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Computer Spring Cleaning


Every spring season we clean out the winter dust bunnies, open the windows,

and let the fresh spring air sweep through our homes. People that rarely use their home computer and rarely ever download any new software, and rarely even visit the Internet, should at least do an annual spring-cleaning of their dusty old computers. If you visit the Internet hourly and download files hourly, you should also pay attention and start adding these computer cleaning tactics to your weekly to-do list.

White Vinegar & Water and a Q-tip can be used to clean dust, dirt, and grime off your machine’s outer case, keyboards, mice, monitors, and cables.

I’ve also used rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball and Clorox disinfecting wipes to successfully clean off old keyboards and mice. Turn your computer off and remove all cables before you clean your keyboard, mice, monitor, and case.

If you rarely use your computer and you see that it collects a lot of dust, you can protect your computer with a dust cover while the computer is shut off. Do not keep a dust cover or put anything on top of or underneath a computer while it is turned on because it can create overheating and irreversible damage.

Visit your local office supply and pick up some cable organizers to tidy up your computer space.

Data Backup should also be included in your annual cleaning routine because it will save you from future headaches. An external hard drive can be purchased from any local retailer for anywhere from $20 to $200 and often

includes built-in backup features for your PC. Wireless drives are also available to keep the cable clutter down. Lacie¹s Wireless Space and Clickfree Automatic Backup is available for Windows computers. Time Capsule is available for Mac computers. Your Mac computers include a Time Machine to automate the backup process (Finder > Applications > Time Machine).

Windows Vista and 7 provide ŒBackup and Restore (Start > Control Panel >

System Maintenance > Backup and Restore).

View the lower right of your windows screen and uninstall any software that runs all the time, but you rarely ever use. Use your standard Uninstall program; never just start deleting random files without fully understanding what you are doing. If this sounds confusing, call your friendly local computer guru for help.


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