Most of us have been there before. We’re in the midst of finishing up a paper for school, a report for work or we’re playing one of our favorite games online and all of a sudden, our computer crashes. Here’s the thing, though: Although it might have seemed “sudden” to us, the reality is that it was probably a long time coming, usually because we don’t take out the time to give our computers the kind of care and maintenance that it needs.
If you have experienced more crashes in your lifetime that you would like (and honestly, more than one is more than enough), we have a list of five things that you can do to prevent your computer from crashing in the future below:
Have virus protection software. There aren’t a lot of people who can go even a couple of months surfing the internet without encountering a virus or two. That’s why it’s so important to have some kind of virus protection loaded on your computer. Also, make sure that you check for updates and that you run full scans about once a month to stay extra protected.
Make the necessary deletions. If you don’t remember the last time that you deleted some of your unnecessary files or cookies, then honestly it has been way too long. Unused files tend to clutter up the computer’s system and cookies can too. When this happens, it tends to slow your computer way down so try and do these two things on a weekly basis.
Don’t run too many programs at once. When we have a great computer and a really fast internet connection, it’s really easy to open up 10-12 windows at once. But keep in mind that when you do that, you usually end up overloading your system. No one can look at multiple windows at once and so typically having between 5-6 open at one time is more than sufficient.
Keep your computer safe and clean. Computers can start to collect dirt and debris just like anything else. That’s why it’s important that you make sure to keep it in a place where air can circulate; that you don’t eat while using it; that you use a multi-purpose cleaner on the computer screen; that you always use a surge protector and that you’re careful about self-diagnosing (or fixing) any problems. For instance, if you sense something is wrong and you Google something that mentions an ARM PC module but you have absolutely no clue what that is, that’s a sign that you need to take your computer to a technician to have them look it over.
Upgrade your system consistently. If you’ve stayed on top of all of these other tips but you’ve still noticed that your computer is running slower than usual or that things like your Flash player is continuously crashing, that could be a sign that it’s time to upgrade some of the programs on your system. Your add-ons have their own section where you can check for updates if you click on your browser tab. You can also put the name of your browser into your favorite search engine to see what the latest available version is. For other tips on how to keep your computer from crashing, go to PCSupport.About.com.