Computer Repair-Basics to Using a Computer


Technology has become an indispensable part of your day to day lives. That being said; computers have by far become the most important technological aspects. Truth be told, most of us use a computer on a daily basis. This might be at school, at work or even while doing shopping. However, as much as using a computer is efficient; it would not be the same if the computer is not in top form. In order to get the best out of your computer, it is important to make sure that it is in perfect shape. So, the big question is; how exactly can you maintain your computer in perfect shape while still using it? Below are a couple of tips to help you out.


  1. Make sure to install a reliable anti-virus

The only operating system that might not necessarily require an anti-virus is the Linux OS. However, anything apart from that MUST have an anti-virus. This is the only way of keeping track of all of the threats that might be affecting your computer. On the other hand, make sure that the anti-virus is reliable. A very good example is the Norton anti-virus that is known to be extra-efficient! The anti-virus will help you in all sorts of ways; from prevent unwarranted internet access to getting rid of any spyware. In addition to this, do not go for any of the free anti-virus application found in various websites online. In most cases, they end up being fake.


  1. Avoid free resources

The whole issue on free anti-virus applications brings us to our next point. Of late, the internet is flocked with free or trial versions of various software. The most advisable thing to do is avoid such applications. However, if you think it is extremely necessary for you to use the application, make sure to cross check it with your anti-virus before actually using it. If infected, quarantine it immediately.


  1. Uninstall all unused applications

It is a well-known fact that the memory of any computer has a certain limit. The memory limits might vary but they definitely have a limit. Normally, once a huge amount of the memory is used, the computer system gets affected. In most cases, it slows down meaning one will not be able to get the best out of his or her computer. In that case, get to free your unused memory. Start by uninstalling all the unused applications.



How To Extend The Life of Your Computer

Here’s a little secret: Computers aren’t free, or even inexpensive. Getting the maximum lifespan from your computer is a great way to avoid an unnecessary expense. Like most other devices there are many simple things you can do to lessen the likelihood of your computer failing prematurely.

1.      Don’t turn your computer on and off unnecessarily. Some people feel the need to power down several times a day. You don’t have to go weeks without turning off your computer, but frequent heating and cooling cycles can shorten component life. The key here is balance.  Don’t restart too much and don’t leave on too long either.  I turn my off every other day or so the computer can load updates and fix file errors correctly.

2.      Blow out the fan vents regularly. A lot of air moves through those vents, and dust tends to build up over time. Keep the internal components cool is imperative to extending the life of your computer. Ideally, the dust shouldn’t be blown back into the computer. Taking it apart is the best method. If you’re not comfortable doing this, seek out a qualified computer repair specialist.

3.      Use laptops on a hard service. Using your computer on a firm surface will keep the air vents unobstructed. Using a laptop on your lap or on a pillow would be a poor choice. Your lap generates heat and is soft. A pillow is soft and highly insulative. A firm table, out of the sun, is the best bet.

4.      Use a surge protector. Many CPU problems can be possibly avoided with the use of an inexpensive surge protector. Unplugging during a storm or power outage is the best practice, but if that’s not possible, a surge protector can help.

5.      Get a regular tune up. Taking your computer into a qualified computer repair specialist is a great way to increase the longevity of your computer. They have the specialized software tools and experience to find potential problems quickly and easily. You probably take your car in for a tune-up on a regular basis. Your computer would be well-served by the same.

6.      Avoid eating and drinking while using your computer. Getting food or water down into your system can create all kinds of potential problems. Water and electronics never mix well. At the very least, blow out your keyboard with a can of compressed air regularly.

7.      Use in a cool environment. Computer components hate heat. If possible, use your computer in a cool place. A 95-degree summer day isn’t the time to be using your laptop outdoors. The cooler, the better.

8.      Use a good anti-malware program and keep it updated. Malware can cause all types of problems. With a quality anti-malware program, you’ll be able to keep a lot of potential issues at bay. Staying updated is important. There are thousands of malware programs released each day. With a few simple actions, you can be assured of getting the maximum amount of utility from it before needing a replacement.


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