We’ve recently touched on the best ways to clean the outside of your technological devices. In order to ensure that your devices are functioning as efficiently as possible, it’s just as important to clean the inside as it is to clean the outside! Low memory on the hard drive of your computer may make it run more slowly, leave little space for important programs and files, and could even cause it to malfunction or crash. Cleaning up the memory on your computer can greatly increase the performance of your computer – here’s how to do it!
Delete Unused Files
If you have a lot of files and applications on your computer that you no longer use, it can really drain your system’s memory and slow it down. Take the time to go through your files first and delete anything you don’t need. A good way to approach this is to start with your Downloads and Documents folders as these locations are where much of your memory is dedicated. Sort the files by “Date Modified” – this will give you an accurate picture of the last time you opened a particular file. Delete any you haven’t used in a long time or transfer them to an external drive or cloud storage if you must save them.
Delete Unused Programs
Next, delete any applications you don’t use anymore. On a PC, don’t just delete the icons on your desktop – this will delete the shortcut, but not the program. Click on the Start Button, then navigate to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features. Select the program you want to uninstall and click the uninstall button!
Empty Your Trash Bin
Use a program such as Eraser or CCleaner to completely delete these files and programs from your computer. Sending the files to the Recycle Bin and emptying it doesn’t actually rid your computer of them – you have to use a third-party program to do so. Restart your computer after doing this to refresh the hard drive.
On Windows, Run Disk Defragmenter
On Windows, the Disk Defragmenter program pieces together all of your fragmented data to free up additional space and speed up your processes. Simply type “Disk Defragmenter” into your Start menu search bar to find and run this program. Please keep in mind that this program may take some time to complete!
Run a Virus Scan
Finally, run a complete system scan with a trusted anti-virus scanner such as McAfee or Norton. Viruses are another prime source of memory drain on computers – by cleaning your computer of viruses, you should notice a substantial increase in your computer’s efficiency and speed!
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