2017 Tips On Spring Cleaning Your PC
Spring cleaning is not only about the cleaning of drapes or scrubbing walls. Files can build up quickly and have a consequence on the performance of a computer and on how easy it is to find things.Below are some easy steps to follow that will bolster competence and security in your technology. The objective: To make your computer faster, more efficient, and more consistent for all the work you’ll be doing to wrap up the year.
Here is what you need to do.
Certify your firewall is working. All Windows comes with an incorporated one. Leave this firewall active. You will find it under Control Panel>Administrative Tools. Sometimes, they seem to turn off by themselves so it better to check to be sure it is active.
Defrag your computer. Fragmentation makes your hard disk work extra and hence can slow down your computer. External storage devices such as USBs can also be fragmented. Disk Defragmenter reorganizes fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more competently. Here’s what you need to do: Run Disc Defrag by navigating to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Advanced Tools.
Run AdWare once a week. This will aid in keeping malware offs your computer. It has a stellar reputation and what’s more, you can download it for free
Keep your antivirus software active and updated. When was the last time you updated or even looked at your anti-virus software? Update your anti-virus protection. Computer viruses are constantly sprouting as hackers become more sophisticated; as a result, you need anti-virus protection that’s configured to identify all the latest threats. Take a couple of minutes to see if there’s an update to your current program.
Run A Disk Cleaner. Most Anti-Virus offers a “PC Tune-up,” that comes in handy in removing old, unnecessary files and thus speeding up your computer. What TuneUp essentially does is getting rid of old temporary files used by programs that are not needed. You will be surprised how many of these files there are on computers after only a few months of use
Create a backup. An external drive or cloud storage will be more proficient. If you have an automated system, skip this. If you use Windows, try their backup program. It’s easy to find: Click the Start Button and search ‘backup.
Uninstall Old Programs. Here’s what you do:
- Navigate to Control Panel>Programs and Features
- pay particular attention to the list and pick the programs you downloaded by mistake, meaning to use, or used to use and no longer do
Clean the junk off your desktop. Cleaning a computer isn’t always just about removing files; it can also be about organizing them. While not essential to how your computer runs, organizing files into folders can really help you in being more creative. It makes it easier to find things when necessary, plus it just looks prettier than a long list of unorganized files.
Clear History and Cookies. Go into your computer browser and clear out all the data that it has collected will also speed up your system. These small files build up over time, and if left untreated for a long time, they can greatly slow things down.
Lastly, empty the recycle bin.
Don’t even look in it. If you haven’t missed a file by now, it won’t matter if you throw it out.