Are you taking good care of your PC? Regularly scheduled maintenance of your beloved machine is essential to keep it running smoothly and securely.

On a daily basis, your PC carries out unbelievable amounts of work, helping you out with almost anything. So besides deleting unnecessary files and uninstalling unused programs, from time to time, you need to give your best friend a little time, love and care so it will run faster and last longer.  

We’ve put an essential PC maintenance list and a few pieces of advice. Read on if you’d like to improve the performance and lifespan of your device.

1. Whether you are running Windows, Mac or Android device, there is malware out there that is targeting your PC. This malicious software arrives and infects your computer without your express permission.

On the other hand, there are PUPs – so-called, potentially unwanted programs. These devious creatures trick you into installing them, and suddenly you may notice significant performance slowdowns, unknown software pop-ups telling you there is some problem, unwanted toolbars, advertisements taking over your screen, and other awkward behaviors. You should definitely get rid of PUPs: most of them can be deleted by simple uninstalling as you would do this with any other software.

So first of all, you need to pick free or paid antivirus software among the numerous antivirus software circulating in the market. Some of them are more focused on shielding your PC from malware attacks, while others are more serious about winning the battle against PUPs.

Read the reviews, shop around, and keep in mind that anti-malware software is not enough. These products might be excellent for cleaning up your machine following an infection. However, they won’t prevent your PC from getting infected in the first place.

2. To keep your computer safe from known security holes, constantly check for updates to your operating system and programs you are using on your machine.

3. Malicious websites are setup to either steal your personal information or distribute malware. Sometimes they can even inject malicious code onto your computer. You can block the access to these evil websites through your browser. For example, in Chrome you should:

  • Select ‘Settings’
  • Open an ‘Advanced’ section
  • Under ‘Privacy and security’ turn on ‘Protect you and your device from dangerous sites’

4. From time to time clear up some space on your hard drive by hauling out junk files – temporary files, cached thumbnails, old program setup files, and other unwanted digital bits that pile up and make your hard drive feel a bit cramped.

5. Find a time when your PC is on, but you are not using it, and defrag your hard drive, putting together file fragments to speed up file access and prevent future fragmentation. You should do this housekeeping task about once a month.

If you are a happy owner of SSD, this issue doesn’t apply to your PC.

6. While antivirus software protects your file system, a firewall keeps external threats from gaining access to your computer in the first place. Firewall is extremely important for your network security, so if you don’t have another option, just keep your Windows Firewall turned on:

  • Select ‘Start’.  
  • Open ‘Windows Defender Security Center’ > ‘Firewall & network protection’.
  • Choose a network profile, and turn on the ‘Windows Firewall’.

7. System Restore is a recovery feature for Microsoft Windows designed to undo certain changes and restore your system files and settings, installed apps and other important computer data to a specific former state. To fix certain kinds of crashes and other significant problems always create a system restore point:

  • Find ‘Create a restore point’ on the taskbar and select it from the list of results.
  • On the ‘System Protection’ tab in ‘System Properties’, select ‘Create’.
  • Enter a description for the restore point, and click ‘Create’ > ‘OK’.

Don’t skip on PC maintenance! You can add the items to your personal calendar or print this checklist next to your computer to remember the necessary task.

However, there is another way to deal with all the important housekeeping tasks: Fixico will help you handle all these issues, keeping a safe and problem-free device. No muss, no fuss!