3 ways to keep your Computer running smoothly

Many times I have serviced a customer’s computer and realize that they could have save themselves some valuable time and money if they had followed a few preventive measures to help keep their computer running smoothly. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that you should have your computer professionally optimize and cleaned every few months based on your computing habits. We here at D&T LLC hope that when you do need computer or network support that you give us the opportunity to service your support needs, call us at 908-444-6317. We have a professional and courteous staff, well trained support technicians with many decades of experience to assist you with residential computer support, business support, Virus removal, system crashes, new computer setups, computer lessons, server setup and management, etc. You get the picture.

1. Virus software and Internet and computer security.

Virus software is an absolute must. If you are using the internet for any purpose and do not have virus software installed it is just a matter of time before something really bad happens. Today’s viruses, malware and spyware have gotten really sophisticated and virus software alone is no longer sufficient. You have to have protection on multiple fronts, virus software, internet and web security software, identity protection software as well as a firewall. I recommend subscription based virus and internet security suites like Norton Internet Security or Kapersky Internet Security.

There are a few free virus software suites but as most of them do not give complete protection until you purchase the product, I recommend you go with a well-known suite as mentioned above.

2. Web browser, system and email maintenance.

Web surfing and emails are the primary source for viruses, spyware and malware. Having protection at the point of entry goes a long way to preventing malicious content from infecting your computer. This is the primary reason I suggest a protection suite that includes protection at these entry points. If you use an email client like Outlook having software that scans the email as you receive it is a big help. Manual cleanup of temporary files and data that accumulates as you surf the internet is also recommended at a minimum once a month. Emptying the recycle bin, deleting or archiving old email helps in maintaining your computer as well.

3. Backup.

I know that this may not be considered as one of the top ten ways to keep your computer running smoothly by some but for me it is one of the more important things you can do. Backups provides a way for you to recover your data in the event of a major system failure. My recommendations for both residential and business is backup, backup, backup. I recommend an online backup solution for both home and business. For business an additional backup solution such as an external backup device is recommended.