Your office computers are under constant attack: It's continually vulnerable to hard drive failures, viruses, spyware and other menaces. Proper maintenance can help you avoid trouble and keep your technology in top shape.
Some key preventative maintenance steps to take:
- Keep your operating systems up to date. This will make sure software runs smoothly on your systems.
- Install and run anti-virus programs, and keep those up to date as well.
- Run disk utilities regularly on your hard drives. This is one of the most basic and effective maintenance measures you can take.
Download patches or service packsMicrosoft and Apple provide free security updates to their operating systems — download and install the latest versions and fixes.
Remove spyware, adware and virusesIf you've opened e-mail tainted with viruses, spyware or adware, or clicked on some nefarious online links, you need to run a program to clean spyware, adware or viruses from your system.
Properly maintain your hard driveGet rid of unnecessary and misplaced files, tidy up the location of data on your hard disks, and neutralize problems with your hard drive before you lose data.
Clean up the dirtYou can't get online help with dust and dirt, so roll up your sleeves or task an employee.
Hire someone else to do itIf you don't have the skill, time or patience to maintain your own PCs, you can train an employee or hire an IT consultant.
- Built-in disk, registry and permission checkers do a decent job of keeping your computer tuned, but if you're a heavy user with lots of files and mission-critical applications, consider commercial add-on utilities to get the best breadth of coverage.
- If you want to use free online virus, spyware and adware checkers, plan on running two or three different solutions to make sure you get decent coverage.