A simple but hard to digest fact is that most computer problems can be avoided with a little diligence from the user. Computers come in all shapes and sizes, to suit the need of every kind of user – from the person who uses their computer to watch films to the power user running complex algorithms on their machine. It goes without saying that computers are expensive, and consequently computer repair is equally expensive.
To help maintain the performance and subsequently the life of your computer, here are 10 tips that makes things a little easier for you.
- Don’t install more than one anti-virus program
Antivirus programs directly interact with system processes to protect your data and prevent cyber-attacks of any kind. If you install multiple antivirus programs on your computer, it will lead to a conflict between the processes of the two different antivirus software and can cause system slowdowns. They can cause errors in other programs, making life difficult for you.
- Clean temporary files regularly
If you install and run a multitude of programs, then you might have experienced frequent slowdowns on your computer. This is because these programs leave temporary files on storage and in memory that remain long after the program has been closed. Using a free tool like Ccleaner is the easiest method to clear out temporary files in your computer.
- Uninstall unused programs
Software programs today take up a lot of storage space on your computer. The less the space on a hard drive, the slower the system will be. So it is best to completely uninstall unused programs rather than just leaving them on your computer.
- Back up data regularly
It is always advisable to regularly backup all your personal files and system data in the unfortunate event of a system failure. Data retrieval is perhaps the most expensive and difficult aspect of computer repair. It is best avoided and so remember to backup your data.
- Shut down your computer the right way
There are many people who just yank out the power cord instead of properly shutting down the computer. While modern computers can survive a few unexpected loss of power, you should always avoid cutting power at the plug. Sudden loss of power can corrupt hard drives and even lead to permanent failure.
Follow these 5 tips and you will see a marked improvement in the performance and reliability of your computer.