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Over many years of fixing computers for clients and family members, I have seen all kinds of the ways that people manage to wreck their computers. So today we are going to go over 5 of the easiest ways to destroy your precious computer and how to avoid these common mistakes.

5 Common Computer Mistakes to Avoid
People and computers are similar in that they can both get infected if not taken care of properly. Meet our pal Jenkins. Jenkins here, eats junk food every day, drinks only soda, never showers, and never visits a dentist or doctor. If he continues in this vein, how long do you think he will remain in good health? Probably not too long. The same is true for your computer. If you don’t do—or avoid doing—certain things, your computer it will not last very long!





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