Basic Computer Maintenance

System running slow?  This time of year is the perfect time to clean up the computer!  Here are some basic things to do in order to do so:

  • Uninstall any unused programs. Think of this in the same light as cleaning out the closet.  If you have not used it in a year, get rid of it!  Look at the software listed on the Programs list within the Control Panel.  If you have not used it in a year, highlight and uninstall it.  Do not use the install date as the last used date…
  • Check the amount of ram your system has installed and consider installing more. Open the control panel and click on System.  There you will see how much ram is installed.  Consider doubling it.  Doing so is easy, (and cheap), IF you purchase the correct ram and remember to unplug the computer, (or remove the battery on a laptop), before you open up the memory panel.  Remove one chip, take a picture of the label describing the necessary data, reinstall.  Now you have the data needed to buy the correct ram for the system.
  • Download a three pack of utilities and run them routinely to keep the system running better. Go to chapinbusiness.com/Protection and Maintenance to download the install files for Ccleaner, Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware.
  • If your computer is running hot, it may be dusty. For a desktop, unplug the power, remove the side panel and blow out the dust with a can of compressed air.  Be sure to blow out the dust stuck between the cpu fan and heat sync.  For a laptop, bring it to a professional for internal cleaning.  You could turn it off, remove the battery and try blowing air through the vent and keyboard.  However, if there is dust on the fan vents, only getting inside the computer will work.  (Do NOT try this if you are inexperienced!)