Technology, no matter how innovative, isn’t ever truly free of problems. Even the most advanced of computers crashes from time to time and it seems that the only reliable means of security that you can avail of is preventive maintenance.
Taking measures to ensure glitches don’t balloon into full-blown problems can spell the difference in the longevity of your PC.
Some methods are easy enough to implement and usually have something to do with caring for your computer’s peripherals. For example, make sure that your keyboard, mouse and monitor are kept away from excessive heat or moisture.
A more comprehensive option is to use preventive maintenance software. This addresses the internal maintenance of your computer. There are two major types of preventive maintenance software. One is CMMS programs (Computer Maintenance Management System), the other is an anti-virus software.
Because there isn’t one single CMMS that addresses all computer problems, it is a good idea to get several different programs. These can be used simultaneously. You can download a program that will give you updates on what you need to do to improve the performance of your PC. It will periodically tell you which maintenance jobs need to be done on your computer. You can even input a schedule for these tasks so you won’t forget how often you need to check your unit.
Disk defragmenters re-arrange files so that they don’t take up too much computer space. This way the speed within which your computer operates improves. If you’re using the Windows disk defragmenter, remember to delete any files or move them to a disk before you start defragmenting because this usually requires additional space for it to work at its best.
Hardware diagnostic utilities pinpoint potential performance failures of hardware components. Not all hardware is compatible with all computers so it is important to have a CMMS program to ensure that any new hardware you install will work well with the existing ones that you have.
Another preventive maintenance program you can use is anti-virus software. Computer viruses have become so sophisticated over the years that you can’t really afford to forgo this option. If you use the internet often, you will want to make sure that no viruses are able to penetrate your computer. Choosing the right anti-virus program is critical for optimum computer performance, for while it is true that viruses usually attack software, these can take a toll on hardware as well.
Among some of the most popular anti-virus programs are McAfee VirusScan, Norton Anti-Virus and Kaspersky Anti-Virus Personal. If you are unsure of which software to use, check to see which are available for free trials before you purchase one outright.
Investing in a good preventive maintenance program is key, if you want your computers to work efficiently. In the long run, it will be easier to manage problems that would otherwise be too difficult to handle. It also means increased savings because you are able maximize the capabilities of your PC and lessen the risks of computer problems.