PCs are the responsibility of the owner to maintain. Similar to a car, you must maintain your PC to keep
it running smoothly and free of Viruses and Malware. If you find yourself wondering why your machine
ran faster when you first purchased it is likely you are not taking the steps to properly maintain your
system and problems will begin occurring causing your system to slow, this will eventually cost you
valuable time and money to repair.

In order to keep your computer in good working condition and online, you must take certain steps to
keep your PC happy and healthy. At a minimum, performing the following will provide you with an idea of
what to do and when. Visit our Downloads page for the latest downloads to help protect your PC. Visit
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Weekly Maintenance Steps: Extremely Important!

Update you Antivirus and Antimalware software
1.  Update your AVG Antivirus, Spybot Search and Destroy, and
Malwarebytes Anti-Spyware programs to the latest version with the        
latest definition files; this is extremely important! Also, after updating
Spybot SD be sure to run a fresh immunization.

2.  Scan your PC using AVG Antivirus, Spybot and Malwarebytes Spyware
programs; this is extremely important!

3.  Run Microsoft Windows operating system update to check for
updates and install all critical updates, and any non-critical updates
that appear and look useful. Make sure Automatic Updates is
activated! Install any critical updates from Windows (Pop-up bubble on
lower right corner of screen) immediately when they appear.

4.  Run the computer manufacturer’s update utility and update any
other programs installed on your computer not otherwise listed here.

Monthly Maintenance Steps:

1.        Create Data Back Ups
Use your backup software to backup your computer. Make a habit of backing up all your important files
at least once a month. You can back them up manually or with an automatic backup-and-restore
program which will do the work for you.

2.        Empty Internet and Windows Cache
As you surf the Web your computer stores Web pages and images into a temporary Internet cache to
help the pages load faster the next time you visit them. Over time, these files consume a great deal of
space, are useless, and quickly add up to eat up hard drive space. Whether you use Internet Explorer,
Netscape, or one of the many other browsers available, emptying out your cache is quick and easy.
Simply follow the instructions in the Help files located within those programs.

To clear the Internet Explorer browser cache folder run Complete Cleanup to remove unnecessary files
which are automatically saved while using a PC. You may download a free copy of this program by
visiting our downloads page.

3.        Uninstall Unused Programs
Many times a new program will come along that looks fun to have or play with, but after a week or two
you simply stop using it. These programs clutter up your drive and take up valuable space. You might
be tempted to delete these programs from your drive, but doing so will cause problems. Do not delete
programs manually; use either your computer's uninstall utility or a separate uninstall program to
remove software safely and completely you no longer need.

4.        Delete Unwanted Files and Folders
When your computer is not shut down properly, it will pass information from memory into fragmented
files. Also, while you are running programs, your computer will write information that it does not
immediately need into temporary files. Installation files will also write themselves into the temporary
folder and will not always delete themselves after installation. You can delete these temporary files
safely by using the Disc Cleanup option in your System Tools.

5.       Run System Tools
Windows comes with several handy tools to help you maintain your computer usually located in the
System Tools menu. When Windows installs programs, it will put the files it needs anywhere that it finds
free space, and not directly after the last program installed. As a result, your hard drive has patches of
empty space on it that are not big enough to fit a full program, and will result in a drive space error if you
attempt to install something new. ScanDisc your drive to check for lost file fragments and to fix any
errors it finds, then Defrag to pack all of the program files efficiently together within your drive. The
System Tools menu is found by clicking Start, pointing to All Programs, then Accessories, then, and then
clicking System Tools.

a.         Disc Cleanup
The Disc Cleanup tool helps you free up space on your hard disc by searching your disc for files that
you can safely delete. You can choose to delete some or all of the files. Use Disc Cleanup to perform
any of the following tasks to free up space on your hard disc:

•        Remove temporary Internet files.
•        Remove temporary downloaded program files.
•        Empty the Recycle Bin.
•        Remove Windows temporary files.
•        Remove optional Windows components that you are not using.
•        Remove installed programs that you no longer use.

b.        ScanDisc
ScanDisc basically checks your hard drive for errors along with your files and folders. If it finds any it will
prompt you to ignore resume or repair. Doing a thorough scan once a month or every other month is a
good idea. It can tell you if your drive has been damaged or if it might be failing. Although infrequent,
Hard drives do and will fail. Running ScanDisc may provide you with an advanced warning so you can
transfer your data to a new drive before you loose it. After you close down all running programs you can
run ScanDisc by clicking Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then clicking ScanDisc.

Wait until ScanDisc is fully completed it's task, and should it prompt you to repair and corrupt files it has
found, do so. Make sure to run ScanDisc before doing a disc defragmentation.

c.        Disc Defragmenter
Your hard drive stores information by scattering it on the hard drive, this can severely impair your
program running performance in particular because a majority of software programs rely upon stored
data files. It is therefore essential that you conduct a regular monthly disc defragmentation to
consolidate the data to keep your drive organized.

Make sure no other programs are running and that you have disabled your Antivirus software for this
test! Within the System Tools menu click on the Disc Defragmenter program item. At the end of this test,
restart your PC to enjoy improved processing power and a healthier system. Warning: never run Disc
Defragmenter without running ScanDisc beforehand.
Regular PC
Maintenance is
necessary to keep
your system happy
and healthy!

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