Not everyone is cut out to be a computer technician, and it’s certainly dangerous to claim that you can fix everything — DIY style, that goes wrong with your computer. However, even if you’re not the techie type, there are still simple fixes and solutions that you can do to maintain your computer or at least help you keep up your computer’s performance.

Here are some easy computer fixes and solutions for non-techie people and how it can greatly improve their computer and their life in general.

There should be good air flow all around

The easiest thing you can do for your computer is to help keep it cool and keep the airflow around it free. Make sure there’s nothing sitting right against any side of the computer, most especially at the back. Most of the hot air flows out of the back. There should be at least 3 to 4 inches open on either side and the back should be completely open and unobstructed. Never run your PC with the case open. This is a misconception since even if air may freely flow from an open PC, dust will easily enter.

It’s also a good idea to upgrade the CPU fan especially if your work area isn’t air-conditioned or is a bit humid. You can get a technician from a tech support company to do it for you if you’re in doubt of your non-techie abilities.

Regularly clean your computer

Dirt and dust is your computer’s greatest enemy (aside from viruses), and this will slow down your fans, which will then increase the risk of your computer to overheat. Always clean your CPU and also, clean out the CPU fans. Simply open up the case and use canned air to remove dirt from the fans as well as the computer parts.

Always have a good anti-virus and spyware installed

Actually, installing an antivirus and spyware program today no longer needs super techie abilities. There are a lot of tools and programs available, some you can just buy as installers or you can simply download them from the Web. Again, if in doubt, you can always have a tech support company do it for you. Run the program at least once a week.

You can do simple computer maintenance like defragmenting and cleaning up your programs and hard disk

You can defragment your system once a month to help your computer run smoothly. For faster performance, you can uninstall programs you no longer use and delete files that you no longer need such as music files that you no longer listen to, videos, movies, documents, etc.

Always run your computer on a UPS

Using a UPS for your computer will protect it against electrical surges, whether because of fluctuating electricity or because of an electrical storm.

Never do overclocking

Never do overclocking even if some will say or you’ll read that it improves your computer’s performance. While overclocking can be easily done by a non-techie, you’ll need a professional to first inspect your PC if it’s capable to take overclocking. If your computer isn’t made for overclocking, the temperature of your computer will shoot up fast and you’ll burn out your processor and motherboard even if your CPU fans are of the advanced type.

As earlier said, you don’t have to be a super techie to keep and maintain your computer, though it does help to read and be updated. However, always remember to never attempt anything on your computer that may seem over your head. After all, purchasing a computer is considered an investment.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 9:49:29 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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