Computers have been a personal companion of people nowadays. In school and in work, computers play a vital role in research, education, and productivity. Moreover, computers have been used for gaming and entertainment. Once the computer is connected to the internet, it can do a lot of things. Thus, it is a must that we take care of our computers. In this article, we will educate you about basic computer care and maintenance:

Install Antivirus

It is a standard operating procedure for the user to install antivirus software immediately after the purchase. Why? Once the computer connects to the internet or becomes accessible to external drives, it will be vulnerable to different forms of viruses, malware, and other threats.

Do Regular Software Updates

Computers regularly provide software updates. These updates contain solutions for bugs and glitches that keep the PC from working efficiently. Software updates also enhance security features.

Activate the Firewall

The firewall serves as a barrier between your computer and the network. Apart from the virus, the firewall is needed to prevent unauthorized data from entering your computer. Typically, all computers have a built-in firewall.

Perform Disk Cleanup

There will come a time that all data, used or unused will accumulate in your computer’s system. The best way is to declutter by performing a disk cleanup. The disk cleanup will delete temporary files, including browsing and download history. There are downloadable disc cleanup software.

Defragment Hard Drive

Your hard drive is also at risk of data accumulation which affects the PC performance. It is important for you to reduce the fragmentation. By defragmenting, the files on the hard disk will be arranged and organized for faster data access.

Backup Files

Your computer may unexpectedly shut down or work inefficiently. It is always safe to backup all your files. You can store your photos, videos, and other files in an external drive or in the cloud.

Clean the Computer

Lastly, you need to clean your computers not just internally, but externally. Keep your units from food crumbs. Wipe all the dust from vents and fans. Also, buy a computer bag to keep your unit safe.

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