Tips to keep your computer in top shape

Spring Clean Your Computer

by Paige Estigarribia

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As spring settles in, we all start thinking about cleaning - cleaning closets, cleaning carpets, throwing out what we don't need. But what about your computer? It's a good idea to also think about spring cleaning the technology in your house too. Here are some tips to keep on hand as you check computer cleaning off your list.

1. Clean the monitor/screen

The newer LCD monitors and screens are more sensitive to different kinds of cleaners. The best way to clean one is using a soft microfiber towel. And if stubborn residue stays on, even after you try to wipe it off, then make sure the machine is off, and rub it gently with a damp towel. And if you want to clean the outside part of the computer (not the screen) use a towel dampened with a basic all-purpose cleaner.

Source: Real Simple

2. Clean the keyboard

There are some different options available for cleaning out your keyboard, and they can actually get pretty dirty sometimes. First, turn off your computer, and use compressed air to try and get any loose debris out of the keyboard. You can also use a lint-free towel to dust the keys, and then dip a cotton swab in a bit of isopropyl alcohol to wipe down around the keys.

Source: PC World

3. Make sure virus protection is up to date and perform or schedule scans

One thing to always keep in mind is making sure that your virus protection is up to date at all times. Make sure your computer is regularly scanning for viruses, and periodically doing full scans. If you haven't scheduled scans, think about starting.

4. Defragment your hard drive

Depending on the system, you should try to defragment your hard drive regularly so that your system runs faster. However if you operate an SSD drive you do not need to defragment. And newer versions of Windows automatically defragment your system on a schedule.

Source: Lifehacker

5. Get rid of junk files and back up data

Go through all of your files and delete the ones that you don't need or don't use anymore. And then don't forget to back up your important data and files. You can either use an external drive, or cloud based back-up, or both. Backing up your data helps keep data safe in the event of a data loss.

And that's it. Help keep your computer in tip top shape with a little computing spring cleaning.

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