Computer Tips and Tricks

  • Have and Maintain anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
    If you don't have anti-virus software installed or your Norton or McAfee subscriptions expired and you no longer get virus updates, GET SOMETHING RIGHT AWAY! It is imperative that you have some kind of protection from viruses. Viruses are rampant on the internet and many can destroy all your computer's data including: Documents, Digital Photos, Music files, and so on.
    On our
    FAVORITE SOFTWARE PAGE we have links to anti-virus and anti-spyware software that are completely free to download. These do not have yearly subscriptions that you have to pay for. However, they get daily updates with all the latest virus definitions. All this for free. They also come highly recommended from many computer magazine publishers. 

  • Keep you computer clean and well ventilated.
    At least every 6 months try to clean your computer inside and out. The computer's worst enemy is dust. Many of the computers sold today have fans that cool different components. Over time, these fans can get loaded with dust. This is especially the case when you keep your pc on a carpeted floor.

    Follow these steps to clean your pc:
    1. Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose to vacuum away all the excess dust on the outside of the pc (you might have to wipe some with your hand or use a soft brush).
    2.
    Most computers can be opened fairly easily. Some have buttons that provide you access and some have 2 or 3 screws that allow you to open the case. Once inside, use the vacuum, but be very careful not to loosen any wires.
    The best way to loosen the dust from the internal components of your pc is to buy a can of compressed air. You can purchase these at most retail stores that sell computers. Use the compressed air to blow away any dust that has accumulated on the CPU fan and on the Power Supply fan. These are critical components in your pc.

    One other tip is to keep your computer in a well ventilated area. There should not be anything blocking the front or back of your pc. This will keep the air flow that your pc needs to cool down the CPU and Power Supply. If you follow these suggestions you will keep your pc in optimal conditions.

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