Complex electrical devices in all forms are anything but infallible and you’re never too far away from a potential problem.
However, what few seem to realize…or at least respond to…is the fact that so many of the standard everyday problems brought to the doors of PC repair firms could have been very easily avoided altogether. It’s all about the actions and the habits of the machines’ respective owners, which for the most part cold probably do with a tune up of their own!
Think you don’t fall into this category? Unless you can tick all the following boxes, you most certainly do:
It’s hardly a secret that PCs are targeted by hackers every day and everyone knows the damage a virus can do. This is what makes it so surprising that vast swathes of the population are still using outdate and pretty much redundant anti-virus software they picked up for pennies in 2003 and expecting it will still do the job. It might, but there’s a sizeable chance it won’t…a risk not worth taking. And the same goes for even simpler things too – when for example did you last chance your Wi-Fi password? Or you log-in details for your main OS?
Monthly Health Checks
Waiting until your computer melts down entirely before checking its health is like not bothering serving the car until it comes to a grinding halt at the side of the road…rather silly. It’s so easy to use a series of free tools to check the health of your system once a month – hard disk checking tools, registry checkers, deleting temporary files, defragmenting drives and so on. And the more health checks you carry out on a monthly basis, the lower the chances of something really unpleasant happening to your system and your files.
Safe Web Surfing
Do you think your web surfing habits are safe? If you’ve ever downloaded a file from a site you didn’t check the security certificate for or have opened an email from a sender you’ve never heard of, you’re wrong. Check out a complete guide to safe web surfing and see just how many habits could do with being broken.
Tidy and Orderly
The more files you have scattered all over your hard drive, the harder it has to work in order to carry out its operations – and thus the more likely it is to run into problems. The simple advice therefore is to keep your system as tidy ad orderly as possible, banishing the clutter to external media or any backup devices.
And finally, don’t be scared of that mincing power-button we seem to have forgotten how to use. It’s a simple case of logic – the longer your PC is on, the more its components are being used and in turn the less life they have left in them. All PC parts have a limited usable life and will degrade in performance and reliability over time, so if you make the effort to give them sufficient downtime, you’ll be extending their life as long as possible.
Calling The Pros
If you come across a problem with your computer that you are not sure how to deal with, don’t bother. You might end up making things worse. There are always professional technicians you can get help from. Establish companies such as Geeks Mobile USA is a good choice. They’ve been in the IT industry since 2002 and they got several branches scattered across the US. Whether you need a computer repair in Las Vegas, Seattle or in Miami, you will certainly find one of their technicians ready to help.
About The Author
Ilya Elbert is the nationwide account executive of AllIT, a full service IT solutions company that serves the whole of continental United States. For more than a decade, Ilya has been helping small and big companies set-up their IT systems. Follow him on Twitter to receive IT news and updates.