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Computer Maintenance Checklist

Feel free to use this tip sheet / checklist as you tackle your own ""do-it-yourself"" organizing projects. If you would like to REPRINT or DISTRIBUTE this information, please click here for reprinting instructions.


  • back up any documents you create on an external drive
  • disk, zip, jazz, tape, or CD-Rom are all acceptable
  • keep back-up copies of all computer programs in case you have to re-install
  • backing up your entire system at one time takes care of both concerns
  • back up as often as you regularly make changes to your documents


  • programs that keep others from accessing your computer from the outside
  • acts as a "locked gate" for your computer hard drive
  • can be installed on your computer via software (Black Ice, Norton, etc.)
  • may also come with your operating system, router, or other networking hardware


  • install a good anti-virus software program (Norton, VirusScan, etc.)
  • this program will scan your files, drives, and email for viruses
  • set up to scan external disks automatically when inserted into your machine
  • set up to scan your hard drive automatically when you start your machine
  • set up to scan email automatically when you send and receive
  • be sure to update your software regularly for virus updates
  • most programs give automatic prompt when new updates are available


  • surges in electrical power can harm your computer
  • get a good surge protector with multiple plugs and on / off switch
  • avoid cheap ones with a metal oxide varistor (MOV) suppressor that can fail
  • buy a surge protector with included insurance to cover damage to equipment
  • protects your computer even when turned off
  • if you don't have a surge protector, unplug your equipment when not using
  • be particularly careful during storms or when it is lightning


  • install a good spyware program (Spybot, AdAware, etc.)
  • tracks down programs secretly monitoring your computer activities
  • these programs may have been installed through internet downloads
  • can also be installed surreptitiously when installing other programs
  • know where programs are coming from before downloading from internet
  • research the software provider and make sure they are legitimate
  • run spyware program weekly to clean out rogue programs from hard drive


  • don't accept software or downloads from unconfirmed sources
  • many viruses embedded in email attachments and activated when opened
  • set your email program so it doesn't open "preview" window
  • delete any suspicious email without opening it
  • don't open attachments unless you know who and where they came from
  • .exe, .com, .vbs, .bat, .mdb, .reg, and .js file extensions are dangerous


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Ramona Creel is a modern Renaissance woman and guru of simplicity -- traveling the country as a full-time RVer, sharing her story of radically downsizing, and inspiring others to regain control of their own lives. As a Professional Organizer and Accountability Coach, Ramona will help you create the time and space to focus on your true priorities -- clearing away the clutter other obstacles and standing in the way of that life you've always wanted to be living. As a Professional Photographer, Ramona captures powerful images of places and people as she travels. And as a travel writer, social commentator, and blogger, she shares her experiences and insights about the world as we know it. You can see all these sides of Ramona -- read her articles, browse through her photographs, and even hire her to help get your life in order -- at www.RamonaCreel.com. And be sure to follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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