Preventative Maintenance You can
If you come across a
term that isn't clear; for example "incremental backup" go to our
Things you can do every day:
- Do an
incremental backup; Making a copy of files that have changed since
your last full backup is quick, easy and smart.
- Update your
virus and spyware definitions; Viruses spread within hours, so
keeping your antivirus software up-to-date is essential.
- 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:
- Do a complete
backup; Better safe than sorry. A backup of all your data will help
you recover if your drive fails.
- Perform a full
virus and spyware scan; Find anything nasty hiding on your system by
regularly scheduling a total scan.
- Run Windows
update; Get the latest patches from Microsoft to secure your system
by running this from the Start Menu.
- 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:
- Check for new
drivers; Installing the latest drivers for your devices can help
speed up and stabilize your computer.
- Update your
programs; To make your apps more stable, check for vendors' software
updates or visit a site such as:
- Use a one-click
utility suite, on one CD, with one interface can give your System a
Things you can do every year:
- 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.
- 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.
- Conduct a full
diagnostic check: A hardware diagnostic program can test your
equipment and track down faulty components before they fail
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