For many people computers have become an indispensable part of our daily lives and we rely on them for communication, for school and office work or for simply getting information from the internet.
It is true that your home computer can be vulnerable to damage just like any other machine in your house, particularly when you are connected to the internet. Therefore it is important that you learn and take measures in order to protect your home computer from any potential damage. In this article I will discuss some of the most important tools that play a key role with regard to home computer protection as well as home computer repair methods.
You must ensure that you invest in a recommended anti-virus software which can provide you with continuous online protection. It is important to point out that anti-virus software provides fixes for the latest viruses and it also helps to secure your computer against phishing and spamming. It is essential that you update your anti-virus package on a regular basis. The most popular anti-virus packages include McAfee, BitDefender, F-Secure, Kaspersky Lab, Symantec Norton and Panda. (Our Favorite being Kaspersky.) A typical package will usually cost between $30 and $60, however it is important to note that some of the best anti-virus packages are actually available free of charge, such as Avast, Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira, and AVG. (We feel Avast is the best free option.)
Spyware and adware can have an impact on the performance of your computer. A good computer repair and protection method is to scan your computer using an anti-spyware or anti-adware package such as Malwarebytes, SuperAntiSpyware, Ad-Aware and Spyboy Search and Destroy. The great thing is that these packages are actually available online free of charge, and they do not conflict with your regular anti-virus program.
It is also very important that you update your home computer on a regular basis with recommended and critical updates as these help to protect your home computer against potential damages as well as rectifying non-functional devices.
You should always ensure that you install a personal firewall if your computer is not behind a router, because a router has a built-in physical firewall. (If you use wireless, or have more than one computer connected to your network at once, you are behind a router and safe.). A firewall is important as it acts as a filter which protects your computer from malicious content from the internet. Some of the popular firewalls include Norton, McAfee and Zone Alarm.
Disk Defragmentation and Disk Cleanup are critical tools that come built-in with your computer and these are important home computer repair methods as they help free up space on your computer, therefore make sure you run these tools on a regular basis.
The Error-checking utility is another built-in home computer repair utility which checks the hard disk for bad sectors and will also attempt to recover them.
Another important method for home computer repair is system restore. It is important that you are aware that you can create restore points on your computer so if there is any damage you can then restore your computer to a previously secure checkpoint. In order to prevent loss of data it is also recommended that you back up your data on a regular basis.
Finally, If you don’t want to worry about viruses, and have a much more stable and secure PC, switch to the free OS, or “Operating System”, called “Linux”. By far the best way to have a secure checkpoint is to switch to Linux, which is easy to use nowadays.
Overall, Apple still makes a much more stable and secure product, but the price is signifigantly higher than a PC.
Please check out our article on “15 Things Every PC User Should Know“.
Article by Eugene Computer Geeks. Offering In-Home Computer Repair in Eugene, Oregon.