As much as we depend on our computers, we often forget they need some TLC to stay running at their best. Below are some methods to keep your computer 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 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.

Sanitize the mouse: The mouse or trackpad is one of the most used areas of the computer and will have many germs built up on 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 it is likely there is 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 cob webs. 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.

Clean the keyboard: Like the mouse, your computers keyboard can be very dirty. A study from the University of Arizona showed that a keyboard could have up to 400 times the amount of bacteria then the amount of bacteria on a toilet seat. Bacteria isn’t the only thing on your keyboard. 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 unneeded 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 start up. This will not affect the programs functionality 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 files 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. 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. Then, 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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