“My computer keeps freezing up on me!” Even in today’s society where it is normal for your toothbrush to be a type of computer, people still do not know how to properly take care of their computers. A broken computer or computer going into disrepair can be prevented, and it just takes a few brain cells. Here are three of the most common things people do (or in some cases do not do) to harm their computer.
1. Let Dust Pile Up In Your Computer.
“I’ll get to it eventually!” “Eventually” might be too late. Dust in your computer does not just give the appearance of untidiness, it also reduces the amount of air flow through your computer. This results in your computer running at higher temperatures. If a computer does not operate at a cool enough temperature, it can permanently damage parts of your computer. Do not let that happen! Clean out the dust using a dry paper towel when you see it beginning to build up. This is an easy slow computer fix that will make your computer not have to work so hard.
2. Refuse to Install Antivirus Software
“I am smart. I won’t download viruses by accident.” This may or may not be true, but did you know there are some viruses out there that do not even need your permission to find their ways onto your computer? There was a worm released in the early 2000s. It could find its way into your computer without your help. It caused you to reboot after 1 minute of being online and was hard to remove. Do not get sucked into being unprepared. There are plenty of free antivirus trials out there so you can be sure you like what you get. AVG is an example of a completely free antivirus software with full functionality.
3. Leaving Things Unchecked.
“It’s working fine right now, so it must be fine.” Just because your computer appears to be of perfect health does not mean it is true. Out there lurk time bomb viruses, for example, that wait until a specific time to “detonate,” possibly destroying important data. Although, this is uncommon. Many other singly harmless programs left unchecked can halt your computer. If you have a computer running slow and have done nothing as far as defragging, checking for malicious content or spyware, or checking for general errors, you should not be surprised if your computer is running slow.