Computers are really costly machines storing numerous data that are needed by us every now and then. It is very important that one takes good care of his/her computer to keep it working well since most of the important files and documents are stored in the PC.
There are some easy ways to safeguard the computers so that they lasts longer and requires less maintenance. These common points should be kept in mind while handling the machine. They are:
- Turning off the computer when not in use.
- Backing up of files at least once a month
- Using password to limit access of the computer.
- Installing a registry cleaner program to clean and optimize one’s registry.
- Creating Restore Points before making any changes to the computer.
As an added reward, many of the following steps will also help to maintain and increase the speed of one’s computers.
Installing antivirus software, which are easily available, is the best defense against a virus. Even if one is aware of what is downloaded, still it may contain a virus.
If one does not wish to have an antivirus software, then there lays the risk of a circuit error or software problem in the system. The virus may also slow down the system operations and performance, thus corrupting many important files and documents as well the machine itself.
Protection of LCD or Monitor
Monitor is the display unit which is a very important part of any computer. Scratches and dust may damage them and may incur a huge amount of loss for the owner.
Monitor guards may be provided with the computers during purchase; but in case of misplacement or if it is not provided, they are easily available in the market at very reasonable prices.
Sudden Pull on the Power Cord
Tugging the power cord out from the power socket other than putting directly on the plug can break of the cord from the plug or may even damage the power socket.
Again, if the power cord is close to one’s feet, then one should be careful that it is not kicked accidentally; in fact the best way to withhold bumping into the plug since it can loosen it and eventually break it.
Plugging Accessory Devices into their Proper Slots
It is always necessary to look at the symbols on the computer (sometimes the monitor or the cabinet) carefully before inserting any kind of external devices.
Jamming a phone line into an Ethernet port or so on and so forth can damage the sockets, which cannot be used again.
Handling Removable Drives Carefully
Removable devices and CD’s should be removed carefully, only after the “eject” or “safely remove hardware” icons are clicked. Otherwise the documents and files in them are damaged along with the system.
The Unit Must be Cleaned Every Year to Remove the Internal Dust
A computer professional may be of great help in this matter, but it can be done on one’s own also. If dust accumulates internally then the system will not be able to cool itself correctly. The heat can destroy the motherboard and all the data stored.
Thus, it is advisable to clean the computer parts (external) frequently, and the internal parts should be cleaned at least once a year.
Using or Keeping the Computer in a Well Ventilated Area
Using the machine in a place that has a constant air circulation is utmost necessary. Many people damage their computers by using them in enclosed areas and thus cause the machine to overheat. Even using the machine with the covers on is prohibited since no room for air circulation is left.