Got a new computer or thinking of getting one pretty soon? That’s awesome!
A new PC is always a lot of fun, but it’s also a great responsibility. You have to make sure it is well protected, properly set up and well maintained so your experience will stay this great for a long time. There are a few things you will want to do right away when you bring home a new laptop or desktop computer. Here are five of the most important ones:
Get an Antivirus + Antimalware Program Installed or Updated
You wouldn’t want your brand-new machine to get infected with some nasties in the first couple of days of bringing it home, would you?
Just about every computer these days comes with some security software pre-installed, but the virus or malware definitions supplied with it can be severely outdated. The first thing we recommend doing is checking whether there is a good antivirus and anti-malware program installed and whether it is active. Find the program and update it right away.
Windows 10 includes a security tool called Windows Defender, so you are safe at least for the first days of using your PC. You do need to get it updated too though. And once you do that, consider getting a more powerful tool, as a lot of tests show that Microsoft’s own antivirus isn’t the best.
Get Your Windows Updated if Needed
A lot of people think that if they got a new computer, they must have the absolute latest Windows on it. Well, the truth is that your new computer most likely had Windows put onto it a while ago and no updates have been installed since. Updates often include security patches and other important improvements, so getting your brand-new Windows updated should be one of the first things you think of when you bring your new PC home.
The Windows Update tool on your new computer is probably configured to download updates and install them automatically. Although it isn’t a bad thing, it can be a bit of a strain on your PC in the first hours of usage. You can configure how Windows Update works in Settings.
Install a File Recovery Program
This may not make sense to you right away, as most people don’t understand why they may need a tool to help recover files deleted by accident on a PC that hasn’t even been used yet.
The most important thing you should know about recovering deleted files is that time is of the essence. When you accidentally delete some important files and clear your Recycle Bin, any new data you save on your drive may get written over those deleted files, which may make them unrecoverable. Now imagine having to install a file recovery program when you’ve already deleted important items: that program will write a lot of data onto your drive and may potentially overwrite the very files you want to recover with it. So it’s always best to have a file recovery program installed beforehand so you can use it right away to improve your chances of getting valuable data back.
Get an Account with a Cloud Backup Service
Being proactive here is a smart move too. When you start using your computer, you will accumulate files on it that will have some value to you and losing them in any kind of accident may turn into a real disaster. So it’s best to set up regular automatic backups from the get-go and safely store your files online for easy recovery.
Online (cloud) backup options range from free to expensive and offer multiple volume options, so you can definitely find one that will work for you.
Uninstall Unneeded Software Programs
Almost any new computer comes with loads of applications pre-installed on it. If you look through all of them, you will most likely find that a good portion of them are of no use to you.
If those apps just sat there quietly, things wouldn’t be as bad: they would merely take up some disk space and that’s it. However, a lot of these programs may be set to run certain tasks in the background, which can significantly affect the amount of system resources you have left for your important programs and activities.
The smart thing to do is to get rid of the programs you won’t need and free up disk space and resources for other things.
If you do all of the above, you will definitely enjoy your new computer more and for longer, as well as get the peace of mind you deserve.
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