Spring is that time of year when we can open our windows and let that fresh air flow through. Many take this opportunity to spring clean their home from all the dust that may have collected over the winter months. A typical spring cleaning list consists of deep cleaning carpets, dusting blinds and cleaning out the fridge. But what about your electronics? Most importantly your PC or laptop. It’s something we use almost every day that typically just receives a quick swipe with an antibacterial wipe. What most don’t consider is the cleaning up of your computer’s memory that will ultimately help your PC run more efficiently.
Here is a quick step guide on spring cleaning your PC:
- Make sure your firewall is turned on. This helps to block unauthorized accessed while it permits outbound communication.
- If you aren’t running an antivirus and anti-malware software, install one now. We recommend using a well-known company like MacAfee or Norton. Remember, you get what you pay for. If you choose a free software, are you really getting the best protection? With identity theft and cybercrime on the rise, you can never be too cautious about your personal computer.
- Delete any old documents or photos that may be taking up excess room on your computer. Pictures or documents to keep can be transferred to a USB Flash Drive to free up extra space, which will help your computer to run a bit faster.
- Back up your computer. Ransomware is on the rise and very difficult or costly to repair, but a recent backup will get you back on your feet much quicker. If your computer ever crashes, you will be glad you didn’t skip this step.
- Delete any programs that you are no longer using. This is just taking up unnecessary space on your PC and possibly slowing it down by utilizing valuable memory.
- Empty your trash. All those documents and photos that you have deleted are sitting in your trash. Let’s get rid of those permanently.
- Update any software on your computer. We are all guilty of hitting the “remind me later” option when we are reminded to update our software. It may be a pain to run through the process, but software updates are crucial to the performance of your PC and security of your PC by closing backdoors in the software.
- Get organized by cleaning up your desktop. Organize your files by placing them into grouped folders. Maybe even take the time to refresh the look of your computer with a background picture refresh.
- Update your passwords. It’s time to go into your email and change your password. We also recommend updating your password on any accounts you access on other websites, such as banking or even your Amazon account that may house your credit card information. It’s helpful to use a password manager and to make sure you aren’t repeating passwords.