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Computer Clean-Up and Tune-Up

Amelia has over 25 yrs of experience in the IT, Training and Education, and eLearning industry. She is also an author of over 14 books.

How to Keep Your Computer Clean and Virus Free

Overtime, all computers become filled with data, images, videos, applications, and all kinds of information. Sometimes, computer software is downloaded without your consent, merely by visiting an unfamiliar website.

How can you keep your computer clean? What is the best way to protect your computer against harmful computer viruses?

This articles provides a list of way to keep your computer clean and virus free.

  • Clean Your Computer Weekly - To keep your computer as clean as possible, it's important to delete your temp files, cookies and Internet history weekly. I added some screen prints below on how to do this for Google Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer.
How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome, Click Vertical Ellipses for Menu, select More Tools, Clear Browsing Data

How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome, Click Vertical Ellipses for Menu, select More Tools, Clear Browsing Data

Clearing Computer Cache

Clearing Computer Cache

Clearing Computer Cache

Clearing Computer Cache

  • Empty your recycle bin weekly - When you delete your files, remember they aren't actually deleted. Instead, they are moved to the recyling bin. This includes delete of temp files. To empty the recycle bin, just right click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and select "Empty Recycle Bin". This will also save space on your hard drive.
  • Backup your important files everyday - Keep a flash drive handy for daily backup of important files. Whenever you make a change to a file, save a copy on your flash drive. If you work on a large amount of files each day, including images and videos, you may want to purchase an external hard drive for additional space.
  • Be sure you have a good, up-to-date antivirus program - Invest in a good, reputable anti-virus program, and run live updates as often as necessary to make sure everything is up-to-date. Be sure to upgrade as needed each year to make sure you have the latest version of the software.
  • Always be sure the sites you visit are safe and reputable - Check sites to be make sure they are safe. Some websites, especially those which a lot of free offers and free programs to download may contain harmful viruses. One site you can use to check if sites have a safety rating is: ).
  • Don’t open any email from unknown senders or spam email which may contain viruses - If a friend forwards you an funny email and it has an executable file in it or any type of attachment, beware that it could contain a virus, so don’t open it. If you receive an email from someone you don't know, be careful about opening unknown emails. If it’s not an email that you are expecting, delete the email.
  • Keep your email private - Be careful about who you give your email to, and consider setting up a separate email address for online ordering. If a website requires that you enter your email address, be sure to read their privacy policy to make sure they won’t share your email address.
  • Be careful when downloading free games, music or other programs - If a program is free, make sure there are no hidden items for you to buy and be sure to read the policy and terms carefully. Educate children who are using the computer about the dangers of viruses and how to use caution with free offers and spam emails.
  • Run Windows updates - Always try to run Windows updates when prompted, or visit the Windows update site monthly to make sure your operating system is up-to-date with all patches and fixes.

System Tools

In Windows, under Accessories, be sure to explore the utility programs listed under System Tools, including Disk Cleanup, and Disk Defragmenter.

These may further clean up and de-clutter the enormous amount of data on your computer.

System Tools

System Tools

If you have further tips or comments on how you keep your computer clean, please leave a comment below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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© 2010 Amelia Griggs


Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on April 25, 2015:

Hi Marilyn,

I never heard of Computer Hygiene but I will have to check out that program. Just like people don't like to floss and go to dentist, many do not clean their computer either. It definitely extends the life of a computer to keep it clean.

Thanks for stopping by and glad you found this hub helpful!

Marilyn from Nevada on April 24, 2015:

Hi Amelia,

My husband used to build computers for individuals, and businesses. He used to tell them to use Computer Hygiene on a regular basis, just like the importance of caring for one's teeth. Once he gave a one on one training session on keeping the computer cleaned up, and defragmented, the need for his visits lowered.

Computer hygiene is very important regularly to keep files in tact, and the computer running up to speed. Great information you provided here!

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 25, 2011:

Thanks for your commment, ajeet.kislay. I'm glad you found this information helpful!


ajeet.kislay from India on January 25, 2011:

This article is very helpful

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