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Checklist for a Healthy Computer

Whether you just purchased a new computer, are giving one to a loved one for Christmas, or already own a PC or laptop, the following check list should help you maintain a healthy computer.

1. Install and run an Anti-Virus Program
Viruses are as dangerous for computers as for people. So, just like you take precautions not to get sick, do the same for your computer. There are many anti-virus programs out there, but not all protect your computer equally well.

2. Clean your computer from unused date
Depending on how your computer or laptop is set up, unneeded data may be stored in your system. Over time, this data will use up your memory and slow down the system. Make sure your settings are right and use a ‘cleaner’ for your computer to get rid of unwanted data on a regular basis.

3. Be safe
Safety is important. You don’t want hackers in your computer. Make sure your PC is set up with a high safety level and protected with a firewall. There are a number of programs and settings that should be installed to prevent unwanted access.

4. Back up your data
Even though you know how to take precautions with the above steps, sudden hard drive failure can happen. It happens more often than you think. To minimize the damage to you when it happens, make sure you have your data backed up regularly. Whether you need to save all your private files, such as pictures or I Tunes, or business data, get a system set up that allows you to back up your data frequently.

All of the above steps are important, but here is some final advise:

Should your system crash, DO NOT reboot your system more than two times. If your machine does not properly reboot after two tries, stop trying.

Here is why:
When your system crashes, the brushes physically collapse on your hard drive. Every time you restart your machine, you are spinning that drive and dragging those brushes across its surface. This can easily physically destroy the drive and cause more damage to the drive than it had in the first place.

We strongly advise you to bring your computer to a professional computer technician who can make the repairs and rescue your drive.

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Michael Bayan, PC Mac Express
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Rego Park, NY 11374
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