There are many things you can do to help prolong the life and functionality of your computer. Below are some regular maintenance tips that every computer user should perform to keep their machine healthy. All of the instructions provided here are for the Windows© operating system. Instructions for Apple© computers will be coming in the near future.

Disk Cleanup

The Disk Cleanup is a feature that comes built in to the Windows operating system that helps remove excess data/files that are taking up space in your computers hard drive. The files that are cleaned out are normally temporary internet files and other things that are safe for you to remove.


Click the Windows button in the lower left corner and select All Programs Click the option that says Accessories Under Accessories, you want to look for and click on System Tools Inside System Tools, find the tool that says Disk Cleanup and click it
When you select the Disk Cleanup tool, it will automatically scan and determine how much free space is being used Once it as found how much space can be freed, it will let you select which items you want to delete, and click ok After selecting itemsclicking OK, you will get a final prompt making sure you want to delete the items. Click Delete Files Clicking Delete Files is the last step of the process. The computer will now empty out all selected files and close Disk Clean

Disk De-fragmentation

Disk fragmentation occurs when you modify, move or delete files. When you make the modification, the changes are actually saved in a different spot in your hard drive instead of directly where the file is sitting. Over time, your computer is acting like an octopus, with its arms stretched in all directions to the find the changes you made. De-fragmentation helps reunite those stray bits of information back to one location so your computer doesn't have to expend unnecessary energy.


Click the Windows button in the lower left corner and select All Programs Click the option that says Accessories Under Accessories, you want to look for and click on System Tools Inside System Tools, find the tool that says Disk Defragmenter and click it
This is the Defragmenter interface. You can just select the drive you want to work on and select 'Defragment Disk' When starting, the computer will automatically analyze the drive to determine how fragmented it is and then begin the process The defrag process will make multiple passes (the amount of passes differ) and go through 3 stages each pass (This image is edited to show them) Once the process is finished, it will automatically end and let you know how much of the disk is still fragmented. You can close this tool now

Secure Browsing

Whenever you visit a website with the intent to purchase an item or service through the interface, you always want to make sure the page you are entering your private information is a secured page. Pages that accept sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, or anything else that is vital information should have an SSL active for those pages (the https:// and that little padlock). This is the protection provided to help scramble your information from anyone trying to steal it (so instead of seeing 'A' a thief would see 'nTughEdjf' or something along those lines). Visiting a wesite with a misconfigured or fake SSL will normally produce a warning from the internet browser letting you know it's fake.


Site with no SSL        Invalid SSL for site        Site with good SSL

Quick Virus Scan

This is a free virus scan provided by Bitdefender. It comes in the form of an addon/extension in your browser and lets you know if anything is currently on your computer.


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