- Protect your computer from dust, where ever possible, do not put your tower PC on the floor, keep it away from the tumble dryer and preferably in a different room to an open fire.
- Use a tray to put your laptop on. I like the trays with the bean bag bottoms; they provide a sturdy, comfortable work base and prevent dust being sucked up in to it from carpets beds and sofas.
- Don’t eat or drink over or near your computer. I know this can be tempting or can be done without registering we are doing it but it only takes one slip! Invest in a surge protector, laptop or tower… this can save you a lot of money and endless hassle.
- Surge protectors are readily available (I bought my last one from Argos) and are not much different in price from an extension lead.
- Most new computers come with a utility to make a set of backup discs, don't put it off! Get it done as soon as you can, you will usually need 4 or 5 DVD's and just follow the on screen prompts. When you have made the backup's pack them in a way that they don't get scratched or damaged then store them in a safe place where you know where they are if you need them.
- Use a quality Anti-Virus Program. Make sure it is configured to update and scan your computer at regular intervals. Make sure your operating system is set to update automatically too.
- PC stands for ‘Personal computer’, where ever possible try to keep control of what happens to it and what is down loaded on to your computer.
- Programs that promise to fix all your computers problems and or make it run faster in just three clicks will not work! Be sure to remove tool bars that you didn't ask for, want or need.
How to keep your computer running at it's best Some general tips and advice to help keep your computer running at it's best.