Maintain your PC

Seven suggestions to help keep your PC and Internet connection running smoothly.  

Protect your PC with virus software

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CompTIA A+ complete study guide
Quentin Docter, Emmett Dulaney, Toby Skandier.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Wiley Pub., c2009.
The Essential Study Tool for the 2009 Edition of the CompTIA A+ ExamsThe CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard in terms of measuring a technician's hardware and software knowledge. As the most popular entry-level certification, it is particularly popular among individuals switching from another career to computers.Organized by objectives this unparalleled study guide offers you a systematic approach to preparing for the CompTIA A+ certification, and includes real-world scenarios, chapter review questions, plus a CD with Sybex's propriety test engine to reinforce all of the concepts you learn.Two Exams in One Book - Covers both the A+ Essentials (Exam 220-701) and Practical Application (Exam 220-702)Featured on the CD Over 600 Practice questions Six practice tests (3 for the 220-701, and 3 for 220-702) Electronic flashcards Entire book as a searchable PDF
Build it, fix it, own it : a beginner's guide to building and upgrading a PC
Paul McFedries.
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que Pub., c2008.
This guide to building and upgrading PCs has been designed for novice to intermediate computer users who are handy with precision tools and know the difference between a motherboard and a power supply. McFedries, a well-known technical writer in the computer field, uses hundreds of detailed photographs to describe the common parts of a PC, what they do and how they fit together. The assembly of five different types of PCs are explained, including machines for basic business, home theater and gaming. The author also explains how to build a tower to a specific price point, showing the procedures for both a "budget" PC and one designed for high performance. A section is also devoted to troubleshooting and fixing basic PC problems. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Just the computer essentials : a plain-English, no-nonsense guide to buying and maintaining a PC running the Windows Vista operating system for your home or home office
by James A. White.
[United States] : IROL Press, c2007.
You've seen the books for "dummies" and you're beyond that - you know how to turn a computer on, check your email, and surf the Internet. There are books for geniuses that focus on getting over-detailed on technology you don't care anything about. Why can't there be a book for you - a book to help you buy a new computer or help you protect your computer and data without all the useless information?You've come to the right place! Just the Computer Essentials is a book written for the everyday user. Jim White wrote Just the Computer Essentials to help you with your day-to-day work without taking up your whole day. His book will help you understand exactly what you need to know when buying a new PC.Jim White will:? Help you understand exactly what you need to know when buying a new PC ? Lead you in protecting your computer from dangers such as viruses, spyware, spam and phishing ? Show you how to set up a backup strategy to safeguard all your important files ? Coach you how to recover your computer from system problems - starting with the least intrusive all the way to disaster recovery ? Teach you how to migrate your files and settings from one computer to a new PC running the Windows Vista? operating systemIf you're ready to purchase a new computer or need help protecting your data on a computer running Windows Vista, then this book's for you!
CompTIA A+
Toby Skandier.
Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley ; Chichester : John Wiley [distributor], 2007.
Written by test-prep specialists, this guide presents you with a complete description of the exam, proven test-taking strategies, and nine full-length practice exams to help you get a higher score on the CompTIA A+ exams. Included are three A+ Essentials (#220-601) exams with 300 questions, two IT Technician (#220-602) exams with 160 questions, two Remote Support (#220-603) exams with 160 questions, and two Depot Technician (#220-604) exams with 160 questions for a total of 780 questions, complete with answers and explanations.

1. Keep your security software updated—and use it

  • Invest in a virus checker program
  • Consider installing a firewall
  • Investigate installing programs to monitor spyware or adware

2. Take time to do backups

Routinely clean the keyboard

3. Keep your computer clean – inside and outside

  • Clean up your desktop files
  • Dust your PC, mouse, keyboard, and other peripherals

4. Detect and repair problems with the hard drive

  • Run ScanDisk to check your hard drive for errors
  • Run disk Defragmenter to consolidate the files on your hard drive

5. Shut your PC down correctly

6. Consider upgrading your internet connection

7. Explore your computer’s Help sections for support and maintenance suggestions

Follow the above suggestions to optimize the efficiency and speed of your PC.   

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