Using a computer over a long period may cause it to malfunction or develop some software or hardware problems if not properly checked and maintained. It will be even more frustrating if your computer suddenly crashes or stops working completely since you will loose a lot of data and information. The longer you use your p.c, the slower it tends to become. These issues may arise due to the accumulation of data and junk files in your hard disk system, computer viruses, adware and malware applications, and even accumulation of dust and fiber particles on the external hardware components of your computer. There are many ways to clean up your p.c, below are some simple steps to clean your computer.
Easy simple steps to clean your computer
Cleaning the software part of your P.C
To make sure you have a clean computer, remember to keep your computer up to date with the latest security and stability updates. Most operating systems download and update these soft-wares and their necessary files automatically thus saving you the hassle, but it won’t hurt to confirm and assure this manually.
Check for and delete malware, adware, and computer viruses. These are programs that can compromise and disrupt your p.c’s performance and cause some security weaknesses. You can download applications online for free that are specialised in detecting and deleting adware and malware applications.
Clean up unnecessary computer start-up programs
Some programs automatically start up and run whenever you boot your computer. You should ensure that only necessary programs are set to run whenever you start up your computer. Setting unnecessary applications not to run or permanently deleting them will help speed up your computer when booting and on other general operations.
Clean up and free your computer’s disk space
When using your computer, your computer system may save temporary files, duplicated files, and some junk files onto the hard disk of your computer. This takes up space. A disk optimizer can be used to identify and clean up p.c files that you don’t need or don’t use on your computer system.
Clean internet data
Certain sites store temporary internet files in the form of cookies and cache to help you access their information faster and easier. Over time, they may accumulate and take space. In turn, slowing down your computers operating and browsing speed. Deleting and removing your browser’s history, cache, and cookies will free up your disk space and enable your computer to run faster.
Cleaning the hardware components of your computer
To safely and efficiently clean your hardware components, you will need a can of compressed air, paper towels, cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. You will also need some screwdrivers to help you access the interior parts of your computer.When cleaning your computer, make sure you turn it off completely and unplug it from any power source. If you are cleaning a laptop, remove the battery completely.
After cleaning all the parts completely, re-assemble and proceed to clean the exterior using the paper towels, the cotton and alcohol swabs. Clean the keyboard, the monitor and the touchpads using the alcohol and allow it to dry off completely.
You can use the can of compressed air to remove particles from the vertices and spaces on the keyboard.