Are you making these top 7 computer mistakes?
If your computer is important to you don’t let it become slow and underperforming. I’m sure you do take care of your car so why not look after your PC too?! There are a lot of mistakes people keep making when they use their computers.
These errors can easily hurt your PC and decrease its performance. You don’t want to buy a new PC every year, do you?!
To help you keep your PC in tip-top shape we’ve created a list of top 7 computer mistakes you really need to stop making.
Top 7 computer mistakes you need to avoid making
1. Not keeping your Windows up-to-date
Running regular Windows updates is important as these updates fix bugs and other vulnerabilities in the system. They also provide important updates for Windows programs and drivers.
To ensure that your desktop or laptop has the latest security patches installed you should set the Updates to be installed automatically. If you don’t know how to do it you can always check our step-by-step tutorial here
2. Having many programs running at startup
Does your PC take so long to start up? Yes?! You have probably installed many programs (I’m sure you don’t use majority of them) and they all try to launch when you start your PC. There’re core programs that need to be running at startup (e.g. Antivirus) but unnecessary software will just extend the boot time of your computer.
To simply decrease the startup time remove all programs that you don’t need anymore. If you have no clue how to uninstall programs, have a look at our tutorial with pictures here
3. No Protection
Having no Antivirus software installed is the worst mistake you can make. There are millions of online threats and viruses that can hurt your computer within seconds. Stealing confidential information and slowing down your computer are the two major aims of many viruses, malware and spyware.
Don’t forget that your PC can get infected even if it isn’t connected to Internet; pen drives and hard drives are most common carriers of viruses. If you don’t have your PC protected with Antivirus software the best time to do it was yesterday!
We trust NOD32 Antivirus and all of our computers as well as hundreds of our clients computers are protected with it.
You can check NOD32, its key benefits and why we trust it here
4. Not defragmenting your hard disk
Defragmentation of the hard disk helps to reorganise and put together all related data so your computer can access the files more efficiently. This will help, for example to open and load up large files much faster. Regular disk defragmentation will improve your PC’s performance as well as it can extend the life expectancy of your hard drive. Don’t know how to run defragmentation of your hard drive?! Have a look at our step-by-step tutorial here
5. Receiving & opening Spam emails
Spam, also called Junk, emails can easily hurt your computer without you knowing. These emails often carry viruses, spyware or malware which can infect your PC as well as your customers, colleagues, friends, and everyone who you send emails to.
Here at ITC we receive and handle thousands of emails every day but only 30% of all of them are clean. If we didn’t have our Advanced Spam filtering service which allows only clean emails to enter our mailboxes, we would probably have all of our PCs infected within seconds.
- Don’t open suspicious emails, file attachments or click on the links inside
- Never respond to junk emails
- Do have a Spam filtering in place
If you would like to learn more about Spam and how to stop receiving it have a look at our Stop Spam Guide here
6. No clean up & dust removal
Yes, you need to remove dust from your desktop or laptop to keep it performing at its best. Dust on vents, fans or other PC components stops your PC from keeping itself cool. An overheated computer becomes very slow, in the worst case motherboards or power supply covered with dirt and dust can fail.
The best way how to clean your machine from dust is to use compressed air and brush however you need to be very careful.
7. No plan B – No backup
You never know what can happen to your computer or office, therefore having a plan B in place such as backup is crucial. Stolen computer, fire in your office or just human error and you could lose all your valuable information, photos, videos, etc.
It’s always important to ask yourself, ‘what would happen to my data if I lost access to my computer or office?’ The answer should always be: ‘nothing as all my important information is backed up and I can access them from outside of the office at any time.’
There are various backup solutions you can employ. To make it easier for you we’ve reviewed the top 4 backup solutions for small businesses here.
Whatever solutions you choose always remember that data needs to be held in more than one location. For example, if you use external hard disk (on-site backup) you should also backup your files off-site in case something happen to your building/office.
If you’re not a technical person and you would rather leave your PC to experts, our comprehensive 18-step PC Healthcheck is designed to optimise your PC’s performance to keep it operating at its best for years to come.
We hope that our article will help to keep your desktops and laptops in tip-top shape, however if you have a question or need a hand please get in touch.