With every typical household comes a list of chores meant to keep everything in good working order. Things like cleaning the lint trap in the dryer, changing the water filter in the kitchen sink, and putting gas in the lawnmower are good examples of “basic maintenance” we all do around the house.
Of course, there are also a few things you should be doing every now and again to maintain your computer.
It’s not a bad idea to give the computer a reboot at least once a day. This helps to clear the memory of any inconsistencies, and allows updates to be applied.
Run a quick scan with your antivirus. This can usually be scheduled to occur automatically in the settings tab of most antivirus applications.
Run Disk Cleanup. This finds and deletes all temporary files, duplicate system files, and other nonsense, keeping your computer running smooth and clean.
Make sure that your Backup software is functioning properly. There’s nothing worse than losing your data.
Remember to discharge the battery on your laptop. A lot of us keep our laptops plugged in while we’re using them. This can actually be wearing on the battery, as it generates a constant flow of power to the battery. Best practice is to unplug it while you’re working until the battery reaches about 40% or so, then plug it back in. You never want to let the hit 0% – that could cause problems.
Uninstall applications that are no longer in use. This frees up hard drive space, and helps things run more smoothly.
Run a deep antivirus scan. That could also possibly be scheduled to run automatically.
Check for and install Operating System updates. Most Operating System updates are security enhancements, so it’s always a good idea to makes sure your system is up-to-date.
Check for third-party software updates. The applications that you regularly use are generally updated on a regular basis to patch bugs and add features. Make sure that you have the current versions of these programs.
Every Few Months
De-clutter your email inbox by deleting unnecessary email and spam.
Clean your mouse and keyboard. These can get a little dirty over time.
Check wires and peripherals for wear and tear, and replace as needed.
Clean out the dust from your computer by blowing compressed air into any vents, nooks, and crannies.
Remember to renew your antivirus or Computer Maintenance Plan. These will help you keep things working properly for the next year.
Get your computer a professional tune up. Just like your car needs a tuneup every year, so does your computer.
This is just a sort list of a few of the things you should be doing with your computer to keep it running as well as it can.
Of course, with one of our Maintenance Plans many of the things on this list will be done for you automatically as part of the service.
If you have any questions about how to get the most out of your computer, please feel free to give us a call at our office in Grand Junction at (970) 433-7454