Spring is finally upon us – a season that brings with it a regular custom of cleaning and reviving back our household accessories to celebrate the spring time festivity. But why leave our digital devices behind – the devices that had been running in half-frozen state all through the winter season?
So, go beyond your regular dusting sessions and give your digital ecosystem a deep cleaning to make your PC optimized and fit for the May Queen.
Clear them off unnecessary data
Your desktops, laptops, and other digital devices are the home for oodles of data that go obsolete with time. This includes unused programs, files, registry entries, forgotten apps, as well as expired permissions that usually go unnoticed and put unnecessary load on your devices’ hard drive. So, to optimize your PC and as a first step of your cleaning ritual,
- Clear out all the unused or under-utilized programs from your laptops, desktops, or smartphones.
- Scrub your registry with freely available registry cleaners, like CC cleaner, to clear out all the old registry entries.
- Erase all the browsing information by clearing out the cache, zeroing out the recent document list, as well as deleting recent browsing history, cookies, download history, etc.
- Empty out the recycle bin and fix all the old devices that you no longer operate.
Defrag your devices to increase their storage space
Invest in a good defragmenting program to free up some disk space and optimize your PC. The process will consolidate all your existing fragmented files to ensure that each one occupies a single space on the hard disk to ensure that all your files are stored neatly to speed up reading and writing on the hard disk. This will help you,
- Add a large number of files to your hard disk.
- Free about 15% of your hard disk space to speed up your device.
- Improve your device’s overall performance.
Use built-in system tools for PC optimization and improved performance
Take the advantage of all the built-in software, or perhaps the third-party software, to comb through your system’s performance. The older your device, the longer the boot time gets. This is because you tend to add up to the list of programs that gets eventually stored in your device. So as a part of spring cleaning your system and devices, trim down the boot up process with the help of programs like Autoruns. This will help you disable programs that turn on automatically as soon as you boot your computer.
Increase your PC performance by simple hardware/software upgrades
It is of utmost importance to update your hardware as well as software components for optimized PC performance. If you are a Windows user, you can download all the latest updates through ‘Windows Update.’ The updates will help you plug security holes, zap incoming bugs and viruses, and add functionality to your computer and devices. Alternatively, you can also download updates by visiting the vendor site.
Secure it completely
Once you have done the basic cleaning and have tightened up the OS, it’s time to boost its defense mechanism for real-time protection. For this, it’s critically important to install a good and up-to-date antivirus and antispyware program that can easily detect and remove all the incoming threats and protect your computer and other devices from all the sneaky programs that hide on your hard drive.
So, update your firewall and antivirus program with all the latest updates. Now run the deepest and most complete scan that your program can offer to ensure that it is able to detect even the nastiest virus or bug residing in your computer. Also, make sure to scan the attached hard drive, if any.
Did you leave your smartphone behind? Your Android-based mobile device should not be excluded from a security sweep either. Top it up with a good and advanced mobile antivirus software to ensure that no digital virus penetrates into your smartphone. Also monitor all the old passwords and replace them with new and more secured passwords that are able to manage and secure all your sensitive data, credit card details, and other personal details well.
Create a complete and all-inclusive backup
Once you have cleared all system debris and plugged all security holes, now is the time to include a native backup support for all your programs and files. You can do this either on an external hard drive or a recordable media that is able to hold all that’s stored on your device. Make sure you back up all your family photos, documents, videos, songs, and anything that you have collected and stored on your device.
Give it a squeaky clean
Once your system’s interiors have been refurbished, it’s time to don up its exteriors through physical cleaning. Carefully wipe your monitor with a damp cloth, clean the grime settled on your mouse, and power clean all other accessories to remove any oily buildup or remnants of your spill ups. Shake the keyboard and vacuum clean it to remove all the dust particles and blow out all the dust and debris off the fans.
Congratulations! Your PC and your Android devices are completely optimized and fit for anything that you would throw at them.
However, if you do not have the time to brush off your system’s dust and debris, we can help you out. Call our expert technicians and we can help you spring clean your computer and other digital devices for optimized performance.