Computer Tips for Your Busy Summer Schedule

Summer is a time when most people have busy schedules, taking vacations, working, and tending to children whose schedules are free during these months. For this busy time, here are some tips to keep your computer operating well while it receives less attention than normal.

Most computer users have a tendency to turn off their computers when away on trips, which means that you computer is not receiving new anti-virus patches or anti-spyware updates that are released during your absence.; the two most common areas that cause computers problems. We recommend you update anti-virus and anti-spyware scans before opening e-mail or going online after an extended absence. Avoid the problems altogether by updating your security software before each time you use your computer.

Should You Leave Your Computer Running?

A commonly asked question is, “Should I leave my desktop computer on or turn it off?”

Turning it on and off numerous times during the day subjects the microcircuits to flexing and fatigue due to change in temperatures. Over time this could lead to a break in the circuitry and result in system failure. On the other hand, leaving the computer on all the time puts excess wear on the mechanical components (the hard drive spindle motor and cooling fans).

The best compromise is to have the first user in the morning turn it on, and the last user of the day turn it off.

We leave our desktops on all the time allowing for scheduled utility tasks to run during overnight hours. We also restart the systems (to flush the RAM and reset the operating system) on a regular basis and routinely remove the case covers to clean out any dust that may have accumulated, especially around the fans and screens.

Stop Pop ups!

Never click inside the window of a popup. Instead, close it by clicking on the X in the upper right corner. Many people are fooled into installing spyware applications by pop ups that promise to clean their system. If you receive a message saying it can help, assume it is spyware and don’t click!

These tips can help you stay safe on the internet during the summer, and also keep your computer in top shape. If you have additional tips to share, please feel free to add yours in the comments below.

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