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There are many anti-virus softwares available on the internet. Some are FREE and some are not. ACS recommends AVAST as a best choice for your system protection. We DO NOT recommend the INTERNET SECURITY version of ANY anti-virus software UNLESS you are running a new machine that can handle the resources that these types of programs use. We instead recommend using a router as your firewall. PLEASE CALL US FOR MORE DETAILS REGARDING YOUR FIREWALL AND YOUR PROTECTION.

 

PC maintenance checklist

 

 5 important tasks for your PC maintenance checklist:

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  • Overview

    Optimize your PC by performing 5 important computer maintenance tasks. A computer becomes slow over time with regular everyday use. To optimize your PC it is advisable to go through a general checklist of computer maintenance tasks. Having a computer maintenance checklist offers many advantages, such as becoming more familiar with the average performance of your PC. Ensure to perform regular PC maintenance to attain the fastest speeds your computer can achieve.

     

    There are many tasks related to computer maintenance that optimize your PC. For the sake of simplicity you can narrow it down to 5 important tasks that should be on your PC maintenance checklist. Performing these 5 computer maintenance tasks can optimize your PC and keep it safe from future issues…

     

  • Physically clean the computer

    Dust accumulates over time inside computers and can cause serious problems if left unchecked for a long period of time. Using compressed air is a great way to remove dust inside and outside your computer. If you are using a laptop be sure to clean the keyboard on a regular basis. Dirt, dust, and other foreign objects can be trapped underneath the keys and cause mechanical malfunctions. Use a small hand vacuum to clean out keyboards in laptops and also desktop keyboards.

  • Perform Disk Clean-Up

    Having a clean and optimized hard drive can be a daunting task considering all the media and files we download on a daily basis. Increase your PC performance by running Disk Clean-Up on a regular basis. Disk Clean-Up will remove temporary files that are not in use, which frees up space for you to use. Ensure that Disk Clean-Up is run multiple times a week to increase PC performance.

  • Scan for Viruses & Malware

    A virus can halt a computer dead in its tracks. If a computer is infected with a virus all PC maintenance can be for naught. Obtaining virus scanning software is relatively easy now thanks to Microsoft.

     

    Microsoft now includes a free malware scanner in each Windows operating system, which scans and removes viruses for free. Act with caution whenever downloading something from the Internet. Always ensure that you know what you are downloading and whom you are downloading it from.

  • Windows Updates

    System updates are essential to computer maintenance. Updates can provide extra security measures to programs and can also optimize certain aspects how your computer interacts with that program.

     

    In general, it is advisable to enable automatic updates within the Windows operating system. For the maximum PC performance, make sure that you select to update only the necessary programs for your computing needs.

  • Defragment the hard drive

    Hard drives naturally store information in an inefficient fashion after a certain point. A file might be stored in multiple locations on the hard drive, which increases the time needed to recall the file and display it to the user. To address this problem, Microsoft includes a defragmenter utility in all of the Windows operating systems. The disk defragmenter will organize files on your hard drive to increase PC performance. Be sure to analyze each hard drive before defragmenting it.

     

  • Final Thoughts

    Although there is no way to make your system "bullet proof" to the grind of everyday wear and tear, these 5 BASIC tips will help keep your system running as efficient as possible for the everyday end user. With these 5 tasks on your PC maintenance list you will avoid many issues that can cause problems or slow down your computer.

     

    And to make things even easier, signing up for ACS's monthly maintenance program, you can  automate ALL of these tasks. It’ll help you spend less of your own valuable time trying to perform these tasks on a regular basis!

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