Like other areas of your home, your computer needs a good cleaning every now and then. Below are some methods to keep your laptop or desktop at tip-top shape!

External Cleaning

Before you start any cleaning, make sure to power the computer off.

Wipe Off The Screen

Take a dry microfiber cloth and wipe off your computer screen. If that doesn’t get it clean, dampen the cloth with the screen cleaner and repeat the process. Never spray any screen cleaning solution directly to the screen, always put it on the cloth first. We do not recommend using household cleaners on the screen as they can damage the screen.

Clean The Mouse

The mouse or trackpad is one of the most used areas of the computer and will have many germs built upon it. The best way to clean the trackpad is to wipe it down with a mixture of 60% water and 40% percent isopropyl rubbing alcohol. The solution will be strong enough to kill any germs or bacteria and clean off any built-up dirt.

Blow Out The Dust

If you have a desktop, there is likely dust inside the tower. Remove the side panels from your computer. If you see dust inside, you can take a can of compressed air to remove any dust or cobwebs. Be sure to secure the fans before you blow the computer out. If you don’t, you may build up static electricity or wear out the bearings, potentially harming the computer.

Don’t Forget The Keyboard

Like the mouse, your computer’s keyboard can be filthy. A study from the University of Arizona showed that a keyboard could have up to 400 times the amount of bacteria than the number of bacteria on a toilet seat.

In addition to bacteria, crumbs and dust can build up in between and under the keys. Grab your can of compressed air to blow out the debris. Wipe down the keyboard with the water/alcohol solution or disinfectant wipes. Be sure not to allow anything to drip into the keyboard, as it could short the wiring within it.

Internal Optimization

Uninstall Unused Programs

Look through the programs and applications and see what ones you use and don’t use. If you don’t use a program, deleting it will free up some space on your hard drive. This will help your computer run a little faster.

Check Startup

Check what programs start up every time the computer is turned on. If the program does not need to be open as soon as you log in, turn it off during startup. This will not affect the functionality of the program at all. However, it will allow your computer to boot faster, enabling you to get started faster.

Delete Old Files

If you have had your computer for a while, you are bound to have a file on your computer that you don’t need. Deleting these documents, pictures, etc. will free up some space and allow you to squeeze out some more performance from your device.

Organization

There are a lot of ways to organize your computer. If you want quick, convenient access to your files, consider putting shortcut links to them on your desktop. This way, you don’t have to hunt around for them. Additionally, you can also organize by archiving information with a variety of cloud programs. If you need more information on cloud services, check out our post on them.

Update, Update, Update!

Updating your computer is critical for ensuring your computer runs smoothly. Updates will install new features and security features to your machine. Finding out if your computer has pending updates can vary by operating systems. For Windows 10, click the Windows button at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. Secondly, on the settings gear and click the option Update & Security. Once here, select Windows Update and allow Windows to check for pending updates.

If you use a Mac, select the Apple on the top left corner of the screen. Following this, select About This Mac. Once there, click software update on the popup menu. If you are running OS Mojave or newer, you will have to go to system preferences to find any pending updates.

Final Thoughts

Doing these simple steps can help keep your computer running and looking as great as the day you purchased it. If you have questions are want some help with these steps, stop by your local Computer Warriors, and we will be happy to help you!

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