Routine maintenance for a workstation or server involves taking regular steps that make them faster, more secure, and less cluttered. If your system seems slow, displays an error message about low disk space, or takes a long time to boot up, doing routine maintenance can fix the issue and help your computer last longer. While some regular maintenance tasks prevent future problems like viruses or data loss, others free up space and fix software bugs.
Installing operating system updates and keeping all your programs updated are important PC maintenance tasks that improve your computer’s security and stability.
Web browsers, productivity software, media players, and other applications also need regular updates to fix bugs, improve performance and add new features. We will check the software’s help menu or website to determine if an update is available.
As you use your computer, temporary internet files, downloaded files, and cache files build up and leave you with less hard-drive space. Running utilities such as the built-in Disk Cleanup for Windows and third-party programs can locate and clear these files for you. But it is best to have a professional IT person perform this task. Since visiting many websites collects files that can make your web browser sluggish, it also helps to check your browser’s preferences or settings to find its option to clear the cache or temporary internet files.
Your computer also benefits from having antivirus software, such as Windows Defender or Malwarebytes, that can perform real-time scans on files you download and open. This PC maintenance task helps protect you from malicious files that can slow your computer, destroy important system files or lead to theft of passwords and other personal information. When your antivirus program detects a threat, it will alert you to delete the file or move it to a self-contained location where it can’t cause harm to your computer.
Data loss happens all the time to unmanaged systems, and it is devastating. We back up all your data from your computers, servers, and intelligent devices and securely store it on the cloud. If you ever lose your data, you can restore all your files quickly from backup. While there are multiple mediums to backup your files, online backup is easy, takes less time to configure, and is inexpensive. All your data can be scheduled for automatic backup from time to time, so you don’t have to remember to do it.