Your computer faces many threats during day-to-day use, threats that can negatively affect the condition of its software and hardware. By following a few simple tips, you can help your computer run at its best during daily use—and they don’t cost a thing!
• Use an antivirus program. Even a free antivirus program will help keep your computer free from viruses, although for added protection you’ll want to purchase a paid version. Paid subscriptions are updated more frequently, provide additional real-time protection, and keep you safer in general.
• Set up regular virus scans with your chosen antivirus program. Follow instructions on your antivirus provider’s website to ensure you’re running it properly.
• Turn on regular Windows updates. Regularly updating Windows will keep your software up-to-date.
• Keep your desktop uncluttered. Having as few items as possible on your desktop will help your PC boot up faster and run more smoothly.
• Don’t open emails from people you don’t know. If you happen to receive an email from an acquaintance that has an unexpected attachment, be sure to scan it with your antivirus program to make sure it’s safe.
• Don’t click on pop-up windows when browsing the web. These are usually spam and will cause more pop-up ads in the future.
• When using a laptop, make sure to set it on a hard surface, such as a desk of laptop pad. Most laptops have fan vents located on the bottom of their case; placing them on a soft surface, such as a bed or directly on your lap, can cut off the laptop’s air circulation and shorten its lifespan.