Monthly PC Maintenance Checklist to Keep Your Computer Happy
Are you taking good care of your PC?
Like your car, performing regularly scheduled maintenance on your computer will help keep it running smoother.
Here’s a monthly PC maintenance checklist that you can use as a guideline to maintain your computer both inside and out.
- Run Disk Cleanup – Running disk cleanup will remove temporary files, compressed old files, offline web pages, downloaded file programs and empty the recycle bin. You can run Disk Cleanup utility tool by going to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools -> Disk Cleanup.
- Update Windows – Microsoft releases system security patches on Patch Tuesday, which is the second Tuesday of each month. If you haven’t already done it, be sure that you take a moment to run Windows update and install the patches. To run Windows Updates, go to Start ->All Programs -> Windows Update.
- Update Installed Software – In addition to updating Windows, you will also want to make sure that the third-party software installed on your PC is also current. This especially rings true for Adobe Reader, Flash and Java since they are often exploited in cyber-attacks. So make sure they are all up-to-date with the latest security fixes.
- Do a Full-System Antivirus Scan – Double-check that your antivirus program is up-to-date with the latest virus definitions and perform a full-system scan to verify that your system is still clear of any Trojans, viruses, or other malware.
- Complete Data Backup – You should be backing up your files on a weekly basis, but in the event that you’ve been slacking off, be sure to do a full system backup on a monthly basis. That way you can pick up right where you left off if anything were to happen.
- Delete & Organize Files – Chances are you’ve created or added plenty of files throughout the month, so it wouldn’t hurt to go through your files and clean them up a bit. Remove any files you don’t need and organize the ones you do so they are easily accessible for later use.
- Uninstall Unused Programs – If you have the tendency to install a lot of programs then review the list of the ones that you currently installed & remove any that you don’t need.
- Clear Out the Dust Bunnies – Dust can clog your system fans, lead to overheating issues and even cause hardware failure if it’s allowed to get too out of hand. If you have the technical know-how, carefully open up your computer and use a can of compressed air to remove any dust bunnies that have collected. Call us at 619-640-6444 or consult a computer professional if you don’t feel comfortable opening up your PC and/or cleaning out the dust.
Don’t skip on monthly PC maintenance!
Giving your computer a little TLC every month can go a long way. Make sure that you set some time aside each month to knock out your monthly PC maintenance duties. Your computer will run faster and last longer.