8 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Computer

Spring Cleaning

Do you get those times when your computer gets hellishly slow in the most hectic of times? Have you ever hoped to have a faster computer without spending a dime on upgrades or even a new set?

One of the many questions an IT would usually ask is, “When was the last time you cleaned/uncluttered your computer?”

It’s always a good practice to delete temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin from time to time and remove several useless files, apps, and items that you no longer need.

Eliminating several useless and temporary files on your hard drive lessens the CPU loadout and makes your computer faster. 

Uninstall unnecessary software and apps

Uninstalling apps and discarding old files will help both you and your PC. A few of the many benefits in doing so would be:

  • Gain additional hard drive space
  • Better computer speed and less to non-laggy computer interaction after deleting unused apps and memory hoarding files.
  • Upgrading or updating security software. Updating your security can better diagnose your computer on what’s slowing it down. From cookies or any residual or duplicated files, most security software features a cleaning option to better your computer’s performance. 

Perform a virus scan

Virus scans help you by finding and deleting any malicious files on your computer. Antivirus software usually targets malware. But this can also include nasty viruses, worms, and hacking wares.

Performing a virus scan should do the following:

System monitor

Locating any hiding viruses from files.

Provides reports

This gives you an update on what you are dealing with. Any spotted viruses will be recorded while informing you where it is found and how it should be dealt with.

Normally, antivirus software has delete features that block and delete any found viruses hiding among your files.

Mending collateral data

Antivirus software weakens and quarantines the found malware, which will be deleted right after. Any other infected data which would normally go bad can be saved and restored by the software.

Clean your browser

Everyone uses their browser for everyday use from entertainment, social media, and even money related sites and services. It’s normal for your browser to register and keep that information.

This can cause a lot of trouble in the long run, especially when you’re not careful. It’s always good to delete your cache, history, and cookies from time to time.

This helps by not giving any hackers the chance to slide in your personal information and passwords. Note, make sure you update your old passwords because deleting the mentioned cache, history, and cookies will also wipe your saved passwords. 

Clean up your email

It is always good to organize your emails, especially when there are a number of advertisements and email blasts sent by those you have subscribed to.

This will help you find and locate important emails faster without sifting through loads of ads and spams sent to you.

Backup files to an external drive.

Here are some of the many reasons for you to invest in an external hard drive for file backups:

Crashes

The number of unmaintained and files you have stored can crash your system. There’s also a good chance that you accidentally hit your laptop really hard. Whichever the case is, crashes are bound to happen as time passes.

Virus and Malware Infection

Malware corrupt and render your important files useless. When left unchecked, it can be dangerous enough to disable your computer as well.

Hard drive failure

Hard drives have a lifespan as well, and it can happen just about anytime.

Physically Stolen

There are many scenarios where college students get mugged for the laptops with their entire thesis in it. It is very important to back up those important files, may it be for business, contracts, etc.

Update

Software updates are partly for critical patches to security holes. Other than new features and designs. Harmful malware tends to take advantage of soft spots in software through its applications, like downloaded files and browsers. 

Sanitize your computer

Many computer owners don’t really see the point to clean their computers. Keeping a computer physically clean is as important as updating antivirus software from any destructive file attacks.

There are many parts of a computer where dirt, dust, silt, and dead skin accumulate overtime. This becomes a problem when left uncleaned. 

If you happen to have a dirty computer, you are bound to physically harm your system over time. Dirt and dust build-up is usually formed in the fans.

When this clumps up, the airflow is lessened, and you’ll be dealing with Overheating, which can damage your hardware and destroy files immensely. Physically cleaning your computer can help both save you money and the hassle for lost data.

Organize your desktop.

Improved productivity

By organizing your files, you’ll be saving time than scrambling folder to folder looking for that one file. Which will just lead you to be annoyed and frustrated, which can kill your morale when doing your work  

The organization helps the workflow easily and systematically, which means you can get done faster without sacrificing the quality of your work.

Lessen your stress level

Suppose you’re working at an office job or any job in that matter that deals with files. Organizing will help you find files faster without panicking like finding an important file from five years ago or a record that needs to be issued etc.

Be on time

Organization and punctuality go together. It’s good to practice both for not only yourself but towards your boss, friends, and workmates. This will boost your credibility and even get you promoted faster.

Be specific and meet deadlines

Piled up tasks can get very overwhelming, especially when you’re working in a fast-paced environment.

Missing deadlines from computer files to folders will only set you back even more. Make and set your calendar alerts. Be specific when naming your files and folder in the dates and months. That way, you won’t always be in a rush.

What do you think of the reasons why you should spring clean your computer now? Do you think they are necessary? Or maybe you’ve got other thoughts? Feel free to share them in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you.

8 Tips to Spring Cleaning Your Computer

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