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Published on 08.13.06 by Brent Trahan

The Windows PC General Maintenance Guide

Your computer needs to be maintained just like your car for it to work properly. This guide shows you everything you need to keep your computer maintained and running smooth.

I often get asked “What should I be doing to keep my computer running smoothly?”  Your computer is similar to a vehicle in many ways.  You have to keep your computer maintained or it won’t last very long just like your vehicle.  This guide points you to all the other guides I’ve written that shows you what you should be doing to keep your computer running at its best.

System Maintenance

Everyone knows you have to change the oil in your vehicle every 3,000 miles or so.  Most people don’t know there are a few things you need to do with your computer on a monthly basis or so to keep your computer running smooth.

You should run a disk cleanup, scan disk, and defragment your hard drive about once a month to keep your computer running smooth.  Check out my Windows XP Automated System Maintenance guide.  This guide shows you how to automate the tasks to keep your computer running smooth automatically for you.

If your computer has slowed down since you first purchased it you might want to check out my Speed Up That PC guide to get your computer running quickly again.

Malware Removal and Protection

The number one cause of computer problems I come across are caused by Malware (viruses and spyware).  Check out my Complete Malware Prevention, Protection, and Removal guide to learn just about everything you need to keep Malware off your computer.

Most people get Malware from the internet.  Check out my Internet and E-mail Usage Advice guide for lots of honest advice on how to keep out of trouble when surfing the internet.

Secure and Protect Your PC

Once your computer is running like it should you might want to secure your PC by checking out my Secure Your PC guide to keep unwanted people or Malware from screwing things up.

If you have a wireless network you might want to check out my Secure Your Wireless Network guide to keep people off your network and out of your computer.

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