Computers tend to bog down over time. Some simple maintenance every 2-4 weeks will just take 10-20 minutes, can be performed at any knowledge level, and will keep your computer operating smoothly. Below are some reasonably basic steps and something every computer user should do. Keeping your computer up to date with the latest Security Updates and Performance Updates is one thing you can do to keep your computer running smooth.Each program on your machine usually has some form of updates that can be applied to help with performance and security issues. Some items to keep up to date are:


Microsoft releases updates for its software the second Tuesday of each month.www.microsoft.com is a great place to search for a solution to a problem with many how-to’s from basic computer maintenance to home wireless networking.

Anti-Virus Software

It is also crucial to keep your Anti-Virus software up to date. Although most programs have the ability to update automatically some recent threats can prevent or disable your protection from doing so. At least once a week manually check for updates to your software.

Free Tools

There are plenty of free tools available to scan for and fix many types of malicious software. www.downloads.com by CNET, offers many free tools to help maintain your computers health. Also many Anti-Virus companies such as AVG, Symantec, McAfee, and Trend Micro also offer free tools to remove unwanted/harmful software.


If you are notice a problem with your machine don’t be afraid to look up the topic online. Search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing can be your best friend when trying to fix a problem. Chances are somebody out there has already had the same problem and knows how to fix it.