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Housekeeping - Looking after your PC

Housekeeping - Looking after your PC

As experts in computer software and hardware,we know how important it is to keep your PC clean and secure – and how frustrating it can be when something goes wrong! - so we’ve put together this guide to regular PC maintenance. Of course, we can do this for you if you’re not comfortable with it, but it’s useful to know how to clean your PC occasionally.

Updates
It’s easy to ignore those pop-ups reminding you to update your programmes and security but it’s far more effective, and much safer, to update as soon as possible.These updates are designed to optimise your PC so that it can keep up with changes to other software, and viruses usually target older versions of common programmes such as Java or your anti-virus software. Update your programmes and your drivers whenever prompted! However, don’t use any third-party programmes such as ‘Driver Update Pro’… they are quite worthless!

Security Scan
Allow your antivirus to do a regular scan of your computer as it is important, even if you find there is no direct threat to your system. Although the antivirus should have stopped anything in the first place, it can never be perfect. A regular scan can pick up dormant viruses before they become active.

Defragmenting (‘defragging’)
Defragmentation essentially rearranges the data on your hard drive so that it’s better organised. Much like rearranging your desk, this makes it easier for your PC to quickly find the right information. I’m not a great fan of defragmentation as most users never have files big enough to be noticeably affected but if you care about this then go ahead! DO NOT defrag an SSD (Solid State Drive) as the technology is different. Defragmenting SSDs is not only unnecessary but can reduce their life expectancy.

Disk Clean
Disk cleaning searches through your hard drive for useless files such as temporary internet files or items in your bin and deletes them all at once. This is a great way to clear out some space, however you should look at the list before confirming as you might accidentally delete files you want to keep.

Check Disk
This is a little more advanced but very useful if you start to notice your PC ‘lagging’ or slowing down occasionally. It checks your whole hard drive for bad or damaged files,or any errors that might have occurred during previous system failures.

Unwanted Programmes
If you want to remove a programme from your computer, make sure you use the Uninstall option in Apps & Features rather than just deleting the files you can see. If you don’t use the proper procedure, you will leave debris littered all over your disk!

The choice as always, is yours, but if you think you need help or advice, you know where to come.

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Added: 3rd March 2020

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