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5 tips for PC Health

5 tips for PC health:

4th in a series of 10 Tips

 

Organize your folders, update Windows, run antivirus software

1. Organize your folders
Over time folders containing your data including documents, pictures, music, videos can become disorganised and need sorting.
In particular pictures. If possible when sorting your folders rename them ( by right clicking on the folder) so they appear in date order, for example “2016 06 30 Spain”. Once you have been though your folders they will all appear in date order. Always use a numeric year, month and day not alphabetic as that will not sort correctly.

2. Clean up your hard disk
It is not unusual that over a five year period the number of files on your PC will increase ten fold slowing it down accordingly.
Run disk clean on a regular basis to remove unwanted files.
Run defrag at least every six months. The inbuilt programme will only put the files back where it finds space.
Ideally us a Smart Defrag that puts your data back based on the file usage to improve performance.

3. Use System Restore
Don’t be afraid to use System Restore.
If you have downloaded some software by mistake or you think your PC has suddenly slowed down use System Restore to go back to a restore point at a date before the problem occurred.
Your data (documents, pictures, music, videos) is not affected by System Restore. Only programmes installed after that date will have to be reinstalled.
As a precaution always update and scan your anti-virus and malware programmes immediately afterwards.

4. Keep Windows and Microsoft Office up-to-date
Do not assume that Windows Updates are automatic.
Only important update may run in the background.
Optional updates have to be manually updated.
Because most people never run optional updates virus writers deliberately target those programmes.
Therefore to reduce the risk of a viral infection update all optional updates.
Windows 10 does most items automatically but still check yourself. If a restart is required do it then to avoid losing data if it restarts automatically.

5. Run antivirus software and a spyware detection and removal tool
Do not assume that your anti-virus or your spyware removal programmes scan automatically.
On many occasions they have to be configured to carry out a scan.
Keep the desktop icons separate from everything else to remind you to check them and maybe choose a day one a week to monitor your security.
As 95% of our customers do not have adequate backups can you afford to lose all your data if attacked.

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