps more stable, check for vendors' software updates or visit a site such as:
  3. Use a one-click utility suite, on one CD, with one interface can give your System a thorough checkup.

Things you can do every year:

  1. Clean out Windows and your programs: If your PC seems sluggish and bloated, make a full backup and then use the restore CD to return the system to it original state.
  2. Clean out your computer case: Use a can of a duster to carefully clear out the dust that collects in a case and can clog up the fans.
  3. Conduct a full diagnostic check: A hardware diagnostic program can test your equipment and track down faulty components before they fail completely.


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