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PC Maintenance Check List 1) Disk Defragmentation 2) Run CCleaner 3) Run Avast antispyware 5) Windows Update 6) Adobe Reader Update 7) Adobe Flash Player Update 8) Java Update 9) Disk Cleanup 10) Error-checking (Automatically fix file system errors) 11) Uninstall Unneeded Software or Apps 12) Startup (System Configuration) 13) Blow Out Dust (Compressed Air-Can) Of those 13 items on the check list these 5 are the most important 1. Physically clean the computer Dust accumulates over time inside computers and can cause serious problems if left unchecked for a long period of time. Using compressed air is a great way to remove dust inside and outside your computer. If you are using a laptop be sure to clean the keyboard on a regular basis. Dirt, dust, and other foreign objects can be trapped underneath the keys and cause mechanical malfunctions. Use a small hand vacuum to clean out keyboards in laptops and also desktop keyboards. 2. Perform Disk Clean-Up Having a clean and optimized hard drive can be a daunting task considering all the media and files we download on a daily basis. Increase your PC performance by running Disk Clean-Up on a regular basis. Disk Clean-Up will remove temporary files that are not in use, which frees up space for you to use. Ensure that Disk Clean-Up is run multiple times a week to increase PC performance. 3. Scan for Viruses A virus can halt a computer dead in its tracks. If a computer is infected with a virus all PC maintenance can be for naught. Obtaining virus scanning software is relatively easy now thanks to Microsoft. Microsoft now includes a free malware scanner in each Windows operating system, which scans and removes viruses for free. Act with caution whenever downloading something from the Internet. Always ensure that you know what you are downloading and whom you are downloading it from. 4. Updates System updates are essential to computer maintenance. Updates can provide extra security measures to programs and can also optimize certain aspects how your computer interacts with that program. In general, it is advisable to enable automatic updates within the Windows operating system. For the maximum PC performance, make sure that you select to update only the necessary programs for your computing needs. 5. Defragment the hard drive Hard drives naturally store information in an inefficient fashion after a certain point. A file might be stored in multiple locations on the hard drive, which increases the time needed to recall the file and display it to the user. To address this problem, Microsoft includes a defragmenter utility in all of the Windows operating systems. The disk defragmenter will organize files on your hard drive to increase PC performance. Be sure to analyze each hard drive before defragmenting it. With these 5 tasks on your PC maintenance list you will avoid many issues that can cause problems or slow down your computer.