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Let's Celebrate Clean Out Your Computer Day

Updated on February 2, 2013
Celebrate Clean Out Your Computer Day
Celebrate Clean Out Your Computer Day

There are so many holidays for people. But what about your computer? Don't you think it deserves a holiday too? All right, maybe you do give your PC or Mac a day off occasionally, but wouldn't it be nice to do something special for your computer at least once a year? Well, there is a holiday created for this purpose - Clean Out Your Computer Day.

A Bit of History

Celebrating Clean Out Your Computer Day goes as far back as 2000 when it was sponsored by the Institute for Business and Technology. That's how the tradition started and now Clean Out Your Computer Day is celebrated every second Monday of February. This year it's February 11, really close to Valentine's Day. So let's give our computers some love!

Show Your PC or Mac That You Love It

Enough talk - it's time for some action! Let's give your computer a good cleanup and ease its burden. Just think of it, your poor system has to deal with all your files, software, a whole load of stuff online plus all the junk and clutter you leave behind. No wonder your computer is slowing down - it simply can't cope. So, here's what you need to do to make your computer clean and fast again.

Get Rid of the Dust

Yes, dust is the first thing you should take care of. And I don't mean going over your PC with a duster. What you need is some canned air that will blow out the dust from your computer's inside. Desktops tend to accumulate heaps of dust in their cases and laptops are not much better - they suffer from dust too. A good sign of a dusty computer is overheating. So, give your PC or Mac a good blow-through with that canned air.

Disinfect and Vaccinate

And now is the time to give your computer a medical checkup - scan it for viruses and malware. You can use your antivirus. If you don't have one, Microsoft Security Essentials is really good. Plus you can back it up with Malwarebytes. And don't forget to keep your anti-virus updated because it will vaccinate your computer against future infections.

Learn how to protect your PC or Mac

Shields Up: Complete Guide to Windows Security and Mac Privacy
Shields Up: Complete Guide to Windows Security and Mac Privacy

"Shields Up" is a really useful book for those who want to learn more about viruses, malware and how to protect themselves from all sorts of cybercrime.

 

Clean Out the Junk

Now that your computer is free of any infections you may have had, it's time to delete junk files - temporary system and Internet files, unneeded logs, old system restore points, clear the caches, delete duplicate files, maintain the registry and so on. There are lots of software programs that will help you do it, from the built-in ones like the disk cleanup utility in Windows to all sorts of automatic computer speedup and optimization suites. Here is a list of programs I've used myself:

  • CCleaner - a free Windows cleanup utility that can cleanup all sorts of PC junk, clean the registry, help you manage your startup entries, uninstall software and even shred files and wipe free disk space.
  • MacKeeper - a really thorough cleanup and maintenance suite for Macs. It has everything you may want - a file cleaner, safety features, a duplicate file finder and what not.
  • iolo System Mechanic - a personal favourite of mine for Windows cleanup and maintenance. This program has been around since 1998 and it's really really good. Right now there is a System Mechanic giveaway where you can win a free license.
  • Easy Duplicate Finder - a really advanced duplicate finder for Windows and Mac users. It can help you organize all your files, from emails and documents to music and photos.

Finishing Touches

By now your computer should be a lot cleaner, which means that it should be running a lot faster. But there is still room for improvement - you can organize your folders and make files easier to find, you can clean up your Inboxes and delete old emails, and you can move large files like movies to an external hard drive. And don't forget to wipe your computer screen - it does have a tendency to get dusty!

If you love your computer and want it to stay fast and healthy, spread the word about Clean Out Your Computer Day and let's celebrate it every year!

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      wnder 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for your help... I always clean my laptop twice in a week. But I use free tool from ashisoft to clean up my duplicate files and i think you should review it... www.ashisoft.com

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      Slow PC Help 

      5 years ago

      Great article! Heat kills computers. Just dusting will make a big difference. If you are still having problems, there are hundreds of tips but I would recommend going through the rest of the Top 10 Causes of a Slow PC which can be found on http://fixingaslowcomputer.com

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Rebecca, thanks! Yes, it's cute and useful too. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      How cute! I love the idea of giving the computer a day of TLC. Mine sure needs it. Voted useful and shared!

