It might seem impossible to keep your PC clean. Remember when you bought it? There were no viruses, spyware or any other nearly requisite issues that slowed down your work. However, there are some things you can do to avoid becoming the victim of identity fraud or losing that document you forgot to back up.
Check your firewall settings before you even connect to the internet. Some PCs have a higher firewall as a default, but you can control your settings in the Security Center or by going to the Apple icon for Mac users. Managing your firewall isn’t like one of those impossible projects on the science lab tables in high school. It does, however, take a small amount of time and effort.
You can’t depend on firewalls for everything. Malicious emails, pop-ups and web sites can still infect your PC. However, a quality security program can keep you protected. You don’t have to spend a lot, or any money, for security. Avast is one of the most popular free programs that you can download in a jiffy.
The good news is that many dangerous sites now come with a warning. Whether you use IE, Mozilla, Chrome or another browser, you’ll often get a warning when visiting a potentially dangerous site. Consider the warning before moving forward. Keep in mind that some of these warnings are wrong.
Stop the Hoarding
Your PC might be running slow, and only you’re to blame. If you have a penchant for downloading programs and installing software you never use, it’s time to stop. Only install and keep programs that you actually use. Otherwise, you’re slowing down everything else for nothing.
Take time to go through your installations and uninstall what you don’t need. There will likely be programs you don’t even recall downloading. Maybe you tried Spotify and weren’t impressed. Perhaps that Rosetta Stone you were so gung-ho about just didn’t work out.
Know What You’re Doing
Messing around on the operating system when you don’t know what you’re doing can cause a world of hurt. Unfortunately, the majority of people aren’t as tech-savvy as they think. It’s best to leave things alone unless you’re sure you have a handle on it. A seemingly minor tweak can cause a serious headache for the life of the PC.
The best way to ensure a clean PC is to tread with caution, and equip yourself with quality security. However, even the most careful web browser will likely contract a virus at some point. Make sure all of your documents are backed up regularly, preferably in cloud storage. You never realize just how much you depend on your PC until it’s on the blink.