PC Maintenance Guide
Things you should do
+ Update your virus and spyware definitions: Viruses spread within hours, so keeping your anti-virus up-to-date is essential.
+ Do an incremental backup: Making a copy of files that have changed since your last full backup is quick and easy.
+ Reboot when programs crash: Failed applications can cause other programs to falter. Restart your system after every crash to clear it out. This is the quickest and safest way to fix most minor problems.
+ Perform a full virus and spyware scan:
Find anything nasty hiding on your system by regularly scheduling a total scan.
+ Do a complete backup: Better safe than sorry. A backup of all your data will help you recover if your drive fails.
+ Run Windows Update: Get the latest patches from Microsoft so secure your system.Go to Start/All Programs/Windows Update.
+ Run a spyware and adware removal program: Quickly find and remove nasty spyware.
+ Check for new drivers: Installing the latest drivers for your devices can help speed up and stabilize your PC.
+ Use a one-click utility-suite checkup program: A utility suite- on one CD, with one interface- can give your PC a thorough checkup.
+ Defrag Harddrive: Go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Deragmenter and run this tool to replace fragmented files and optimize your harddrive for faster performance.
+ Disk Cleanup: Go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/Disk Cleanup and run this tool to clear unnecessary files, regain disk space and improve performance.
+ Clean out your PC case: Use a vacuum cleaner or compressed air to carefully clear out the dust that collects in a case. Dust will clog your fans and insulate your components causing them to run at hotter temps, thus dropping performance.
+ Spring-clean your programs: If your PC seems sluggish and bloated, make a full backup and then use the restore CD to return the system to its original state.
+ Conduct a full diagnostic check: A hardware-diagnostic program can test your equipment and track down faulty components before they fail completely.