- Make sure you keep your computer software up to date. Especially the software that is prone to having security threats (such as Java, Windows, etc.). Make sure you keep all of your anti-virus programs up to date as well so you can be sure you are getting the best protection possible.
Clean out your temporary computer files every now and then. These files are not needed to be kept for long periods and can even sometimes contain sensitive information. Free programs can be used to help you clear out all of the various files. I personally recommend using the free program CCleaner (download here).
Run regular anti-virus scans on your computer. This is mostly for the heavy users out there, but it is never a bad idea to have a weekly routine scan for any malware that may have infected your computer. For free anti-virus programs visit my useful links page here.
Defragment/Optimize your drives. Most of the time you will probably not have to do this, but it is good to do every once in a while depending on how much you are using the computer. You do not need a dedicated program to defrag or to optimize your drives because Windows has it built into their operating system.
Clean out the dust from your computers. This is actually very important for both laptops and desktops as they both build up dust over time and the dust can cause the computer hardware to overheat and eventually die. Use a can of compressed air or buy a blower vacuum for electronics to blow out the dust. Do not use a regular blower vacuum as they can create static electricity and may cause damage to your computer.
Clean up any dirt or grime on your computer. This is good to make your computer look and feel nice. It is also good hygiene to make sure your computer isn’t covered in germs. I recommend using a high concentration of isopropyl alcohol or denatured alcohol to clean parts of your computer such as your keyboard, mouse, and monitor/screen. The alcohol will kill germs, clear away dirt, evaporate quickly, and it won’t leave any residue behind.
This is not a complete list, but it does cover the basics of computer care. Let us know what you think of our tips by leaving a comment below or contacting us. We reply to any feedback we receive as quickly as we can. Thanks for reading!