Clean Out Your Computer Day
Posted 09/02/2015 by BrightHouse Team
Today is Clean Out Your Computer Day, which is all about giving your PC a spring clean both inside and out. But don’t reach for a bucket of water and a sponge – cleaning your PC is about freeing up space and improving its performance, as well as carefully removing any dust that has built up on its circuits.
We’ve put together this handy guide for cleaning up your PC and keeping it running smoothly.
Clean out the dust
Open up your desktop computer case and you’ll likely find everything covered with a coating of dust. This is something that happens naturally, and generally isn’t cause for concern, but too much dust in there can cause things to overheat, or fans and moving parts to stop working properly.
To rid it of dust, you need to start by completely shutting down and unplugging your computer. If you’ve just been using it, leave it to cool for around half an hour before opening it up. You’ll need a can of compressed air, available from most computer retailers, to blast the dust out of all the nooks and crannies. It’s best to this outside if possible, or with a vacuum cleaner nozzle to suck up the dust and fumes. You can find a detailed guide for thoroughly dusting out your PC here: How to Clean Your PC
Laptops aren’t usually as affected by internal build-ups of dust, though you can give the keyboard a good blast to clear away dirt and bits of food.
Tidy up your folders
If you’ve noticed your computer is running a bit slower these days, it’s likely because you need to do a bit of system maintenance. A good place to start is on your desktop screen. If the whole thing is covered in icons and shortcuts, then your computer’s performance may start to suffer, as well as looking a mess. Organise things into a few main folders, or pin shortcuts to your task bar or start menu to help things run a bit smoother.
Get the cleaners in
The best way to give your whole PC a virtual clean is to employ a handy program to do it for you. CCleaner is one of the best, and even better, it’s free. Simply download and install the free version, and let it get to work. It has several tools for sorting out your computer, such as deleting the many junk files that can clog up your hard drive, and cleaning up the registry (the central database of your computer’s hardware, settings, and what apps you have installed).
Once it’s been to work, you PC should have a fair bit more free space on the hard drive, and any problems caused by errors in the registry will be fixed.
Get a clean bill of health
Use an antivirus program, such as Microsoft Security Essentials, or AVG, to give your PC a deep scan to root out any unwanted programs or viruses. Doing regular small scans can help keep things safe from day to day, but an occasional full scan will find anything that gets missed.