Troubleshooting Your Own Computer

Tips For Keeping Your PC Running Smoothly

by Dora Barrett

Whether you use PCs for your business or home, it can be a huge hassle if your computer becomes sluggish or breaks down entirely. In such a situation, you might need to shell out a lot of cash to get your PC fixed, or even just to get an accurate diagnosis. Therefore, the best solution is often to treat computer problems proactively, by constantly maintaining your machine(s). Here are some simple tips that you can use to prevent problems down the road:


If you bring your PC to a repair shop, then viruses are one of the first things that the computer technician look for, and with good reason. If you aren't specifically on guard, then it isn't too hard for malware to find its way onto your computer. Such malware can be dangerous, both to the machine itself and any sensitive data that you have stored on the computer. However, most malware will simply slow down your computer and make it seem very sluggish.

To rectify this, you want to make sure that your computer has a sufficient defense program and frequently scheduled scans. If you do have a machine with a legitimate copy of Windows installed, then you have access to some very effective tools for preventing spyware. However, it's always a good idea to get some more defense. Here is a list of some free programs that are both effective and popular.

As long as you keep your antivirus turned on and have frequent scans, then you can eliminate a lot of malware before you even know it exists.

Browser Addons

Something else that you need to keep an eye on is the prevalence of browser addons. While many of these addons aren't exactly dangerous, they can drastically slow down your computer and make it seem as though you have a virus. On the other hand, not all browser addons are negative and some can improve your browsing experience. Before installing any addons, make sure that you take a look at whether or not you really need them.


Finally, you should physically clean out your computer every once in a while. If you aren't too comfortable with the prospect of opening up your PC, then you should certainly research your specific model before proceeding any further. However, most models have a panel that can be removed for easy access with a simple screwdriver. Make sure that your PC is entirely unplugged and somewhere that you can get dirty before actually cleaning it out, since dust will likely get everywhere.

Once you have opened your PC, then all you really need is a can of compressed air. Although this won't be the most comprehensive of cleanings, it will certainly remove a good deal of the dust that is present. This dust can trap a lot of heat inside your PC, which can lead to very high fan sound levels and quicker degradation of parts. With the compressed air, simply clean out the fans and any dust that you can see.

For assistance, talk to a computer service.