PC Maintenance Cleaning your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar Computer Inside and Out

In this lesson we’re going to start by focusing on some of the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar simplest actions you can apply for immediate results. These actions require no previous training or knowledge and, in fact, as a windows user, you should or may already be familiar with many of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar these.

In the first section, we’ll delve into cleaning up your system including routing out how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar all those pesky startup items, removing temporary files, and uninstalling old, unused applications. From there, we move on to disk maintenance. This task has gotten considerably easier in recent windows versions how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar but understanding your options is still important.

Finally, as we mentioned earlier, there’s dusting, as in literal removal of hair and dirt from your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar computer’s interior. We want to stress how much more effective a computer how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is at dissipating heat and cooling its internal components when how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar they’re not coated in a thick coat of fur. Disabling startup items

One of the best ways to unburden your computer and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar quickly free up resources, is to disable items that automatically launch when windows boots. These startup items not only suck up system resources like how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar little vampires, they also often cause your computer to boot longer.

In the preceding screenshot, there’s not a whole lot to pore over because it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar was taken on a virtual machine that has the bare how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar minimum of programs installed. Regardless, to disable a startup program, uncheck the box next to it, and restart your system.

Let’s look at our windows 8.X setup to see a more useful example. If you try to use “sysconfig” on windows 8.X, it will simply redirect you to the “task manager,” which can be more easily accessed by going directly to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar it either from the taskbar:

When the “task manager” opens, select the “startup” tab and behold the glory of your computer’s burdens. You can see your startup items, their status, and the impact they have on your system. You can sort them of course, by clicking the headers. In the following screenshot, we’ve sorted by “startup impact.”

One second might not seem like a lot, but keep in mind, the above screenshot depicts a system that doesn’t have a ton of stuff installed. Imagine a system with many more things in the startup how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar routine. If you have a dozen high impact startup items in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar addition to the other medium and low impact items, and they’re all requiring CPU time and disk I/O, startup time increases proportionately.

It’s safe to say that in any event, you can disable most, if not all startup items and it will not adversely how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar affect your system. That said, as we mentioned earlier, if you do disable everything, you may lose functionality that you otherwise wanted. In the above case, if we disabled “dropbox” it would no longer start automatically and sync changes. We’d instead have to manually start it, so we might as well leave it enabled. Disk cleanup

The “disk cleanup” tool will let you scroll through and see what is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar taking up space. You can read a brief description of what it is how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you’d be deleting. You can also view the files at any time by how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar clicking on the “view files” button, or if you have administrative access, you can click “clean up system files” and the “disk cleanup” tool will restart in admin mode.

Note also, in admin mode you gain another tab named “more options,” which gives us further ways to free up valuable disk how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar space. Of particular note here is the “system restore and shadow copies” option, which deletes all but the most recent “system restore” points. If you’ve been using your computer for a while and you’ve never cleaned out your restore points, this option can sometimes free up gigabytes of space without how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar adversely affecting your computer – assuming everything is running smoothly at the moment so you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar don’t need to roll back any recent changes.

Note also, the “programs and features” clean up button. If you click this, it will open the “programs and features” control panel, which will let you uninstall unnecessary and unused applications, which we’re going to now talk about in the next section. Uninstalling applications and freeing up disk space

Let’s say that you disable something in your startup items, but then you realize that you don’t really use that program. In that case, why not just uninstall it? That way, not only do you remove the startup item, but the whole useless application, thus freeing up disk space in the process.

In the above example, we see that from the previous section that google drive how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar has a high impact on startup, and since we use dropbox as our primary cloud service, we can just remove drive and use it when we how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar need to through the web interface.

CCleaner is a free program from piriform software that takes how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the work out of cleaning up your computer. Make sure that you download the “slim” installer version that doesn’t contain any toolbars or other crapware. Yeah, it’s ironic that a software named “crap cleaner” actually distributes more crapware by default, but as long as you don’t download the wrong version you’ll be fine. And it is otherwise a good piece of software.

When you first execute ccleaner, it opens up to the “cleaner” screen, which allows you to clean up your system such as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar browser cache files, recently used items, and also clear things related to specific “applications” such as cache and log files.

When you click “analyze” all the stuff on your system that can be deleted how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar will be displayed. If you don’t want to delete something, then you can uncheck it. Otherwise click “run cleaner” to scour your system clean. In this example, when we clicked the cleaner, we were able to clear up about 4 gigabytes of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar drive space!

What we’re really interested here is the “tools” functions, specifically “uninstall” and “startup.” on the “uninstall” pane, you can bypass the “programs and features” control panel altogether and uninstall stuff here. Simply click the item you want to remove and click how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar “run uninstaller” to begin the removal process.

Moving to the “startup” tools, we see we have the same kind of options as how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in “sysconfig” and the “task manager.” you can disable/enable anything by selecting the item or items (hold the “CTRL” button to select multiple items), then click “disable.”

