1. Do not turn OFF your computer by pressing the power switch.
The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and is not responding.
2. Use a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) for your computer and other electronics. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences.
3. Run Scandisk and Defrag at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes.
4. Do keep at least 5-10 GB of your C: drive free for Windows to use.
If you do not have enough free space, you will choke Windows and it will start getting really slow and eventually crash.
5. Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources.
6. Use one strong Anti-virus software & update the definitions regularly.
7. Use a firewall.
8. Be careful when opening email attachments and links in an e-mail.
9. Install Windows updates. When necessary, Microsoft provides a new security update on the second Tuesday of each month and publishes a bulletin to announce the update. Occasionally, updates are released more often.
10. Be very careful when downloading and installing programs.
11. Call Computer Whiz On Call to maintain your computer and network.
Hopefully you don’t drive your car 100,000 miles between oil changes. We recommend monthly, quarterly or biannual maintenance plans depending on how many hours a day you use the computer.