When dealing with your computer, there are many things which can lead to it functioning incorrectly or dealing damage to it. We have compiled a list for new computer owners below, with some basic tips on how to care for your PC and give it the best chance at a long and healthy life.
Ø If you smoke, do it away from your computer:
Cigarette smoke, when it hits a solid surface, leaves behind a gummy residue. This building up on your delicate electronics creates a heat trap, and it especially hard to scrape away.
Ø Invest in a can of compressed air, once a month open your tower, and blow the dust buildup from your inner workings.
Ø Do not place your computer in a window where it will receive direct sunlight.
Ø Invest in a free anti-virus software, if it is effective, consider buying the full product.
Ø Never open .exe files emailed to you from a source you don't know or trust.
Ø Password protect your computer
Ø Keep your tower closed at all times (except for cleaning/maintenance) to keep dust out.
Ø Keep all cords behind the computer, or behind a desk to limit risk of tripping over, or pulling them, which could cause your computer to fall.
Ø If you don't have your computer plugged into a surge protector, unplug your computer during storms.
Ø Learning to defragment your system is easy, and setting it to a monthly/bi-monthly routine will keep your system running smoothly.
Ø Keep your PC off the floor to better prevent entrance of dust, debris, and pet hair
Ø Invest in a grounding bracelet, if inside your system this will keep you from accidentally shocking your electronics and potentially harming them
Ø Learn to back up your hard drive, do this once a month to avoid information loss in case of emergency
Ø Keep your software and drivers updated, this can save you both time and effort later on
Ø Try and avoid having liquids near your computer tower. This will safeguard from accidents happening. A wet computer is a broken computer
Ø Keep magnets away from your computer, and especially the tower
Ø Never accept anyone requesting to connect to your computer from Remote Desktop unless they are a known and trusted repair technician
These are but a few handy and helpful tips to ensure you get the most life and safety out of your computer system. But if we were to suggest a final one, it would be to get to know your system. Read up on it, learn shortcuts, tricks, find free software alternatives, enjoy your computer. There are millions of resources out there to help you better use and understand your computer system, and that number grows daily.
We love computers at Lawrenceville Computer Repair, mostly because they bring such variety and versatility along with their ease of use and convenience. And we're sure, that the more you know about your system and what it can do, you will grow to love it too.