5 Things To Stop Doing on Your Computer

Updated on April 17, 2020

Computers cost a lot of money and computer repairs cost even more. So, caring for your computer and taking a few extra precautions is very important. Here are 5 things you need to stop doing to keep your computer running quickly and safely!

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1. Downloading unknown files

If you're like me, you download pictures, files, and dozens of other things off the web without even giving it a second thought. The issue with this, though, is these could easily contain a virus (or malware if you want to be technical). One easy way to prevent downloading something that contains a virus is just to do some quick research. Look at how reliable the website is before you download something off of it. I know this may seem like a lot of work, but a simple quick search now could save you from having to spend a lot of money on repairing your computer later.

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2. Leaving your computer unprotected

Even when you take all the precautions to only download safe files, your computer still needs protecting. (And no, I'm not just talking about a screen protector) All the websites, emails, and links we click on leave our computer like a defenseless deer in a field during hunting season. Your computer needs a security software. Again, a little research goes a long way. Don't choose the first one you find. Look carefully for the right fit for your computer and your specific needs. At the bare minimum, find one that protects your computer from hacking and from viruses.

Two "tried and true" security software programs are Sophos and MalwareBytes.

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3. Using the power button to turn off your computer

I always mash down the power button and call it a day. However, holding down the power button doesn't always close out all of your apps. Basically, if you do this at the wrong time, it can mess up all your files and damage your computer. So, what alternative is there? Instead, there's typically something in the bottom left corner of your computer screen. (Either a circle, a flag, something of the sort) Click on that, and you should see a power button you can click (Crazy, right?) By using this method, your computer will close all applications and shut down safely. You should only ever use the power button if your computer freezes. Otherwise, use the onscreen power button to safely shut down your computer.

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4. Keeping unnecessary files

This is the one I am most guilty of. Since I was young, my family would always download all our pictures from our camera and phones and dump them onto our computer. Then, we would complain about how slow our computer was! "So, what's the big deal about keeping pictures and files on my computer?" you might be thinking. Well, unnecessary files take up a lot of room and slow down your computer. To get rid of unnecessary files, delete any downloaded pictures or documents you don't need (like pictures you downloaded for school presentations, templates you don't need, exc.). Then, instead of keeping all of your valuable files (important documents, family photos, ect.) on your computer, consider uploading them to a flash drive or online storage. This will free up space on your computer and keep it running quickly and effectively.

(Personally, I use Amazon Photos to store my pictures)

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5. Running too many apps

Have you ever tried to multitask? Some people claim to have mastered the skill, but most of us just get jumbled up into a big mess. The same goes for computers. There are a few computers out there that are great at "multitasking." They can run multiple apps at once while maintaining regular speed. However, this is not the case for most computers. When you've got Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and 20 different internet tabs open on your computer, it's trying to run all of these at once. So, it slows down or freezes up. Just like you would clear the apps out on your smartphone, make sure you do the same on your computer. This will keep it running quickly and smoothly (and keep you from trying to do too many things at once, too)

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Practicing these things will help keep your computer running quickly and safely. I hope this was helpful! Please leave any comments or questions down below.

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