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Computer Maintenance Tips

Getting started

Here are some basics maintenance tasks you can do today to start improving your computer's security. Be sure you make these part of your ongoing maintenance as well.

* Sign up for software update e-mail notices. Many software companies will send you e-mail whenever a software update is available. This is particularly important for your operating system your antivirus program, and your firewall.

* Register your software. If you still have registration forms for existing software, send them in. And be sure to register new software in the future. This is another way for the software manufacturer to alert you when new updates are available.

* Install software updates immediately.

When you get an update notice, download the update immediately and install it. (Remember, downloading and installing are two separate tasks.)

An ounce of prevention

A few simple steps will help you keep your files safe and clean.

* Step 1: Update your software

* Step 2: Backup your files

* Step 3: Use antivirus software and keep it updated

* Step 4: Change your passwords

Developing ongoing maintenance practices

Now that you've done some ground work, it's time to start moving into longer term maintenance tasks. These are all tasks that you should do today (or as soon as possible) to get started. But for best results, make these a part of a regular maintenance schedule. We recommend setting aside time each week to help keep your computer secure.

* Back up your files. Backing up your files simply means creating a copy of your computer files that you can use in the event the originals are lost. (Accidents can happen.)

* Scan your files with up to date antivirus software. Use your antivirus scan tool regularly to search for potential computer viruses and worms. Also, check your antivirus program's user manual to see if you can schedule an automatic scan of your computer.

* Change your passwords. Using the same password increases the odds that someone else will discover it. Change all of your passwords regularly (we recommend monthly) to reduce your risk. Also, choose your passwords carefully.

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CAN'T TURN OFF COMPUTER


Try cleaning out your computer.
Put some time aside to do this maintenance on your computer, some of these tasks will take time, you may need to do these tasks over several days.
There are a lot of things you can do to speed up and restore your computer. This in turn will solve problems with individual programs by giving more room, processing speed and indexing for quicker searching etc...
This might seam slightly off subject but follow the logic...

Lets start by Cleaning out some old programs you don't use.

Make sure your Antivirus software s up-to date.

Run a Scan disk to check for errors on your hard-drive

Run a Disk clean up to remove old unwanted flies, cookies, saved web pages etc...

Defragment your computers hard drive or drives

You can do all these things above from your "Control Panel\System and Maintenance" area and you can find additional windows performance and maintenance task here as well.

Now lets stop some programs starting up, and running in the background on start-up.
Type in run "msconfig" this will open up your "system configuration" dialog box, click on the startup tab and un-check any of the programs/processes that you don't need. be careful not to uncheck things your not sure of. Take some time to learn about each Program, its Processes and Services.
Open your Windows Task Manager and look at how many Processes are running, Look at the Applications Tab and Note what programs are running. When you Right click on Application that is running you can then "Go To Processes" from there you can look at its property's and Go To Services you can filter the status to show the Running Services.

Run the Windows updates from the Control panel, this helps keep your computer upto date with the latest software and security updates.

Hope you find some of this helpfull

Feb 09, 2014 | gmail.com

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i need to fix my pc registery errors


Try using Glary Utilities. It has a free version that will perform those tasks.

Feb 03, 2013 | Encore Pc Tools Registry Mechanic 6 Full...

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THE TASK BAR APPEARS AT THE TOP OF THE WINDOW


First, make sure the taskbar is not locked. Right click the taskbar and make sure the is no check mark beside 'Lock the taskbar".

Now, point your cursor just beside the START button (outside the START orb and on the task bar), click and hold and now you can move it to the bottom of the window.

Jul 13, 2010 | Dell Computers & Internet

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Keep getting message that says "Logitech Commmunications Manager-Please wait while windows configures Logitech Communications Manager. Followed by another message that says "The feature you are trying to use is on a CD disc or is othewise unavailable. Insert the :Logitech Communications Disc and click OK. Use Source?_________________" I went to my control panel and uninstalled everything with the name Logitech in it. The above messages still keep coming up. I am not very good a computer maintenance so please advise me, in a pretty basic way, how I can get rid of this problem. John Burns


Hi,
There might be some stuck services related to Logitech that are still running in background as uninstalling programs using Windows Add/Remove Program leaves few files behind. In your case click on Start Menu and open Run. Now type "msconfig" without quotes. This will open System Configuration Utility. Open tab Startup and check for any program related to Logitech and disable it. Next open Services tab and check the box saying "Hide All Microsoft Services" and start looking for Logitech services and go on disabling them then restart computer when prompted while closing System Configuration Utility's window. In most cases it disables the program from getting launched at start-up.
If you are still getting the Logitech program installer, try to check "Scheduled Task" of windows and delete it (Start Menu> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Scheduled Task).
Hope the resolution works for you. If you are still getting the pop-up of Logitech installer, post follow-ups so that I can assist you further.
Cheers!

Feb 27, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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