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Sharingknowledge, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      SHAR NOR 

      5 years ago from Miami, FL

      Me to missed the day but at least, i never missed the Hub. Thanks for sharing.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for your comment, Brett! I actually worked at Auslogics, so I know that their software is really good.

    • Brett.Tesol profile image

      Brett Caulton 

      5 years ago from Asia

      Although I missed the day, this is something that I do regularly. I would like to recommend a few extra great tools for computer maintenance

      Comodo System Cleaner

      Comodo Internet Security

      Auslogics Boostspeed

      Comodo is free and VERY good. Auslogics is paid, but it not only cleans everything on auto (with a shutdown option, meaning you can start it before bed), it also tunes Windows to run as fast as possible on your computer.

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      Melissa Christie 

      5 years ago

      Computer need to be cleaned out just like everything else, however it's a task that typically sits low in priority on our to-do lists as it can be very daunting. However a clean PC is a happy PC, and and happy PC is a happy user. One app that is particularly helpful when deciding what items to purge is 'Should I Remove It?", which answers just that. It's free, and offers a ton of helpful info, no sign-ins or log-ins required. Check it out www.shouldiremoveit.com and cross one more item off your list!

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      WiccanSage, thanks for reading and commenting! Basically, give your computer a temporary files cleanup with CCleaner fortnightly and (if you have a hard drive and not an SSD) defragment it monthly. Then it won't get slow.

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 

      5 years ago

      I did not know about this. My computer just got a really good cleaning as I had to send it in to the manufacturer for a corrupted disk or something (that Goddess for warranties). They sent it back clean and shiny and even replaced the keyboard (which had worn off the letters-- just part of being a writer). I am going to try harder to keep up with it now, thanks for the info.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Audrey, CCleaner is good, yes. I've been using it for years and never had a problem with it. Give it a go and your PC will appreciate it :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      I have heard that cccleaner is good--maybe it is time to clean out mine as well!

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Londonlady, yes once a week is good for disk cleanup. I wouldn't defrag more often than once a month though. Thanks for reading and commenting .

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      Laura Writes 

      5 years ago

      I read somewhere on Microsoft's website that they recommend doing a general clean-up of your computer and running an antivirus scan once a week! When I saw "once a week" I thought, "Well, better start making up for the lost YEAR."

      Great hub, definitely a good place to get started with the organization

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Hi adrienne2, thanks for reading, voting and commenting! I'm glad my Hub helped you discover something new - that's always fun.

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      Adrienne F Manson 

      5 years ago from Atlanta

      Hi Snurre, Your hub is certainly an eye opener for me. I never even heard of clean out your computer day. I thought is this real?? Yep, it is real as I discovered when I read it started in 2000. This hub is really interesting. Voted up, and interesting.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      FullOfLoveSites, thank you! Glad I was able to help.

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      FullOfLoveSites 

      5 years ago from United States

      I think I do the cleaning on more on the surface than what's inside my computer, but thanks for your advice. Up, useful and a following. :)

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Innerspin, you're welcome! Thanks for your comment.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      5 years ago from uk

      This is something I need to do, off to buy some canned air. Thanks for the advice.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      RTalloni, you're very welcome :) Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks, thanks, thanks!

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • prasetio30 profile image

      prasetio30 

      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I always clean my laptop twice in a week. Thanks for writing. Take care!

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      Your Cousins 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      H-m-m-m. I really need to participate in Computer Day. We all love our computers and can't get along without them, but we're not giving them much love in return are we? I just hope I can get motivated by February 11th.

    • Snurre profile imageAUTHOR

      Snurre 

      5 years ago

      @Susan, just blow the air into the holes where the fan blows the hot air out. Make sure your laptop is switched off.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I clean the dust out my desk top computer about twice a year. It probably could be done more often though. I've never done anything though with my laptop. How do I clean the laptop?

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