Using a computer every day for months after months can slowly start degrading the performance of the system if it is not maintained on a regular basis. Just like any other machine, even computers need the right servicing time to time to stay efficient. To avoid problems such as uninvited malware, CPU heating, and hard-drive crash, it is necessary that you perform these regular maintenance tasks which only takes a few minutes in order to avoid lengthy processes later that can run for hours. Here are the 10 computer maintenance tips.
Keep it clean
It may sound obvious, but here we are talking about the internal hardware of the CPU. The dust on your computer surface can itself trap heat and reduce your device’s lifespan. Open the case and blow away the dust in at least every three months. You can also use a damp cloth to clean the sticky residue. Clean the cooling fans properly using a compressed air canister or a light fibre brush.
Keep space for vents
CPU needs heavy breathing when it is performing for games or heavy programs and needs the right ventilation. Never block the cooling fans and the vents to ensure that your system remains cool and can work properly.
Keep your table clean
Do not crowd your computer table with anything that can spill and harm your PC. Food and beverages need to be kept at a distance from the keyboard or any other part. If you are using a laptop, then the keyboard will not be the only thing that will get damaged by your drink.
Unplug the charger when done
Do not overcharge the battery. It is a bad habit of users who cannot watch their system losing battery over time. Unnecessary charging can retard the capability of the battery to produce as much power as new. The ability to hold the charge can drop off in a year if you never take your laptop battery off charging.
Install and antivirus
Always have an antivirus installed on your system to protect your important information from hackers. There are also viruses and worms which can cause damage to your important files and slow down your PC’s performance. An updated antivirus will make sure that no malicious programs are downloading or getting installed in your system.
Always Run Your Firewall
Keep your firewall active. Not all malicious programs take your permission before getting installed in your system. Windows Firewall is the first line of defence for every system. This tool should always run to inspect any third-party app.
Uninstall the unnecessary programs
You may use software for some time and then not need it for a long time. There is no need for it to occupy space on your device when it is available over the internet whenever you need it. Having too many programs also slows down your computer’s performance over time. You can uninstall the programs through the control panel.