Care and Feeding of Your Computer
When you first received your new computer in your
home or office it was a real screamer wasn’t it? Quick
and responsive. But now, it seems that things have
slowed down a bit and those applications are not as
peppy as they used to be. Well, you can breath new
life into that old machine and keep it is tip top
shape by routinely performing some simple preventive
maintenance on your ole’ PC.
Defragment your hard drive– Defragmenting your hard
drive allows the computer to arrange files on the hard
drive so that it does not take as much work (time) to
read files. This is by far the best, single tip to
Uninstall unused programs– They not only take up
space, but their associated system files can cause
Scan for Malware– Viruses and Spyware should be
nothing new to you. See the last issue of AlphaMail
for tips on avoiding Malware.
Install OS upgrades– Microsoft and Apple constantly
release updates to their operating systems to increase
performance, improve stability and beef-up security.
Empty the trash– The trashcan or recycle bin can grow
larger and larger as you discard items—taking up
valuable hard drive space and slowing down your
Reboot your computer- Occasional reboots clear out any
problems that may have been loaded in memory while
using the computer and frees up hung system files.
Use an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)- A UPS
supplies surge and sag free power to your computer and
protects it from power spikes like lightning strikes.
Be sure to route your modem or network cable through
the UPS as well.
By just following this simple checklist on a regular
basis you can maintain that sleek, nimble computer and
avoid many of the problems and stress that come about
from computer failure. Do it, you will be happy you