Computer FAQ
January 15, 2014

This week: Starting the New Year with your computers  
I wish you all a happy New Year and thank all my readers and clients who were so patient with me during our move in not getting back to you or working on your equipment in a timely fashion. If I’ve not called you back yet, please call me again (360-497-3130), as I have misplaced my note on your request. 
The beginning of the year is a good time to do some cleanup inside and outside of your computer. First unplug the A/C cord from your computer if you have a desktop and, especially if it lives on the floor, remove the side panel and blow out the dirt, dust, cobwebs, with a can of compressed air. Pay special attention to any heat sinks, the metal radiators that help dissipate the heat from the electronics; if the heat sinks are plugged up, they cannot dissipate heat. On laptops, turn over your PC and look for the fan(s) on the bottom of the case; use the air to blow out the dust from them, then turn it back over, open it up, and blow out the keyboard. Put your PC back together and, using a damp paper towel, clean the outside of the case. This applies to both laptops and desktops. To clean the screens, just use a damp soapy towel. For the desktop keyboard, turn it over and gently tap on the bottom to dislodge any crumbs and dust; then use the air to clean them out. Plug in the A/C cable and start up your PC; now it is time to clean the inside, i.e., the hard drive. Remember the hard drive is the heart of your computer; if something happens to it, you can lose your digital life. First, we want to clean up the HD, getting rid of all the files that are put on your HD, as part of the function of Windows. Use a program called diskclean (search for disk clean up). Run this program, as it will search your drive for Windows files and Internet files that are not needed; it is pretty safe and you can let it delete any files it finds even if it sounds scary to delete. BUT, maybe before you do anything with your hard drive, you should do a backup. I have in the last two weeks had three computers with the hard drives broken; the owners did not have any backups and lost all of their digital lives. I have written about backing up over the years; go to www.highwayshopper.com and look at the ComputerFAQ archives. 
A clean computer is a well running computer; spend a few minutes and make your PC more efficient. 

‘til next week
Robert - 360-497-3130 Cell
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Index to Past ComputerFAQ Columns:
Current back to 2012

older ones were deleted because the computer industry has changed
immensely in the past several years.

January 15, 2014 New Year - CLEAN UP Your PC
January 8, 2014 Moving, AGAIN
December 18, 2013 Viruses
December 11, 2013 Windows 8.1 - Part 2
December 4, 2013 Windows 8.1 - Part 1
November 27, 2013 Internet Explorer 11
November 20, 2013 How To Remove Virus Part 2
November 13, 2013 How To Remove Virus Part 1
November 6, 2013 Cryto Locker Virus
October 30, 2013 Power Supplies and Power Strips
October 23, 2013 Hacked! My E-mail was HACKED!
October 16, 2013 View Home Page As You Like It Part 2
October 9, 2013 View Home Page As You Like It
October 2, 2013 PUPs Cause Slow Browsing
September 25, 2013 Smart Phones
September 18, 2013 Bits, Bytes, Kilo, Mega and Giga
September 11, 2013 ScamAGAIN - RansomWare and Remote Control
September 4, 2013 ScamAGAIN - Get "Dummy" Credit Card
August 28, 2013 Backing Up Your PC-Part 2
August 21, 2013 Backing Up Your PC-Part 1
August 14, 2013 Troubleshooting Internet Connections
August 7, 2013 Cooling Fans and Temperature
July 31, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 2
July 24, 2013 Windows 8.1 Part 1
July 17, 2013 Windows XP Expires April, 2014
July 10, 2013 PC Won't Boot AND Toolbars
July 3, 2013 Helpful Hints - 2nd Users on Your PC
June 26, 2013 PC SCAM - Part 2
June 19, 2013 PC Money SCAM-READ THIS
June 12, 2013 CAUTION New Viruses AND Trojans
June 5, 2013 WIFI vs Cable
May 29, 2013 On-Line Help-BEWARE
May 22, 2013 Faxing With Multi-Function Printers
May 15, 2013 Scanners and Software
May 8, 2013 Battery Replacement May Be Necessary
May 1, 2013 Zombies Search Your Personal Info
April 24, 2013 Java and Adobe Updates NOT to be Ignored
April 17, 2013 Passwords And Email
April 10, 2013 Spring Cleaning-The Inside
April 3, 2013 Spring Cleaning for Your PC
March 27, 2013 Microsoft WORKS Great Substitute for Office
March 20, 2013 Windows 8 UPDATE
March 13, 2013 Helpful Equipment
March 6, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 27, 2013 Build Your Own PC
February 20, 2013 More Help with Viruses
February 13, 2013 VIRUSes How Did I Get It?????
February 6, 2013 VIRUSes EXPECT A BAD YEAR!
January 23, 2013 Protect Your Computer from JAVA Vulnerability
January 16, 2013 Driver Update Managers
January 9, 2013 Unwanted Programs & Tools Bars
January 2, 2013
Randome Loss Of Interne
December 19, 2012 Recovery Disks
December 12, 2012 Warranty Service Part 2

December 5, 2012 Warranty Service
November 28, 2012 Printer Paper Jams - Again
November 21, 2012 Time For New PC?
November 14, 2012 Printer Paper Jams
November 7, 2012 LapTop Fan Coolers
October 31, 2012 Name Brand Replacement Parts
October 24, 2012 Facebook - What's Wrong
October 17, 2012 Waste Of Money
October 10, 2012 Phantom Printers
October 3, 2012 E-Mail Programs
September 26, 2012 Scammed-Clean/Up Your Comp-POP UP
September 19, 2012 What's Wrong With Facebook?
September 12, 2012 Backing Up Your Data
September 5, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-II
August 29, 2012 Microsoft UPDATE Your Updates-I
August 22, 2012 Your Digital Life and Death
August 15, 2012 System Reload
August 8, 2012 Windows 8 On the Road
August 1, 2012 DSL Modems
July 25, 2012 PC Cameras & Your Privacy
July 18, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions Part 2
July 11, 2012 Recycle Bin and File extensions
July 4, 2012 DNS changer due date
June 27, 2012 Rebooting
June 20, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX-Again
June 13, 2012 Windows 8 REDUX
June 6, 2012 Hard Reset
May 30, 2012 Important: Updates & Systsem Time
May 23, 2012 SSD Drives
May 16, 2012 User Accounts
May 9, 2012 July 9 "Internet Doomsday" Botnet
May 2, 2012 Recycle Bin
April 25, 2012 USB Disconnecting
April 18, 2012 Passwords - Part 3
April 11, 2012 Passwords - Part 2
April 4, 2012 Passwords - Part 1
March 28, 2012 Back Up Your BackUp
March 21, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 2
March 14, 2012 WINDOWS 8 Part 1
March 7, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 29, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 22, 2012 Update Your PC to Windows 7
February 15, 2012 On Removing Unwanted Programs
February 8, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
February 1, 2012 Re-Install Windows OP System
January 25, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 3-Hardware
January 18, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home? Part 2-Hardware
January 11, 2012 Install WI-FI in Your Home?
January 4, 2012 Updates AGAIN!