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Protecting the health of your computer

If you use a computer you know how challenging it is to keep it running smoothly, avoiding crashes or loss of processing speed. Inevitably though, problems arise: systems develop bugs, software becomes corrupted – your computer may even come down with a virus! The following points will help you keep your computer and data in good condition and working smoothly:

  • Never cut off the power supply to your computer without shutting down the system first. If you shut your computer down properly every time, your software is less likely to become corrupted.
  • Install an anti-virus programme. Make sure it will automatically scan your files, and make sure it updates itself at least once a week. This is particularly important for Microsoft Windows users.
  • Back up your system at least once a week. It’s not a question of if you will have a system or hard-disk failure, but of when it will happen. If you aren’t prepared, then you are very likely to lose some or all of your valuable files.
  • Avoid software copies and pirated software.
  • If you have a broadband internet connection, update your software regularly, because developers are making improvements all the time. Most applications will alert you when updates become available on the internet and you can then choose to install them.
  • Remove software applications you no longer use. Uninstall and remove the programme files.
  • Don’t install too much software on your computer, as it can slow your system down and cause problems.
  • Don’t let your hard drive get more than 75% full or your computer will slow down.
  • Keep your desktop folder as clean and empty as possible. Desktop clutter contributes to slowing your computer down.
  • When in doubt, restart your computer. A simple restart can solve many problems. Always restart your computer before attempting any complicated trouble-shooting.
  • If you have more than one person using a computer regularly, consider setting up separate accounts for each user.