Proper Maintenance of Your Personal Computer

It has been said that computers are the new revolution. Once thought only to be essential for business offices, computers are now in over 60% of all homes in the US and other countries are quickly getting there as well. Computers used to be for the scientist or the geek but now people from all walks of life use computers to access the Internet and to communicate via email, read the news, share pictures and videos and even work from home.

Maintenance Requirements. But computer, being an electronic device, needs proper maintenance and careful handling. Issues like choosing between lifetime warranty and limited warranty while buying a PC, or whether calling a technician would be wiser than self-repair if a problem creeps up, require consideration. Here we will describe a few steps which can be taken to prevent any such problems to a considerable extent.

Or should you just do maintenance yourself? We’re going to concentrate on how you can maintain your PC to avoid making that call to a technician.

A variation in the voltage caused severe damage to the computer and its software data. The Power Surge Protector not only protects your computer from power hiccups, it also acts as a multiple pin connector which is useful to plug in different external components of the computer. APC produces one of the best Power Surge Protectors which are time tested and reliable.

Turning off and on PCs. While most electronic and electrical appliances need to be turned off when not in use for longer life, this is not true for computers. Computers with windows operating system need not be turned off every time they are idle.

Do not turn off PC. Many people have this impression that computers, like television sets or radios, need to be turned off when they go to bed. This is not the case. Windows operated computers need not be turned off and on all the time. Turning computers off and then on may result in data damage and even a system crash. Most PCs have a sleep or hibernate button which should be pressed to enable to computer to “snooze”

Do not download from unknown websites. A computer’s worst enemy is a computer virus. Viruses travel across the Internet and gain entry into one’s computer via emails, email attachments and downloading software and other programs from third party sites which have a dubious origin. Viruses can also get into your computer via streaming media (watching streaming video or listening to audio from unverified sites).

Hence it is good to be careful while surfing the net. Do not download media or programs from an unknown site. Email attachments from people you don’t know are better not opened or downloaded. Also have a good anti-virus system installed in your computer to protect it from unprecedented virus attacks. Norton and McAfee are good choices. Regular anti-virus scans are also recommended to track hidden viruses.

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