Information Technology Solutions
DIY PC Maintenance
1. Update, update and then update more! – Make sure that you install all
Windows Updates on a regular basis. An easy way to do this is to enable
Automatic Updates to be downloaded and installed as they are available.
This is one of the most important things that you can do to protect your
GAVIA, INC. 2. Use a current version of antivirus software and make sure that it is
up-to-date. - Viruses are still very real. It is vitally important to have
www.gaviainc.com current antivirus software and keep it up-to-date. Make sure that scans are
run on a regular basis.
763-434-0848 3. Delete Temporary Internet Files – As you surf the Internet your
computer picks up little files that are stored on the computer. This is
We know business. where some spyware/malware can hide. Delete these on a weekly basis.
To clean them out…. Close Internet Explorer, click START, click
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CONTROL PANEL and then double-click INTERNET OPTIONS. On the
GENERAL tab, click DELETE FILES under TEMPORARY INTERNET FILES. In
the DELETE FILES dialog box, click to select the DELETE ALL OFFLINE
On-site and CONTENT check box, and then click OK. Click OK again.
Remote 4. Remove Old Programs – through the Control Panel, Add/Remove
Computer Programs. Remove any programs that you don’t use. This will free up
hard disk space.
5. Run Disk Defragmenter – (approximate run time is 20 minutes to 1 hour
depending on the size of the hard drive) is used to "optimize" your files on
your hard drive (rearrange them so they aren't broken up). This will help
speed up computer performance.
a. Click on the START button, PROGRAMS, ACCESSORIES, SYSTEM TOOLS,
b. Select your C: drive from the list of available drives.
c. A message may pop up that your hard drive does not need to be
defragmented. Ignore this message and continue the process.
d. Click DEFRAGMENT.
a. Click on the START ORB, click on the CONTROL PANEL, click on
SYSTEM AND MAINTENANCE.
b. Choose “DEFRAGMENT YOUR HARD DRIVE from UNDER
ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS. Click on DEFRAGMENT NOW