Published on February 9th, 2015 | by admin

How Often Do You Give Your Computer A Clean?

Just as inevitable as it is that many of us put off the housework as long as possible, the same thing applies to cleaning that desktop computer at the office or home that accumulates dust and dirt over time. We are reminded of that fact as it is Clean Out Your Computer Day.

Bearing in mind that computer hardware must be clean for optimum performance, it is therefore vital to remove any surface dirt and dust on a regular basis. The problems you may be experiencing may in fact be easily resolved simply by undertaking some computer cleaning!

In fact, if your computer is running slowly, if your PC fans are noisy, or if you’re experiencing general glitches which can be extremely irritating there might be some very simple ways to address the issues – in most cases without involving the IT department or venturing out to a computer repair shop.

Here’s ten simple top tips when it comes to PC maintenance to help ensure your machine will run more efficiently:

  1. Review your programs

It’s always tempting to download free software packages but more often than not we inevitably end up not using these programs. So uninstall any programs not needed after double-checking that they are not required for the running of your system.

  1. Give your desktop computer a physical clean inside and out

Use a damp cloth to clean the outside of the case and apply hygienic wipes to the PC casing, mouse and monitor plus don’t forget to use spray dusters to remove dirt from those hard to reach places on your keyboard where germs and grime accumulate.

  1. Discard unwanted files

Files no longer required that might be taking up valuable memory space should be deleted or archived using storage media such as USB memory storage or data cartridges.

  1. Update anti-virus & anti-spyware software

Anyone using the internet or email is always urged to have anti-virus, anti-spyware and malware software installed on their machine. What’s more it’s vital to keep these regularly updated to protect against malicious software.

  1. Run Windows update regularly

Installing security updates on a regular basis guards against hackers. So review your settings and ensure that you set Windows to update automatically.

  1. Duplication of information

Files which are saved to your computer that are also saved as an attachment in an email are unnecessarily doubling storage space so be vigilant in what you save, and delete old ‘sent items’.

  1. Add more hardware

Adding an external hard drive for the storage of audio, video and graphical files can be prudent to create more space.

  1. Compressing pictures

Digital pictures inevitably use up large amounts of memory on a hard drive so it is very useful to delete unwanted images and also take advantage of tools that some versions of Microsoft Windows have available to automatically compress pictures.

  1. Upgrading RAM (Random Access Memory)

If there is not enough memory the computer uses your hard disk to store information, which is a much slower process. The computer then always appears to be busy, writing and reading information from your hard disk. Therefore adding more memory is a sensible approach to take.

  1. Restore factory settings

By restoring the factory settings on your machine you be assured that it will be completely clean. It is a good idea to undertake this every three or four years ideally but as it is not a straight forward procedure may require the assistance of a computer expert.

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