Regular Computer Maintenance - The Recurring Computer Todo List
Here's the standard list of what you need to do to keep your computer at optimum health:
- Updating Operating system with any new patches
- Update software that touches the internet
- Web Browser
- Flash (IE and other browsers)
- PDF Reading software
Weekly to Monthly
- Check preconfigured backups are working
- Check for critical Windows Events in the System Log (Disk errors, repeatedly crashing programs. Frequently a computer will give you warning signs that something is failing. It's always better to be prepared)
Every 6 Months or Annually
- Run HDD Surface Scan (fixing recoverable HDD errors before they become unrecoverable problems)
If you'd like me to do it for you I do all of the above, and also:
- Computer optimization for speed (removing unnecessary: software, browser toolbars, browser addons/extensions)
- Checking for signs of viruses/spyware
- Check for problems in the Event Viewer
- 25+ years of experience on the lookout for things that "aren't right"
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