Computer maintenance checklist

2016-07-28 06:00
Photo: supplied Poor maintenance can slow your computer down.

Photo: supplied Poor maintenance can slow your computer down.

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A FEW steps to follow to keep your computer functioning at its optimal levels.

At setup

• Install a surge suppressor-emergency shutdown power strip

• Register your software products

• Schedule automated updates

• Read the maintenance section of your manual

• Set up your email to auto- archive­ older messages

• Install anti-virus software

• Install anti-advertising software

• Put your software drivers in a pocket sleeve


• Run a disk scan to check for hard-drive issues

• Run a defragmentation program

• Run a clean-up to delete unneeded files

• Back up files to a remote location • Empty recycle bin

• Delete Internet files

Clear browsing history

• Delete your cookies

• Update virus definitions

• Run a full virus scan


• Check for updates

• Delete and/or un-install unneeded or unused programs


• Clean keyboard

• Clean monitor

• Clean peripherals

• Rebuild desktop

• Change all passwords


•Renew your software update and anti virus subscriptions.

– Supplied.

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