When you think of spring cleaning, you often think of your home.

However, your computer also requires periodic spring cleaning in order to operate at optimal performance.

At Red Centre Technology Partners, our technicians provide expert advice on how to maintain your computer in Alice Springs so that you can keep clicking away long into the future.

Take a look at our blog post below to see the many different spring cleaning steps you can take to keep your computer virus-free.

DEFRAG THE COMPUTER

A disk defragmenter is designed to ensure your disks and drives can work more efficiently. To defrag on a Mac, you can install a renowned third-part defragmentation app and follow the steps once opened. We recommend backing up all your data beforehand in the unlikely event that something goes wrong during the installation process. 

Defragging on Microsoft? Follow the steps below:

  1. Press Start
  2. Press Control Panel
  3. Press System and Security
  4. Click Defragment Your Hard Drive (a dialogue box will appear)
  5. Click the Analyse Disk button
  6. Once analysis is complete, click Defragment Disk button
  7. Once defragmentation is complete, click Close button

RUN SPYWARE

Spyware is a software program that is used to obtain sensitive information about another computer’s activity and send it elsewhere without the user’s consent.

You don’t want this to happen to you of course, which is why we highly recommend you run a trusted anti-spyware software program to prevent system invaders.

KEEP ANTIVIRUS UP TO DATE

Viruses are designed to harm your computer by deleting files, causing damage to programs, crashing the computer and much more.

In order to prevent this, we recommend you purchase a reputable antivirus program and ensure it’s always running checks.

CLEAN THE TRASH

Make sure you’re constantly deleting used files on your computer as they take up memory and can slow down your computer.

This means deleting the files from the folder first then deleting them performantly from the trash.

BACK THOSE FILES UP

Investing in an external hard drive is recommended to people who use their computer for work and have a lot of important documents stored.

By backing up your important files, in the unlikely event your computer crashes, you can rest easy knowing your files are safe.

DELETE UNUSED PROGRAMS

Over time, we tend to download a lot of programs that offer no long-term use.

One of the best ways to clear space and optimise your processing power is to uninstall unused programs.

This can be completed through the Control Panel (Microsoft) or System Preference (Mac)

Keeping your computer in Alice Springs clean, digitally speaking, is a sure-fire way to extend its lifespan and maximise processing power.

Like us, computers need a little TLC in order to be the best that they can be.

If you’d like to learn more about computer maintenance, or need computer repairs, get in touch with Red Centre Technology Partners today.

For more computer information, read our previous blog post here.