About Computer Maintenance

Nowadays, computers have become a very important part of our life. Be it a home or a business, computers are a part of our day to day life. From a small kid to an elder, almost everybody either knows how to operate a computer or wants to learn how.

There are business that survive solely on their use of computers and if you take away their computer, that’s the end of their business. Then there are other businesses that make use of computers to increase their productivity and perform a variety of tasks efficiently.

Most of us have important documents and files stored in our computer and are afraid to lose them in case something happens to the computer.

Despite all this, there are very few people that actually maintain their computer. Computers are machines. And, like every machine, they need to be maintained. If they are not maintained, the performance of the computer will greatly decrease and errors start to pop up where they shouldn’t. It may even completely stop working! That is why it is very important to maintain your computer regularly.

A computer has two types of parts: the hardware and the software. Both of these parts need to be properly maintained.

The hardware is any of the physical part of the computer like the cabinet (the box in which parts like the motherboard, the CPU, the hard disk, the CD drive, etc., reside), the keyboard, the mouse, the monitor, etc. The two main problems that any hardware faces is that

a. The hardware part has been used a lot and it has crossed its life time.

b. The hard ware isn’t cleaned regularly and it has accumulated a lot of dirt and dust.

Due to the above two reasons the computer can slow down or stop functioning all together.

The software is a collection of computer programs and related data that tell the computer what to do and how to do it. As you may have understood, if the software is corrupt, then it cant properly tell the computer what to do resulting in a lot of errors and leads to the slowdown of the computer. The usual problems faced by the software are: a bloated registry, virus and malware infections.

Let’s start with the maintenance of the hardware. Do not let dust get accumulated on the hard ware especially inside the cabinet. The cabinet contains the CPU which is the heart of the computer. There are cooling fans to cool the CPU down when it gets heated up. The fan accumulates dust very quickly. So, it’s important to keep the fan clean. It’s also important to keep the mother board clean because it’s the mother board that connects every device in the computer. But, be very careful when you are dusting the cabinet so that you don’t accidentally damage any of the parts.

In case of the software, the 3 main things that you need to be concerned about is the registry, viruses and spywares. Get a good registry cleaner to clean the registry. Also get a good anti-virus and a good anti-spyware to prevent your computer from getting infected by any malware.