We’ve all been at that point, may it be on a PC or a Mac computer, when your screen freezes and your mind begins to race if you’ve saved your work or not. This whole situation could easily be avoided if your computer was updated and “tuned up” daily.
When it comes to cleaning out your desk drive, it’s hard to know where to begin. According to PCMag, there are 4 steps that need to be taken when cleaning out your computer.
- Condense the amount of fragments on the disk: When uploading files on your computer it becomes stored in the hard drive. When defragmenting the disk, it condenses the content of the storage files into the smallest “fragments” possible to take of the least amount of space.
- Delete unnecessary files and duplicate files: While you are browsing through different sites, it is important to watch what you click. Many of us have uploaded many “junk” files that we are not aware of that have begun to clog up our data memory.
- Uninstall and remove programs that you do not use: For the sake of space and memory use, programs will run the battery of the computer without being logged into. Delete programs that have not been opened for the last half year.
- Check for computer updates: Majority of updates are installed to fight against program vulnerabilities against viruses. It is important to say on top of the updates provided to prevent an “outbreak”. Some programs will automatically update without offering confirmation from the user.
Neil Rubenking, a lead analyst at PCMag, mentioned that having a great amount of space free on the hard drive of your computer is more efficient for speed and quality. How is this achieved you may ask? There are software programs that have been created to automatically do this for you. PCMag recommended SlimWare Utilities SlimCleaner, a free software that has been scored by the Editors’ Choice Award for its productivity. The program summarizes what is on the hard drive and puts each piece of data in a category to give the user a better understanding on what to keep and to get rid of.
The benefits of updating and “tuning up” your computer are endless. The unnecessary files that you’ve been hoarding on your desktop will no longer be in the way, your software will be up to date and you’ll have plenty of space to install and reinstall software that deals with your browser. For Clean Out Your Computer Day, treat your Mac or PC to the latest update that has been offered and put into consideration the four steps to improve your computer.