5 Tips to Spring Clean your Computer

People don’t think that spring cleaning involves their computer but believe it or not, your computer can get unorganized very quickly; think about all those junk files and forgotten documents that have been piling up. Keeping your computer organized is easier than it seems. Here are some tips to help prevent your computer from becoming your next major headache:

  1. Use folders to organize your desktop.

Your desktop can quickly become littered with shortcuts, duplicate files, and screenshots which can slow down your computer and make it difficult to find what you’re looking for. You can prevent this by creating folders to organize your files and shortcuts. Create a folder on a Mac by right-clicking on the desktop and select “New Folder”; for a Windows-based computer, right-click the desktop and select “New”, then “Folder”. You can easily rename your folder and drag-and-drop files here to help you stay organized.

  1. Don’t be afraid to delete unnecessary or duplicate files.

Unused files and copies of documents can take up a lot of space on your computer. The “Downloads” folder is often forgotten about and the files here are usually no longer needed. Save space and improve your computer’s speed by deleting these unnecessary files.

  1. Clear your internet browser.

Cleaning your internet browser’s cache and browsing history regularly is a great thing to do. How you do this will vary depending on your browser but you can typically find an option to clear the history under “Options” or “Menu.” Some browsers might ask if you want to clear your cache and cookies too; do this regularly and you can improve your browser speed, as well as keep your computer safer.

  1. Scan your computer for viruses.

This is really important because scanning your computer for viruses and other issues can not only improve your computer’s performance, it can save your computer’s life! While there are many programs that can scan your computer, I suggest using anti-viruses and anti-malware programs like Malwarebytes and Advance System Care; both are free and easy to download.

  1. Back up. Back up. And back up!

One way to make sure your computer stays clean and safe is by backing up your important files and programs onto another hard drive. An external or flash drive is a great option if it has enough memory available. You can even use an external or flash drive to store files from your computer so they don’t take up valuable space.

Hopefully these five easy tips will help keep your computer clean and organized, not to mention save you from some headaches! Please let me know if my tips helped, or if you have any additional suggestions by leaving a comment below.

6 Comments on “5 Tips to Spring Clean your Computer

  1. Pingback: 5 Tips to Spring Clean your Computer | Roland Dumont Agency, Inc.

  2. These are great tips – it is very important to back up files and keep your computer organized and cleaned up. Two things I use to help ensure that my computer is cleaned and optimized are malware bytes and ccleaner. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. My computer often gets really slow. Usually I have to call a computer service to look at it because I’m not good with technology myself. I think I can start clearing my internet browser’s cache and browsing history though. Hopefully that will help increase the speed. Thanks.

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  4. I never clean out my computer’s internet browsers, because it can be annoying to have it forget my passwords for the multiple sites that I use. However, I can understand how clearing out all of the cookies could keep my computer safe. Yet, is there a way to do that without having my computer forget the passwords? I’m just curious, because it is very useful for me to be automatically logged in whenever I go to certain sites.

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    • Yes, there is a way that you can clear your history and still have your passwords saved. I am not sure what internet browser you are using but I am sure you can have all your passwords saved with anyone of them like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Firefox. In Internet Explorer, if you open the ‘File’ menu by pressing the Alt key. Click “Tools” -> “Delete Browsing History”. Before pressing “Delete” make sure the “Passwords” box is unchecked. This makes it so that your saved passwords won’t be deleted. In Google Chrome, if you click the menu button in the top right corner (three horizontal lines or three dots in a straight line) and click “History” or press Ctrl+H. Click the “Clear Browsing data…”. From here make sure that the “Passwords” box is unchecked then press “Clear browsing data”. Doing those steps should keep your passwords and usernames from being erased when you clear your browser history.

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  5. Duplicate Files Deleter help me a lot when i have an issue like file deleting or renaming the file.

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