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How to Take Care of your Computer: 9 Tips for Personal Computer Care

Research estimates that the average lifespan of a computer is about five years. However, to enjoy the full lifespan, you’ll have to take proper care of your machine.

Computers often crash due to malfunctions in the Operating System (OS), hardware components, or both. Nonetheless, a significant number of computer errors result from hardware wear and tear.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop that. But with good care and maintenance, you can maximize your computer’s lifespan.


Here’s how to take care of your computer:

1. Mind the Heat

One of the leading causes of poor computer performance is excessive heat. Too much heat causes your machine to slow down, lose data, or shut down unexpectedly.

As such, checking the ventilation should be a top priority on your personal computer care and maintenance checklist.

Dust particles, pet hair, and other daily grime are the most rampant causes of heat issues because they interfere with the fan’s functionality. If you’ve ever looked inside your computer, you probably haven’t forgotten that grungy sight and you know what your machine’s fans have to deal with.

To maximize ventilation, regularly check the vents, casing, and fans for any blockages. Ensure that they’re dust-free by cleaning them as needed. And if it’s extremely hot, direct a fan at your computer for a quick, temporary fix.

For computers whose heating issues keep resurfacing, having extra fans installed can be a long-term solution.

But before you invest in more fans, check the quality of the ones you already have. Quite often, pre-installed fans aren’t top-of-the-line. In such cases, it’s better to replace the fans instead of adding more.

2. Install Antivirus Software and Firewall

All Windows 10 computers come with a Windows Defender to safeguard against viruses in phishing websites and spammy downloads. Apple computers, on the other hand, come with a Unix-based operating system which offers built-in security features.

However, these security features may not be inadequate especially if you visit new websites often. For maximum protection, you’ll need paid options, which might cost about $50-$100. It may seem a little bit costly, but it’s cheaper than the sums you’ll pay to fix a virus-infected system.

In addition to antivirus software, you also need a Firewall feature to prevent programs and unauthorized people from downloading viruses and malicious code into your computer. Click here to see what we suggest for your anti virus. 

3. Keep the Keyboard Clean

Due to the need for multitasking, it’s common for many computer owners to eat or drink over the keyboard.

This leads to food crumbs and drink spills on the keyboard, where they cause all kinds of damage. And since the signs of liquid damage can be subtle, you may notice it too late when the damage has progressed to the internal components of your computer.

To avoid this, wipe your keyboard clean regularly. Don’t spray water or disinfectant on the keyboard as this can cause further damage. Additionally, avoid eating and drinking directly above your keyboard.

4. Sort Out Messy Cables

While tangled cables won’t directly affect computer parts and function, they can cause significant damage to ports and connections if you get tripped by them.

So, if you have lots of peripherals, start using a cable management solution. You can use twist ties or check your local office supply store for a full-out cable management solution.

Whatever solution you choose, it’ll neaten your work area and potentially save you several bucks in repairs.

5. Keep Magnets off Your Computer

You may not know this, but keeping magnets near your computer can damage your hard drive.

On some types of hard drives (especially older models), magnets can wipe your hard drive clean, resulting in total data loss.

On newer models, they can cause serious damage to the data stored. In this case, you may experience complications such as corrupted texts, disc errors, program crashes, and frequent error messages.

While it may take a powerful magnet to cause this kind of damage, it’s better to play it safe by keeping all magnets far from your computer.

6. Perform Software Clean Up

Every now and then, visit the “Add or Remove Programs” interface on your control panel and delete software you don’t need anymore.

This may include free games, browser toolbars, and any other unnecessary resource-eating fluff. Doing this will optimize your computer’s performance by freeing up space for more important programs.

7. Clean Up the OS

Operating Systems like Windows tend to save a large chunk of unnecessary data. These exist in the form of temporary files, recently searched items, and so on.

As such, you need to clean your OS using tools such as CCleaner and CleanMyMac X to free up space for important data and optimize your PC’s performance.

8. Defragment the Hard Drive

Mac users don’t need to do this because their computers defragment automatically. But if you use a Windows PC, you need to defragment your hard drive on a regular basis to improve performance.

Here’s how to access the Window Defragmenting tool: Start>Programs>Accessories>System tools>Disk Defragmenter.

9. Invest in a Surge Protector

A single power surge can fry your entire computer in a second. Even if your PC survives one, the surge may still damage your PC’s power supply, reduce the hard drive lifespan, and corrupt system files.

Thus, you should consider buying a surge protector and use it every time you plug in your PC. Better yet, get a multipurpose one that can serve all your electronics.

Don’t Know How to Take Care of Your Computer? Hire an Expert!

By knowing how to take care of your computer, you’ll be able to extend your computer’s lifespan significantly. If you have trouble doing some of the things outlined above, it’s better to seek expert help to avoid causing further damage to your computer.

For top-notch computer repair and maintenance, look no further than Community Computer. We’re a one-stop shop for all your computer needs with over 25 years of experience.

Contact us today for quick assistance.

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18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
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Carol Lyle
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16:43 13 May 19
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18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
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Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
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Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
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15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
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Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
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15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
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01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
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04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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