A personal computer is a big investment. Depending on the brand and style you choose, you could spend a few hundred dollars all the way up to a few thousand dollars. Add in accessories and software and you could be looking at a large electronics investment for your home.
But once you get your computer home, is there anything you can do to make it last? Of course! Just like you use floor scrubbers and cleaning equipment to extend the life of your newly installed flooring, there are things you can do to extend the life of your new computer.
First things first, get an anti-virus program. The Internet is chock-full of dangerous viruses and data-mining worms via questionable websites, certain emails and downloads. Protect your computer before it is exposed to the World Wide Web.
A Clean Computer is a Happy Computer
Eating at your computer means a certain early death. Crumbs in the keyboard can invite critters into your home office that can chew on wires. But even without a third-party involved, food particles in and around your workspace can still spell trouble.
If your keyboard is weighed down with cracker crumbs or sticky from spilled soda, certain keys might not work correctly. You can use a keyboard cleaner or electronics duster to clean your keyboard.
Eating greasy things at your workspace and then touching the screen can mean a disaster for your eyes. Today’s monitors can no longer be easily cleaned with Windex and a paper towel. Flat-screens require special (and often expensive) cleaners. Fingerprints and smudges can do permanent damage if not immediately taken care of.
It’s All about the Updates
It’s easy for a computer to become outdated. Programs and software come out with new versions all the time. Taking the time to update the software on your machine will help make it last. If you’re multiple versions behind, your PC may run slower, but software updates are a much cheaper investment than a new computer.
It’s also relatively inexpensive to add additional memory to your computer. By adding an external hard drive, you can free up the space that is taken up by pictures, movies and music. By freeing up space, your computer will run just like the day you bought it.
When in Doubt, Scan
Anti-virus software won’t always catch everything. It’s easy for certain viruses and worms to slip through the cracks. Running a virus scan periodically will help catch anything that your software didn’t protect against. Many programs offer settings that will automatically run scans on a daily, weekly or monthly basis based on your preferences.
By catching these things early, you can minimize long-term damage to your computer. If you can’t troubleshoot the problem on your own, you can take your computer to a repair shop. Many big box electronic stores now offer technicians to assist with most computer issues.
Now that you know more about cleaning your keyboard and monitor, expand your horizons and consider learning more about cleaning equipment for your home like floor scrubbers. Guest post written by Shane Jones.