How to Clean Your Computer


Computer MaintenanceTaking care of your computer on a regular basis is the key to avoiding spending too much on computer repair in the future. Obviously, some repair, especially of hardware, will become necessary over time, but you can still do a few things to keep your computer clean yourself. Here are a few examples.


Dust is the bane of computers that belong to anyone, whether it’s a home computer or those that belong to an IT service. What you need to do on a regular basis if possible, is get either a pump or air in a can, and constantly flush out the dust that settles into your computer. Usually opening the case isn’t too difficult, and it makes it easier to get the dust out this way. Make sure you turn off your computer first and unplug it before you try this though. And if you’re still nervous about it, you can always bring it to a professional. The important thing is to also make sure that you protect yourself while you are doing the dust cleaning. You’ll want to use microfiber towels on anything smooth surface, such as LCD screens to avoid damaging them. You’ll also want to wear a mask when you’re kicking up dust, especially if you have dust allergies.


Another good thing to do periodically to clean out your computer is to do full scans for viruses. You need to download free software if you don’t already have any, such as from Avira or Malwarebytes. Then it’s important to periodically update the software so that it’s using the most recent definitions. This allows it to identify viruses that were made yesterday, if necessary. Some viruses don’t always stand out right away, and they may simply be clogging up your computer’s processing.

Other Cleaning

Other things you can do on a regular basis include deleting unnecessary files, uninstalling programs you no longer need, and flushing your system of cookies that might be slowing its operation. There are various programs that will do this for you if necessary. But you can also go into the tools page for most browsers, or else the options page, in order to clean the cookies yourself. Many systems also have an option for listing programs based on which ones you used the most recently and often. When you look at this page, you should seriously considering uninstalling programs that you haven’t used at all in the last several months. You can always reinstall these programs later. You should also check your system for which programs are set to startup when you first boot your computer. Programs such as Spybot can help you accomplish this. If you have too many programs running at once, it can eat up your computer’s RAM and so slow you down.
A lot of these cleaning duties are taken care of by managed services people in big corporations, but they are good for anyone to learn themselves as well.