How To Clean My PC
To learn how to clean your PC is essential to keep your PC running like new. There are things you need to do inside and outside of your PC to keep it running smoothly. Below are some tips on how to clean your PC.
- Clean out files Do you have programs that you downloaded and no longer use? If so, you need to remove them. In Windows XP go to "Control Panel," then "Add Remove Programs." In Windows Vista and Windows 7 go to "Control Panel," then "Programs and Features."
- Disk Cleanup A disk cleanup will clean out the temporary files on your computer. You should do this on a monthly basis. There is a good program called CCleaner that clears out temporary files, browsing history, recycle bin and cookies.
- Disk Defragmenter You need to run the Disk Defragmenter at least once a month. As you uninstall/reinstall files or move files around, the files on your computer get fragmented and it takes the hard drive longer to find them. The Disk Defragmenter puts these files back together and, in turn, speeds up your computer.
- Install Anti-Virus software If you don’t have anti-virus software on your PC, you need to get it. Once you get it installed, run an update and do a full scan. If you already have virus software installed just run the update, run a full scan and quarantine any viruses it finds.
- Spyware, Malware & Adware You need to run spyware scans every few days. Always be sure your spyware software is updated before you run the scans. If you do not have any spyware programs installed on your computer, go to a search engine and search for "anti-spyware programs." There are many free spyware programs along with paid versions.
- Windows updates If you are behind on your updates, run them now. Install all updates Windows finds.
- Clean hardware Hardware on computers needs to be kept clean just like everything else. Clean the monitor and keyboard first. Buy a can of canned air at the store and blow the dust out of the fan. Remember to never spray the air directly into the computer. You need to hold the can at an angle before blowing the air.
Posted on: Apr. 25, 2010