Scheduled Computer Maintenance Tips

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Daily computer maintenance tipss

1. Update your anti-virus scan and anti-spyware definitions, if they aren’t being done automatically.
2. Back up any critical files that you have changed today to your flash drive.

Weekly computer maintenance tips

1. Make sure your anti-virus and anti-spyware programs have been updated with the latest definitions, and run a full scan from both programs.
2. Reboot your computer. (If you shutdown your computer each night, disregard this tip). If you leave your computer on all the time, definitely do this. It will reset the RAM, and your computer will run much better and faster.

Monthly computer maintenance tips

1. Clean up your temp files, your temporary internet files, and other junk files about once a month. To do this easily, you can either download my favorite program for cleaning, CCleaner. Or you can run the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup tool for XP or the Disk Cleanup for Windows 7.
2. Ensure you have the latest Windows updates installed. Go to Internet Explorer, Tools, Windows Update. Click on the Custom button. (I always use the Custom button so I can check what’s going to be installed before it gets installed). Windows update may ask you to download and install the latest version of itself. Go ahead and do that, then click Close when it’s finished, and then Continue. It will then check again for real updates and offer those. Choose which updates you want to install. Uncheck the ones you don’t want to install.
3. Clean out your email, paying special attention to your Inbox and Sent box. The easiest way I’ve found is to sort your email box by size of the message, and delete the largest unneeded emails first.

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