While this method isn’t as informative as the task manager’s with its “startup impact,” it’s just as effective, and puts everything in one place. If you want a more extensive tour of ccleaner’s features, then we urge you to check out this article. Disk maintenance

Disk maintenance is kind of a misnomer. You don’t really need to “maintain” anything and in fact, your computer will likely do a lot of stuff automatically how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to keep you disks running optimally. Nevertheless, we feel you should educate yourselves on how disk drives how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar work, and what you can do to extend their life. SSD vs. HDD

Today, hard drives in computers come in two flavors: the SSD and HDD. An SSD or solid state drive, is sort of a container full of flash memory. Basically it’s RAM, but unlike RAM, the content in an SSD retain their contents after you how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar turn off the power.

Hard drives by contrast, are comprised of quickly spinning platters, on which all the data in your computer is written. To find and retrieve the data, a hard drive has heads, which read the surface of these platters kind of like how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you might walk to the stacks in a library and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar retrieve a book or books from their shelves.

SSDs, because they’re so similar to RAM, are superior to old school spinning hard drives because they’re consistently faster at accessing and retrieving data. In other words, when you load an application from an SSD, you don’t need to wait for the head to find and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar read the data on spinning platters, it’s just there and the only delay you might experience how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is the time it takes for the SSD to read how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar its contents and store it in the computer’s memory. Do you need to defrag?

The thing about hdds is that over time, the books you take off the shelf are replaced by how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar other books, any books your want to return to the stacks are how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar stuck wherever there is space. So instead of having all your data in contiguous chunks, it ends up spread about or “fragmented.” over time, it becomes increasingly more time consuming to retrieve your data how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar because the hard drive has to read part of it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar from one area on the platter(s) and another part of it somewhere else.

Defragmenting software is meant to take all those books and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar put them back together on their shelves so the computer how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar can find them again more efficiently. This works to great effect on traditional spinning platter drives, but not so much on solid state drives, and can actually decrease the lifespan of your SSD.

You can only write to an SSD a finite number how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of times. Over the course of time, it will lose its ability to hold on to the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar data and go bad. When you defrag, it reads data scattered about your hard drive, stores it in RAM, and then deposits it where it needs to be. If necessary, it will read data that is stored in the wrong how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar place and deposit in another empty space on the drive how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in order to put all the data back together.

Doing this, as you can imagine, means that the drive is read and written more than how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar with normal use and as such, defragging effectively shortens the life of an SSD by unnecessarily how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar writing data to the drive. In truth, you don’t even need to defrag an SSD because of the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar way they work. How to defrag

Defragmenting your drive is easy and the computer likely already how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar does it for you around once a week. Still, if you use your computer a lot and do a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lot of things where you’re copying many files to and from the hard drive, then you may see some fragmentation. And while we don’t think it will be enough to really slow your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar system down, you can still initiate a manual defrag anytime you want how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar though to be honest, it’s not as much fun as the animated defragmenter on how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar windows 9x.

Note, in windows 8.X, the defragmenter has been renamed to “optimize drives” because you can’t defrag an SSD. Instead, the drive optimizer “trims” your SSD, which essentially means it tells the computer which parts of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar your drive no longer contain data and frees them for how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar later use.

While hard drive’s integrity and reliability isn’t an everyday PC maintenance thing, the fact is if you’ve never had a hard drive fail on you, then you’re very lucky. There’s no sure way to tell if a hard drive how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar is about to fail, they’re like earthquakes – you might get some warning or usually it’s over before you understand what’s happened.

That said, hard drives use a technology called S.M.A.R.T. To test their reliability and give you an idea of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar whether they’re failing. You can’t access your hard drive’s S.M.A.R.T. Data without third-party software but you can view its status.

From the “command prompt” type “wmic” and then hit “enter”. Then type “diskdrive get status” and hit “enter.” depending on how many devices you have installed, it will cycle through and check the S.M.A.R.T. Status of each and return a result.

We suggest reading further on how to see if your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar hard drive is dying. If you have a hard drive that is starting to how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar fail and you catch it in time, you can probably save most or all your data! You may not do windows, but you’ll still have to dust

There are a couple of really good reasons you should how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar do this and they all have to do with heat. Heat is hard on electronics and when hair and dust how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar collect on your computer’s internals, it essentially blankets your components and prevents heat from escaping.

So, what you’re dealing with is a system that cannot quickly shed how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar heat and thus ends up cooking itself. You can usually tell when you need to clean your how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar computer by looking at the intakes and exhaust ports. Usually it’s as easy as glancing at the little holes that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar allow air to enter and exit. If those are covered or caked with dust, then it’s time to clean your computer.

You’ll have to shut down and unplug your computer before how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you begin, and then we recommend you take the entire unit outside. Once you start cleaning it out, all that dust and hair that has collected inside will how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar need to be dislodged. You don’t want to introduce, or reintroduce all that into your house. Canned air or vacuum?

While it may see easy to simply get out the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar vacuum cleaner and suck all that stuff out, don’t. Vacuum cleaners can discharge static electricity onto your computer’s delicate electronic components. We recommend canned air, to blast the dirt out.

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