Spring is Here, Time to Spring Clean Your Computer

As we all are aware computers are due for a service at least once a year and what better time than spring. After a long cold winter the sunshine is finally warming up and giving us an opportunity to spend time outside.

Computer cleaning splits in to two main tasks: hardware cleaning and system cleaning.

Being indoors with ducting heating switched ON all winter places a lot of stress on computers, with dust finding its way into your system and putting pressure on the hardware. Cleaning up the system will allow your computer to breathe better, plus it acts as a preventive measure to avoid any potential internal component surges.

However, before you start the hardware cleaning, there are a few procedures you need to follow:

Step 1: Switch off the computer and unplug it from the wall

Step 2: Open the computer case

Step 3: Use compressed air to dust the internal components of the computer

Step 4: Remove the dust build-up on your case fans

Still, hardware cleaning alone isn’t enough; you need to run a system scan to help free-up valuable system resources that might be slowing up the system. Also, you to need to run disk cleanup and uninstall old and outdated software - this will help freeing up disk space too. System cleaning is more challenging as you need to deep scan your Windows folders and delete files that might be downgrading the performance of the system.

Deleting cookies, temporary files, and various other means of tracking your web footprint are part for the system cleanup you need to apply. Although some of these trackers are useful, others can be potentially intrusive. You can utilise a few tools available in the market that can assist you in deleting unwanted web footprint; CCleaner is just one of many software available.

The best practice to reduce chances of experiencing computer downtime is to ensure you are running windows updates; make sure you have active anti-virus security software and of course, always run regular data backup too.

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