With all of the National Months, it should be no surprise to you that there is in fact a National Clean Up Your Computer Month. Cleaning up your computer may seem like the last thing you have time for, especially with it being the new year. However, properly cleaning and backing up your computer could actually save you time in the grand scheme of things.

In observance of National Clean Up Your Computer Month, here are 4 easy steps to get your computer operating at its best.

Back-up your computer

Backing up your computer is always a good idea before deleting files. Many backup programs allow you to create a mirror of your hard drive on another disk. This is a good way to prevent losing any files you do not want to lose.

Delete what you do not need

After backing up your computer, it is time to delete whatever you no longer need. If you run across a file you know you will never use again, delete it. In addition to getting rid of unnecessary documents, inspect your hard drive for programs, downloads and other items you no longer use. By throwing away unused files or programs you are freeing up space, allowing your computer to run more smoothly.

Empty your recycling bin

When you delete a file it goes to your computer’s recycle bin. This collection of deleted files is useful when you accidentally delete something because you can recover it. However, if you do not empty your recycle bin every once in a while, the files will begin to build up and eventually affect your computer’s overall performance.

Physically Clean Your Computer

The environment surrounding your computer also impacts its performance. Your computer has fans within it that help it cool down when it gets too hot. If you have dust in the area it will get sucked into your computer and if enough dust gets built up in your computer it can clog the fans, making them dysfunctional. Additionally, excessive amounts of dust can cause your computer to keep heat opposed to ventilating it out.

Follow these easy steps to ensure that your computer runs smoothly this year! As always, if you have any questions contact Hoola Tech.