I’m sure there are thousands of these on the web. For those of you that are friends and followers, let me make it easy for you. Cleaning up your PC isn’t hard with the right tools. I clean many PCs and servers and I keep my own PC in tip-top shape with minimal effort.
Top 5 Ways To Keep Your PC Clean
- Physically Clean it. – I’m not kidding. Crack open the case once every six months and blow it out with a can of air. Dust, dirt and, I kid you not, bugs can cause heat related issues inside of a PC. A clean and well-ventilated PC runs cooler and faster and has less hardware failures than a dirty PC.
- Use CCleaner – CCleaner is one of the easiest tools to use. The default settings work very well and there are some more advanced settings for the more adventurous users. This will clean up your browsers, your Windows registry and it can even securely delete those items.
- Defrag your hard drive once per month – Honestly, you might have to do it more or less, but try to remember to defrag your hard drive once per month. You’ll hear arguments about not needing to defrag today’s fast hard drives. It’s a lie. I saw copy times on a 1TB drive speed up by 75% after a proper defrag. The built-in Windows defragger is fine, but I love Defraggler. Set the program to run and shut the computer off when it’s done for worry free overnight clean up.
- Keep plenty of hard drive space free – I try not to use more than 60% of my hard drive space. This gives the drive plenty of room to handle a defrag in a timely manner. If you have a bunch of stuff hanging around on a hard drive that you don’t need, delete it.
- Organize Documents – This particular tip doesn’t technically speed up your PC, but it might speed up the user. A well-organized Documents folder makes it easy to locate the items a user wants. This saves times by avoiding a search of the hard drive or endlessly clicking through folders trying to remember where that file was saved.