How to Keep Your PC Running: Maintenance Tips 10/6/2011 Although we use our computers on a daily basis, they are often neglected from a maintenance perspective. We depend on computers to help us communicate and to go to school and work, so it is essential to take good care of them. Here are some tips that will help keep your system running smoothly and possibly lengthen its life.Please note that if you do not feel comfortable completing any of the steps listed, contact a local computer professional for assistance.Every WeekDelete your cache and cookies.Clear your Brower history.Delete your Temporary Internet Files.Empty your Recycle bin.Back up your files using a USB thumb drive or external hard drive.Update your virus definitions.Run a full virus scan.Every MonthRun a disk scan to check for hard drive issues.Run a defragmentation program.Run a clean up to delete unneeded files.Check for system updates.Clean your keyboard.Clean your monitor.Clear the outside of your computer in case of dust.Clean your peripheralsClean up your desktop of all unneeded icons and files.Every YearRenew your software update and anti virus subscriptions. https://www.argosy.edu/our-community/blog/how-to-keep-your-pc-running-maintenance-tips

How to Keep Your PC Running: Maintenance Tips

Although we use our computers on a daily basis, they are often neglected from a maintenance perspective. We depend on computers to help us communicate and to go to school and work, so it is essential to take good care of them. Here are some tips that will help keep your system running smoothly and possibly lengthen its life.

Please note that if you do not feel comfortable completing any of the steps listed, contact a local computer professional for assistance.

Every Week

  • Delete your cache and cookies.
  • Clear your Brower history.
  • Delete your Temporary Internet Files.
  • Empty your Recycle bin.
  • Back up your files using a USB thumb drive or external hard drive.
  • Update your virus definitions.
  • Run a full virus scan.

Every Month

  • Run a disk scan to check for hard drive issues.
  • Run a defragmentation program.
  • Run a clean up to delete unneeded files.
  • Check for system updates.
  • Clean your keyboard.
  • Clean your monitor.
  • Clear the outside of your computer in case of dust.
  • Clean your peripherals
  • Clean up your desktop of all unneeded icons and files.

Every Year

  • Renew your software update and anti virus subscriptions.

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