Maintaining a personal computer is fairly simple. As I currently own a Dell Studio XPS desktop run with a Microsoft Windows 7 program and using Internet Explorer 7, this guide will focus on maintaining this specific machine and these specific programs. There are two basic components that require attention; your software and hard drive and your hardware and CPU.
Let’s begin with maintaining your software and hard drive. When you use your computer for internet browsing, cookies are attached to your machine. So, what is a cookie? According to the Microsoft website, “Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer hard disk drive when you first visit.” Cookies in and of themselves are not necessarily damaging, but they can use up valuable space on your machine. You must regularly delete cookies or they will slow down your computer. There are several ways to do this. I currently use CC Cleaner. This is a free download that will allow you to clean up both cookies and caches. A cache is a collection of data. It is fairly straightforward to run CC Cleaner. Simply download from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner and then follow the program directions. You may also use the Microsoft directions for deleting cookies. As per the Microsoft Support website, the steps are given below.
1. “Open Internet Explorer by clicking the Start button. In the Search box,
type Internet Explorer, and then, in the list of results, click Internet Explorer.
2. Click Tools from the menu, and then click Delete browsing history.
3. Click the Delete Cookies button
4. Click Yes when asked if you want to delete cookies”
How frequently you delete cookies and caches are entirely at your discretion, but I try to use both of the above methods on a weekly basis.
You must also protect your computer from viruses. There are many, many tools on the market designed to do...