That’s right. It’s Spring (finally), which means Spring Cleaning. Set aside those mops and cleaning rags. Grab a can of pop and get a comfortable chair. Put on your problem-solving hat, and get started.
The goal: To make YOU and your computer faster, more efficient, and more reliable for all the work you’ll be doing to wrap up the school year.
Here’s what you need to do:
Make sure your firewall is working. Windows comes with one built in. Maybe Mac does too. Leave it active. It’s under Control Panel>Administrative Tools. Sometimes, they seem to turn off by themselves (I have no idea why). Check to be sure it is active.
Defrag your computer. To quote Windows, Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Removable storage devices such as USBs can also become fragmented. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your disks and drives can work more efficiently. Never mind all that geek speak. Here’s what you need to know: Run Disc Defrag by going to Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Advanced Tools.
Keep your antivirus software active. If you’re paranoid like me, run an antivirus scan weekly to be sure nothing is missed. This is especially important if you are using a free antivirus. We recommend using #1 rated Avast. If you are looking to purchase an antivirus, please contact us at the store as our prices for Avast beat the website pricing. www.avast.com
Run MalwareBytes once a week to keep malware off your computer. Malware Bytes is free, which is why I like it, and runs great with Avast. Malware Bytes detects different types of viruses then Avast. Virus that may not be armful but very inconvenient and hard on your system. www.malwarebytes.com
Sort through your My Documents files and get rid of those you don’t need anymore. It’s intimidating, like a file cabinet that hasn’t been opened in months–or years and is covered with dust, even spider webs. Do it, though. If you don’t, every time you search, the computer must finger through all those unused and worthless files. It doesn’t understand the difference between ‘unused’ and ‘important’.
Back up your files to an external drive or cloud storage. If you have an automated system, skip this. If you need assistance call us at 231-709-9729
Empty the trash. Don’t even look in it. If you haven’t missed a file by now, it won’t matter if you throw it out. Seriously…don’t look!
Learn to use that program you’ve been promising you would.Evernote is a great example. Use it (and you won’t be sorry).
Go through your programs and delete the ones you no longer use. Here’s what you do:
- go to Control Panel>Programs and Features
- peruse the list and pick the programs you downloaded by mistake, meaning to use, or used to use and no longer do
- and don’t look back
Update any software that needs it. I don’t mean BUY a newer version. I mean click the free update that’s been nagging at you (Adobe Reader and Windows, for example)
Clean the junk off your desktop. Put it in folders or create a folder for ‘Working on’. Don’t know how to create a desktop folder? Right click on the desktop and select ‘New>folder’
Clean up your Start Button. Remove shortkeys you no longer use (with a right click>delete). Add those that have become daily go-to sites
Clean up your Browser Bookmarks. Remove bookmarks you no longer use and move your most common websites to the top of the list.
Clean up your EMAIL.Delete old emails you don’t need, filter promotional emails. If you are anything like me, I only delete my mail twice a year. I just click and delete them all. If haven’t read them…too bad. (drive my husband crazy lol)
I hope you feel cleaner already. Remember, if you get stuck we are always here to walk you through it. Call us at 231-709-9729