25 March 2015

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Spring is finally here, and while we’re all busy cleaning our houses and throwing out things we don’t need, it’s important not to neglect cleaning our digital lives as well.

Files can build up quickly on our computers and have an effect on their performance and also make it harder to find the items you actually need!

Here are our tips for keeping your PC clean:

1) Run an Antivirus scan

For those of you who are lucky enough to own an Apple Macintosh, viruses are extremely rare. But those who own Windows-powered machines should be running antivirus scans on a regular basis to ensure their computer is free of malware.

Not only can malware invade your privacy, steal your data and ruin your digital life, but it can also significantly slow down your computer.

AVG Antivirus is consistently one of the more favourable antivirus programs because it’s easy and free to use.

2) Run a disk cleaner

AVG also offers what it calls “PC TuneUp,” which could be very helpful in removing old, unnecessary files and speeding up your computer.

What other disk cleaners essentially do is remove old temporary files used by programs that are not needed. Many would be surprised at how many of these files are on their computer after a few months of use, making disk cleaners very important for both Mac & Windows powered machines.

3) Uninstall old programs

The easiest thing to do for Windows computers is to head over to the Control Panel and then to Programs. There should be a long list of all the programs that have been installed over the months or years you’ve owned your machine. Now, it’s always important to be careful when removing old programs, as you don’t want to remove something that you need or that is important for the computer to run.

If however, you see a game that you installed which you haven’t touched in six months, perhaps it’s time to get rid of it for the purpose of freeing up space on your computer.

On most Macintosh machines, there will be a number of programs you’ve never heard of, or in fact ever touched – it is normally best not to touch these unless you know exactly what you’re doing as they may be integral to the running of the computer.

4) Put things in folders

Cleaning a computer isn’t always just about removing files, it can also be organising them. While not essential to how your computer runs, organising files into folders can greatly help you in being more productive.

It makes it easier to find things when necessary, plus it looks prettier than a long list of unorganised files.

5) Clear cookies and browsing history

This is about more than just keeping what you do on the internet a secret. Going into your computers browsing and clearing out all the data that it has collected can also speed up your system. These small files build up over time, and if left untreated for a long time, they can greatly slow things down.

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