This is a quick and simple guide for anyone who wants to maintain their computers – hardware and software – and keep it in top running shape.
To keep it simple, we will use point form – not in any specific order but best to follow and complete each point to benefit the most out of all of this.
- Always have ANTI-VIRUS installed and up-to-date.
- Always keep the inside of your computer – the physical hardware – as clean as possible. By using something as simple as a mini air compressor and light vacuum, you should clean the interior spaces of your computer at least once every 6 months – or more often depending on how dusty it gets. Just blow and vacuum all the dust. Dust kills and has the ability to short out your electronics components due to increase in heat on the silicon boards and metal connectors.
- Always properly shut down your computer by going through the software process of shut down. Only do a hard shut down or reboot if all else fails. By fail, it means there is no response from your mouse or keyboard. A hard shut down is the direct press and hold of the computer power button for a couple seconds.
- Never open any emails that you do not know of in terms of sender origin. Remember that rich Nigerian oil prince somewhere in Nigeria offering his family fortune to you? 99% of emails of unknown origins – including your bank account, casino jackpots or other official sources – are fake. If it is too good to be true, or too impatient, ignore it. Official outlets will always contact you either by mail or direct phone call in case of an emergency or unauthorised change.
- Less is more. There are many management, maintenance and clean up software on the market. You would be surprised that a computer actually needs very little software to maintain and all the necessary software to clean up your computer’s software inside are already included in your Windows and Mac.
- Beware of bloatware. Only install software that you deem are absolutely necessary. The more software you install, the more doors and loop holes it will leave your computer to potential hackers.
- Always keep hardware drivers up-to-date. By having old drivers in your computer, you risk the chance of running into conflicting, incompatibility or security issues.
Most Common Symptoms and Solutions
- Blue Screen of Death: This is usually an critical software or hardware issue. Usually, the best way to solve this wide ranging problematic situation is through the commonly executed process of elimination.
- Scratching Sound: Dying Hard Drive or Cooling Fans. Perform a check disk procedure than back up data and replace hard drive.
- Buzzing Noise: Voltage Surge – SHUT OFF computer Immediately.
- Slow Computer: Either hardware limitation or infection from virus, trojan, malware, etc.
- Slow Internet: Either due to weather, dying router or infection from virus, trojan, malware, etc. People often confused slow computer with slow internet. Slow internet is only related to when surfing on the internet.
- No Screen Detection: Make sure your video card is seated properly, monitor is plugged in correctly. Possible defective connection port.
By performing all of the steps above, you will reduce the potential of your computer crashing, dying or getting hacked by up to 99%. If you need more help or consultation, do not hesitate to drop in to our store.