Routine computer maintenance refers to the activities that users perform after a specified period of time to ensure smooth, fast and reliable operations. Users can perform computer maintenance tasks weekly, monthly or even after a longer period depending on the state of the computer.
Computer maintenance aims to get rid of all the malfunctioning problems of a computer, whether internal or external. It includes activities such as updating operating systems as well as installing any other required updates. It also involves ensuring that any antivirus or malware protection software is working properly. Other useful maintenance tasks include clearing the cache in the user's Internet browser to improve its accessible memory as well as deleting any unwanted files while backing up the useful ones.
Physical cleaning of the computer is also part of its routine maintenance and should include removing dust and debris from both the interior and exterior parts of the computer, especially around the cooling fans, power supplies and other hardware components. Computers that are used more frequently require a shorter routine maintenance unlike ones that are not used regularly. Users can perform their own routine maintenance or call on an expert. There are also special products used to clean computers since water and certain other cleaning solutions destroy most computer parts.