General Computer Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your computer or notebook running smoothly and efficiently. Just like a car, your computer requires regular tune-ups to ensure that it continues to perform at its best. In this article, we'll highlight some simple maintenance tasks that you can perform to keep your computer or notebook in tip-top shape. From cleaning out temporary files to updating software and hardware drivers, these tips will help you keep your machine running smoothly and extend its lifespan.

  • Unplug your notebook or tablet to avoid overcharging.
  • If your device has a battery, such as a notebook, discharge it regularly.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin on a weekly basis.
  • Run Scandisk Utility. This will check for and repairs problems with the hard drive.
  • Run Disk Defragmenter. This reorganizes your hard drive so that your applications and data load and run faster. If you have an SSD hard drive, this isn't a necessary step.
  • Delete all junk and spam email messages.
  • Empty the "Deleted Items" folder in your email program.
  • Delete the Temporary Internet Files and Clear History in your Internet browser.
  • Check for Critical Windows Updates.
  • Install an anti-virus or anti-malware software and run and keep them updated weekly. Most will run automatically and update itself by default. However, just make sure it's configured to do so.
  • Install a pop-up blocker to minimize chances of infecting your computer with malware.
  • Make sure anti-virus software is updated and that it scans your computer daily.
  • Uninstall any programs you do not use, or that have mysteriously appeared on your computer.
  • Use compressed air to clean dust/dirt out of the inside of your desktop computer every few months. Pay particular attention to the cooling fans and dust filters as they tend to collect the most dust. Be sure to physically disconnect the AC power cord from your computer prior to opening your computer enclosure.
  • Plug your computers and other peripherals into a quality surge protector to guard against damage due to electrical anomalies from the power company.
  • Make sure air vents are not blocked to ensure properly air flow that is necessary to prevent your device from overheating. For desktop computers, air in typically brought into the computer from the front and exhausted at the back. For notebooks and laptops, vents can be found on the underside or at the rear.