Computer Maintenance Tips

Blue Files and Help For Windows XP

Computer maintenance tips: Here is some help for Windows XP. Okay, we all know that sudden changes to a PC´s settings may be a sign that something’s wrong: perhaps a virus or spyware program has infected the PC, or your computer needs a PC health check to detect system errors. So I was a bit alarmed the day a bunch of my Windows XP file names suddenly turned blue. A quick (albeit kinda frantic) look around online revealed that no, XP wasn’t acting up: blue file names indicate files that haven’t been accessed in a while, and were compressed by the Disk Cleanup utility.

Cleaning A Computer Screen

When cleaning a computer monitor, you should make sure to disconnect it from a power source. You can clean dirt and fingerprints with ordinary household glass cleaner sprayed onto a lint free cloth, do NOT spray directly onto the computer screen. It is important not to get any fluid in the electrical components. Make sure you keep air vents clear from debris and paper. Obstructed monitor vents can cause monitors to overheat and even catch fire. Clean once a month or as needed.

Safely Unplug Computer Peripherals

USB ports and other computer peripherals should be handled with care to avoid serious damage to your computer. Never plug in or unplug a peripheral while your computer is on. Doing so can short out the connector socket, causing serious damage to your computer. Always switch your computer off before adding or removing and unplugging computer peripherals.

Weekly Computer Virus Scans

As viruses become both more complicated and more aggressive, a good antivirus program has become an absolute necessity for protecting your PC. Many people, however, are unsure of how often they should scan their computer for viruses. Scheduling a weekly virus scan is a good routine precaution. A complete scan is also advised whenever the antivirus program says it has detected and cleaned a virus.

Viruses can make changes to your system settings and cause computer errors that may remain in effect after antiviral programs remove the virus. As a result, running a PC health scan after a virus scan helps keep your computer in tip-top shape.

Disk Cleanup With Windows XP

Temp files, downloaded Internet files, and old, unused files can take up room on your system, so regular disk cleanup and computer maintenance should be part of your regular computer maintenance. Click open My Computer, and single-click the Local Disk icon with the right mouse button. Select Properties, and click the Disk Cleanup button. XP will scan your system looking for areas that need cleaning. Once its done this, chose which areas you want cleaned by clicking them on the provided list, and then click the OK button. Disc Cleanup deletes some files and compresses others. As this makes changes to your computer, it’s a good idea to use a PC health scan as the next step in your computer maintenance.

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