Ideal computer maintenance tips
For all computer owners, the worst sight they could see would be the blue screen of death – a screen of error text stating that something catastrophic has happened to their computers leaving them with no choice but to reboot the machine.
Best maintenance tips
Gladly this is a rare occurrence. But, there are best maintenance tips that computer owners can follow to decrease the chances of this and other problems happening. Below are top four computer maintenance tips for hardware and software as well.
Don’t overwork your computer
Avoid running many peripherals connected to the appliance. Having many external hard drives running in parallel for long periods will overheat the hub resulting in potential blow-outs or device recognition issues from the operating system (O/S). Just be aware that the USB connection provides a power supply so the more devices it powers, the greater the strain. Computer manufacturers provide a specific number of USB ports on their machines that are within their testing constraints for the computer – overloading these USB ports pushes the manufacturer’s restrictions.
Keeping the operating system and application drivers up to date is the best and easiest way to do computer repairs. As software houses improve their products, fixing errors and security issues, patch updates become available, and it is good practice to ‘Check for Updates’ often and the better products provide automate update checks as part of their products.
Security and virus protection
There is the ongoing danger of receiving spyware/adware/hacker attacks to your computer while connected to the internet, so it is necessary security habit to have a firewall installed along with spyware security and virus scanners. Today, there are even free versions of this software available, so there is no reason not to use them. Just be sure to keep the applications and their virus databases up to date.
Always use a power extension or power strip which has surge protection as a built-in feature. If there is a power cut in your area or some household appliance such as microwaves or Hoover blows out a fuse, then there is the potential for surge being sent to your machine burning out its electronic components and this is fatal for most machines.
Also, use Windows hibernation mode. Screen savers are a misnomer since they do not save your screen. This may have been the case with legacy monitors where a recurring image/color on a pixel caused enough pixel damage to cause ghost images to be consistently displayed on the screen.