Spring cleaning for your computer

Electronic ComedicBlade December 9, 2016 1 5
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After a long winter, most people are happy that the spring pops whatever for many, it means it's time to throw open the windows to let in fresh air and start the spring cleaning. However, it is not only the house that needs updating but your computer can also be quite a scouring, both on the outside as on the inside. Cleaning your PC is very important but you still will fade from which states you may encounter in your keyboard if you do not clean regularly. Furthermore, your PC regular cleaning will extend the life of the physical components and ensure that the system works as efficiently as possible.

The outside

Usually you will only tend to appear effective cleanings from dirty marks on the screen your PC. However, there are many simple things you can do to keep your computer running in good condition and prolong its life.
With desktops are naturally more physical parts to be cleaned, which is why a can of compressed air will be your new best friend. Best do this well on a table or floor without floor covering or carpet. Static electricity could build up in the dust and so can cause short circuits in your computer. For this reason, it is also not recommended to use swiffer-like wipes.
CPU Case
First turn off the computer and then remove the CPU case so that you have easy access to the rear. There you can see the fan openings that probably are completely filled with dust. You can remove it using a vacuum cleaner with a small hose or by blowing it away with compressed air, hereby let you quite sure you dust does not spread further into your computer.
If you get there is not enough of here comes the next step. Unscrew the panel that gives you access to the innards of your computer and use the same compressed air to blow away all the accumulated dust on the components and fan. Here, the use of a vacuum cleaner is not recommended.
Screen
Then go across the screen with an ultra-soft microfiber cloth. For this, use your best no paper towel, tissue, or T-shirt as it can leave lint and small scratches can cause the screen. A cloth that you use when cleaning your TV or a simple lens cloth work very well. If your screen is not touch screen print your best not too hard to avoid dead pixels. Be very careful when cleaning them. Spray window cleaner or a mixture of distilled water and white vinegar in the cleaning cloth. Never spray it directly on the screen as this can cause permanent stains or can leak into the computer. Moreover, it is important to avoid products with ammonia, or alcohol such as Windex.
Keyboard and mouse
The last part of the cleaning of the exterior of your PC is actually the coarsest namely the keyboard. Even if you never eat chips for your PC, the keyboard will be well stocked with bits of lint and dead skin cells. To clean it you shake it out over a garbage can and then spray you with compressed air, the particles key road between the rows. To get it really clean is best to use a cotton swab moistened with vinegar for cleaning the individual keys.
Laptop users should skip this step in any case. On laptops, it is very important that the unit is turned off. Then shake your gently so that the particles come off and use the compressed air spray to blow it away. A vinegar treatment with a cotton swab is not superfluous here, as well as for the cleaning of the touchpad. Discard the swabs certainly not leaving because you will need them for cleaning the mouse.

The inside

Now that the physical components of your computer spick-and-span, it's time to tackle the software. Everyone has ?? s program on his PC are downloaded, installed and used only a few times. The principle is the same with clothing. Do you use it, throw it away.
  • On a Mac computer, open the Applications folder and sort by date ?? s what programs you no longer use so discover.
  • On a PC, open your Control Panel> Programs and Features. Edit the display in detail so that you can get an overview of the dates on which your program ?? s have used for the last time.

If your desktop is cluttered look with large files and directories is also recommended to sort and remove them if they are not used. This will give your computer a boost at startup and you save a lot of frustrations of long waiting times.
Browser
You do now have a bit more breathing room on your desktop. The next step is to remove from the cache and download history of the browser. Also removing browser history and cookies provide a cleaner ?? ?? impression but please remember that you will have to log back on your favorite sites. Below is an overview of how you remove the cache for the four major browsers.
  • Chrome: Go to Settings> Clear Advanced Settings> Privacy> Browsing Data. A window appears asking you about the time it will take and what items you want to delete exactly.
  • Firefox: On a Mac, go to Preferences> Advanced, then click the Network tab. Under Web Content cache Firefox will indicate how much space your cache currently occupies and will give you the opportunity to remove it. On a PC, click on the Firefox drop-down menu, then History> Clear Recent History. Select the time frame for disposal and what items you want to delete.
  • Internet Explorer: Open the Control Panel> Network and Internet> Internet Options. Under the General tab you will find the ability to delete browser history will clear the cache.
  • Safari: Go to Preferences> Privacy> Remove All Website Data. Note that this will also remove all your cookies.

Start-up program ?? s
The next step is to make a clear selection ?? s which programs should be launched automatically when you start your computer. Many programs, such as Spotify, you best do not start automatically. You will be surprised how much faster your computer will boot. For PC and Mac changes will take effect after restarting the computer.
To access the list of startup programs on your PC, type "msconfig" into the search box and then press Enter. Click the Startup tab and check the entries that you do not want to automatically start. Please note that you only want the program ?? s check off which you are familiar and that you have installed like Dropbox or Google Music Manager. Disabling unknown startup items can be very problematic.
For a Mac, go to System Preferences> Users and Groups. Click on your username, and then click the Login Items tab. From here you can use the minus sign to delete items. The check box next to each item allows you to program ?? s keep in the background during startup.
Update software
Now you ?? redundant programs and files have been eliminated, it is time to ensure that the operating system and programs ?? s which you regularly use 'up to date' is. Some programs, such as Chrome, automatically update, but if you're already a little while installing updates for other software deferred it now is time to do this. Certainly updating anti-virus software is essential because it prevents malicious intrusion and security problems.
Now would be organized our computer, clean, active and must be in top condition. It is therefore important to keep this time by means of making backups. Whether you use Time Machine on a Mac or Backup and Restore on Windows is now a good time to record a regular backup schedule if you have not already. Both programs ?? s perform regularly scheduled backups as long as the external backup drive is connected. Keep in mind that your best undertakes no backups at times when you know you will use the computer. The backup process can slow down the system. Instead, plan this action quite a night in the week. Just make sure that your PC is turned on and the drive is connected.
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