It’s that time of year again. Time to roll up the sleeves, dust off the yard tools, and clean out the clutter. Speaking of clutter, don’t forget to clean up your digital storage as well. Your computer deserves a regular cleaning to keep it running in tip-top shape. We’ll go over some basic and free ways to maintain your computer here. Have more issues that aren’t covered here? Bring your computer in for a free diagnosis and get a FREE cleaning on us!
5 free solutions to clean up your computer
We’ve all got lots of clutter but there’s no reason to keep piling it up. Using these free tools and methods you’ll not only clean up your computer (literally too) but you may find it runs faster too!
1. Delete temporary and unnecessary data
Most people don’t realize how much space is taken up by temporary files from updates, apps, your recycle bin, and Windows itself. Luckily, there’s a built in utility that takes care of just that. To access it simply open the “Start” menu (Windows key) and type: “Disk Cleanup”. This utility calculates what and how much data is being used throughout the system. You can choose which types of data you’d like to delete but a general rule of thumb is just delete the ones taking a gig or more. Unless you’re really strapped for space. To clean up additional space select the “Cleanup System Files” button which will calculate how much the Updates system is using. It can be a few gigs so go ahead and clean that up too.
2. Cleanup your browser cache
Follow the instructions for your browser below:
3. Perform a malware scan
Malware can slow down a computer without you ever knowing it was there. Here at Town Tech we prefer Malwarebytes for all things malware related. It’s free to use and comes with a premium version which will update and scan for you automatically. To download navigate to: https://malwarebytes.com and select “Free Download”. From there you can run the downloaded program and install it. You might be prompted to update (always update) and then you can run a scan.
Let’s face it. You’re always going to have something in your inbox. But when was the last time you actually cleaned it out of emails you no longer need? What’s important and not important is entirely up to you but a general rule of thumb is unless you’re frequently needing to reference the email or need it as a reminder, you should archive it or delete it. Archiving is great for things you’d like to save and you can always go back to it. But if you can’t see yourself doing that then just delete it and be over with it.
Moving forward you can set up message filters which will automatically archive or move the email to a folder you’ve selected. Setting these up depends on what email provider and program you’re using. This is something we can help you with if you’d like to explore this option.
5. Sanitize your computer
Your computer is a breeding ground for germs. There’s not much you can do about that other than regularly sanitizing your keyboard, mouse, screen, and workstation. It’s best to turn everything off before wiping it down so you don’t accidentally change something on your computer. For screen you should follow the manufacturer’s recommended cleaning methods.